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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jim Thorpe Blue reeled off four victories in recent Panther Valley Little League Tournament action.

LITTLE LEAGUE

PV 11-12 TOURNAMENT

JT Blue-Tamaqua White

Matt Day was the winning pitcher as Jim Thorpe Blue defeated Tamaqua White, 11-3, in Panther Valley 11-12 year-old Little League Tournament action.

Gunnar Rehrig had a home run to lead Jim Thorpe offensively.

JT Blue-Lansford

Justin Marykwas had a strong game on the mound to lead Jim Thorpe Blue to an 8-1 victory over Lansford in a Panther Valley 11-12 year-old Little League Tournament game.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17, 1983 Ken Stauffenburg stars on the mound and at the plate to lead Tamaqua to a 2-0 win over Hazle Township in the District 18 Little League tournament. Stauffenburg tosses a two-hit shutout and supplies his own offense by blasting a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Lance Hafer collects two hits, including the one prior to Stauffenburg's homer.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
 The Palmerton Connie Mack team includes: Front Row, from left, Isaac George, Justin Nunn, Ty Achtermann, Lee Kuntz, Garrett Krome and Casey Cook Back Row, same order, Coach Bob Frey, Coach Travis Williams, Alex Raub, Adam Smiley, Tyler Grammes, Jonathan Schwarz, Cody Peters, Nick Frey, Eli Borger and Coach Steve Krome. Nick Sander and Mark Quinn are also team members.

The Palmerton Connie Mack team finished the Lehigh Valley League with a 14-5-1 record, qualified for the league playoffs and earned its first trip to the Pennsylvania State Playoffs.

Palmerton opened up a best-of-three series with a 8-2 win over Norther Valley. Northern Valley evened up the series with a 4-2 win in the second game before Palmerton rolled to a 4 1/2 inning win by a 11-0 score in the finale.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Tamaqua's Josh Inama (28) rounds second base and heads for third during the Section 6 Little League All-Star game Monday night against Stroudsburg.

STROUDSBURG – Sunday afternoon Tamaqua used the longball to advance past Northwest in the Section 6 Little League tournament.

It was a different story on Monday, as Tamaqua took advantage of some timely hitting and a few defensive miscues in order to get the job done.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league rolled into the second half of its season, with three teams within a game of each other atop the standings.

Victorious Secret and Valley Athletic Supply have three losses, while Sandstorm sits a game off the pace with four losses.

TUESDAY

Sandstorm-#Swag

Sandstorm started the week off with a three-game sweep over #Swag, 25-17, 25-15, 25-11.

Mark Streisel had 17 service points with 10 aces, while Cody Sassaman added 11 service points for Sandstorm.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Franklin Township Shockers stayed alive in the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth tournament with a loser's bracket victory over Panther Valley over the weekend.

KEYSTONE SENIOR BR

Black Diamonds-Shockers

James Farano scored when Parker David was hit by a pitch and Kyle Troch scores on passed ball in the seventh inning to lift the Franklin Township Shockers a 3-2 a win over the Panther Valley Black Diamonds in the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth playoffs.

Monday, July 16, 2012
tj engle/times news Members of the Tamaqua 10-11 year-old Little League All-Star team celebrate after capturing the District 18 championship on Saturday.

DRUMS - Scott Hamm had a good feeling that the Tamaqua Blue bats were eventually going to come alive.

"When we played our first two games, we weren't able to put everything together offensively," Hamm said. "At practice, these guys practiced so hard on hitting and they were hitting the ball so well.

"I said, 'sooner or later, we're going to put this together. We're going to hit in a game like we do at practice.'"

Fortunately for Hamm, the Tamaqua Blue bats did come through when they needed them most.

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.