Holy Redeemer heading to state baseball championships

ESPY — Each time the opposing offenses put together a threat, Holy Redeemer pitcher Tony Molitoris and the Loyalsock Township defense got tougher. For six innings. Molitoris never budged, but Tucker Ell’s clutch, seventh-inning hit led to a Loyalsock defensive breakdown as Holy Redeemer pulled away for a 4-0 victory in the PIAA Class 3A […]

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Semifinals set for Dallas, Redeemer baseball; Hazleton, Tunkhannock softball

The Wyoming Valley Conference is having a banner postseason in baseball and softball. All four teams that played in Thursday’s state quarterfinals won to reach the final four of their respective brackets. Now they know their next step toward Penn State and a potential state championship. Dallas and Holy Redeemer baseball will join Hazleton Area […]

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Lydon, Kerdesky duo pilot Dallas to PIAA baseball semifinals

PINE GROVE — When Thursday’s PIAA Class 4A baseball quarterfinal was over, Darren Kerdesky jumped up into the storage area of the Dallas team bus, grabbed equipment bags from his teammates and safely packed them away. Kerdesky had spent the previous two hours effectively taking bats out of the hands of West York hitters, ensuring […]

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Holy Redeemer advances to PIAA baseball semifinals

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP. — For most of the day, it seemed like the calmest people at the field were the kids. Plenty of folks at Holy Redeemer — coaches, parents, fans — were still taking some deep breaths in the minutes after the Royals’ tense 4-3 win over Oley Valley in Thursday’s PIAA Class 3A […]

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PIAA baseball: Dallas bats, Redeemer arms surge into quarterfinals

Both are well-rounded teams. Have to be to reach the state quarterfinals. But there’s no doubt that two of the biggest WVC baseball storylines in this postseason have been Dallas’ hitting and Holy Redeemer’s pitching. Both schools played three games in the District 2 tournament, winning their respective championships, and one game in the PIAA […]

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PIAA baseball: Dallas, Nick Kocher power past Athens

HUGHESTOWN — No runners on base. Yet here Nick Kocher was on the mound, throwing out of the stretch – in contradiction to conventional pitching wisdom. Kocher stayed in his comfort zone Monday to give Dallas a victory in its first state playoff game in 16 years. The Mountaineers blanked Athens 9-0 in the PIAA […]

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PIAA baseball: Holy Redeemer, Tony Molitoris smother Tamaqua

HANOVER TWP. — He got through the fifth inning in 11 pitches. The sixth? Only needed five. It felt like an encore at the end of a concert when Tony Molitoris took the mound in the seventh inning of Monday’s PIAA Class 3A tournament opener. Three pitches. Three outs. And, amazingly, just 60 total to […]

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Dallas, Holy Redeemer gear up for PIAA baseball tournament

Don’t get them wrong — the gold medals and the championship plaques are great. But as much as anything, the Dallas and Holy Redeemer baseball teams are happy to be together for another week or two. After winning District 2 titles last weekend, the Mountaineers and the Royals will continue their seasons on Monday in […]

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Times, sites set for PIAA baseball, softball tournaments

Five Wyoming Valley Conference teams in baseball and softball will take the next step on the path to a state championship on Monday. The PIAA released the information for the opening round of both sets of tournaments on Friday for Dallas and Holy Redeemer in baseball and also Hazleton Area, Tunkhannock and Wyoming Area in […]

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D2 baseball: A Royal rally for Holy Redeemer delivers a championship

MOOSIC — Coach Chris Ritsick wasn’t about to hold the runner at third. Which is good, because Robb McClay had no intention of stopping. Every baserunner had been at a premium in Monday’s District 2 Class 3A championship. So when Holy Redeemer’s Sean Wills lifted a shallow single with the score tied in the seventh, […]

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