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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.

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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.

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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.

Monday, July 16, 2012

For Tom Flanagan, the third time was the charm in finally winning a Modified feature this season. In recent weeks he had been leading on two separate occasions but had been befallen with hard luck that cost him a shot at winning. This time, however, the Bethlehem driver was not to be denied as he held off a blitz of pursuers including the late race efforts of Matt Hirschman in winning his first race of the year.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Norfolk Tides 7, IronPigs 0

Big Inning: The Tide scored four runs in the fifth inning to take control of the game as Brandon Waring and L.J. Hoes had RBI doubles off of IronPigs starter Scott Elarton.

IronPigs Hitting: The Pigs managed to get just six hits in the contest with Kevin Frandsen and Michael Spidale hitting two singles apiece, Kyle Hudson getting a double and Michael Martinez a single.

IronPigs Pitching: Elarton lasted five innings, gave up nine hits, five runs (four earned) and suffered his sixth straight loss.

Friday, July 13, 2012

EAST STROUDSBURG Greg Wierzbiki knew that East Stroudsburg Mustangs had swept the regular season series against his Towamensing Yankees.

On Thursday night in the opening round of the Keystone Babe Ruth League American Division Tournament, Wierzbiki and the rest of the Yankees prevented a third loss against the Mustangs when it mattered most.

It took Wierzbiki 156 pitches to get the job done on the mound and his Yankee teammates gave him plenty of run support in a 12-6 complete game victory over the hosts.