Colts get combined no-hitter
bob ford/times news Alura Bellis of Pleasant Valley slides safely across the plate.
A pair of Marian pitchers combined to no-hit Lourdes in scholastic baseball action on Monday.
Other baseball highlights included extra inning victories by both Lehighton and Northern Lehigh.
Derrick Heffelfinger singled up the middle to score Tyler Harris with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Lehighton edged Stroudsburg, 9-8, in a Mountain Valley Conference game.
Heffelfinger's hit capped a dramatic final two innings for the Indians (5-3, 1-1), who rallied for three runs with two outs in the seventh inning to force extra innings.
In the seventh, Tyler Hill laced a two-out, two strike single to start the rally. Heffelfinger followed with a hit and Kyle Hunter laced a two-run double to make it 8-7. Hunter moved to third on a throwing error and scored the tying run on a single by Jacen Nalesnik.
Hill had three hits and three runs scored for Lehighton. Hunter added two hits and three RBIs; Heffelfinger had two hits and thee runs scored; and Nalesnik added two hits and two RBIs.
Stroudsburg 300 030 20 - 8 10 4
Lehighton 300 101 31 - 9 15 2
Eilenberger, Crowe (6), Bennie (8) and Forth.; Hunter, Harris (6) and Nalesnik. W-Harris. L-Crowe.
Weatherly (0-6, 0-3) had the tough task of dealing with Minersville and its strong offense as the Miners pulled off a 19-0 win.
Minervsille's Dave King finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
Weatherly's Keith Barna was 1-for-2 with two stolen bases.
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Weatherly 000 0 - 0 1 5
Barton and Brophy; Filloy, Barna (2) and Walton. W-Barton. L-Filloy.
Kirk Bender's single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Matt Gill with the winning run as Northern Lehigh edged Catasauqua, 4-3.
Gill opened the Bulldog eighth with a triple. After a pair of intentional walks, Bender delivered the walk-off hit.
Jake Kern pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out two, to earn the pitching victory.
Gill had a triple, a single and scored a run for the Bulldogs (4-2, 4-0). Eric Snyder had two hits and two RBIs while Joe Seremula and Tyler Bolton both chipped in a pair of hits.
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No. Lehigh 000 102 01 - 4 9 1
Taves and Yost; Snyder, Kern (8) and Hoch. W-Kern. L-Taves.
The Tigers jumped out to an eight-run lead after three inning and held on for a 13-10 Colonial League win over the Slaters (2-3, 2-2).
Ty Cunningham hit a three-run homer for the Tigers (4-3, 2-2) in the first inning and Colton Breininger blasted a three-run shot in the fifth inning. Billy Moyer also had two hits.
Bangor 002 060 2 - 10 9 1
Northwestern 505 030 x - 13 10 2
Guiseppi, Wagner (5) and, Peicher (6) and Glueck; Kester, Wehr (3), Bachman (4), Wehr (5) and Boyd. WP - Wehr. HR: NW - Cunningham (1st, 2 on), Breininger (5th, 2 on)
Jim Stavinski and Ryan Gimbi combined to toss a no-hitter as Marian posted a 10-0 Schuylkill League victory over Lourdes.
Stavinsky stuck out two and walked five in four and a third innings. Gimbi finished out the six-inning, mercy rule victory by striking out four and walking one.
Joe Kloap had the big blow offensively for the Colts (4-1, 3-0), who posted their third straight mercy rule victory. Kloap blasted a three-run homer in the second inning.
Also contributing to the Marian win were Justin Petrovich (three hits, one RBI) and Stavinsky (two hits, two RBIs).
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Lourdes 000 000 - 0 0 0
Stavinski, Gimbi (5) and Nietz, Pilla (6); Hager, Pennypacker (2), Menapace (6) and Wasco. W-Stavinsky. L-Hager.
Dylan Evans helped his own cause with two hits, including a solo home run in the sixth inning to lead the Green Knights past the Blue Bombers 3-0 in Colonial League action.
Nick Brogan, the losing pitcher, had two hits for Palmerton.
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Pen Argyl 011 001 x - 3 4 0
Brogan and Hahn; Evans and T. Young. WP - Evans. HR: Pen Argyl - Evans (6th, none on).
The Crimson Tide jumped on the Panthers for five runs in the first inning and rolled to a 14-3 five-inning win in Schuylkill League play.
Kevin Miranda was four-for-four with four RBIs for Pottsville (2-4, 2-0).
Greg Pecha was three-for-three, scored a run and had one RBI and Jeff Corby had two hits for the Panthers (5-1, 1-1).
Pottsville 530 51 - 14 16 2
Panther Vy. 101 01 - 3 10 2
Schappell, Haughney (5) and Hook; Oecha, McAvoy (4) and Marouchoc, Pecha (4). W- Schappell. L - Pecha.
The Blue Raiders exploded offensively in the first inning, putting up seven runs and staved off a brutal comeback by the Olympians for the 9-8 win.
Derek Linkhorst was 2-for-3 on the night with a run scored and one RBI for Tamaqua (2-3). Teammates Eric James and Anthony Bumbulsky aided in the effort as James was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Bumbulsky was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
For Jim Thorpe (0-6), Zach Knox was 3-for-4, as he scored twice and had two RBIs. Danny Russo also had a nice outing going 2-for-4.
Tamaqua 710 010 0 - 9 9 2
Jim Thorpe 150 110 0 - 8 8 3
Streisel, Palsgrove (5) and Wittig; Janecki, Stermer (1) and Knox. W - Palsgrove, L - Janecki.
Allie Sotak tossed a four-hit shutout, striking out eight, to lead Tamaqua to a 12-0 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.
Jordan Nowacki had two hits, three RBIs and scored a run for the Raiders. Lauren Mateyak added two hits and two runs scored while Chey Bates had a single and two RBIs.
Tamaqua 103 404 - 12 8 1
Jim Thorpe 000 000 - 0 4 4
Sotak and Zancofsky; Tillou and Milliard. W - Sotak. L - Tillou.
The Lady Bulldogs scored early and often enough to pull out a 12-2 four and a half inning win over Catasauqua.
Jocelyn Rodrigues and Payton Marunich both homered in the second inning, to blow the game open. Rodrigues' home run was a three-run blast, and she finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Marunich's homer was three runs as well and she also finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and scored two runs. Julie Wagaman contributed with a 2-for-4 showing with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Northern Lehigh improves to 4-2 overall, 3-1 in the Colonial League.
Catasauqua 010 01 - 2 2 3
Northern Lehigh 192 0x - 12 11 1
Kern and Geseck; Lear and Bowman. W - Lear. L- Kern. HR: Rodrigues (2nd, two on), Marunich (2nd, two on).
Northwestern surrendered three first inning runs, but dominated the rest of the way to defeat Bangor, 13-3, in a Colonial League game.
Jackie Wear had three hits and five RBIs to lead the Tigers to the mercy rule victory. Lauren Horner added a single, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored.
Tori Papp bounced back from a shaky start to fire a complete-game three hitter.
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Northwestern 050 422 - 13 13 7
Nystrand, Brands (6) and Cobler; Papp and Wear. W - Papp. L - Nystrand.
The Green Knights rode the hot pitching of Taylor Presby as she gave up just two hits and fanned 14 for an 8-1 victory over the Lady Bombers (4-2, 3-1) to take over sole possession of the Colonial League North Division lead.
Michelle Rickert's RBI double in the sixth inning accounted for the lone Palmerton run.
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Pen Argyl 103 040 x - 8 10 0
Herring and Arner; Presby and Stem. W - Presby. L-Herring.
The Indians put on a late rally with a run in the seventh, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Mounts held on for a 2-1 Mountain Valley Conference win.
Lauren Poremba reached second base on an error, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error for Lehighton's (2-4, 0-2) lone run.
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Lehighton 000 000 1 - 1 3 2
Berger and Noyes; Poremba and Smith. W - Berger. L-Poremba.
Kayla Knight and Alexa Nemeth combined to fire a four-hitter and lead Marian to a 6-2 Schuylkill league victory over Lourdes.
Knight was the winning pitcher. She struck out six and allowed one earned run in five innings of work. Nemeth struck out five in two innings of relief to earn the save.
Abby Burkhardt and Nine Curran both had two hits for Marian (2-3, 1-2). Abbey Hill added an RBI double.
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Lourdes 000 110 0 - 2 4 5
Knight, Nemeth (6) and Hill; Rosini and Kohala. W - Knight. L - Rosini.
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The Bears put up five runs in the second inning and never looked back in shutting out the Cavaliers 8-0 in MVC play.
Diane Klapath led the Bears (6-0, 2-0) with three singles, one run scored and one RBI. Rachel Sisco added a single, double, one run and two RBIs and Alura Bellis had a single, double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Meagan Fitzgerald was the winning pitcher striking out nine, walking one and allowing one hit.
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Pleas. Vy. 050 012 x - 8 11 0
Cabral and Fryer; Fitzgerald and Borger. W - Fitzgerald. L- Cabral.
The Crimson Tide exploded in the third and fourth innings to hand the Panthers a 25-0 Schuylkill League setback.
Kristen Gates got the lone hit for the Panthers (1-5), a single in the fourth inning.
Stephanie Sweat had four hits and six RBIs for Pottsville.
Pottsville 02(10) (13) - 25 19
Panther Vy. 000 0 - 0 1
Snowell and Hullihan; Snisky and Ogozalek. W - Snowell. L-Snisky. HR: Pottsville - Miske (4th, three on).
Katie Hallingstad's first-half goal accounted for all the scoring as Northwestern edged Notre Dame of Green Pond, 1-0, in a Colonial League game.
The Tigers (5-2, 3-1) finished with a commanding 24-4 advantage in shots.
Kelly Boyd got the shutout in the Northwestern goal, making two saves.
Moravian Academy scored a pair of second half goals to post a 4-2 Colonial League victory over Northern Lehigh.
The Bulldogs (0-7, 0-5) were tied at halftime thanks to goals by Brianna Riddick and Kristin Leskowich. Victoria Tadman-Ubele assisted on both the goals.
Moravian Academy (3-3, 3-2) held a 24-14 advantage in shots.
Emily Mulcahy made 11 saves in net for Northern Lehigh.
The Pirates pulled away with two goals in the second half to blank the Lady Bombers 3-0 in Colonial League play.
Palmerton's Kelsey Eaton picked up six saves in goal for the Bombers.
The Cougars picked up a couple of singles wins and added a doubles triumph for a 3-2 win over the Olympians.
Sam Lux picked up a win at No.1 singles and Mitch Franko and Dan Meader notched a victory at No. 2 doubles for Jim Thorpe.
Hazleton 3, Jim Thorpe 2
Sam Lux (JT) def. Tom Delahanty 6-1, 6-4; Peter Gallagher (H) def. Zach Ligenza 6-4, 6-4; L.J. Sidari (H) def. James Dennis 6-2, 6-7 (7-4).
Greg Breznik/Nick Barna (H) def. Oliver Schultz/Jack Mohn 7-5, 3-6, 6-3; Mitch Franko/Dan Meader (JT) def. Zach Hayes/Mike Kimmel 5-2, 6-2, 2-6.
Janelle Kern led Northern Lehigh to a 13-3 victory over Catasauqua.
Kern was the winning pitcher, striking out seven. She also led the offense with a three-run double. Also playing well for the Bulldogs were Janel Park (two hits, three RBIs), Allie Beltz (two hits) and Timmi Fiske (two hits).
Alex Storm came within one out of a no-hitter as Lehighton rolled to a 12-1 five-inning victory over Northern Lehigh.
AJ Wenrich, Joe Oriel, Parker David, Josh Kern and PJ Salerno all had two hits for the Indians (5-1).
Stroudsburg posted a 13-6 victory over Lehighton to remain undefeated.
Alex Storm, Darren Wanamaker and Graham Strauss led Lehighton offensively.