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Kelly hits milestone, tosses no-hitter as Fillies roll

Morgan Kelly hurled a five-inning no-hitter and hit a milestone at the plate as the Marian softball team posted a dominant win Friday.

Megan Matsko also reached a landmark in the batter’s box during Palmerton’s win, while the Pleasant Valley, Northwestern and Northern Lehigh softball teams each recorded wins.

The Tamaqua baseball team also used a late rally to secure a victory.



Morgan Kelly did damage at the plate and was dominant in the circle as Marian cruised to a 15-0 Schuylkill League win over Mahanoy Area.

Kelly tossed a five inning no-hitter for the Fillies (6-4), striking out 14. She launched a two-run homer in an eight run first inning, and added a two-run triple in the fourth as she collected her 100th career hit. Emily Upanavage finished with three hits, including a double, for the winners.

Mahanoy falls to 2-5 with the loss.

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Mahanoy 000 00 - 0 0 5

Kelly and Grabosky; Poslosky, Long (1) and Kowalick. W - Kelly. L - Poslosky. HR: Marian - Kelly (1st, one on).


Megan Matsko had a big day at the dish and Palmerton rolled to its fourth-straight victory with a 10-0 non-league triumph over Tamaqua.

Matsko was 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored for the Bombers (9-1) while also collecting the 100th hit of her career. Sydney Frantz (triple, RBI, two runs scored), and Carly Gaffney (double, two RBIs) each had two hits in the win. Hailey Barry doubled and scored three runs, and Hailey Delgado doubled with an RBI and a run scored. Gaffney allowed three hits, striking out three.

Kolbe Robb, Megan Linkhorst and Sophia Sitlinger each had a hit for the Blue Raiders (1-10).

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Palmerton 202 33 - 10 9 0

Bumbulsky, Linkhorst (5) and Krall; Gaffney and Delgado. W - Gaffney. L - Bumbulsky.


Northwestern broke out the bats with 17 hits in a 14-7 Colonial League victory over Wilson.

Isabelle Akelaitis (two doubles, two RBIs, three runs scored), Ella Bressi (two RBIs, run scored) and Abby Dunstan (double, RBI, two runs scored) all had three hits for the Tigers (12-1), who have now won seven in a row. Emma Freeman (double, two RBIs, two runs scored) and Shelby Mitman (RBI, three runs scored) each finished with a pair of hits for the winners, who trailed 7-6 heading to the bottom of the fourth inning before plating five runs in the bottom of the frame, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull away.

Aerynne had two triples, a pair of RBIs and a run scored for the Warriors (4-5).

Wilson 330 100 0 - 7 7 2

Northwestern 600 521 x - 14 17 3

Fredericks and Werkheiser; L. Diehl, Freeman (3) and Dunstan. W - Freeman. L -Fredericks.

Pleasant Vy.-Northampton

A two-run homer from Brianca Pridham in the top of the fifth inning helped Pleasant Valley claim a 6-5 win over Northampton in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.

The Bears (7-3) trailed 5-4 before Pridham’s blast to left field. Pridham finished with a pair of hits and two runs scored. Samantha Ratti added a double and Danica Getz drove in a run. Kailynn Getz went the distance, striking out and earned the win in the circle.

Hannah Duerr had two hits, including a double, for the Konkrete Kids (8-3).

Pleasant Vy. 211 020 0 - 6 5 3

Northampton 310 100 0 - 5 11 4

K. Getz and Ratti; Kulp and Duerr. W - K. Getz. L - Kulp.

N. Lehigh-Pen Argyl

Northern Lehigh outlasted Pen Argyl 13-9 in Colonial League action.

Arabella Heintzelman had two doubles among her three hits and finished with three RBIs and three runs scored for the Bulldogs (7-2), who have won six in a row. Haylie Fenstermaker (two runs scored) also had three hits. Kylee Snyder (double, two runs scored, RBI) and Kaitlyn Stock (three RBIs) both finished with two hits.

Madacyn Rivera (double, three RBIs), Grace Weaver (RBI), Emily Hughes (two runs scored, RBI) and Ashlyn Oessinick (two runs scored) each had two hits for the Green Knights (4-6).

Northern Lehigh 521 103 1 - 13 12 3

Pen Argyl 030 300 3 - 9 12 6

E. Smith, Watt (5) and Stock; Mi. Rivera, Weaver (6) and Groves. W - E. Smith. L - Mi. Rivera. S - Watt.



Three runs in the top of the seventh inning helped Tamaqua secure a 7-6 victory over Nativity.

Cooper Ansbach’s double scored Luke Kane, who started the rally with two out double, and Lucas Kamant, who followed and reached on an error, to tie the game at 6-6. Landon Kamant delivered the go-ahead single to plate Ansbach and give the Raiders (8-2) a 7-6 lead. Wyatt Steigerwalt tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to secure the win. Kane was 3-for-4 with a home run, while Ansbach doubled twice and had two runs scored. Logan Morgans had two hits and knocked in a run.

Nick Wagner had two hits, drove in a run and scored twice for Nativity (5-6).

Tamaqua 100 210 3 - 7 10 2

Nativity 400 200 0 - 6 7 2

Ansbach, Vecolitis (4), Steigerwalt (7) and Kane; Wagner, Cooper (7) and Grabowski. W - Vecolitis. L - Cooper. S - Steigerwalt. HR: Tamaqua - Kane (5th, none on).


Jaxson Kreider collected three hits to pace Bangor to a 9-3 win over Palmerton in Colonial League action.

Blake Kornafel had (two runs scored) and MJ Siu (double, run scored) each drove in two runs for the Slaters (6-5), who scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a 1-1 game. Greg Campbell tossed six strong innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six.

AJ Borger had a pair of hits for the Bombers (4-9) and scored a run. Jason Carelli had a hit and knocked in two runs.

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Palmerton 001 001 1 - 3 6 5

Campbell, Labar (7) and Baylok; Pengelly, Borger (5), Becker (6) and T. Stroup. W - Campbell. L - Pengelly.


CL Tournament

Saucon Valley’s Devon Pandey captured the No. 1 singles title, and Moravian Academy’s Brian Yang and Harry Vicic won the No. 1 doubles crown at the Colonial League Tournament.

Palmerton’s Colby Chadwick, seeded eighth, posted a 6-2 win over No. 9 seed Ian Quick of Wilson in his pigtail match before falling to Pandey in the quarterfinals. Salisbury’s Christian Marinos topped Palmerton’s Jared Reinhard 8-4 in the quarterfinals in the No. 3 singles bracket.

Southern Lehigh’s Jack Connelly and Manas Pol topped the Bombers’ Kaitlyn Heimbach and Anderson Garcia-Escobar 6-3 in the pigtails at No. 1 doubles, and Salisbury’s Han Kloosterman and Ian Young defeated Hadlee Lake and Colton Ruzicka 8-4 in the quarters at No. 2 doubles.

EPC Tournament

Liberty dominated the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tennis championships, gaining five of a possible six gold medals.

The Hurricanes’ Luke Appleman and Roman Farhard captured titles at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while their three doubles teams were also crowned champions.

Ishaan Patel of Nazareth avoided a Liberty sweep by taking the No. 3 singles title.

Pleasant Valley’s Nolan Dolan and Ben Keppel competed at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, falling in the opening round. The Bears also had three doubles teams participate in the tournament. The tandem of Roman Steuer and Chris Lanier nearly pulled off an upset at No. 2 doubles, dropping an 8-7 pro-set decision to Freedom’s Mar Davis and Hardeep Sandhu.

PV’s No. 4 doubles team of Logan Krock and Damon McMurtry also gave a solid effort, dropping a close 8-6 score to the favored Emmaus duo of Caleb Brashear and Ayden Kegley.

Northwestern's Abby Dunstan races toward home while head coach Kate Farber motions to another Tiger baserunner. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS