Panthers' Gulla no-hits Lehighton
Bob Ford/times news Vince Voulo of Pleasant Valley backhands the ball in his match against Lehighton's James Svercheck.
Panther Valley's Stephen Gulla tossed a no-hitter against Lehighton to headline Wednesday's local scholastic sports schedule.
Other highlights included, the Marian softball team and Northern Lehigh baseball team remaining unbeaten on the season.
Gulla was one man wrecking crew for Panther Valley as it cruised to a 12-0 non-league victory over previously undefeated Lehighton (5-1).
On the mound, Gulla struck out two and walked three in the Panthers' five-inning mercy-rule victory. Offensively, he had two doubles, two runs scored, and four RBI.
Also playing well for Panther Valley (2-3) were Brandon Gurka (four hits), Zach Stanko (three hits, three runs scored and three RBI), and Nick McArdle (two hits, two runs scored).
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Gulla and Marouchoc; Wenrich and Nalesnik. W-Gulla. L-Wenrich.
So. Lehigh-No. Lehigh
Northern Lehigh remained undefeated on the season at 8-0, with a 9-2 Colonial League win over Southern Lehigh.
Jake Kern was impressive on both sides of the ball, as he picked up the mound win, striking out six batters and walking three. Meanwhile, he finished 2-for-4 at the plate with two singles.
Teammates Matt Gill (2-for-3, double, two runs), Kirk Bender (2-for-3, three RBI), Kyle Schomp (triple, two RBI) and Zach Polansky (double, two RBI) all helped out offensively from the plate.
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No. Lehigh 203 400 x 9 9 1
Hendrzak, Hefel (4) and Iversen; Kern and Bender. WP - Kern. LP - Hendrzak.
The Bears scored plenty to down MVC foe Stroudsburg to defeat the Mounties 14-0.
The locals took advantage of 14 walks by their opponents and five errors, as well, to earn the win.
Chris Kershner, Derrik Walling, Russell Baldino and Adrian Concepcion all had sole hits. Drew Borger had four runs, while Kershner had a RBI.
Zavier Hammond had eight strikeouts from the mound for the PV winning effort.
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Hammond and Weismeith; Stokes, Salano (4), Bendixen (5) and Albarran. WP - Hammond, LP - Stokes.
The Royals of Pius X benefitted from seven Marian errors in their game to pull out a 11-2 win over the Colts.
From the plate, Pius got big games from Mike Camiletti, who had a double, single and two RBI, while George Dalessandro and Collin O'Connor both had two singles apiece.
For the locals, Corey Ryba was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Brandon Dopira had a double and a RBI.
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Marian 100 010 0 2 8 7
O'Connor and Labar; Gimbi, Kweder (6) and Stawick, Nietz (6). WP - O'Connor, LP - Gimbi.
Jim Thorpe-N. Schuylkill.
North Schuylkill used the strength of three two-run homers to roll to a 12-2 Schuylkill League Division I win over Jim Thorpe.
Derek Dumboski and Charlie Hutnick hit their roundtrippers in the Spartans' six-run third inning, while Dan Demansky delivered his blast in the fourth.
Hutnick had the hot bat going 3-for-4 with a single, double, homerun, two runs scored and three RBI.
Sean Green paced the Olympians with two singles and a run scored, while Dane Ciavarella recorded a two-run double in the fifth inning.
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Ciavarella, Hickey (3) and Divigneaud; Green and Weist. W - Green. L - Ciavarella. HR: NS - Dumbowski (3rd, one on), Hutnick (3rd, one on), Demansky (4th, one on)
So. Lehigh-No. Lehigh
Maggie Lear tossed a five-hit shutout as Northern Lehigh handed Southern Lehigh (7-3, 7-1) its first Colonial League loss of the season.
Lear struck out two, walked two and was aided by outstanding defense as the Bulldogs turned three double plays.
Offensively, Megan Filchner had two hits, one run scored and one RBI for the Bulldogs (5-3, 4-3). Amber Kibler had two hits and scored a run and Payton Marunich had a hit and an RBI.
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Tankred and Wilson; Lear and Bowman. W-Bowman. L-Tankred.
Marian remained unbeaten with a 15-0 non-league victory over Pius X.
All 14 players who played for the Fillies scored at least one run in the mercy-rule shortened, three-inning game. The Fillies drew nine walks and had two batters hit by pitches in the game.
Abbey Hill and Shannon Skotek led the way for Marian (6-0) with a double and three RBIs each. Sam Faust scored a pair of runs, while both Alexa Nemeth and Lindsay Nemeth had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
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Dietrich, Gonzalez (1) and LaRose; A. Nemeth and Hill. W- A. Nemeth. L- Dietrich.
Jim Thorpe-N. Schuy.
North Schuylkill scored in every inning on its way to a 10-0 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.
Cassie Lapotsky tossed a two-hitter for the Spartans. Robyn Orth had a triple and two RBI to lead North Schuylkill.
Ashley Tillo and Melissa Weber had the Olympians' only hits.
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Lapotsky and Cappel. Tillou and Weber. W-Lapotsky. L-Tillou
Saucon Valley remained undefeated in the Colonial League with a five-inning 11-0 league win over Northwestern (3-3), ended because of the 10-run rule.
Jess Mohrey led the Panthers (6-0) with a single, double and a run scored, while Paige Phillips finished with two singles and two run scored.
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Laub, Ruso (3) and Schreder; Papp, Boyer (4) and Williams. W - Laub. L - Papp.
ES South-Pleasant Vy.
Pleasant Valley blanked East Stroudsburg South for the second time this season for a 4-0 Mountain Valley Conference win.
Kria Sever and Katie Forte scored first-half goals for the Bears, while Kayla Dorney and Ema Sabovick added other scores in the second half.
PV (8-3, 7-1) held a 14-2 edge in shots and a 3-2 advantage in corners.
The Bears' keeper Sarah Elmontacir grabbed three saves to earn the shutout victory.
Lehighton gaves Mountain Valley Conference power Stroudsburg a run for its money, but two second half goals lifted the Mounties to a 2-0 victory over the hosts.
Jessica Hagy led the Mounties (8-11, 6-11) with a goal and an assist, while Kaitlyn Shaw added the other score.
The Indians' keeper Kayla Troutman was kept busy, but was able to grab 16 saves on the day. Her counterpart, Ashley Ward, recorded five saves to score the shutout win.
Lehighton fell to 2-8 overall (1-6 MVC).
Southern Lehigh got the best of Palmerton for a 4-1 Colonial League win.
Emily Cerciello led the Spartans with a goal and an assist, while Hannah Doell was credited with two assists.
Courtney Long, Sydney Janowski and Sami Moyer added single scores for the Spartans, while Shannon Sullivan contributed with an assist.
Casey Rinfret accounted for the Bombers' lone goal.
The Bombers' keeper Kelsey Eaton grabbed 19 saves.
Palmerton fell to 1-7 on the season, while Southern Lehigh improved to 8-2-1.
Palisades knocked off Northern Lehigh for a 6-0 Colonial League victory.
Kaylee Owens grabbed 17 saves between the Bulldogs' posts.
Northern Lehigh dropped to 1-8 on the season, while Palisades moved to 6-3.
In a battle of two TIMES NEWS coverage area teams, it was Pleasant Valley who grabbed local bragging rights with a 6-1 Mountain Valley Conference win over Lehighton (3-7).
The tandems of Mike Hughart/Kyle Tamaraz, Andrew Russo/Justin Kemmerer, Jonathan Walmach/Bryan Baumgartner and James Osinski/Steve Berry swept doubles' play to secure the win for the Bears (6-4).
Nick Mantz scored the Indians' lone team match win with a singles' victory.
Pleasant Vy. 6, Lehighton 1
Vince Voulo (PV) def. James Svercheck 6-1, 6-1; Nick Mantz (L) def. Mike Vargas 6-1, 6-1; Tom Park (PV) def. Dustin Ziegenfus 6-2, 6-3
Mike Hughart/Kyle Tamaraz (PV) def. Chris Windbeck/Lauren Burrows 8-2 ; Andrew Russo/Justin Kemmerer (PV) def. Deb Lobien/Jess Lobien 6-3, 6-1; Jonathan Walmach/Bryan Baumgartner (PV) def. Stephanie Slaw/Kirk Arner 8-3; James Osinski/Steve Berry (PV) def. Peter Phalin/Graham Strauss 8-0.
Jim Thorpe-PM West
The Olympians dropped a close non-league match to Pocono Mountain West, 4-3.
Picking up victories for Jim Thorpe were James Denny in a three-set singles win, while Shane Beleicher-Otto/Zach Nace and Avery Magil/Brandon Hoffman also garnered match wins.
PM West 4, Jim Thorpe 3
Collin Strunk (PMW) def. Mitch Franko 6-1, 6-2; Weston Strubert (PMW) def. Corey Ligenza 6-0, 3-6, 6-1; James Denny (JT) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
Strunk/Strubert (PMW) def. Franko/Denny 6-3, 5-7, 6-1; Pete Wieczorek/Andrei Angheluta (PMW) def. Tom Smyth/Kyle Lawrence 6-2, 1-6, 6-4; Shane Bleicher-Otto/Zach Nace (JT) def. Jacob Abrams/Alfredo Juarez 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Avery Magil/Brandon Hoffman (JT) def. Tim Sjogren/Mike Patterson 6-4, 6-4.
Northampton snuck off the courts with a close 4-3 win over visiting Tamaqua (1-9).
Regardless of the team setback, the Blue Raiders' Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante and Evan Stoll shined twice as much.
The senior first remained unbeaten in singles' play with a 6-0, 6-0 win over his Konkrete Kid opponent and then he paired up with Evan Stoll to score a 6-1, 6-0 victory in doubles' play.
Stoll recorded the other Blue Raider team point with a win in singles' play.
Northampton 4, Tamaqua 3
Gonzalo Hernanadez-Cascante (T) def. Stef Striba 6-0, 6-0; Evan Stoll (T) def. Dave Bohorquez 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3; Tony Celia (N) def. Joe Binder 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4
Hernandez-Cascante/Stoll (T) def. Striba/Bohorquez 6-1,6-0; Tyler Dally/Alex Ifkovits (N) def. Eric Fiorilla/Christian Gardiner 6-1,6-0; Steve Konopka/Evan Taliber (N) def. Tyler Kehl/Jacob Beers 6-2, 6-3; Mike Brown/Noble Keyser (N) def. Christian Gardiner/Eric Fiorilla 6-1, 6-4
The Lady Bulldogs earned a 10-4 win over Palisades recently in JV softball action.
For the locals, Kelsey Follweiler was 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs, while Lexi Barrett was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a RBI.
Meghan Weil was another key contributor with a 2-for-5 plate performance with a RBI.