Three teams remain undefeated
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northwestern third baseman Nicole Metzger tags out a sliding Janel Tracy of Palmerton's during Monday's Centennial League softball game.
The Palmerton softball and Lehighton and Marian baseball teams remained undefeated after posting wins on Monday.
The Lady Bombers edged Northwestern in Colonial League play while the Indians rolled past Pocono Mountain East in a Mountain Valley Conference clash. The Colts cruised past Nativity in Schuylkill League action.
Lehighton's offense proved to be too much for Pocono Mountain East in the teams' MVC opener, as the Indians pulled out a 14-1, six-inning win.
Steve Shanton (3-for-4, four runs scored), Jacen Nalesnik (3-for-4, double, 3 RBIs), and Josh Kern (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) combined to lead Lehighton at the plate.
Pocono East's Kevin Sensale was 2-for-3 with a double in the losing effort.
With the win Lehighton improves to 5-0 overall, 1-0 in the league.
Lehighton 201 038 - 14 12 2
PM East 010 000 - 1 6 1
J. Kern and Nalesnik; Sheranko, Neuweuler (6) and Brandes. W - Kern. L - Sheranko. HR: L - Alex Storm (1st, one on).
Pen Argyl-No. Lehigh
Tommy Young drove in four runs and helped Pen Argyl defeat Northern Lehigh, 12-0, in Colonial League action.
Dylan Evans took the hill for the Green Knights and struck out five while allowing just three hits.
Kirk Bender had two hits for the Bulldogs (2-3; 0-3).
Pen Argyl 012 513 - 12 9 2
No. Lehigh 000 000 - 0 3 2
Evans and Young; Seyler, Wasilkowski (4) and Bender, Williams (6). W - Evans. L - Seyler.
Pleasant Valley-ES North
Pleasant Valley's Greg Wierzbiki pitched a no-hitter as Pleasant Valley posted a 7-2 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg North.
Wierzbicki gave up two runs in the first due to a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch.
Rob Getz led Pleasant Valley (2-2, 1-0) with three hits and an RBI.
Pleasant Vy 030 022 0 - 7 9 3
ES North 200 000 0 - 2 0 3
Wierzbicki and Cardenas, Shank (7); Dwyer, Montanta (5), Breitholz (6) and Andino. W - Wierzbiki. L - Dwyer.
Tamaqua remained winless after North Schuylkill pulled out a 5-0 Schuylkill League Division 1 win.
Jake Rakowsky finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the winning effort.
Ian Nicholls, Derek Rottet and Boaz Rottet all finished with a single for Tamaqua (0-4; 0-1).
Tamaqua 000 000 0 - 0 3 1
No. Schuylkill 004 100 x - 5 6 1
D. Rottet, Hosler (6) and Matsaigo; Hornberger and Anczarski. W - Hornberger. L - Rottet.
Marian scored early and often in its Schuylkill League game with Nativity and went on to win easily, 13-3.
Brendan McGowan got things rolling for the Colts (3-0, 1-0) in the first with a bases clearing double.
Teammates Frank Nietz, Mike Cataldo, Zack Motil and Anthony Agosti each added two hits. Motil also had two RBIs.
Marian 434 400 2 - 13 12 2
Nativity 200 010 0 - 3 7 3
Kweder, Rogers (6) and Kosar; Hunyara, McGovern (4), Coyne (6) and Foster. W - Kweder. L - Hunyara.
Pottsville scored 14 runs in the first inning and ran away from Jim Thorpe, 20-1, in three innings.
Jocoline Mallory (single) had the Olympians' only hit of the day.
Pottsville (14)60 - 20 13 0
Jim Thorpe 001 - 1 1 6
Bulino and Alisaulkas; Caufman and Fiducia. W - Bulino. L - Caufman.
Pocono Mountain East rolled to a 17-2 win over Lehighton in four innings in the Mountain Valley Conference opener for both.
Emily Neil was 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, while Ally Roth added two hits, three RBIs and also scored two runs for the Cardinals (3-1, 1-0).
Sam Snyder had a triple for the Indians (3-2, 0-1).
Theresa Smith was the winning pitcher, while Julianna Evans suffered the loss.
Lehighton 100 1 - 2 5 4
PM East 412 (10) - 17 13 1
Evans and Smith; Smith and Braithwaite. W - Smith. L - Evans. HR: PM East - Neil.
Pen Argyl-No. Lehigh
Pen Argyl's Emily Smull no-hit Northern Lehigh, leading the Green Knights to a 3-0 Colonial League victory.
Smull struck out eight batters in the contest. PA's Alyssa Weaver finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored while teammate Kate Depaolo was 2-for-4.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs' record to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the league.
Pen Argyl 000 120 0 - 3 8 1
Northern Lehigh 000 000 0 - 0 0 5
Smull and Stem; Horwath and Filchner. W - Smull. L - Horwath.
Martina Herring struck out eight and hit a two-run homer at the plate to help Palmerton knock off Colonial League foe Northwestern, 3-1.
Michelle Rickert also recorded two hits and a run for the Bombers (4-0; 2-0).
The Tigers' lone was run was driven in by Blaise Barron on a RBI single in the fourth.
Northwestern 000 100 0 - 1 5 2
Palmerton 012 000 x - 3 10 1
Eden and Williams; Herring and Campbell. W - Herring. L - Eden. HR: P - Herring (3rd, one one).
Pleasant Valley-ES North
Pleasant Valley used a seven-run sixth inning to put an end to a 17-2 victory over East Stroudsburg North in Mountain Valley Conference play.
Kiersten Greisback was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and scored two runs, while Jordan Meckes, Rachel Sisco and Haley Marini each added two hits for the Bears (2-3, 1-0).
Erica Cantalupo and Mary Slipe both had two hits for the Timberwolves (1-3, 0-1).
Pleasant Vy. 025 307 - 17 15 0
ES North 000 110 - 2 5 2
North Schuylkill used a seven-run fifth inning to keep Tamaqua winless by a 12-1 score in Schuylkill League Division I play.
Johnna Cappel was the big hitter for the Spartans as she hit a double, homer and drove in four runs. Her two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth ended the game.
Chey Bates had two hits, including a home run in the fourth for Tamaqua's lone run.
Tamaqua 000 100 - 1 3 2
No. Schuy. 210 072 - 12 15 0
Dietrich and Zancofsky; Lapotsky and Cappel. W - Lapotsky. L - Dietrich. HR: Tamaqua - Bates (4th, none on); No. Schuylkill - Cappel (6th, one on).
No. Lehigh-So. Lehigh
Southern Lehigh shut out Northern Lehigh 6-0 in Colonial League action.
The Spartans (2-2) outshot the Bulldogs 16-1.
Kelsey King led the Spartans with two goals. Teammate Sami Moyer added a goal and an assist. Shannon Sullivan, Briana Yates and Taylor Ziegler had the other Solehi goals.
Moravian Academy scored three times in each half, beating Palmerton, 6-0, in Colonial League play.
The Lions (1-2) had 22 shots on goal to 10 by the Lady Bombers.
The Lions received two goals from Ani Acopian and Olivia Christman. Mackenzie O'Brien and J.C. Brown had the other goals.
Shana Ahner had 10 saves for the Bombers (1-2-1).
Blue Mountain-Jim Thorpe
Blue Mountain blanked Jim Thorpe on the tennis courts, winning 5-0 in non-league action.
The Olympians dropped to 2-6 on the year.
Blue Mountain 5, Jim Thorpe 0
Adam Bear (BM) def. Corey Ligenza, 6-2, 6-0; Jake Premich (BM) def. Kyle Lawrence, 6-0, 6-1; Kevin Igo (BM) def. Kyle Bacher, 6-3, 6-1.
Joey Pace/Alex Miller (BM) def. Shane Bleicher-Otto/Dalton Becker, 6-2, 6-3; Mike Bruce/Fritz Miller (BM) def. Brandon Huffman/Austin Faylor, 6-3, 6-2.
Palmerton swept Palisades 5-0 in Colonial League play.
Singles players Spencer Shigo and Rich Roselli each won in straight sets for Palmerton, while Tyler Snyder won his match in three.
The Bombers also received wins from doubles teams Ty Green/Kevin Dayton and Hunter Roberts/Tony Gardo.
Palmerton 5, Palisades 0
Tyler Snyder (Palm) def. Kurt Stenson, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Spencer Shigo (Palm) def. Evan Fritz, 7-5, 6-1; Rich Roselli (Palm) def. Charlie Koehler, 6-0, 6-1.
Ty Green/Kevin Dayton (Palm) def. Austin Schlemmer/Andrew Left, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3; Hunter Roberts/Tony Gardo (Palm) def. Luke Wysocki/Evan Lamson, 6-4, 6-1.
Stroudsburg won three of four matches in doubles play to help earn a 4-3 Mountain Valley Conference win over Pleasant Valley.
The Bears received singles wins from both Jon White and Jon Walmach.
Stroudsburg 4, Pleasant Valley 3
Jeff Norris (S) def. Vince Voulo, 7-5, 6-0; Jon White (PV) def. Jimmy Catina, 6-1, 6-0; Jon Walmach (PV) def. Gage Wyant, 6-3, 6-4.
Norris/Catina (S) def. Voulo/White, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3; Riley Hogan/Jimmy Jencarelli (S) def. Kyle Tamaraz/Lou Bravo, 6-4, 6-2; Stevie Berry/Mike Hughart (PV) def. Billy Carangelo/Will Lynch, 6-3, 6-2; Nick Diecidue/Danny Procaccino (S) def. James Osinski/Jeff Olah, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2.
Lehighton scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as the Indians lost to the Cardinals 7-6.
Jordan Knappenberger and Brady Nichoff each had two hits for the locals.