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Monday, July 16, 2012

STROUDSBURG – The Tamaqua and Northwest Little League game Sunday afternoon felt more like a homerun derby than a Section 6 11-12 year-old tournament game.

The two teams combined to hit seven home runs on the day – all solo shots – and recorded 25 hits during their slugfest.

Monday, July 16, 2012
Members of the District 4 champion Franklin Township Babe Ruth team are, fron row, from left, Brady Nieoff, Ryan McCollugh, Jordan McEmoyle, Donovan Buchinsky, Eli DeKorte and Austin Lilley. Back row, Coach Brad Nieoff, Bubba Malarkey, coach Terry McEmoyle, KJ Sneer, Wyatt Clements, Ben Cordova coach Ken Sneer.

Franklin Township's 13-14 Babe Ruth team had the luxury of knowing that if it lost its first game to Blue Valley Saturday afternoon, it would still have another shot at winning the District 4 crown.

Franklin made sure it didn't come down to a one-game scenario.

Franklin Township rallied in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind and defeat defending-state champ Blue Valley, 16-11, to win the District 4 double-elimination championship. It was the second consecutive game Franklin knocked off Blue Valley en route to the title.

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16, 1954 Bobby Higgins tosses a five-hitter and Jim Thorpe rallies from a late deficit to gain a 6-2 Tri-County League win over Palmerton. Joe Thear collects two hits and scores a run for the winners, who trail 2-0 before putting up five runs in the seventh inning. Thorpe also receives a hit and run scored from Michael Hodor, Bruce Hurley and Joe Cherb. For Palmerton, Manny Rodrigues finishes with a pair of hits.

Monday, July 16, 2012

For Tom Flanagan, the third time was the charm in finally winning a Modified feature this season. In recent weeks he had been leading on two separate occasions but had been befallen with hard luck that cost him a shot at winning. This time, however, the Bethlehem driver was not to be denied as he held off a blitz of pursuers including the late race efforts of Matt Hirschman in winning his first race of the year.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Norfolk Tides 7, IronPigs 0

Big Inning: The Tide scored four runs in the fifth inning to take control of the game as Brandon Waring and L.J. Hoes had RBI doubles off of IronPigs starter Scott Elarton.

IronPigs Hitting: The Pigs managed to get just six hits in the contest with Kevin Frandsen and Michael Spidale hitting two singles apiece, Kyle Hudson getting a double and Michael Martinez a single.

IronPigs Pitching: Elarton lasted five innings, gave up nine hits, five runs (four earned) and suffered his sixth straight loss.

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.

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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."