Lilly/Conrad happily surprised with record start

Most of the teams in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League have played just about half of the 24-game schedule.

One team – Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion – still sits atop of the standings with a perfect 11-0 mark through Saturday.

Ron Davison, the team’s coach and statistician, was happy if a bit stunned by the team’s roaring start.

“We’re very pleased with where we’re at record wise right now,” Davison said. “We’re a little surprised that we’re still unbeaten, because there are a lot of good teams. We still haven’t played Johnston [Realty] and Wise Trailer Sales though.”

With all the success this team has enjoyed through the last decade, this is new territory for the program. So Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion has been enjoying every second of it.

“It’s our longest win streak to start the season,” Davison said. “We’re playing good ball offensively, defensively and pitching. We’re going to try to keep it going as long as possible and have fun with it.”

Playing for paws

For the fifth year now, Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion will host a benefit game, this year’s benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. The game is scheduled for Sunday, June 30 against JnD Guns.

Hot hitters

n Jordan Swope had some huge games for Railbirds this past week. He went 5-for-7, scored four runs and hit a pair of doubles through Friday’s action.

n Johnston Realty’s Mike Marcinko could not have been much better at the plate this week, going 9-for-15, scoring six times, hitting three triples while knocking in four through Friday. Teammate Cody Doran was 5-for-15 with a double, four RBIs and three runs.

n ProActive Sports teammates Mark Saxman and R.J. Barnard combined to go 10-for-15, score eight runs, collect six RBIs and hit four doubles.

Sharp pitchers

n Garrett Peterson of Johnston Realty threw a three-hitter, allowed just a pair of runs, walked one and struck out 11 Crown Jewels/Cox Refractories batters in five innings Sunday.

n ProActive Sports’ Ryan Clouse tossed a five-inning three-hitter against Mountain View Archery on Monday. He also struck out six without walking a batter.

n Shane Suter of JnD Guns and Corey Sell of Ketrow Insurance were part of a classic pitchers duel Wednesday at Juniata. Suter scattered seven hits, gave up just two runs, struck out nine and walked just one in a 3-2 JnD win. Sell allowed three runs, struck out five, walked just one and allowed just six hits.

n Swope and Ryan Robinette pitched Railbirds to an 8-1 win over Ketrow Insurance on Thursday. The pair combined to limit Ketrow Insurance to just one hit and one run. Robinette picked up the win.

n Matt Aungst of Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion threw a one-hit shutout Tuesday against Crown Jewels/Cox Refractories in five innings. Aungst finished with six Ks and two walks.

n Patton Taylor and Mark Curtis combined on a two-hit shutout of First Commonwealth for Johnston Realty at Roxbury Park in Johnstown. Taylor fanned 11 batters on his way to the win.

n Bryan Plummer pitched Crown Jewels/Cox Refractories to a 3-1 win over Mountain View Archery Friday. Plummer allowed seven hits, struck out four while walking one.

Surging teams

n Through Friday’s action, Johnston Realty was unbeaten at 4-0. It raised its record to 8-3 along the way.

n Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion went 2-0.

Cold clubs

n Through Friday’s game, Ketrow Insurance had an 0-3 record.

Game of the week

Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion vs. Johnston Realty Tuesday at Juniata.