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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11, 1983 Jim Thorpe teacher and cross country coach Bob Thomas finishes first overall in the Walnutport Towpath Trot. Thomas completes the 10-kilometer course in 32:42 to finish ahead of runner-up Matt Fritz of Schnecksville. In the women's competition, Palmerton's Georgianna Messinger claims top honors by posting a time of 39:56. A total of 171 runners take part in the second annual event. Among them is Walnutport's Kristen Kern, who receives a trophy for being the youngest participant at five years and five months old.

Monday, June 10, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Zach Coleman (18) of Tamaqua slides into third base safely as Abington Heights' Matt Heckman waits to take the throw.

BLOOMSBURG - It's called the shutdown inning.

And its importance is well-known by coaches from the Little League level all the way to the majors.

For those unfamiliar with the term, the simplest way to describe it is to say when your team scores a few runs in one inning, you want to keep your opponent off the board in their next turn at-bat.

Its significance isn't reflected just in the score of the game but also in its momentum.

Monday, June 10, 2013

June 10, 1993 Amy Croll tosses a three-hit shutout and Northern Lehigh pushes across a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to gain a 1-0 win over Villa Joseph Marie in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AA softball playoffs. Croll walks one and strikes out six, needing just 72 pitches to earn the victory. The Bulldogs, coached by Dennis Hock, tally the only run in the game when Marci Seip reaches base on a strikeout/passed ball and eventually scores on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Heather Reifinger.

Monday, June 10, 2013
Jimmie Johnson gets some new tires during a pit stop Sunday at the Party in the Poconos 400. Johnson dominated the race to win for the third time this season. Bob Ford/ TIMES NEWS

When the cars finally hit the track on Saturday morning at Pocono, after rain forced all track activity to be cancelled on Friday, it was evident that five time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson had a fast race car. Johnson backed up his fast practice times from Saturday at Sunday's Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Wal-Mart, leading 128 of 160 laps to come away with his third win of the 2013 season.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Matt Wentz couldn't have picked a better night to end a long overdue winless drought at Mahoning Valley Speedway. With a 24-car field that included some of the best of the best, Wentz led wire-to-wire and scored his first Modified victory since 2004.

And it was also Fan Appreciation Night. Race goers came out in droves as one of the largest crowds in attendance filled the track and put seating at a premium.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek and Pleasant Valley's Dan Hrbek have been named to the 2013 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup roster.

Kosciolek led the Raiders with a .420 batting average, eight home runs and 27 RBIs.

He was also dominant on the mound, compiling a 7-1 record with a 1.13 ERA in 49 innings pitched.

Hrbek was a rock for the Bears' pitching staff, going 4-2 with a 1.45 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.

Lehigh Valley opens play June 17th at 12:30 p.m. vs. Delaware-South at Ashburn Field in FDR Park in Philadelphia.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Tamaqua state playoff game postponed

Rain in the afternoon Thursday postponed Tamaqua's PIAA state baseball playoff game against Abington Heights.

The quarterfinal matchup has now been moved to Saturday with a start time of 12 p.m. at Bloomsburg University.

While the two teams didn't play on Thursday, they did found out some information involving the Class AAA bracket. The winner of their contest already knows who they will be playing in the semifinals.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Panther Valley Black Diamonds posted an extra inning victory in Keystone Senior Babe Ruth play.

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Panther Valley used a two run rally in the top of the eighth to earn a crucial 6-4 win over Bushkill.

Nick Kweder went 2-for-4 with a double while Mark Williams added a triple for the Black Diamonds.

Luke Stano went the distance to earn the win, notching four strikeouts in the contest.

With the win, Panther Valley moves to 3-4, while Bushkill falls to 4-4.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

June 7, 1982 Scott Hillegass deliveres the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Palmerton a 2-1 Lehigh Valley League win over Northwestern. Mike Sander walks, moves to second on a sacrifice bunt and steals third before Hillegass singles through the right side to plate the winning run. Sander goes all 10 innings on the mound, allowing just six hits, to earn the pitching victory. Scott Levandusky accounts for the other Palmerton run when he walks and eventually scores on a wild pitch.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The 2013 Tamaqua Summer Basketball League, sponsored by the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC), will tip-off its season on Monday, June 10, at the North and Middle Ward Playground in Tamaqua.