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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS B.J. Rosenberg fires a pitch toward the plate during a recent IronPigs game.

At the break, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are in first place in the International League North Division with a 52-39 record and ahead of second place Pawtucket by 1.5 games.

A lot of the reason has to do with a bullpen that changed its face often through the first 'half' of the season in large part due to the struggles the Phillies have had. The IronPigs received an influx of arms from Reading who have successfully aided in Lehigh Valley's success.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Summer Volleyball League wrapped up the first half of its season this past week, with defending league champion Valley Athletic Supply maintaining a one-game lead at the top of the Standings.

Victorious Secret is one game off the lead, while Sandstorm sits two games back.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Victorious Secret-

Valley Athletic Supply

In a battle for first-place between two 11-1 teams, Valley Athletic Supply won two out of three games from Victorious Secret by final scores of 27-25, 18-25, 25-14.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Franklin Shockers claimed the American Division regular season title in the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League and will receive a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs.

KEYSTONE SENIOR BABE RUTH

FT Shockers-McAdoo/Tresckow

The Shockers exploded for five runs in the top of the ninth to end the regular season with a 7-2 extra-inning win over McAdoo/Tresckow.

AJ Wenrich tossed all nine frames for the winners, allowing just one earned run and two walks while striking out 10.

Monday, July 9, 2012
Pocono Pride cop Hopewell Invitational

The 18U Pocono Pride girls fastpitch softball team recently won the 2012 Hopewell Invitational in Hopewell, N.J. The team, which won all six games played at the tourney, also placed second in the Summer Breeze Classic in Allentown. The team has girls from six school districts, including Pleasant Valley and Palmerton. Members of the team include, on ground, Samantha Rodriguez; kneeling from left, Michelle Rickert, Camille Partis, Melissa Ejk, Justine Rossi, Martina Herring; standing, Jenna Ritter, Emily Brands, Jen Loftus, Kaycie Stem and Carly Rossi.

Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9, 1979 Dave Stanko pitches his second no-hitter of the season to lead Lehighton to a 3-0 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Coplay. Stanko, who also had a gem against Whitehall four weeks earlier, walks two and strikes out eight. Steve Neihoff slugs a solo homer for the winners, while Ross Johnson and Paul Potichko each finish with a hit and run scored.

Monday, July 9, 2012
Franklin Township's Collin Haupt throws the ball back into the infield during a recent District 18 Little League tournament game. Haupt and his teammates earned an 11-9 victory over Valley East Saturday in the loser's bracket finals. Franklin Township and Tamaqua, the two teams left in the tournament, will meet ths evening in Tamaqua. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

CONYNGHAM – Mother Nature delayed the Franklin Township All-Stars, but she couldn't stop them.

That's not a surprise, however, because over the last couple weeks nothing has been able to stop Franklin Township.

Saturday night, Franklin waited out a 40-minute thunderstorm delay and then went out and defeated Valley East, 11-9, in the loser's bracket final of the District 18 11-12 year old Little League Tournament.

It was Franklin Township's fifth straight elimination-defying victory and earned it the right to face undefeated Tamaqua tonight at 6 p.m. at Tamaqua

Saturday, July 7, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Valley West's Chris Lateff slides into second base safely as Tamaqua's Adam Rex (left) and Tyler Steigerwalt (right) cover. Valley West picked up its second win to win the best-of-three series.

CONYNGHAM - The Tamaqua Blue 9-10 baseball team had a rough night on Thursday evening and that's putting it mildly. The BLUE lost game one of their best of three series for the District 18 Championship by a score of 21-3 to Valley West.

Tamaqua didn't want to go quietly into the night on Friday and it most certainly made a lot of noise before dropping a 12-11 decision to Valley West with the latter moving on to the state tournament.

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Tom Skelly

Tom Skelly graduated from Jim Thorpe Area High School in 1990.

During his high school career, Skelly excelled in two varsity sports. He captained the varsity football team in both 1989 and 1990 and, as a senior, was rated as the No. 1 middle linebacker in the Mid-Penn Conference and also was named to the First Team Mid-Penn Conference All-Star team.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 7, 1973 Mark Bricker collects five hits and scores three runs, and Joe House knocks in four runs to help lead Northwestern to a 25-6 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Fountain Hill. House contributes a triple and three-run homer. The winners also receive a three-run homer off the bat of Mike Urdahl. Clair Fries finishes with four hits and three runs with Rick Gruber adding two hits, three runs and three RBI. Mike Giacapuzzi earns the pitching win, striking out nine. He also aids his cause with two hits, three runs and four RBI.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

BETHLEHEM - Fred Reinhard (Palmerton, Pa.), Tony Jaso (Bethlehem, Pa.); Tara Wartman McClimon (Douglassville, Pa.) and Heidi Wolfsberger Peoples (Scranton, Pa.) make up the class of 2012 that will be inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, November 9th in Johnston Hall. Also being honored at the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Bill Marsh (Carolina Shores, N.C.), who will be presented with the Robert Martin Herbstman Award, and the 1989 men's track & field team.