Legion teams playing well
Lehighton won two of three recent games in Legion baseball play.
Kyle Hunter turned in a strong pitching performance, but it wasn't enough as North Parkland pulled out a 3-1 Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League victory on Friday.
Hunter tossed a complete-game and surrendered just seven hits, but was outdueled by North Parkland's Smith, who limited Lehighton to just four hits.
Hunter's RBI single in the first inning produced the only run for Lehighton (12-6).
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No. Parkland 110 010 x - 3 7
Hunter and Nalesnik; Smith and McAllister. W - Smith. L - Hunter.
Lehighton picked up a pair of wins over Lower Macungie in Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League play on Thursday.
In the continuation of a suspended from the night before, Tyler Hill singled home Casey Lawrence with the tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning to give Lehighton a 7-6 victory. The game had been suspended by darkness with the score tied 6-6 after eight innings on Wednesday.
In the regularly scheduled game, Lehighton posted a 12-6 victory over Lower Macungie.
Kyle McAvoy pitched four strong innings to pick up the win. Tyler Harris gained the save by throwing three scoreless innings.
Jacen Nalesnik and Ryan Porambo both had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Lehighton offense. Casey Lawrence added two hits and one RBI.
Lehighton also received some good news off the diamond as assistant coach Kevin Hoben came out of successful surgery at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia just before game time. Hoben was hit in the eye with a baseball during batting practice prior to Wednesday's game.
Lower Mac 300 300 0 - 6
Lehighton 008 112 0 - 12
Tamaqua jumped out to a big lead and then held on for a 6-5 Schuylkill-Berks Legion Baseball League victory over Southern Area.
The victory by Tamaqua (9-1) in the battle of the North Division's top two teams gives them sole possession of first place heading into the final week of the regular season. Southern Area falls to 7-2.
Leadoff batter Jay Pilla had a huge game for Tamaqua with two hits, three RBIs and a runs scored. Ty Rother added two hits, a run scored, and an RBI.
Mike Streisel pitched five shuouts innings before running into trouble late in the game. Streisel worked six and two-thirds inning and struck out four to get the win. Chris Pilla got the game's out to pick up the save.
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Southern Area 000 002 3 - 5 6 2
Streisel, C. Pilla (7) and James; Dohner, Berger (1), Coyne (3), Mcgee (6) and Reynolds. W-Streisel. L-Berger. S-C. Pilla.