Heavy rain washes away WVC senior game

RICE TWP. — With the way the West squad was swinging the bats, it appeared there was only one thing that could stop the senior Wyoming Valley Conference baseball squad. And as the sky darkened over the Mountain Post Legion field, Mother Nature would win. The West scored three runs in the first inning off […]

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Mike Cumbo, Sam Barrouk key Back Mt. National’s 10-11 baseball win

Mike Combo and Sam Barrouk combined to produce six hits and seven RBI Tuesday as Back Mountain National clubbed West Side, 17-2 in a District 31 10-11 All-Star baseball game at Back Mountain Stadium. Barrouk had three hits and drove home three runs. Cumbo also had three hits, including a three-run home run, and finished […]

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TL’s 2017 Baseball Players of the Year: Redeemer’s Molitoris, Choman

Jordan Choman started it all off with a no-hitter against Lake-Lehman. Tony Molitoris shut down division champ Meyers. Choman pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts to knock off undefeated Lakeland in the district title game. Molitoris needed just 60 pitches to shut out Tamaqua in the PIAA opener. Holy Redeemer’s two senior pitchers just kept […]

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2017 Times Leader WVC Baseball All-Stars

NATE BARANSKI Wyoming Valley West Sophomore pitcher Smoothly stepped into the role of the Spartans ace as an underclassman. Boasted an ERA at or below 1.00 most of the spring. Struck out 42 with just eight walks in the regular season. • J.D. BARRETT Dallas Senior infielder Came through in big spots time and time […]

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Dallas depends on defense to win PIAA Class 4A baseball title

STATE COLLEGE — Long before Darren Kerdesky’s game-clinching triple, there was a game-changing throw to the plate. And even before that, there was a game effort to save another run. While the Dallas Mountaineers won the school’s first state championship with a scrappy run-scoring attack and a spectacular, nine-strikeout pitching performance by starter Nick Kocher, […]

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Dallas baseball wins 4A state championship

STATE COLLEGE — It started with a long drive back from Hazleton. It was April 28 and Dallas had just lost again, a 7-0 thumping by the Cougars, to fall to 2-6 in league play. The Mountaineers had plenty of time to think heading back home. “Long bus ride back home. Silent bus ride back,” […]

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PIAA baseball: Holy Redeemer falls to Central in 3A title game

STATE COLLEGE — By the third batter of the game, Holy Redeemer had an idea just how tough these hitters were. A leadoff walk to start the game was soon followed by an RBI triple. And then, a minute later, a sacrifice fly. After two innings, Central had nearly matched the output of the Royals’ […]

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PIAA baseball: Holy Redeemer, Dallas cap off historic week for WVC

Ken Kashatus was already feeling good after his Dallas squad had won its state semifinal on Monday. When the Mountaineers coach learned that his colleague Chris Ritsick at Holy Redeemer had just followed suit, it was time to celebrate again. The Royals and Mounts will play for PIAA championships on Thursday and Friday in Class […]

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Hazleton Area’s Biasi, Valley West’s Vought selected by Royals in MLB Draft

Sal Biasi didn’t have a long wait on Wednesday. And Justin Vought ended up getting the call from the same team as the fellow Wyoming Valley Conference alum. Biasi, a Hazleton Area grad, had an eye on the MLB draft as his junior season at Penn State wound down. That goal was quickly realized Wednesday […]

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PIAA baseball: Mountaineers march into state finals

POTTSVILLE — J.D. Barrett had been in situations like this before. This one just happened to be in the sixth inning of the state semifinals. The Dallas senior wasn’t worried about the specifics — bases loaded with a one-run deficit and a trip to Penn State on the line. “Just put the ball in play. […]

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