Tigers, Bears, Raiders grab baseball wins
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Talia Valentini is tug out trying to steal third base in the second inning by Northern Lehigh's Cassie Toth.
Northwestern, Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua all picked up wins on the baseball diamond over the weekend, while Northern Lehigh notched a win in softball.
The Tigers built too large of a lead for the Olympians in a non-league baseball match up as they held on for a 7-3 win.
Northwestern improved to 5-1 on the season with the win, as Nick Rodriguez finished 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and a RBI, Richard Perry was 3-for-4 wih a double and a homer, two runs and two RBIs, while Collin Breidinger also had a 2-for-2 showing with a RBI.
Jim Thorpe got a solid outing from Christian Gavornick, as he smacked a double and batted in all three runs in the losing effort.
The Olympians fall to 2-1 with the loss.
Jim Thorpe 000 000 3 - 3 5 2
Northwestern 101 302 x - 7 7 2
Peters, Thompson (5) and Duvigneaud; Eden, Williamson (7), Smith (7) and Breidinger. W - Eden, L - Peters. HR: N - Perry (6th, one on).
The Miners completed a three-win in three-days effort with a 7-1 win over Panther Valley in recent Schuylkill baseball action.
Aaron Fritz led the winners' offense, as he managed three hits on the day with a double and two runs scored, while teammate Luke Heffron finished with two hits and two RBIs in the contest.
For the Panthers, Stephen Terry had two of his team's five hits in the losing effort.
Minersville 100 212 1 - 7 8 1
Panther Valley 000 010 0 - 1 5 3
McBreen and Heffron; Stano, Goida (7) and Buss. W - McBreen, L - Stano.
With the help of a big third inning, the Bears picked up an impressive non-league baseball win over Easton, 5-2.
Three runs in the decisive third frame proved to be all the Pleasant Valley team would need, as they went on to the win.
James Shank, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Howie Stevens both had doubles in the offensive output for the winners, while teammate Jordan Caffrey also had a RBI and a run scored.
For Easton, who dropped their fourth straight decision after starting out 2-0, got doubles from Kevin Cooley and Nick Beinlich, who also was 2-for-3 on the day with a RBI and a run scored.
Pleasant Vy. 013 010 0 - 5 9 2
Easton 101 000 0 - 2 6 2
Burke, Pasnak (4) and Shank; Cooley, Statham (7) and Hernandez. W - Pasnak, L - Cooley.
In a double-header for the Blue Raiders, the first game went in favor of Tamaqua, as they downed Tri Valley in convincing fashion, 13-2. Powering his team's offense to the win was Brett Kosciolek, as he managed to batter two three-run home runs in the contest to provide the punch for the winners. Matt Roberts had a homer, as well, for the winners to start out their day in a strong way.
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Tamaqua 241 15 - 13 8 0
Snyder, Waizenegger (3) and Miller; Hartung and Roberts. W - Hartung, L - Snyder. HR: T - Kosciolek 2 (2nd, two on, 5th, two on), Roberts.
The Blue Raiders finished off their double-header with relative ease, drubbing the Panthers in a five-inning contest by a 11-0 score.
The offense of the winners was red hot, as everyone seemed to contribute to the run-production. Matt Roberts again had a home run and a single, while teammates Luke Matsago (double and a single) and Matt Minchoff (2-for-3, RBI) also had two hits apiece. Brett Kosciolek also had a double for the winners.
Meanwhile, Derek Rottet pitched a gem on the mound, allowing only three hits and pulling out the shutout.
Panther Valley moves to 4-1 on the season with the back-to-back wins.
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Panther Vy. 000 00 - 0 3 3
Rottet and Matsago; Terry, Szczecina (4) and Buss. W - Rottet, L - Terry. HR: T - Roberts.
Jim Thorpe-No. Lehigh
In a shortened game, Northern Lehigh erupted in the bottom of the fourth frame for 16 runs to put an end to this non-league softball game over the Lady Olympians, defeating them 19-5.
Shannon Weil finished the game for the winners with two doubles, a single and five RBIs, while Kianna Marlatt was two-for-four with three runs and two RBIs, and teammate Sarah Frantz added a double with three RBIs.
For Jim Thorpe, Anna Fiducia, Gianna Bucci and Courtney Santos all had a single and a RBI in the loss.
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No. Lehigh 210 (16)x - 19 7 2
Valentini and Kehrli; Kern and Weil. W - Kern, L - Valentini.
With both teams in search of their first wins of the season, both Shenandoah Valley and Panther Valley entered their double-header against each other with high hopes. It was the Blue Devils that pulled out the sweep on the day with consecutive victories over the Lady Panthers. Game one went to nine innings, before Shenandoah pulled out a 11-7 win, before they gained a 9-3 win in the nightcap.
Shenandoah scored four runs in the top of the ninth to snap a 7-7 tie after seven frames of play.
In the second, Ali Semanchik had a RBI triple and a RBI double to lead her team to the sweep. Semanchik also had a great game in the first outing, as she had a solo home run and a crucial RBI single in the decisive ninth frame. Teammate Ashley Craig had a two-run double in the ninth to seal the win.
For Panther Valley, Jessica Bauder had a RBI triple in the sixth inning in the first game, while teammate Sam Zlock had three hits in the second game, including a double and a solo home run in the fifth frame of play.
Caitlin Bonk earned pitching wins in both games for the Blue Devils.
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Panther Vy. 301 110 100 - 7 10 3
Bonk and Florio; Zlock and Rodriguez. W - Bonk, L - Zlock. HR: SV - Semanchik (3rd, none on).
Panther Vy. 010 010 1 - 3 11 2
Shen. Vy. 012 402 x - 9 12 2
Zlock and Rodriguez; Bonk and Mika. W - Bonk, L - Zlock. HR: PV - Zlock (5th, none on).
Tri-Valley got a strong pitching effort from Katie Rabuck, as she struck out 13 and allowed only two hits against Tamaqua for a 6-1 softball win.
Julie Weber had the hot stick for the winners, as she finished the day three-for-four with three runs and three stolen bases.
Meanwhile, Angelica Heisler hit an RBI double in the first frame for the Lady Raiders sole score in the game.
Tri-Valley 111 001 2 - 6 9 0
Tamaqua 100 000 0 - 1 2 2
Rabuck and M. Boyer; Pedersen and A. Boyer. W - Rabuck, L - Pedersen.
TRACK AND FIELD
Palmerton and Pleasant Valley competed in the Zephyr Relays on Saturday with the Lady Bombers finishing fifth and the Bear girls ending up eighth. On the boys side, Palmerton wound up in seventh place.
The lone gold medalist among area athletes was Palmerton's Sabreena Strauch, who won the javelin with a throw of 105-3.
Others that placed for Palmerton were: boys - Gerald Pereira, javelin, sixth with a throw of 140-8; Jarred Sacks, triple jump, second at 41-9; Austin Shupp, triple jump, third, 41-1; the 400 relay team of Harley Applebaum, Austin Shupp, Alex Vignone and Gerald Pereira, second with a time of 44.77; John Snyder, discus, second with a throw of 123-6 and shot put, fourth at 45-5; Darris Rodrigues, pole vault, second clearing 12 feet; the 800 sprint medley team, fifth with a time of 1:43.88. girls - Lauryn Solt, high jump, second clearing 5-2 and triple jump, fourth, 32-11.75; the 400 relay team of Kaelyn Englert, Jess Pereira, Brianna Doherty and Lauryn Solt, second, in 50.91; the 800 sprint medley relay team of Pereira, Doherty, Englert and Jess Debski, third, in 1:53.35; the 1,600 relay team, fourth, in 4:35/55; and the 3,200 relay team, sixth, in 11:02.06.
Pleasant Valley girls to place were: the 400 shuttle hurdle relay, fourth in 1:19.34; the distance medley relay team, third in 13:33.60; the 3,200 relay team, third in 10:19.63 and Danielle Maier, fifth in the high jump clearing 4-6.