Northwestern clinches D-11 berth
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua base runner Angelica Heisler tries to beat the ball headed toward Jim Thorpe third baseman Anna Fiducia. Heisler was tagged out on the play.
The Tigers' baseball team picked up a win over Pen Argyl on Friday to secure a District 11 playoff berth.
In other action, Tamaqua beat Jim Thorpe in baseball and softball action The Olympians' earned a victory in their final tennis match of the season to finish with a .500 record.
Tamaqua used a strong pitching performance en route to a convincing 9-0 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe.
Blue Raiders' starter Connor Hartung had a no-hitter through five before allowing a hit to leadoff the sixth. Hartung finished with a eight strikeouts, while also going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
Bo Rottet went 3-for-4 for Tamaqua (10-4, 7-1) with a double and four RBIs. Brett Kosciolek chipped in two hits with a double and two RBIs.
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Sterling, Peters (4) and Duvigneaud; Hartung and Roberts. WP - Hartung. LP - Sterling.
Bangor managed to outlast Northern Lehigh in what was an offensive explosion for both teams, holding on for a 22-14 Colonial League win.
Carson Freeman got the win for the Slaters' and also had a strong game at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two doubles and six RBIs. Joe Nigito chipped in four hits, including two doubles, to go along with three RBIs.
Cody Hallman led Northern Lehigh (1-13), going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Kris Seiler added two RBIs while going 4-for-4 with two doubles.
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Freeman, Martino (7) and Hydock; Hallman, Taylor (6), Dailey (6), Martinez (7) and Landis, Sodl (6). WP - Freeman. LP - Hallman.
Northwestern used timely hitting to earn a 4-2 Colonial League win over Pen Argyl.
Nick Rodriguez had a double and a home run for two of Northwestern's (10-6, 6-6) four hits. Brandon Eden picked up the win for the Tigers', while Richard Perry earned the save.
The win clinches a district playoff berth for Northwestern.
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Eden, Perry (7) and Breidinger; Kocher, Persson (6) and LaBarre. WP - Eden. LP - Kocher. S - Perry. HR: Northwestern - Rodriguez.
Bangor broke a three-all tie with a run in the sixth to edge Northern Lehigh, 3-2 in Colonial League action.
Kailey Smith paced Bangor, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Kianna Marlatt led Northern Lehigh (7-8, 5-7), going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Shannon Weil chipped in an RBI on two hits.
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Langdon, Happle (5) and Smith; Thomas and Weil. WP - Langdon. LP - Thomas. S - Happle.
Tamaqua used a strong finish to pull away from Jim Thorpe and earn a 13-3 Schuylkill League win.
Alyssa Gerhard paced Tamaqua with a three-run triple while Brianna Wittig and April Donnon chipped in two RBIs of their own.
Talia Valenti had three singles and an RBI for Jim Thorpe while Brittany Loftus chipped in two singles and an RBI.
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Murphy, DeMarco (5) and Kehrli; Pedersen and Sassaman. WP - Pedersen. LP - Murphy.
Panther Vy.-N. Schuylkill
North Schuylkill jumped on Panther Valley early with nine runs in the first two innings en route to decisive 12-0 Schuylkill League win.
North Schuylkill (9-6) starter Christie Hutira got the win, striking out seven in four innings. Hutira also had a solid day at the plate, driving in two runs. Kayla Bolinsky chipped in two hits and two RBIs.
Jess Buader had a single and Hannah Hill had a triple for Panther Valley's only hits.
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Hutira and Grasso; Zlock, Tucker (3) and Rodriguez. WP - Hutira. LP - Zlock.
Mahanoy Area used a 10 run, 11 hit fourth inning to overcome an early deficit to Marian and pick up a 10-2 Schuylkill League win.
Ashley Wilner led the Golden Bears'(8-4) with three hits, while Ashley Hullihan picked up the win.
Sam Faust, Bryianna Pearson, Abby Hill and Alex Stroia had Marian's (7-6) four hits in the contest.
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Shaud and Hill; Hullihan and Leshko. WP - Hullihan. LP - Shaud.
Jim Thorpe ended the season on a high note with a convincing 6-1 Schuylkill League victory over Pottsville.
The Olympians' took six of seven matches in the contest, with Dalton Becker, Lou Squillace, Kyle Lawrence and Avery Magill earning singles victories.
Jim Thorpe 6, Pottsville 1
Kevin Wang (P) def. Kyle Bacher 6-3, 6-0; Dalton Becker (JT) def. Austin Sturry 6-1, 7-6 (7-4); Lou Squillace (JT) def. Nick Mason 6-0, 6-0; Avery Magill (JT) def. Seth Butt 6-0, 6-0.
Kyle Lawrence/David Castro (JT) def. Kevin Wang/Mike Hakorage 8-4; John Lowin/Roman Raytsis def. Cody Gemell/Dan Wanser 8-5.
Pleasant Valley rolled to an easy 16-1 victory over Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.
Melissa Long tossed a one-hitter to earn the pitching win.
Alyssa Kotzmann belted a home run and had three RBIs for the Bears. Naomi Morales, Jenna Scheller, and Taylor Steckel all had two hits.