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Raiders split home-and-home with Spartans

  • LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Nicole Metzger slides back in to first as Catasauqua's Amanda Strohl misses the throw.
    LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Nicole Metzger slides back in to first as Catasauqua's Amanda Strohl misses the throw.
Published April 26. 2011 05:00PM

Tamaqua played a home-and-home twinbill in baseball and softball with North Schuylkill on Monday and came away with a split.

In other action, Marian and Weatherly scored Schuylkill League baseball wins, while Northwestern picked up a Colonial League victory.

In tennis, Lehighton picked up a non-league win over Tamaqua.


No. Schuylkill-Tamaqua

The Raiders and Spartans each won on their own field.

Tamaqua rode the strong pitching of Michael Streisel as he struckout eight, walked two and scattered four hits in a 3-1 win.

Matt Delborello hit a two-run homer in the second inning for the Raiders (5-5).

Austin Hornberger had a solo home run for the Spartans.

The Spartans jumped on the Raiders early in the second game with three solo homers in the first inning and rolled to a 14-4 win in five innings.

Dan Demansky, Charlie Hutnik and Jonathan Green all hit roundtrippers in the first giving the Spartans a 3-1 lead. They added two in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and closed it out with five in the fifth.

Demansky was three-for-three, scored three runs and had three RBI.

Luke Matsago was two-for-three with a double and RBI, Delborello had two hits, Ryan Palsgrove had a single, RBI and run scored and Mike Toth had a triple and RBI.

No. Schuy. 000 100 0 - 1 4 1

Tamaqua 021 000 x - 3 4 0

Hornberger and Demansky; Streisel and Roberts. HR: NS - Hornberger (4th, none on); T - Delborello (2nd, one on).

Tamaqua 110 02 - 4 6 0

No. Schuy. 323 15 - 14 12 2

George, Linkchorst (2), Palsgrove (5) and Roberts; Green and Demansky. HR: NS - Demasky (1st, none on), Hutnik (1st, none on), Green (1st, none on).


The Colts scored 12 runs in the fourth inning to pull away from the Miners for a 12-10 Schuylkill League victory.

Ryan Gimbi hit a grand slam for Marian (5-2, 4-1) to tie the score in the big inning and it opened the flood gates.

Mark Stawick had two doubles and an RBI in the inning, while Ron Kosar added a single, double and drove in three runs. John Sullivan had a single, double and two RBI and Corey Ryba had two singles.

Dave King had three singles and three RBI for the Miners.

Minersville 100 313 2 - 10 12 2

Marian 000 (12)00 x - 12 13 1

King, Barton (4) and Sborz; Gimbi, Stawick (4), Ryba (7) and Stawick, Kosar (4). HR: M - Gimbi (4th, three on).


The Wreckers scored four run in the sixth inning to pull out a 7-4 win over the Red Raiders, their first triumph after 24 straight games with a loss. Weatherly was 0-19 last year and 0-5 to start this year.

Kevin Hinkle, Brett Stallone, Christian Ormistan each went two-for-three with two runs scored for the Wreckers. James Belletiere had a double and drove in two runs.

Mike Gilger and Anthony Pennypacker each singled for Lourdes.

Hinkle and Belletiere shared the mound duties in the win with both striking out five. Belletiere got the win.

Lourdes 100 200 1 - 4 2

Weatherly 300 004 x - 7 8

Menapace, Pennypacker (3) and Holleran; Hinkle, Belletiere (3) and Walton.

Panther Valley

-Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain swept Panther Valley in its double-header on Monday, winning 3-0 in the first game and 6-1 in the second.

Dave Marouchoc and Matt Tucker picked up the Panthers' only hits in the opening game. Stephen Gulla then produced the team's only run in the second contest with a solo homerun in the fourth inning.

Panther Valley dropped to 2-5 with the losses.

Panther Vy. 000 000 0 - 0 2 2

Blue Mt. 000 201 x - 3 9 0

Gurka and Marouchoc; Curran and Reynolds. W - Curran, L - Gurka.

Blue Mt. 400 002 0 - 6 5 0

Panther Vy. 000 100 0 - 1 3 2

Harding and Reynolds; Gallagher, McArdle (5) and Marouchoc, Lopata (5). W - Harding, L - Gallagher. HR: PV - Gulla (4th, none on).

Saucon Valley


Northwestern scored four runs in the first inning and went on to defeat Southern Lehigh, 7-2 in Colonial League baseball action.

Sawyor Smith led the Tigers (5-5, 4-4) to victory by going 2-for-3 at the dish with a triple and three RBIs. Teammate Payton Bachman chipped in by going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

While Northwestern's bats were hitting, Mitchell Snyder handled his business on the mound. Snyder went the distance and struck out eight along the way.

Saucon Vy 020 000 0 - 2 4 4

N'western 400 030 x - 7 8 0

Orban, Hein (6) and Okken; Snyder and White. W - Snyder, L - Orban. HR: SV - Okken (2nd, one on).

Pottsville-Jim Thorpe

The Crimson Tide used a 17-hit attack to pile up the runs for a 17-1 victory over the Olympians.

No other information was available to THE TIMES NEWS.


Pottsville-Jim Thorpe

Pottsville plated ten runs in the second inning and went on to ten-run Jim Thorpe in five innings of play, 13-0.

Delilah Miske led the Tide with two hits and three RBIs.

Jim Thorpe's two hits came courtesy of Joy Mallory and Courtney Santos. Each picked up singles.

Pottsville 3(10)0 00 - 13 14 0

Jim Thorpe 000 00 - 0 2 5

Headon and Gerber; Caufman and Weber. W - Headon, L - Caufman.

No. Schuylkill-Tamaqua

The Lady Raiders and Spartans split their home-and-home contests with both teams winning on the away fields.

Thanks to a triple and a groundout RBI, North Schuylkill pulled out an extra-inning win over Tamaqua in the opener, 4-3.

The Spartans' Robyn Orth tripled with one out in the ninth. Brooke Ennis followed with a groundout that scored Orth and eventually won the game.

Cheyanne Bates and Brianna Boyle each knocked in runs for the Raiders.

In the second contest, Jordan Nowacki had two singles and a double as Tamaqua pulled out a 4-2 win as Allie Sotak shut out the Spartans over the final six innings. Batles also had two hits.

No. Schuy. 100 200 001 - 4 3 2

Tamaqua 100 011 000 - 3 5 3

Lapotsky and Chappel; Sotak, Heisler (5) and Zancofsky. W - Lapotsky, L - Heisler.

Tamaqua 211 000 0 - 4 8 0

No. Schuy. 200 000 0 - 2 5 0

Sotak and Zancofsky; Smith and Chappel. WP - Sotak


The Battlin' Miners scored five runs in the sixth inning to hand the Fillies their first loss of the season, 5-1, in a Schuylkill League contest.

Brianna Bentz had a double and two singles for Minersville, while Sonia Bernetski had a single and triple and Sarah Walasavage and Gabby Tobin each had two singles.

Shannon Skotek had two hits for the Fillies and Kayla Knight had the other.

Knight was also the losing pitcher.

Minersville 000 005 0 - 5 10 0

Marian 010 000 0 - 1 3 0

Hughes and Woodford; Knight and Hill. WP - Hughes.


The Lady Wreckers shut out the Red Raiders 7-0 behind a strong pitching effort from Kristin Parker.

No other information was available to THE TIMES NEWS.

Panther Valley

-Blue Mountain

The Panthers traveled to Orwigsburg and wound up being swept by the Eagles in a doubleheader.

Blue Mountain won the opener 12-1 and then took the nightcap 11-4.

Schafer wound up drawing thre walks, scored three runs and had four RBI in the opener for the Eagles.

Ashtin Walck, Sarah-Mary Tucker and Snyder had the PV hits.

In the second game, the Eagles scored five runs in the first and five in the fifth en route to the seven-run win.

Georgiana Butler had a single and two RBI and Walck had a single and RBI. Krista Knepper had the other PV hit.

Blue Mt. 115 50 - 12 8 1

Panther Vy. 000 10 - 1 3 1

Kisela and Portzynski; Zlock and Walck. WP - Kisela.

Panther Vy. 000 301 0 - 4 3 5

Blue Mt. 510 050 x - 11 7 1

Gates and Walck; Corondi and Portzynski. WP - Corondi.


-No. Lehigh

Northampton scored eight runs on eight hits and shutout Northern Lehigh in non-league play, 8-0.

Tori Gollie took the mound for the Kids (5-3, 3-2) and struck out six in five innings. She also helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with a RBI and three runs scored.

The Bulldogs' two hits came off the bats of Payton Marunich and Taren Fritzinger.

Northern Lehigh dropped to 6-4 (5-3).

Northampton 002 032 1 - 8 8 2

No. Lehigh 000 000 0 - 0 2 4

Gollie, Smith (6) and Wachter; Lear, Stubits (6) and Bowman. W - Gollie, L - Lear.



Nicole Kern struck out ten Northwestern batters and helped her Catasauqua softball team to a 4-0 Colonial League victory.

Kern's battery-mate, Ali Geseck, helped her pitcher out by recording a double and two RBIs.

The Lady Tigers were led by Nicole Metzger, who went 2-for-3 on the day.

Catasauqua 003 010 0 - 4 10 2

Northwestern 000 000 0 - 0 3 4

Kern and Geseck; Papp and Williams. W - Kern, L - Papp.



Lehighton edged out Tamaqua on the tennis courts by winning 3-2 in non-league action.

James Sverchek and Justin Ziegenfus, the Indians' No. 2 and No. 3 singles players, each won. Sverchek came back after losing the first set to win, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Ziegenfus won in straight sets. Lehighton's other victory came from the No. 1 doubles team of Deb and Jess Lobien. They also won in straight sets.

Tamaqua's two victories came from No. 1 singles player Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante (6-1, 6-0) and the No. 2 doubles team of Joe Binder and Christian Gardiner (8-6).

Lehighton 3, Tamaqua 2


Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante (T) def. Nick Mantz, 6-1, 6-0; James Sverchek (L) def. Evan Stoll, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; Justin Ziegenfus (L) def. Matt Hadesty, 6-2, 6-2.


Deb/Jess Lobien (L) def. Jerome Betz/Tyler Kehl, 6-2, 6-3; Joe Binder/Christian Gardiner (T) def. Kirk Arner/Peter Phalen, 8-6.

Jim Thorpe-So. Lehigh

Southern Lehigh took all but one match in its tennis match with Jim Thorpe, winning 4-1.

James Denny was the only local to win on the day, as he won his respective match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.

The Olympians fall to 2-9 on the year.

So. Lehigh 4, Jim Thorpe 1


Mike DiSanto (SL) def. Mitch Franko, 6-0, 6-0; Brendan Furrare (SL) def. Corey Ligenza, 6-1, 6-0; James Denny (JT) def. Dhnr Gandhi, 6-0, 6-2.


Brady O'Donnell/Adam McLaughlin (SL) def. Tom Smyth/Kyle Lawrence, 6-0, 6-0; Mike Nameth/Jake Kohler (SL) def. Shane Bleicher-Otto/Zach Nace, 6-0, 6-0.



-No. Lehigh

Sophia Herrera and Melissa Fuhrman both scored a pair of goals to lead Catasauqua to a 7-1 non-league victory over Northern Lehigh.

Shelby Snyder had the only goal for Northern Lehigh (1-9, 1-10).

Catty had a 23-17 advantage in shots. Kaylee Owens had nine saves in the Bulldog goal.

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