Conor Bawiec didn’t do it all himself, but that’s what teammates are for.
The Iona pitcher tossed a perfect game Monday evening in the Lebanon Valley VFW Teener Baseball League, holding Cornwall without a baserunner in a 6-0 victory in South Lebanon. Along the way, Bawiec struck out 18 of the 21 batters he faced during his 75-pitch gem.
In the fourth inning, Iona center fielder David Santos made a superb catch to keep the perfect game in tact. Offensively, Iona was led by Michael Emerich’s double and two RBIs, while Joe Gates collected two hits.
LVC and FM renew gridiron rivalry: It’s been three decades since Lebanon Valley and Franklin Marshall University collided on the football field. The two colleges announced Tuesday they will play for the first time since 1982 when they begin a four-game series in 2014.
The Diplomats will host the 2014 and 2016 season openers, while Arnold Field in Annville will serve as the debut for both teams in 2015 and 2017.
“We are very excited about renewing this rivalry between two great institutions,” said head coach Jim Monos, who has never faced FM in his 19 seasons leading the Dutchmen.
Exact dates and times will be released in the future. According to GoDutchmen.com, there is potential for a first-in-the-nation Thursday or Friday night game depending on the construction status and availability of lights at FM’s new stadium.
The 2014 game will be the 35th meeting between the schools since 1899. FM
held a 25-8-1 all-time record before leaving for the Centennial Conference (football-only at the time) in 1983.
Bare, Torres earn “Pop” Kelchner Awards: Palmyra Area High School’s Preston Bare and Hershey’s Sonya Torres were announced as the 2012 C.S. “Pop” Kelchner award winners on Tuesday.
The Central Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame annually recognizes one male and female student-athlete from 11 local school districts. A formal ceremony will be held on Nov. 12 during the chapter’s hall of fame inductions.
Bare, a multi-sport star, led the Cougars to the district playoffs in both football and baseball his senior season. He will be attending Longwood University to play baseball.
Soccer duo helps win Cup: Gabby Boehmer of Cedar Crest and Leah Comiskey of Northern Lebanon were part of the PA Classics under-16 girls’ soccer team that won the Eastern PA State Cup on Sunday. By winning the tournament, the team will play in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 tournament June 28 to July 3 in Lancaster where over 300 teams from 15 states are expected to be competing.
The rest of the Manheim-based team is comprised of players from 10 different high schools from Lancaster, York and Cumberland counties.