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Friday, July 13, 2012

EAST STROUDSBURG Greg Wierzbiki knew that East Stroudsburg Mustangs had swept the regular season series against his Towamensing Yankees.

On Thursday night in the opening round of the Keystone Babe Ruth League American Division Tournament, Wierzbiki and the rest of the Yankees prevented a third loss against the Mustangs when it mattered most.

It took Wierzbiki 156 pitches to get the job done on the mound and his Yankee teammates gave him plenty of run support in a 12-6 complete game victory over the hosts.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Northern Valley dropped into the Lehigh Valley Legion loser's bracket Thursday after losing its suspended game against Fullerton.

LEHIGH VALLEY LEGION

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Fullerton

Northern Valley lost 7-6 in a game that was suspended on Wednesday.

Fullerton and the Chargers played to a 6-6 tie through seven innings in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs. The game was suspended due to darkness and resumed yesterday.

Friday, July 13, 2012

"Joe Paterno was an integral part of this active decision to conceal."

That was a statement yesterday made by former FBI director Louis Freeh at a news conference explaining his 267 page report investigating how Penn State handled the Jerry Sandusky incidents in 1998 and 2001.

A statement that will forever tarnish one of college football's most beloved and iconic figures and cements doubt into the famed coach's legacy.

Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13, 2004 Jim Thorpe hits four home runs during an eight-run fourth inning to help defeat Valley West, 12-6, and win the District 18 11-12 Little League championship. Pete McGuire drills a three-run blast in the big frame while Joe Kloap adds a two-run shot. The winners, managed by Rob Stermer, also receive solo homers from Cody Kmetz and Zach DeMarco. Pat Janecki relieves on the mound and tosses two scoreless innings to preserve the victory and the title.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

WHITEHALL - Northern Valley manager Brad Rauch knows the game of baseball is unpredictable and anything can happen throughout the course of a ball game.

The Northern Valley head man saw both sides first-hand in his team's opening round Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League Tournament game against Fullerton.

"You're going to have good days and you're going to have bad days," said Rauch. "That's just the way it is sometimes."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tamaqua bounced back from their 13-3 opening Schuylkill/Berks Legion playoff loss to Valley View with a 6-2 win over Pine Grove. The Blue Sox will now play Minersville in an elimination game on Friday.

Tamaqua-Pine Grove

Tamaqua got out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, defeating Pine Grove 6-2 to stay alive in the Schuylkill/Berks Legion playoffs.

Peter Baddick knocked in two runs on two hits, with Derek Rottet and Adam Bates each adding two hits as well. Matt Roberts helped out with two RBIs for the Blue Sox.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 1957 Dick Cole earns the pitching win and Palmerton uses timely hitting to gain a 6-4 Tri-County League win over Tamaqua. Cole tosses six innings, allowing six hits while striking out five. The winners receive a two-run hit from Marty Renshaw, who also scores a pair of runs. Carazo adds a two-run hit while Jones, Larry Silliman and Meakes each chip in with a hit and run scored. For Tamaqua, Lee Houser collects two hits.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Defense can sometimes be an underrated attribute in the world of sports.

However, when a team plays defense with a certain flare, swagger, and above all consistency people will start to take notice.

That's exactly what the Valley View legion baseball team accomplished last night, making incredible defensive plays throughout the ball game en-route to a 13-3 Schuylkill/Berks first round playoff victory.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Don Herb/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Valley's Zach Palansky fires a pitch toward the plate during a recent game this season.

Zach Palansky admits he wasn't expecting this kind of season.

He was a relief pitcher most of his recent baseball career, including on his high school team and on last year's Northern Valley Legion team.

This year he earned a starting spot in Northern Valley's rotation and has been the team's top pitcher all summer. He is among the league leaders in every statistical category in the Lehigh Valley Legion.

He was recently named the LVL co-Player of the Week for a solid performance at the end of last month.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11, 1947 Thanks to the pitching of Andy Mahacek and the hitting of Johnny Solack and Johnny Swider, Lansford cruises to an 8-1 Tri-County League win over Summit Hill. Mahacek tosses a four-hitter, allows three walks and strikes out five. He also delivers a solo homer at the plate. Solack finishes with four hits, one a triple, and scores a run while Swider adds three hits, one a double, and crosses home twice. The winners also receive a pair of hits from Joe Delpero.