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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The 2012 Keystone Senior Babe Ruth playoffs will begin Thursday with several TIMES NEWS area teams in action.

The following TN area teams are in the American Division bracket.

The No. 1 seeded Franklin Township Shockers have received a first round bye and will not compete until Saturday where they will be hosting the winner of the East Stroudsburg vs. Towamensing match-up. That game will take place tomorrow evening at East Stroudsburg.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
BOB FORD/times news The Tamaqua 11-12 year old All-Star team proudly displays the District 18 11-12 year old banner after sweeping through the tournament unbeaten. Tamaqua defeated Franklin Township to advance to this weekend's sectionals.

Tamaqua's 11-12 year-old Little League All-Star team has come close to winning a District 18 title, but before last night, hasn't been able to walk away with the banner since 2005.

It finally cleared that hurdle when it defeated Franklin Township, 15-9 to sweep through this year's tournament undefeated, at Bill Angst Stadium on Dutch Hill.

"This is a good hitting team I have here and they're a good hitting team too," said Tamaqua manager Charlie Kistler. "They were coming in and just throwing pitchers we could hit in that second inning."

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July 10, 1997 Donovan Reifinger belts a grand slam to help Northwestern register a 10-3 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Southern Lehigh. Reifiniger, who finishes with two hits, goes deep in the fifth inning to extend a 4-2 advantage. Jake Trybulski contributes two hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth while Brandon Leslie chips in with a pair of hits. Josh Snyder goes the distance on the mound to pick up the pitching win.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tamaqua Blue remained in the winners bracket of the District 18 10-11 tournament by gaining a 15-0 win over Jim Thorpe.

In other baseball action, the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth completed its regular season and will begin its playoffs later this week.

DISTRICT 1810-11

Tamaqua Blue-

Jim Thorpe

Matthew Kistler pitched a shutout and the Tamaqua Blue bats had a big day in posting a 15-0 victory over Jim Thorpe.

Nine different players had hits for the winners with Hamm, Boyle and Davis each finishing with two.

KEYSTONE SENIOR

BABE RUTH

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jim Marushak, Chet Pieczynski, Mike Englert and Lou Whitaker finished with a score of 111 to finish first in the Men's Division during Blue Ridge Country Club's 4th of July Event.

Jane Andrews, Phyllis Derksen, Ruth Flem and Susan Michalowski had a score of 110 to win the Women's Division.

Second place in the Men's Division went to the team of Ed Shigo, Wayne Stofko, Peter Michalowski and John Sunday with a 113. The foursome of Bill Steirer, Scott Donald, Joe Todaro

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.