Bombers open with baseball, softball wins
Palmerton opened up the 2013 spring season with wins in baseball and softball on Saturday.
The Blue Bombers had an early lead, lost it, and eventually exploded in extra innings for a come-from-behind, non-league win over East Stroudsburg South, 11-5.
The winners offense got three hits and two RBIs from C.J. Cressman, two hits and three RBIs apiece from Eli Borger and Nick Frey.
Ty Achterman got the win, with Ryan Saylor getting the save.
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ES South 410 000 00 - 5 5 3
Cressman, Frey (2), Borger (4), Achtermann (6), Saylor (8) and Peters; Werner, McLaughlin (6), Lawson (8) and Hennessy. WP - Acterman, LP - Lawson, S - Saylor.
Pleasant Valley's seventh inning rally fell short as Freedom escaped with a 4-3 non-conference victory in Brodheadsville.
Nick Domenici led the Bears with a single and two RBIs, while Dan Hrbek and Howie Stevens both added a single and a run scored.
B. Uliana paced the Patriots with a single, double, two stolen bases and two runs scored, while J. Zappas added two two singles and one RBI.
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Frankenfield and Moritz; Stevens and Shank. W - Frankenfield. L - Stevens.
Palmerton opened regular season play with a 7-5 non-conference win over East Stroudsburg South.
Sam Doherty paced the Bombers with a single, double, two runs scored and two RBIs, while Lauren Campbell chipped in with two single, a double and a run scored.
Janel Tracy (two doubles, a run scored), Abby Reimer (two singles, run scored, RBI) and Steph Brinker (single, double, run scored, RBI) contributed in the victory for the Bombers.
Kendra Pekurny was the winning pitcher.
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ES South 013 010 0 - 5 6 4
Pekurny and Campbell; Snyder and Fryer. W - Pekurny. L - Snyder. HR: ES South - Fryer.
Freedom used some solid middle innings to run away with a 8-2 non-conference victory over Pleasant Valley.
Kelsey Brandle led the Patriots with three singles and two runs scored, while Samantha Cabrera added a single, double and three RBIs. Teammate Alexis Szaro finished with a single and a double.
The Bears' Hailey Marini finished with a single, double and a RBI, while she also recorded seven strikeouts on the mound, regardless of suffering the loss.
Pleasant Valley slides to 0-2 on the season.
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Gundrum and Kline; Marini and Shaneburger. W - Marini. L - Gundrum. HR: Palisades - Deichman.
Berks Catholic jumped on the Tigers for three runs in the first and second innings and rolled to a 8-4 win over Northwestern on Friday.
The Tigers outhit Berks Catholic, but six errors proved costly.
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Berks Catholic 331 010 x - 8 4 4
Eden , Danner (7) and Greenberg; Wensel and Marabella. L - Eden.
Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua competed in the Pirate Invitational over the weekend at Palisades and came away with a couple of medalists.
Eric Hertzog of Tamaqua won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.5, while the Raiders' Rebecca Minehan won the pole vault on the girls side clearing 8-6.
Other medalists in the boys competition were Tamaqua's Jason Sylvester (second in the discus with a throw of 121-9) and Jake Wentzel (second in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet), along with Jim Thorpe's Michael Harleston (second in the triple jump at 40-2).
Jim Thorpe's Courtney Capper finished second in the 3200 run with a time of 13:01 and teammate Catherine Condly was second in the javelin with a throw of 99-2. The Thorpe girls' 3200 relay team made up of Capper, Amy Jaskot, Ilse Haster and Emily Ruffa finished third with a time of 11:26 and Tamaqua's Amanda Solt was third in the shot put throwing 32-9.
Tamaqua finished seventh in boys team scoring with 44 points, while Jim Thorpe was eighth with 37. The Olympian girls were fifth with 64 1/2 points and the Lady Raiders ninth with 34 points.
The Olympians battled hard for all three singles victories to pull out a 3-2 win, 3-2 over the Eagles for their first victory of the season.
Corey Ligenza's straight-set win at number one was impressive, as Kyle Bacher and Dalton Becker both had to go three sets before winning their respective matches.
Jim Thorpe 3, Blue Mt. 2
Corey Ligenza (JT) def. Collin Boris 7-6 (2), 6-3; Kyle Bacher (JT) def. Fritz Miller 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Dalton Becker (JT) def. Andrew Svrcek 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.
Adam Pace/Ben Ney (BM) def. Kyle Lawrence/Lou Squillace 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Dip Patel/Keifer Luckenbill (BM) def. Brandon Huffman/Dave Castro 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.
Pleasant Valley used some strong singles showings and clutch doubles wins to pull out a 5-2 victory over Nazareth.
Jon White, Jon Walmach and Stevie Berry all swept through their opponents in singles action, while the combos of Erik Ammerman and Brandon Percey and Eric Galante and Kevin Bantel pulled out wins in the doubles competition for the Bears.
With the win, the victors improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the MVC.
Pleasant Vy. 5, Nazareth 2
Jon White (PV) d. Andrew Wohlgren 6-1, 6-1; Jon Walmach (PV) d. Mike Palmeri 6-2, 6-1; Stevie Berry (PV) d. Mike Fishler 6-0, 6-2.
Josh Ferraro/Pat Carty (N) d. Pat Houghton/Eric Schmidt 8-1; Erik Ammerman/Brandon Percey (PV) d. Jon Piperato/Marc Suhr 6-1, 6-2; Hunter Chamberlain/Calvin Carpenter (N) d. Noah Soltis/Jeff Olah 5-7, 7-6 (4), 11-9; Eric Galante/Kevin Bantel (PV) d. Dylan Castanhina/Joey Ferraro 7-5, 6-4.