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Saturday, June 27, 2015

This column has espoused two beliefs for more than 20 years.

Belief #1: What works for me will work for you if and this is a big if you experiment with the practice, recognize how your goals and abilities are different from mine, and adjust the practice to suit your needs.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Zach Palansky pitched a solid game Thursday to lead the Berlinsville Braves to a 3-2 Blue Mountain League win over the Limeport Dodgers.

Palansky went the distance, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Nick Rodriguez delivered a two-run double in the sixth inning to chase home the tying and eventual game-winning run.

Dillon Dunne had a pair of hits, one a double, and scored a run for Berlinsville.

Kyle Lupas added a hit and run scored while Cody Hallman chipped in with an RBI.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
ron gower/times news Anthracite pitcher Gavin Garcia puts the tag on Valley East baserunner Stas Hughes.

The old adage "it's not how you start it's how you finish" certainly didn't apply to the Valley East 11-12 year-old baseball squad on Friday. That's because after its performance it has come up with a new slogan: "If you start by scoring a bunch of runs then it makes it a lot easier to finish with success."

East put six runs on the board in the first inning, cruising to an 11-2 District 18 11-12 year-old first round victory over Anthracite.

As noted, East burst onto the District 18 scene on Friday with six first inning runs.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Darrun Hilliard got a phone call from his agent and left his Bethlehem living room right before the Detroit Pistons selected him with the 38th pick in the second round of Thursday's NBA Draft. The Liberty graduate knew his name was going to be broadcast across the country, but wanted to watch the reaction of his family through the window of his home.

Shortly before midnight, you can say that the Hilliard household made a lot of noise and Hilliard took it all in from a distance. It was a surreal night for one of Bethlehem's sons and one that he will always remember.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Mike Feifel/times news Franklin Township shortstop Drew Lorenz looks at the umpire for a call after tagging Joe Wargo of Tri-County at second base. Wago was out on the play.

It would be understandable for any player to be anxious prior to the first game of the District 18 11-12 year-old Little League Tournament.

For many, the event represents one of the biggest opportunities of the season, offering players a chance to shine and show off their skills against a wide range of competition.

Nerves didn't seem to be a problem for Franklin Township, which made the most of its chances in Friday night's opener against Tri County, cruising to an 8-2 victory.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Anne Paisley, Barnesville, and state park environmental education specialist Robin Tracey take a break during trail maintenance recently.

Now that the last day of school has come and gone, what are the kids going to do all summer? Have you already heard the famous complaint, "There's nothing to do!"? Are you already out of ideas?

Well, we hope not, because there are many things to do and all of them benefit the outdoors. Volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, all over the state, are easy to find.

Oh, you think, but I can't handle the physical labor in the heat. Or, I don't know anything about landscaping or trail maintenance.

Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26, 1943 Bobbie Shinton stars on the mound to help Lansford gain a 5-2 Panther Valley League victory over Mauch Chunk. Shinton doesn't start the game but enters as a reliever with just one out in the first inning. He tosses eight and two-thirds innings, giving up just three hits and an unearned run while striking out five. The winning pitcher also delivers an RBI single to help his cause. Lenny Scheese collects three hits for Lansford while Ted Vitek finishes with two hits and a pair of stolen bases.

Friday, June 26, 2015
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northern Valley first baseman John Taylor reaches for a throw as West Allentown's Tajae Botz races down the base line.

It wasn't Northern Valley's typical path to victory, but it still helped the Chargers hold onto their playoff position.

The Chargers fell behind 3-0 in the first inning, but came back to score 11 runs over the next three innings to beat West Allentown, 11-6 Thursday at Northern Lehigh High School.

The win keeps Northern Valley in sixth place in the Lehigh Valley Legion standings with four games remaining. The top eight teams make the LVL playoff tournament.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Dugan pitches her way to the top

Palmerton head coach Robert Hock wasn't worried too much about his pitchers before the start of the 2015 softball season.

With the likes of last year's ace Kendra Pekurny back and juniors Reese Dugan and Shelby Gower up and coming hurlers, Hock had the luxury of being able to switch things up if he chose.

When Pekurny was injured during the third game of the season against Salisbury, Hock's plan was to switch things up depending on who the team was facing. That never really happened.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Tamaqua first baseman Owen Bates (right) tags out Pottsville's Aiden Liptoki while assisting in rundown between third base and home.

Down, but never out.

There were several occasions during Thursday night's Schuylkill-Berks Legion contest against Tamaqua where it appeared the deficit was simply too much for a weary Pottsville team to overcome.

Not for this group.

Despite a relentless schedule that forced the Lions to spend what seemed like every day playing a game, the group found a way to get it done against the Blue Sox when it mattered most.