Olympians get first league victory
bob ford/times news Anthony Vavra of Panther Valley (12) slides safely into second base as the ball gets away from Jim Thorpe shortstop Justin Kaminski.
JIm Thorpe got its first league baseball win, while Palmerton and Marian copped softball victories on Thursday.
Jim Thorpe-Panther Vy.
In a game filled with extra inning drama, Jim Thorpe held off Panther Valley for an 11-10 Schuylkill League win.
The Olympians' Mitchell Peters hit what turned out to be the game-winning three-run homer in the top of the eighth, breaking an 8-8 tie. Peters also had a three-run blast earlier in the contest, giving him six RBIs in the game. Peters was the winning pitcher in the marathon affair, while Christian Gavornik picked up the save.
Jake Szczecina paced Panther Valley's attack, collecting three hits. Mark Williams and Darren Goida each chipped in two RBIs.
With the loss, Panther Valley drops to 4-12, 1-9 on the season. Jim Thorpe is now 2-13, 1-10.
Jim Thorpe 123 020 03 - 11 16 3
Panther Vy. 007 001 02 - 10 11 2
Sterling, Peters (3), Gavornik (8) and Duvigneaud; Kusko, Szczecina (2), Goida (5) and Black. W - Peters. L - Goida. S - Gavornik. HR: Jim Thorpe - Peters 2 (3rd, two on; 8th, two on).
North Schuylkill used a quick start to earn a convincing 8-2 Schuylkill League win over Tamaqua.
Spartans' starting pitcher Matt Smarkanic went the distance in earning the win. Bobby Grigas paced the North Schuylkill (13-4, 8-3) offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, a triple and two runs scored.
Bo Rottet and Luke Matsago knocked in the two Tamaqua runs.
With the loss, Tamaqua falls to 11-5 overall and 8-2 in the Schuylkill Leauge.
Tamaqua 001 100 0 - 2 9 5
No. Schuylkill 152 000 x - 8 7 3
Zehner, Yeakel (3) and Matsago; Smarkanic and Demansky. WP - Smarkanic. LP - Zehner.
Williams Valley used a strong pitching performance to keep Marian's offense at bay en route to a 9-0 Schuylkill League win.
Vikings' starter Travis Crider went the distance in earning the win, allowing only one hit in the contest. Brendan Miller led the offensive attack for Williams Valley, going 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.
Luke Stawick had Marian's only hit in the contest.
With the loss, Marian falls to 7-8 overall and 6-7 in the Schuylkill League.
Williams Vy. 214 200 0 - 9 10 3
Marian 000 000 0 - 0 1 2
Crider and Daub; Mehalshick, Kubishin (3), Stawick and Snerr, Menighan (6). WP - Crider. LP - Mehalshick.
Lee Kuntz fanned 11 batters, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Bombers dropped a 4-2 Colonial League decision to the Slaters.
Carson Freeman had a double and RBI and Frank Cutters drove in a run for the Slaters (9-9, 8-6).
Palmerton drops to (4-11, 2-11).
Palmerton 000 110 0 - 2 5 1
Bangor 100 210 0 - 4 3 2
Kuntz and Peters; Brescancane, (6) and Nigito. WP - Brescancane.
The Spartans scored four runs in the first inning and seven more in the third to roll over the Raiders by a 14-1 score.
Kayla Bolinsky hit a home run and went four-for-four for the Spartans (11-6, 8-3). The Raiders got hits from Lynn Kistler, Alyssa Gerhard and Carly Sassaman.
Tamaqua 001 00 - 1 3 0
No. Schuylkill 407 3x - 14 18 0
Pedersen and Sassaman; Hutira and Grasso. WP - Hutira.
The Red Raiders scored all of their runs in the first six innings to beat the Wreckers 10-1 in a Schuylkill League crossover game.
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Marian rallied for a 4-3 Schuylkill League Division 2 win over Shenandoah Valley to earn a berth in the district playoffs.
The Fillies (10-6; 5-6) tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Lindsay Nemeth singled, Abbey Hill reached on an error and Alex Stroia delivered a two-run double. An inning later, Marian won in walk-off fashion as Abby Stankiewitch tripled and came home on Sam Faust's grounder to first.
Bethany Shaud earned the pitching win, striking out 10 while walking just one.
Stankiewitch finished the contest with two hits.
Shenandoah 101 001 0 - 3 7 1
Marian 000 012 1 - 4 8 3
Bonk and Florio; Shaud and Hill. W - Shaud. L - Bonk.
Palmerton squandered an early lead, but came back with a strong finish to pick up a 5-4 Colonial League win over Bangor.
The Lady Bombers' jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but needed a Janel Tracy RBI in the top of the seventh to secure the win. Tracy went 3-for-4 on the day with a double. Sam Dougherty went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored for Palmerton.
With the win, Palmerton increases its winning streak to six games and improves to 12-4 overall, 10-4 in the Colonial League.
Palmerton 300 010 1 - 5 7 4
Bangor 000 220 0 - 4 7 1
Pekurny and Campbell; Langdon, Happel and Smith. W - Pekurny. L - Langdon. HR: Bangor - Kuchar (5th, two on).
Both Stroudsburg teams claimed Mountain Valley Conference championships after sweeping past Pleasant Valley.
David Clowney won the long jump and triple jump as the Mountie boys posted a 101-49 victory. The Bears only received three individual firsts, from John Wathen (800), Alex Larkin (1600) and Nyiem Nevarez (300 IH).
In the girls meet, Stroudsburg rolled over Pleasant Valley, taking all but two events, en route to a 116-34 victory. Pleasant Valley had one individual winner, Harley Dejesus-Carrero in the 100 low hurdles.
Stroudsburg 101, Pleasant Valley 49
100 - 1. Keyautay Aulder (S) 10.7, 2. Altarique Mosley-Dew (S), 3. Kenny Tucker (S); 200 - 1. Donovan McDonald (S) 22.2, 2. Aaron White (S), 3. Keyautay Aulder (S); 400 - 1. Donovan McDonald (S) 50.3, 2. Justin Smigley (S), Oliver Maloney (S); 800 - 1. John Wathen (PV) 1:59.9, 2. Michael Sucic (PV), 3. Khai Samuels (PV); 1600 - 1. Alex Larkin (PV) 4:52, 2. Noah Fulcomer (PV), 3. Tristan Clothier (S); 3200 - 1. Benjamin Solak (S) 10:40, 2. Jason Houck (S), 3. Alexander Reincke (S); 110 HH - 1. Zechariah Bybee (S) 15.1, 2. Steven Maas (PV), 3. Darion Porter (PV); 300 IH - 1. Nyiem Nevarez (PV) 41.3, 2. Zechariah Bybee (S), 3. Mike Masullo (PV); 400 relay - Stroudsburg (Aaron White, Kenny Tucker, Altarique Mosley-Dew, Keyautay Aulder) 43.2; 1600 relay - Pleasant Valley (Jahlil Aldridge, John Wathen, Matt Natale, Nyiem Nevarez) 3:29; 3200 relay - Pleasant Valley (Lex Larkin, Khai Samuels, Michael Sucic, Matt Natale) 8:32.05; Shot put - 1. Sebastian Joseph (S) 48-4; 2. Blane Woodson (S), 3. Kyle Watson (S); Discus - 1. Sebastian Joseph (S) 145-9 1/2, 2. Dakota Everett (PV), 3. Jonathan Mardini (S); Javelin - 1. Davonn Willis (S) 153-4, 2. Brandon Leap (PV), 3. Josh Williams (S); Long jump - 1. David Clowney (S) 21-9 1/2, 2. Prentice Sprewell (S), 3. Nyiem Nevarez (PV); Triple jump - 1. David Clowney (S) 46-10 1/2, 2. Jahlil Aldridge (PV), 3. Max Orsot (PV); High jump - 1. Donovan Clay (S) 6-6, 2. David Clowney (S), 3. Demetri Jones (PV).
Stroudsburg 116, Pleasant Valley 34
100 -1. Dominique Jefferson (S) 12.6; 2. Lauren White (S); 3. Nicolette DeSouza (S); 200 - 1. Aspen B. Gaita (S); 2. Lauren White (S); 3. Nicolette DeSouza (S); 400 - 1. Sarah Fillman (S) 1:01.70; 2. Alyssa Jones (S); Stephanie Palmer (PV); 800 - 1. Kiana Tucker (S) 2:21.30; 2. Melissa Russo (PV); 3. Jennifer Mickens (PV); 1600 - 1. Kiana Tucker (S) 5:22.00; 2. Samantha Young (PV); 3. Dana McAllister (PV); 3200 - 1. Kirsten Henning (S) 12:38; 2. Kristen Eberhardt (PV); 3. Abigail Kaspszyk (PV); 100 LH - 1. Harley Dejesus-Carrero (PV) 17.40, 2. Mariah Bostwick (S); 3. Chauna Mungro (S); 300 IH - 1. Dominique Jefferson (S) 47.46; 2. Abby Roselli (PV); 3. Micaela Rodas (S); 400 Relay -1 . Stroudsburg (White, DeSouza, Nicolette, Jefferson) 51.47; 1600 Relay - 1. Stroudsburg (Jones, Fillman, Mazza, Tucker) 4:22.0; 3200 Relay - 1. Pleasant Valley (Mickens, Smith, Palmer, Young) 15:55.0; Shot Put - 1. Fallon Joseph (S) 31-1/2; 2. Catherine Stephens (PV); 3. Angelica Grant (S); Discus - 1. Fallon Joseph (S) 111-4; 2. Sarah Buaazrd (S); 3. Jasmine Isaac (S); Javelin - 1. Lexi Meisse (S) 109-3; 2. Rebecca Adelmann (S); 3. Jasmine Isaac (S); Long Jump - 1. Aspen Gaita (S) 16-07; 2. Jessica Ann-Lewis (PV); 3. Tatiana Williams (S); Triple Jump - 1. Aspen Gaita (S) 34-3 1/2 ; 2. Patricia Deans (S); 3. Jessica Ann-Lewis (PV); Pole Vault - 1. Taylor Sullivan (S) 11-0; 2. Johnnie Cipriani (S); 3. Shelby Bentonzi (S); High Jump - 1. Haley McClain-Hill (S) 5-05; 2. Patricia Deans (S); 3. Courtney Miller (PV).