Falcons outlast Grovers

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PINE GROVE - June 28 was a turbulent day atop the Schuylkill-Berks Legion League North Division standings.

With three teams entering the day tied for first place, there was hope that by the end of the day, there would be only one.

But a series of doubleheaders still left a tie at the top of the division.

Schuylkill Valley defeated Pine Grove 12-5 in the finale Saturday night at Stump Stadium to remain tied for first place with Southern Area, which beat Pine Grove 5-4 earlier in the day.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Schuylkill Valley put up seven runs in the third off Pine Grove starter Nick Cataldo. Five walks issued to Falcons batters and singles by Kyle Kaledas and Alek Hummel preceded an RBI double by Bobby Grigas to put Schuylkill Valley ahead 8-0.

Pine Grove answered with four runs of its own in the bottom of the third, fueled by three straight RBI singles by Cataldo, Jared McCabe and Tanner Levan.

The Grovers added another run in the fourth inning when Jed Blankenhorn led off the inning with a single, reached third base after a stolen base and throwing error, and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Logan Levan.

Derrick Reese led off the fifth with a single for Schuylkill Valley and scored on a walk issued to Tom Gallagher to put the Falcons ahead 9-5.

An RBI double by Jake Damiter in the top of the seventh set the final.

Bobby Gregas earned the win for the Falcons after coming on in relief of starter Hummel, who went three innings.

The win put Schuylkill Valley two points ahead of Pine Grove (7-7) in the divisional standings.

Valley View 8

Pottsville 7

VALLEY VIEW - Devin Masser drove in the go-ahead run on a fourth-inning single, while Dennis Jansen got the win in relief in the Westender's North Division victory over the Lions.

Masser had three hits, while Ty Painter had three for Pottsville.

Valley View got out to 7-0 after two innings on a two-run double by Masser and RBI single Ben Rautzahn, Jared Matter and Dennis Jansen.

The Lions tied the game in the top of the fourth, thanks to six walks and an RBI single by Painter and two-run double by Brandon Daubert.

Valley View 6

Pine Grove 1

VALLEY VIEW - Hunter Bordner tossed a five-hitter and struck out 10 and Jarred Matter had three hits as the West Enders upended the Grovers at Valley View Park.

Trailing 1-0, Valley View took control with a five-run fifth inning. Matter had a two-run double and Dennis Jansen had a two-run single in the frame. C.J. Steinhilber gave the West Enders an insurance run in the sixth with he tripled and scored on a throwing error.

Nick Cataldo had two hits for Pine Grove.

Hamburg 3

Valley View 1

VALLEY VIEW - Alex Cooper pitched a complete game and hit an RBI double in the fourth inning to lift the Reds over the West Enders in a Schuylkill-Berks Legion League division crossover game.

Valley View tied the game at 1-1 thanks to a passed ball in the third inning, but Cooper's double the next inning put Hamburg ahead for good. The Reds added a run on a passed ball in the fifth inning.

Conrad Opozda went 2-for-3 to lead Valley View.

Pine Grove 6

Tulpehocken 5

PINE GROVE - Steve Zimmerman's sixth-inning sacrifice fly scoring Jed Blankenhorn put Pine Grove ahead to stay in a Schuylkill-Berks Legion League division crossover game at Stump Stadium that saw five lead changes.

Zach Boltz had three RBIs for Pine Grove, including a home run in the Grovers' three-run fifth inning that tied the game 5-5.

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