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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The popular Phillies Home Run Derby will be making its annual visit to Lehighton on Thursday, July 28.

The Home Run Derby is being sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies and the Borough of Lehighton. The starting time has been set for 9 a.m.

The contest is open for all boys and girls, ages 7-12. The contest is being held at Baer Memorial Park. Official entry forms will be available at the field the day of the contest.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tyler Haydt has suddenly become the man to beat at Mahoning Valley Speedway as the 26-year old from Kunkletown, fresh off his 100-lap Modified win a week ago, raced to his second straight victory which in the process also padded his point lead.

Haydt's third win of the year came in a highly competitive feature that through most of the distance saw the front runners faceoff in a tight bunch with the likes of Chip Santee, Don Wagner, John Bennett, Zane Zeiner and Lonnie Haydt all racing under a blanket.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PERKASIE There's a reason there are three outs in an inning.

And Tamaqua Blue's 9-10 all-stars showed exactly why in the opening round of the Section 6 tournament.

Every run the District 18 champions scored Tuesday came with two outs. And every one of those runs was needed as the team hung on for a nail-biting 15-14 victory over Pocono Mountain East.

"Our kids never give up," said Tamaqua Blue head coach Scott Hamm. "Whether there's no outs, one out, two outs or we're trailing, they just don't give up. We keep swinging until the three outs are made.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Franklin Township earned a win over Lansford in the Panther Valley 11-12 Little League tournament.

In a 9-10 game, Lansford also gained a victory, defeating Anthracite White.

11-12 YEAR OLDS

Franklin Township-Lansford

Damian Mele pitched a strong game for Franklin Township, giving up six hits and three runs while striking out nine in a 7-3 win.

Noah Sensinger came in and shut down Lansford in two innings. He gave up only one hit and struck out two for the save.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tamaqua Penn Medical's Nick Thrash pitches during Tuesday's game against in-town rival Tamaqua Valley Athletic, which Thrash's team won, 13-9. RON GOWER/ TIMES NEWS

Just before last night's game, Troy Reinhardt sent a text message to his baseball coach stating he feels he has the confidence for a better spot in the batting order.

The coach, Dr. Peter Baddick, went along with the request and moved Reinhardt from ninth in the order to fourth. What dividends the move paid.

Reinhardt hit two home runs - including a grand slam. He drove in eight runs. As if his batting wasn't enough, he then closed on the mound, pitching out of a jam by striking out three batters in a row.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 13, 1986 Cazzie Kosciolek tosses a one-hit shutout to lead Summit Hill to a 12-0 victory over McAdoo in the District 18 Little League tournament. Kosciolek, who walks two and strikes out 11, also paces the team's offense with a homer, double, single and four RBIs. Perry Shelton and Joe Gillespie each finish the contest with two hits and three RBIs while Fenton Black chips in with two hits and a run scored.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nathan Halenar, third from left, makes presentation of awards to top finishers in the 12th annual 2 Saints Scamper held in Summit Hill, Saturday. Halenar was co-chairman of the event. Winners are, from left, Tom Lager of Jim Thorpe, top male walker; Maria Szczecina of Summit Hill, top female walker; Anthony Powell of Lansford, overall male finisher; and Amber Carroll of Tamaqua, overall female finisher. Looking on are Kristen Halenar, co-chairman, and Fr. Jim Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Anthony Powell of Lansford of Amber Carroll of Tamaqua were the top overall finishers in the 12th annual 2 Saints Scamper in Summit Hill, Saturday.

The event is sponsored by St. Joseph's Church of Summit Hill and is a prelude to the annual St. Joseph's Festival, which will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

There were a total of 55 participants in his year's event, which is a 5k (3.1 miles) running and walking race.

Two of the participants were accompanied by pet dogs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 12, 1991 Troy George delivers at the plate and on the mound to help Palmerton earn an 11-4 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Whitehall. George collects two hits, scores two runs and knocks in a pair to aid his own cause. The right-hander allows four unearned runs, six hits and strikes out six. Palmerton uses a seven-run second inning to take control of the contest. Marc Carazo and Tony Tobia both end with two hits and two runs scored while Travis Williams adds three RBIs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Two locals fare well in Pitch, Hit and Run event

During the spring, West Penn Softball held its annual Pitch, Hit and Run Competition at the West Penn Park. Shayna Dietrich, left, and Emily Lawson, right, took first place at the local event. From there the two advanced to Sectionals, which was held at Reading Phillies Stadium, and again the two won the competition. That earned a spot at Regionals, which was held June 25 at Citizens Bank Park home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Dietrich, of New Ringgold, gained a second place finish in the U14 age group while Lawson, of Tamaqua, captured third place in U8.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) had another week of volleyball at the Black Diamond Park in Coaldale posting Tuesday and Thursday's action.

Sandstorm won all six of their games in the week, increasing their team record for the better.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Diggers Wit Attitude-Sandstorm

Sandstorm started it off with a three game sweep against Diggers Wit Attitude 25-15, 25-5, 25-15.

Kyle Nevenglosky scored 21 points and eight aces in the Sandstorm win.

Zach Midas scored four points in Digger's loss.