Bears gain baseball, softball wins
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Corey Ligenza returns a shot during Tuesday's tennis match against Lehighton. Ligenza won his match to help the Olympians post a win.
Pleasant Valley picked up Mountain Valley Conference wins in baseball and softball, while Tamaqua picked up a big softball win on diamond on Tuesday.
PM West-Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley's Russell Baldino pitched a four-inning no-hitter, as the Bears posted a 15-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West.
Baldino struck out four, while issuing just one walk.
The Bears scored 12 runs in the third inning and were led at the plate by Derrick Walling. Walling accounted for two hits, one home run, three runs scored, four RBI and two stolen bases.
Rob Getz added two runs and two RBI in the winning effort.
PM West 000 0 - 0 0 2
Pleasant Vy. 00(12) 3 - 15 5 1
Iverson, Robson (3) and Scott; Baldino and Weismeth. W - Baldino. L - Iverson. HR: Pleasant Valley - Walling.
J.T. Hartman and Dan Feza combined to pitch a one-hitter as the Cavaliers upset Lehighton 9-1 in Mountain Valley Conference baseball.
Lehighton's only hit was a bunt single by Jagger Zigenfus in the seventh inning. The Indians (6-2,3-1) committed five errors including four in East Stroudsburg South's four-run sixth inning.
The victory improves the Cavaliers' record to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the MVC.
Lehighton 020 000 1 - 1 1 5
ES South 201 024 x - 9 8 1
Hill, David(6), and Nalesnik; Hartman, Feza(7), and Grober. W - Hartman. L - Hill.
After a big of a Schuylkill League Division I slugfest, which included five homeruns, it was Minersville walking off the diamond with a 10-8 win over Panther Valley.
The Miners' Cole Weachock delivered a solo homerun in the first inning and then later followed with a three-run in the seventh, while teammate Aaron Fritz drilled a grand slam in the second inning.
The Panthers' Zach Stanko started the home run derby with a two-run blast in the bottom of the first, while Stephen Gulla added another grand slam in the fifth.
The Panthers' David Marouchoc chipped in with two singles.
Panther Valley slipped to 2-6 overall on the season.
Minersville 070 000 3 - 10 8 3
Panther Vy. 200 050 1 - 8 9 5
King and Sborz; Stanko, Gulla (7) and Marouchoc. W - King. L - Stanko. HR: Minersville Weachock (2nd, none on; 7th, two on); Fritz (2nd, three on); Panther Valley Stanko (1st, one on); Gulla (5th, three on).
Pen Argyl survived an upset bid by the Blue Bombers behind the complete game, 10 strikeout effort by Dylan Evans.
Palmerton pitchers Ryan Saylor and Christian Marcin surrendered just one hit in the game. That came after five walks and a hit batsman in the three-run first inning. Travis Labyack drove in two runs for Palmerton. Evans had the only hit for Pen Argyl, whose winning run scored in the sixth on a fielder's choice.
Palmerton 020 010 0 - 3 3 x
Pen Argyl 300 001 x - 4 1 x
Saylor, Marcin(5), and Kuntz; Evans and Mutton
Southern Lehigh posted a 9-4 Colonial League victory over Northwestern.
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Tamaqua scored in every inning and pounded out a 17-1 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.
Jordan Nowacki led Tamaqua with four hits, including a grand slam in the top of the third inning. Krissy Bates and Ashley Sotak added two singles apiece for the Lady Raiders. Sotak also picked up the win, striking out seven.
Jim Thorpe was plagued by eight errors in the game. Jocelyn DeMarco had two of the Lady Olympians' four hits.
Tamaqua 245 33 - 17 13 0
Jim Thorpe 010 00 - 1 4 8
Sotak and Zancofsky; Tillou and Weber. W - Sotak. L - Tillou. HR: Tamaqua - Nowacki (3rd, three on).
PM West-Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley made short work of Pocono Mountain West with a three-inning 16-0 MVC victory.
The Bears scored eight runs in the first and second innings. Kasey Meckes tallied three hits, three runs and two RBI. Rachel Sisco added two hits and two runs.
Pocono Mountain West committed nine errors in just two innings.
Pleasant Valley's Rikki Correll didn't allow a hit, while striking out six batters in the win.
PM West 000 - 0 0 9
Pleasant Vy. 88x - 16 9 1
Keiper and Peake; Correll and Hardy, Klingel (3). W- Correll. L - Keiper.
A Megan James three-run homer highlighted a seven run second inning as the Blue Devils downed Panther Valley 17-7 in six innings.
Ali Dagilus ripped two doubles, scored four runs and drove in three for Shenandoah.
Sam Zlock had two hits and drove in four runs for the Lady Panthers. Kristyn Gates, Krista Knepper, and Georgi Butler also had two hits for Panther Valley.
Shenandoah 274 031 - 17 13 2
Panther Valley 104 200 - 7 12 5
Paskey and Dagilus; Gates and Walck. W - Paskey. L - Gates. HR - James (2nd, 2 on)
Pen Argyl edged Palmerton for a 3-1 Colonial League victory.
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Southern Lehigh shutout Northwestern by a final score of 9-0. No other information was provided to the TIMES NEWS.
ES South blanked Lehighton for a 6-0 Mountain Valley Conference win.
Emily Kollar went two-for-three with a double and Brooke Lucykanish doubled to lead the Indian hitters.
Nicole Fryer had three hits for the Lady Cavaliers.
Lehighton 000 000 0 - 0 4 5
ES South 150 000 0 - 6 12 1
J. Evans and Smith; Cabral and Fryer. WP - Cabral
Jim Thorpe swept all three singles matches, en route to a 3-2 victory over Lehighton. The win improves the Olympians to 3-9 on the season.
Mitch Franko, Corey Ligenza and James Denny all posted straight-set singles wins.
Lehighton swept both doubles matches in straight-sets.
Jim Thorpe 3, Lehighton 2
Mitch Franko (JT) def. James Sverchek 6-4, 6-0; Corey Ligenza (JT) def. Nick Mantz 7-6, 6-1; James Denny (JT) def. Justin Ziegenfus 6-1, 6-1.
Deb Lobien/Jess Lobien (L) def. Tom Smyth/Kyle Lawrence 6-4, 6-4; Stephanie Slaw/Kirk Arner (L) def. Shane Bleicher-Otto/Zach Nace 6-1, 6-1.
Gonzalo Hernandez-Cascante and Evan Stoll accounted for all three Tamaqua points, but it wasn't enough as Pottsville claimed a 4-3 victory.
Hernandez-Cascante remained undefeated in singles play with a 6-1, 6-2 win. Stoll also won his singles match, while teaming with Hernandez-Cascante for a doubles victory.
Pottsville 4, Tamaqua 3
Gonzalo Hernandez-Cascante (T) def. Peter Soderlund 6-1, 6-2; Evan Stoll (T) def. Kevin Wang 6-2, 6-4; Evan Rachel (P) def. Matt Hadesty 6-1, 6-0; Eddie Motley (P) def. Jerome Betz 6-0, 6-1; Greg Merrick (P) def. Eric Fiorilla 6-3, 6-3.
Gonzalo Hernandez-Cascante/Evan Stoll (T) def. Kevin Wang/Evan Rachel 6-0, 6-3; Austin Stump/Austin Womer (P) def. Joe Binder/Christine Gardiner 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-5).
Stroudsburg defeated Pleasant Valley 5-2 yesterday afternoon in a Mountain Valley Conference tennis match. The loss drops the Bears to 7-6 on the year.
Stroudsburg swept singles play, while Pleasant Valley scored both of its points in doubles action.
Stroudsburg 5, Pleasant Valley 2
Karthik Shankar (S) def. Vince Voulo 6-4, 6-2; Jeff Norris (S) def. Mike Vargas 6-0, 6-0; Steve Poorman (S) def. Tom Park 6-2, 6-3.
Joe Osinski/Wilson Wong (PV) def. Tommy Shaw/Andy McLynch 8-4; Jimmy Catina/Gage Wyant (S) def. Justin Kemmerer/Andrew Russo 6-2, 7-6 (7-3); Jonathan Walmach/Bryan Baumgartner (PV) def. Riley Hogan/Nick Diecidiue 6-2, 7-5; Jimmy Gencarelli/Steve Cwiakala (S) def. James Osinski/Stevie Berry 6-2, 6-1.
Nine different players scored as Palmerton rolled to a 11-0 non-conference win over MMI Prep.
Katie Rinfret led the Bombers' attack with two goals and an assist, while Alex Paulinho added two goals.
The Bombers' Lauren David chipped in with a goal and assist, while Sarah Graver, Kylee Turko, Elizabeth Hahn, Morgan Myers, Sara Andrews and Shana Ahner all recorded single scores.
Kelsey Eaton and Ashley Plocinik split time in front of the Bombers' net to share the shutout victory.
Palmerton moves to 3-6 overall on the season.