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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Franklin Township Shockers, Towamensing Yankees and Panther Valley Black Diamonds all registered a recent win over the Phillipsburg Indians.

KEYSTONE SENIOR BABE RUTH

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The Franklin Township Shockers scored in each of the first five innings to roll to a 12-4 victory over the Phillipsburg Indians.

Parker David pitched four scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out six, to gain the victory. David also added two hits and knocked in a pair of runs.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Valley's Josh Kern hurls a shutout at Salisbury in Lehigh Valley Legion action.

For the Northern Valley baseball team, hitting and pitching finally came together.

And not a moment too soon.

The Chargers (8-6) dispatched Salisbury 10-0, positioning them for a deep playoff run with just over a week left in the regular season.

"We're in a nice spot," Northern Valley coach Brad Rauch said. "We went through playing game after game earlier in the season and a lot of other teams are going through that now.

"Other teams are using up all their assets and we're kind of resting our guys and getting in a bit of a playoff mode."

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26, 2005 Kyle Cooper delivers a two-run triple and Dave Blasko hits a solo homer during a six-run fourth inning that helps Lehighton pull away from Southern Lehigh for a 13-4 Lehigh Valley Legion victory. Joel Porambo contributes two hits, one an RBI triple, while Jon Venarchick adds a double, run-scoring single, and run scored. Derick Reis, who adds a pair of hits at the plate, strikes out six in six innings of work to gain the pitching win. Lehighton also receives a pair of hits from Chas Field.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Correll comes up big for Pleasant Vy.

Rikki Correll only wants to talk about one thing when discussing this past softball season.

It's not her pitching numbers, which ended up being outstanding.

It's not her hitting statistics, which were solid and much improved from a year ago.

And it's not the fact her workload doubled late in the season.

To Correll, none of those things mattered. What was significant to the Pleasant Valley senior was a third straight Mountain Valley Conference championship.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

PHILADELPHIA The Carpenter Cup championship concluded just before heavy rain and wind pelted Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon, but the storm that did the real damage came in the fourth inning.

A five-run fourth inning was the most damaging lightning strike for the Lehigh Valley squad, as they could never overcome the deficit en route to a 9-2 defeat to Mercer County. The Lehigh Valley squad hoped to win their fourth title in franchise history, but an 11-hit effort by Mercer County helped secure their second title ever and first since 2004.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Lehigh Valley's Brett Kosciolek fires a pitch in Monday's Carpenter Cup win.

PHILADELPHIA Tri-Cape had plenty of opportunities to stifle the Lehigh Valley Monday morning in the Carpenter Cup semifinals, but every time the door opened, the LV squad shut it quickly.

The Lehigh Valley took advantage of errors, played great defense and used quality pitching to knock off Tri-Cape 4-1 at Citizens Bank Park to reach their second final in three years.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Franklin Township Falcons celebrate after winning the Carbon County Junior Babe Ruth Championship on Monday night.

Eric Skrincovsky admitted he was a bit anxious at the plate.

And who could blame him?

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game in the Carbon County Junior Babe Ruth championship contest, any batter would be facing some nerves.

After swinging and missing at the first pitch, Skrincovsky settled down. He lined the next offering over a drawn-in outfield to knock in the game-winning run and give the top-seeded Franklin Township Falcons an exciting 6-5 victory over the Jim Thorpe Bruins.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 25, 1996 An infield single by Jarrod Saas in the bottom of the ninth inning brings home Jason Hernandez with the game-winning run as Palmerton pulls out a 6-5 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Emmaus. Saas also gains the pitching win, tossing all nine innings. He allows just two walks and one earned run while striking out five. Hernandez finishes with two hits and a stolen base, while Paul Kunkle also contributes a pair of hits.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Towamensing/Palmerton's Ben Serfass (9) slides safely into first base as Tamaqua's Nick Breiner covers.

Scott Hamm laid his batting lineup out perfectly Monday night.

In doing so, the Tamaqua manager watched his first five batters play a key role in yesterday's 11-6 win over Palmerton/Towamensing in the second round winner's bracket game of the District 18 11-12 year old tournament.

Tamaqua will now host Valley West on Friday night (6 o'clock) in a winner's bracket semifinal, while Towamensing must travel to Freeland on Wednesday for a 8 o'clock loser's bracket contest.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league completed its first full week of action at Coaldale's Black Diamond Park.

Defending league champion Sandstorm and Can You Dig It both posted two sweeps on the week to remain undefeated and tied atop the standings (6-0).

Valley Athletic Supply (5-1) remains one game back after dropping the first game of the match to VBC Tomahawks-Seniors on Thursday evening.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

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