Indians and Bulldogs get shutout wins
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Devon Bizarre easily steals second base ahead of the throw, while guarding the bag is Marian shortstop Ashley Donlan.
Lehighton and Northern Lehigh both scored shutout wins on the baseball diamond, while Marian blankes Weatherly in girls softball on Friday.
Lehighton had its offense in high gear as it routed Dieruff, 17-0, in a mercy rule shortened three inning game.
Tyler Hill had two doubles, a triple and two RBIs for the Indians. Jager Ziegenfuss also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs. Lehighton's power came from Jacen Nalesnik, who had two hits, including a three-run homer, and Steve Shanton, who belted a two-run homer.
Cole Rex tossed the shutout for the Indians (4-0).
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Rex and Nalesnik; Rodrigues, Verdejo (2), Aribas (2), Foster (#) and Santiago. W-Rex. L-Rodrigues. HR - Lehighton: Nalesnik (2nd, two on), Shanton (3rd, one on).
Pleasant Valley forced extra innings with a six-run seventh inning and then scored two runs in the 10th to gain an 8-6 non-league win over Easton.
Dan Hrbek pitched five scoreless innings of relief to earn the mound win. Hrbek allowed just three hits and struck out three. At the plate, he added two hits, scored a run and knocked in one.
Derrik Walling also had a big game for the Bears (3-2). Walling went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Drew Borger had two hits and scored two runs while Rob Getz added a double and a triple.
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Agosta, Beidleman (4), Hrbek (6) and Weismeth, Cardenas; Souders, Bisci (7), Beinlich (7) and Bryant. W - Hrbek. L - Beinlich.
Notre Dame-No. Lehigh
Jake Kern fired a two-hit shutout to lead Northern Lehigh to a 2-0 Colonial League victory Notre Dame.
Kern struck out seven and walked just one to help the Bulldogs improve to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the CL.
Kern also helped his own cause by doubling home Trevor Yashur in the opening inning. The Bulldogs' other run scored in the sixth inning when Dylan Bolton and Zach Polansky laced back-to-back two-out doubles.
Bolton had two of Northern Lehigh's four hits.
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Dillard and Salimbe; Kern and Bender. W-Kern. L-Dillard.
Blue Mountain erupted for 11 first inning runs and went on to beat Tamaqua, 17-0, in a Schuylkill League game.
Mark Harding had a pair of extra base hits, three RBIs and two runs scored for the Blue Eagles (4-1). Bill Reynolds had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
For Tamaqua (4-2, 1-1), Derrek Linkhorst had a double.
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Reinhardt, Palsgrove (1), Roberts (2) and Roberts, George (2); Cryts and Reynolds. W-Cryts. L-Reinhardt.
The Fillies (4-0, 2-0) pulled away from the Lady Wreckers with three in the fifth and two more in the sixth as they went on to gain a 8-0 Schuylkill League Division III contest.
Abbey Hill was four-for-four with two RBI, Alexa Nemeth had a double and a single with one RBI. Nina Curran also had a double and a single for Marian.
Kayla Knight was the winning pitcher with eight strikeouts. Kristen Parker suffered the loss.
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Parker and Dougherty; Knight and Hill. WP - Knight
No. Dame (GP)
The Crusaders took advantage of eight Northern Lehigh errors and rolled to a 11-1 Colonial League victory.
Ericka Esposito was the winning pitcher, while Maggie Lear suffered the loss.
Christina Donofrio was three for four with a triple and three RBI for the Crusaders. Jamie Pohl added two hits, scored two runs and had two RBI.
Kristi Seiler had two singles for the Bulldogs.
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Esposito and Saraceno; Lear, Stubits (3) and Bowman.
The Lady Bears scored a run in the seventh to tie it and another in the eighth to turn back the Red Rovers by a 5-4 score.
No other information was received by the TIMES NEWS.
Pen Argyl-No. Lehigh
Catherine Clause and Rachel Leidy scored a pair of goals as the Green Knights picked up a 6-1 win over the Lady Bulldogs (0-8) in a Colonial league match.
Shay Edwards and Alyssa Knitter also added goals for Pen Argyl. Shelby Snyder had the lone Northern Lehigh goal.
The Green Knights outshot the Bulldogs 16-3. Northern Lehigh goalie Kaylee Owens had 10 saves, while Allie Laubach had three saves for the Knights (3-5-2).
The Roughies broke open a close game with three second half goals as they defeated the Lady Bombers 4-0 for their first win of the season in Colonial League action.
No other information was available to THE TIMES NEWS.
Anna Fricchione and Katie Hughes scored second half goals for the Tigers to give them a 2-0 win over the Slaters in a Colonial League match.
No other information was available to THE TIMES NEWS.
Karthik Shankar won the No. 1 singles championship and helped lead Stroudsburg to the win the Mountain Valley Conference championship tournament held at Pleasant Valley.
The Mountaineers also took firsts in No. 2 singles (Jeff Norris), No. 3 singles (Stephen Poorman) and No. 4 doubles (Jimmy Jencarelli and Steve Cwiakala) to finish with 28 points, followed by East Stroudsburg North with 18, Pleasant Valley 15, Pocono Mountain East 14, East Stroudsburg South 5 and Pocono Mountain West 4. Lehighton failed to score.
Other winners were Joe and Sean Leone of East Stroudsburg North in No. 2 Doubles and Ahmed Baig and Reed Holtzman of Pocono Mountain East in No. 3 Doubles.
Shankar defeated Vince Voulo of Pleasant Valley 8-2 in the No.1 singles final. Voulo defeated Mike Gallucci of ES South 8-2 and Adrian Garcia 8-7 (8-6) to reach the final.
Tom Park of Pleasant Valley finished third in No. 3 singles as he defeated Matt D'Aversa of Pocono Mountain East 8-7 (7-2).
The Bears also got points from Andrew Russo and Justin Kemmerer at No. 3 doubles where they finished fourth by beating Quinn Hulsizer and Jon Vallilee 8-4.
Jonathan Walmach and Bryan Baumgartner of Pleasant Valley lost to Mike Kaufman and Brennen Stevens of ES North 8-3 for a fourth place finish.
James Osinski and Stevie Berry of the Bears beat Abe Silva and Shawn Saunders of North in No. 4 doubles, 8-1, to finish third.
Jim Thorpe posted another win against Tamaqua, edging the Raiders by a 3-2 score.
Corey Ligenza and James Denny earned singles wins for the Olympians (2-6), whose victories this season are both against Tamaqua.
The Raiders dropped to 1-7, although their No. 1 singles player Gonzalo Hernandez-Cascante won again to remain undefeated at 8-0.
Jim Thorpe 3, Tamaqua 2
Gonzalo Hernandez-Cascante (T) def. Mitch Franko 6-0, 6-0; Corey Ligenza (JT) def. Evan Stoll 6-4, 3-6, 6-0; James Denny (JT) def. Joe Binder 6-4, 6-2.
Tom Smyth/Kyle Lawrence (JT) def. Matt Hadesty/Eric Fiorilla 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Nate Leibensberger/Christian Gardinder (T) def. Shane Bleicher/Zach Nace 6-2, 6-3.
The TIMES NEWS confirmed on Friday night that Palmerton's boys tennis team will forfeit the rest of its regular season matches this season.
Assistant Principal and Athletic Director William Congdon confirmed that the rest of the season would be scratched due to a shortage of players to participate in the remaining matches.
Devon Frey, the bombers' No. 1 singles players, will participate in the District 11 tournament.