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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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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