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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Marian baseball team maintained its patience in the batter's box and used it to its advantage.

Palmerton allowed its inability to focus over the duration of the game get the best of it in the end.

The result was a 13-3 non-league victory for the Colts on Monday afternoon.

After five innings of play, it looked like the non-league contest might come down to the final out between the Colts and the Bombers because only two runs seperated the teams.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Adam Bates of Tamaqua dives back safely as Northwestern first baseman Matt Maher awaits the throw.

With strong winds blowing across Northwestern's baseball field, any fly balls to the outfield could turn into extra bases.

Tiger pitcher Rich Perry allowed two first-inning hits, including one wind-aided single to right field. Those hits resulted in an early jam for Perry. The junior got out of it with a pair of strike outs, however, then retired 12 of the next 13 batters in a five-inning, 11-0 Northwestern win over Tamaqua.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Chey Bates slides in to second base safely as Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner takes a late throw. The Tigers kept the Lady Raiders from crossing home plate, however, and rolled to a 10-0 non-league win.

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh picked up baseball and softball wins in non-league action on Monday.

Elsewhere, Northwestern also triumphed in softball and girls soccer.

BASEBALL

Northern Lehigh

-Jim Thorpe

Northern Lehigh held Jim Thorpe scoreless for the last five innings of the ball game en route to a 5-1 victory.

Pitcher Lucas Pierce gave up just one run in four innings of work along with collecting two hits for the Bulldogs. Trevor Yashur also had two hits and a stolen base.

Nicholas Montenero had two of the four hits for the Olympians.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Palmerton and Pleasant Valley scored softball wins in local sports play on Saturday.

In other action, Northwestern girls soccer and Pleasant Valley tennis also ended up on the winning side.

SOFTBALL

ES South-Palmerton

Palmerton only needed four innings to post a 16-1 non-conference win over visiting East Stroudsburg South.

Martina Herring tossed four solid innings for the Bombers, striking out six and allowed only two walks to post the victory on the mound.

Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 1985 Frank Shook tosses a two-hitter and Lehighton rallies from an early deficit to post a 5-2 victory over Jim Thorpe. Shook allows just two singles and a pair of unearned runs but trailed 2-0 after four innings. The Indians, coached by Tom Schaeffer, come back with four two-out runs in the fifth to take the lead for good. Brian Scherer delivers a two-run single while Scott Freeman also chips in with an RBI hit. The winners also receive a run-scoring hit off the bat of Todd Broadt.

Monday, March 26, 2012
Ron Gower/times news Palmerton's Lindsey Pekurny (left) and Northern Lehigh's Brooke Wagner battle for possession of the ball.

Only one game into the season, Northern Lehigh soccer coach Jason Reinhard already likes the improvement his team is showing.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs and Palmerton opened the season by battling to a 1-1 non-league tie.

Reinhard remembers watching the contest between the same two teams late last April when he was a Northern Lehigh assistant coach. Now the Bulldogs' head coach, Reinhard saw a tremendous difference on Saturday.

"I'm really happy with the way we played," Reinhard said. "We have come a long way in a year. We came up here last year and lost 8-1.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
bob ford/times news Patrick Duvigneaud of Jim Thorpe kicks up some dirt as he slides into second base. Lehighton's Josh Kern tags Duvigneaud out on the play.

The first game of the season is usually guaranteed to feature some sloppiness and the Lehighton-Jim Thorpe baseball game was no exception. However, with the two teams being rivals and the importance of a first-game win motivating both sides, the outcome was the most important factor in this season opener.

After a slow start, the Tribe got things in order and pulled out the come-from-behind 11-5 win over the Olympians to start their season off in fine fashion.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The quotation would never make a top-100 list. It's neither particularly profound nor does it incorporate clever word play. I imagine I like it because it reveals far more about life than the speaker even considered as well as a little bit about me.

The quotation does not come from one of the great minds of our time, but rather an actress who was on "Night Court," a television comedy show in the 1980s that I didn't find especially funny.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

After finding three black bear cubs stranded along a road near Troy last week, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials successfully completed a four-day race of locating and placing the two female cubs and one male cub in adoptive dens in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Sullivan County wildlife conservation officer Rick Finnegan rescued the cubs after he responded to investigate reports from passing motorists that three bear cubs were at the base of a fence near a township road.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Corey Ligenza returns the ball during his match with Southern Lehigh's Aiden McLaughlin. Ligenza dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision.

Marian picked up victories in baseball and softball while Pleasant Valley posted wins in girls soccer and boys tennis to highlight Friday's scholastic sports action.

BASEBALL

Freeland MMI-Marian

Marian opened up its season with an 8-1 non-league victory over Freeland MMI.

The Colts (1-0) tallied five of their nine hits in a six-run third inning to break things open.

Zack Motil had a two-run single in the third frame, while Nick Kweder and Frank Nietz added two hits apiece.

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