CRESSON - The Mount Aloysius baseball team advanced to the final four of the Allegheny Mountain?Collegiat Conference finals, thanks to a sweep of Penn?State Altoona, 13-0 and 11-2, this past weekend in tournament action.
The Mounties will open up against No. 2 seed Penn State Behrend at La Roche this Friday at noon.
In game one, the Mount's Derrick Capiak continued his outstanding conference pitching with a complete-game shutout as he scattered six hits and struck out 10.
The Mounties wasted no time jumping on Altoona as they struck for five runs in their first two at-bats.
Highlighting the innings were an RBI double from Ben Legath in the first inning and another double courtesy of Brock Gladfelter that brought in two more runs in the second inning.
Mount Aloysius scored six more runs in the fourth to take control of the game. Ian Helsel got things started with a double that cleared the bases to make it 8-0, and the scoring was capped by a Cory Dick RBI double that created an 11-0 advantage.
Legath went 3-for-4 in game one with three RBIs and two runs scored. Helsel, Connor Bowie, Dick and Dylan Oswalt each added two hits.
In game two, Dan Resavy was effective on the hill throughout as he held Altoona to nine hits and two runs. He also struck out six.
The Mounties stayed hot at the plate as they scored runs in every at-bat except the third.
Jesse Bortner and Bowie provided the power as each hit home runs early on. Bortner hit a three-run shot that made it 5-0 in the bottom of the first, and Bowie slugged a two-run homer in the second to make it 7-0.
Bowie was 3-for-4 in game two with three runs scored and three RBIs. Oswalt went 4-for-4 in game two to finish with six hits on the day.
The men's tennis team was active in the town of Ebensburg last weekend with two different community service projects.
The team helped with the Heart Association "Heart Chase" race as well as setting up for the town's "Art in Bloom" festival at the Cambria County Courthouse. The race was run to raise money for the Heart Association.
"The Heart Chase was such a fun experience and not just for me," stated men's tennis player said Mountie Joey?Gearhart. "Everyone I saw had a smile on their face and it seemed like everyone was having a great time. It also made it so much better knowing that the money it raised for the Heart Association will help a family in need."
The softball team won three games at the AMCC Tournament before fallling, 10-5, to Penn State Altoona in the title game Sunday.
The Mounties defeated D'Youville (6-5), La Roche (9-5) and Pitt-Bradford (9-3) in three consecutive elimination games.
Mount Aloysius finished the season with a 28-12 record and will bid farewell to two four-year players in Jalisa Westover and Lindsy Sammarco.
With Westover and Sammarco in Mountie uniforms, the softball program had an overall record of 103-52 (.655 winning percentage) over the past four seasons as well as an AMCC regular-season championship in 2011 and AMCC postseason runner-up finishes in 2011 and this season.
To get to the finals, Mount Aloysius squared off against Bradford Sunday morning with the winner advancing to the final. Kelsey Ickes was in control throughout as she pitched a complete game and allowed five hits and no unearned runs.
With the game tied 2-2, Mount Aloysius struck for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. The at-bat was highlighted by a double from Brandie Mott, who drove in two runs.
The Mounties added three runs in the sixth to take a 9-2 lead. Alexandria Teeter and Alyssa Wills registered RBI doubles before Danielle Hart capped the inning with an RBI single as the Mount advanced to the championship game.