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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Clutch hits win baseball games.

North Schuylkill came up with big hits Tuesday and Northwestern didn't in a 5-3 extra inning district playoff loss to the Spartans.

A seventh-inning home run by Brandon McCloskey tied the game at 3-3. The senior returned to the plate to hit a one-out triple in the ninth and score the game-winning run, capping a 4-for-4 day by the team's eighth hitter in the batting order.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23, 1972 Woody Peters drills a two-run homer and Dave Buhay stars on the mound to help Slatington gain a 7-2 Lehigh Valley League win over Stroudsburg. The Peters blast comes in the first inning and gives Buhay a lead he would never lose. The Bulldogs' pitcher tosses a complete game, scattering seven hits while striking out 13. Rick Gruber collects a pair of hits, one of them a two-run double, while Bill Snyder scores two runs.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For the first time this week the sun was shining bright at Mahanoy Stadium, Weatherly was donning its bright orange jerseys, and with the way freshman pitcher Kelly Parker pitched Tuesday afternoon the Wreckers future certainly looks bright.

Parker went seven strong innings, striking out eight, allowing just five hits. A feat that a freshman pitcher on a post season stage is not usually known for, but time and again Parker showed that age is just a number.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MINERSVILLE – For the first three innings of Tuesday's District 11 Class A quarterfinal game between Marian and Minersville, the Big Blue Machine looked rusty, broken and out of sync.

Something just wasn't right.

Minersville needed a quick fix.

They got it over the final three innings, as the Big Blue Machine functioned like a well-oiled machine, en route to a 13-4 victory over the Fillies.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Grace Baker (4) goes high to head the ball away from Whitehall's Kayla Cunningham (23).

WHITEHALL – Northwestern coach Kelly Bleam called them "golden opportunities."

Bleam was referring to several first half scoring chances that her Tigers had in the District 11 semifinals against Whitehall on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for Northwestern, none of those golden opportunities were turned into goals.

That proved to be a recipe for disaster.

While the Tigers struggled to find the back of the net, Whitehall grabbed a first half lead and methodically controlled play after intermission to post a 3-0 victory.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Linda Rothrock/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Connor Cardenas looks towards second base after Northampton's Jeff Sell scores on a base hit.

NORTHAMPTON - The situation was eerily similar to Saturday.

Fortunately for Pleasant Valley, though, the result was different.

Just two days after watching a seemingly comfortable advantage evaporate against Stroudsburg in the Mountain Valley Conference championship, the Bears faced another opponent attempting a last-minute rally.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chris Herren's story of his rise and fall in the game of basketball and his battles with substance abuse have become very well known on the national level. His story has been documented in various mediums including a book he co-wrote with Providence Journal columnist Bill Reynolds entitled Basketball Junkie; A Memoir and through ESPN's popular documentary series 30 for 30 entitled Unguarded.

Herren's ability to overcome his addictions is a fantastic tale in its own right, but it's what Herren does with his time now that's really impressive.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Michael A Heery/Special to THE TIMES NEWS After receiving a standing ovation for his presentation about the dangers of substance abuse, former NBA player Chris Herren signed autographs for those in attendance.

Former NBA player Chris Herren gave a moving talk about the dangers of substance abuse on Thursday evening at Lehighton Area High School Auditorium.

"I can remember sitting in on drug talks like this one and always thinking, 'That will never be me,'" said Herren. "Well, I'm here to tell you that it can happen to anyone – from any family. I don't care who your parents are or where you live."

He emphasized the importance of open lines of communication between parents and children.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 22, 1961 Terry Watto breaks a tie game with a sixth-inning RBI triple and Jim Thorpe hangs on to post a 3-2 Mountain League victory over White Haven. Watto's extra-base hit drives in Don Deemer, who scores two runs in the contest. Bernie Strubinger makes the lead stand by retiring the side in order in the sixth and seventh frame. Strubinger finishes with a complete-game three-hitter. The Olymians also receive an RBI hit from Stroud Hiller.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Former Phillie third-baseman David Bell made his Coca-Cola debut as manager for the Louisville Bats.

Bell spent just over three and a half seasons with the Phillies (2003-2006). While the teams he was on could not break the glass ceiling of second place, they did set the foundation for greater things.

"It was a great experience because of the people I met and good teammates that were around me," Bell reflected. "It was good to see people I played with win it all. (Philly) is the best place in baseball to win a World Series."