Friday, July 31, 2015

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 7, 1951 Lee Kuntz tosses a three-hitter to help Lehighton post a 10-2 Tri-County League victory over Mauch Chunk. Kuntz gets touched for two runs and the three hits over the first three innings but pitches no-hit ball for the final six frames. He finishes with three walks and six strikeouts. Charlie "Mort" Stroup collects a single, double and triple to lead Lehighton's offense. "Rocky" Rothermel adds two hits while Kuntz helps his own cause with a triple and two runs scored. Danny Franks chips in with a hit and a pair of runs.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Summit Hill 18250 Adult Summer Basketball League recently kicked off its season. The league, under the leadership of officers Brian Dolena, Shaun Midas, and Dave McAndrew, will feature four teams with players from the Panther Valley and Tamaqua areas. League action will take place Thursday and Sunday evenings at the Ginter Field Basketball Courts.

Thursday, July 2

Parambo's Funeral-Miller Contracting

Jake Szczecina scored five of his team's seven points in overtime to lead Parambo's Funeral Home to a 54-51 win in the league's tipoff.

Monday, July 6, 2015

It was never going to be easy.

And why would it be?

After Tamaqua dropped its last three games of the regular season to let the North Division title slip to Valley View, the task of upending Fleetwood in the qualifier round of the Schuylkill-Berks Legion playoffs seemed an unenviable task.

While the seventh seeded Blue Sox had finished the year on a losing streak, the Wildcats entered on a five-game tear. Fleetwood also won both games of a doubleheader between the teams by scores of 4-3 and 10-5 on June 7.

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6, 1974 Conrad "Smokey" Everett strikes out 12 batters and earns the pitching win as Palmerton defeats Northwestern, 7-2, in Lehigh Valley Legion action. Everett allows a first-inning run but tosses six scoreless frames before exiting the game. George Kurtz collects three hits, two of them triples, to lead Palmerton's offense. John Strohl contributes a pair of hits and a run scored while John Szukics and Ed Naab chip in with RBI singles. For Northwestern, Clair Fries finishes with two hits and an RBI.

Monday, July 6, 2015
ron gower/times news Tamaqua's Luke VanBuskirk unwinds with a pitch against Freeland.

Tamaqua 11-12 year old Little League coach Mike VanBuskirk described last week's opening round loss to Valley East as a "wake-up call."

It's certainly safe to say that his squad is now surely wide-awake.

Tamaqua put on an absolute hit parade against Freeland and won yet another game which kept them alive in the double-elimination tournament.

VanBuskirk's squad scored double-digit runs in both the first and second innings and defeated Freeland in a four-inning affair, 32-7.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Numerous area teams were in action over the weekend in their respective tournaments.

Coaches and scorekeepers are reminded to submit their results to


D-4 13-year-old Tournament

Franklin Twp-GHHT

Lucas Sangiuliano had three hits and scored a pair of runs to help Franklin Township open tournament play with a 16-4 victory over Greater Hazleton-Hazle Township Sunday.

Franklin Township used a seven-run fifth inning to widen a 4-2 advantage.

Monday, July 6, 2015

With the Fourth of July celebrations behind us, it could mean only one thing: All-Star Baseball.

As most of the major league baseball fans gear up to watch the Kansas City Royals face the National League All-Stars, we can take a moment to look at true all-star teams that may be more representative than its highly publicized and more popular counterpart.

Friday, July 3, 2015
1959 Mountain League baseball champs inducted

The 1959 Jim Thorpe Olympian baseball team was the first in school history to win a league championship.

The team finished with an overall record of 10-4, including an 8-2 mark in the Mountain League. They were undefeated in first half league play but finished in a second half tie when they lost their only regular season league game to White Haven. The Olympians lost a special playoff game to White Haven that decided the second half winner but came back to beat White Haven in the Mountain League championship game, 3-0, when Phil "Pip" Rader pitched a no-hitter.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 3, 1986 Bill Fauzio tosses a two-hitter and blasts a go-ahead homer to help Lehighton post a 3-1 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Palmerton. Fauzio walks one and strikes out two. He breaks a tie game in the bottom of the sixth inning with his solo homer. Pete Shanton delivers an RBI single later in the frame to add an insurance run. Palmerton's Jim Christman, who scores his team's only run, receives the hard-luck loss. Christman allows just three hits and two walks while fanning six.

Friday, July 3, 2015

One of the longest home runs I ever hit occurred when my team did not need me to hit a home run.

Ahead by two runs in the later innings of an important Legion playoff baseball game with runners on second and third and possessing pitchers not nearly as accomplished as our hitters, my team just needed me to make contact, hit the ball past the drawn-in infield, and tack on at least one insurance run. I thought I was right on a first-pitch fastball, but fouled it off. On the second pitch, I got fooled by a curve.