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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
South Parkland's Craig Miller slides into second base as Lehighton's Kyle McAvoy tries to take hold of the ball and get the out. Miller was safe on the play. NANCY SCHOLZ /Special to THE TIMES NEWS

COPLAY - It's tough to imagine anything being more difficult for a baseball player than watching a walk-off hit by the opposing team in the 11th inning of a championship game after three-plus hours of hard-fought baseball.

But Lehighton pitcher Pat Janecki might have experienced something even worse at Sam Balliet Stadium on Tuesday night.

After allowing just one earned run in 10 innings of work, Janecki sat in the dugout as Andy Brandstetter hit the game-winning double into right field to send South Parkland to a 4-3 win in the Lehigh Valley Legion Championship game.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tamaqua's All-Stars won their first two games in the District 11 Little League 10-11 year-old Tournament, which is being hosted by Bill Angst Stadium on Dutch Hill in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua-Hazleton

Tamaqua defeated Hazleton 6-4 in the first round of the District 18 tournament.

Eddie Titus pitched 4 innings, striking out six batters and walking four to earn the victory. Ethan Kuczynski came on in relief to finish the game.

Tamaqua-Valley East

Tamaqua defeated Valley East 2-1 in the second round.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Andy Tracy of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs reacts after one of his hits just misses clearing the fence in the Triple A Home Run Derby at Coca-Cola Park.

ALLENTOWN - As fans tried to get comfortable in their seats, "Mother Nature" had different plans on Monday night for the Triple A Home Run Derby as part of a prelude to Wednesday's All-Star game at Coca-Cola Park.

Just after the eight contestants were introduced, the skies opened up for what turned out to be a 90-minute delay. Intermittent rain drops continued to fall once the festivities began, but it didn't stop the overflow crowd from witnessing a bitter battle to the end by Andy Tracy of the host IronPigs and Durham's Dan Johnson.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A big race for Anthony

Tony DeGiosio will tackle two separate obstacles, both at the same time.

The 42-year-old Summit Hill native will take part in his first Olympic-distance triathlon on Sunday, July 18, at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. One part of the challenge will be for himself.

The event will test his stamina and provide a personal benchmark for fitness.

"I had to build myself up from not even knowing how to swim one year ago," says DeGiosio, who works in the pharmaceutical profession.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2010 PANTHER VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

9-10 year-old Tournament Schedule

(all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Monday, July 12

Franklin Township Gray at Franklin Township White, postponed

Towamensing at Jim Thorpe, postponed to Tuesday, July 13, 7:30

Tamaqua White at Tamaqua Blue, postponed

Lansford bye

Wednesday, July 14

Towamensing at Lansford

Tamaqua White at Franklin Township White

Tamaqua Blue at Jim Thorpe

Franklin Township Gray bye

Friday, July 16

Lansford at Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July 13, 1993 Jason Zimmerman collects two hits, one of them a home run, to help Northwestern gain a 9-5 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Lehighton. The winners break open the game with a six-run second inning. Scott Reitz delivers the big hit, a bases-loaded triple, in the inning while winning pitcher Chad Farber adds an RBI single.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2010 PANTHER VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

11-12 year old Schedule

(All games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Friday, July 9

Franklin Township 8, Lansford 0

Jim Thorpe Red 11, Towamensing 1

Sunday, July 11

Franklin Township 16, Jim Thorpe Red 2

Jim Thorpe Blue at Tamaqua Blue, postponed

Tuesday, July 13

Tamaqua Blue at Lansford, postponed

Jim Thorpe Red at Jim Thorpe Blue, postponed

Towamensing at Franklin Township

Thursday, July 15

Jim Thorpe Blue at Towamensing

Monday, July 12, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua third baseman Cody Scherer puts the tag on Valley West baserunner Ty Shaffer during the District 18 age 9-10 Little League championship game yesterday in West Hazleton. Valley West won the game, 10-9.

It's hard to believe that the Valley West All-Star 9-and-10 year old team, which took the field on Saturday and Sunday, was the same squad that had played Tamaqua last Thursday.

Last Thursday, Tamaqua pummeled the Valley West squad 13-1, in the first game of the best of three series in the District 18 tournament. The mercy rule was applied in the game.

On Saturday in the second game, Valley West and Tamaqua waged a seesaw battle, with the Luzerne players coming from behind to even the series, winning 6-5.

Monday, July 12, 2010

July 12, 1972 Joe Matalone collects three hits, one a home run, and scores three runs to help Nesquehoning cruise to a 15-3 victory over Tamaqua in the District 18 Little League tournament. Matalone also gains the pitching win, allowing just five hits. Bruce Nalesnik contributes four hits and scores three times while Steve Feddock adds three hits and a run. The winners also receive a double and three runs scored from George Malik.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Valley Athletic Supply still sits at the top of the standings of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's summer volleyball league after another week of play. Sandstorm picked up six wins this week to stay in second place.

Sandstorm

-Pup N' Suds

Sandstorm took all three games against Pup N' Suds by scores of 25-8, 25-13, 25-9. Christa Mantz had 21 service points, including five aces, for Sandstorm. Kyle Nevenglosky scored 14 service points, including six aces.

Volleyball Cronies-Prestige Worldwide