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Briggs pitches Johnston’s to victory

Ben Briggs pitched five innings with four strikeouts and held BMG Construction to one run in Johnston Realty’s 11-1 win Wednesday in Juniata in a Greater City League-AAABA crossover game. The game was called after six innings because of the mercy rule. Cory Storm, Lennox Pugh, Tyler ...

New bill not the answer

Pennsylvania State Representative Aaron Bernstine unveiled House Bill 1600 Tuesday in Harrisburg in an attempt to bridge the concerns of both public and private schools in regard to the PIAA playoffs in several sports. The bill would separate playoff brackets in football, boys and girls ...

No. 1 draft pick chooses Pirates over TCU

On deck Tuesday night: The Pirates trailed the Braves, 7-5, in the 9th when the game was hit with a rain delay at press time. Tonight: Pittsburgh at Atlanta 7:20 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (0-1) at Braves RHP Mike Soroka (7-1) TV: AT&T SportsNet By Will ...

Hollidaysburg grad highest-paid long snapper

From Mirror reports Hollidaysburg’s Luke Rhodes has become the NFL’s highest-paid long snapper. The Indianapolis Colts extended a four-year contract to Rhodes on Tuesday, locking him up through the 2023 season. The team didn’t disclose terms of the deal, but the NFL Network reported ...

Pitching helps Curve win fourth in a row

Next stop Tonight: Portland at Altoona, 6:30 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Sean Brady (2-5, 6.22) vs. Sea Dogs RHP Tanner Houck (5-4, 4.24) Record: 31-30 Four-man rotations disappeared in baseball decades ago, but for the past four weeks, the Curve have been limited to four starters ...

Weibley, Glass spark Locker Room win

Brett Weibley drove in two runs, and Joe Glass struck out four batters in Locker Room’s 5-4 win over Sheetz in Greater City League action at Vets Field Tuesday. Locker Room (6-0) scored all five runs in the top of the sixth inning to go ahead and held on the final 11/2 innings to secure ...

Two District 6 champions will play for a state title

A pair of District 6 champions are headed to state championship games. Mount Union got a two-out, two-run double from Quinnten Fultz in the fourth inning to break a one-all tie with District 10 champion Franklin, and the Trojans held on, 3-1, to clinch a spot in the PIAA Class 3A championship ...

Tough way to lose

The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a grand slam, Ozzie Albies added two homers and the Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh 13-7 on Monday night after Pirates starter Joe Musgrove was ejected in a first-inning fracas. The Braves hit five homers, including two-run shots by Nick ...

Pinegar excited about new hire

UNIVERSITY PARK — When Jake Pinegar ran onto the field with his teammates for the season opener against Appalachian State in 2018, he was quick to admit that he felt a little nervous. But the true freshman place kicker didn’t look nervous in his first collegiate action, drilling all six ...

Altoona grad hired at D-I Detroit Mercy

From Mirror reports DETROIT — The University of Detroit Mercy women’s basketball program welcomes a familiar face back to the staff with Altoona native Kayla DeCriscio returning as the new assistant coach for the Titans under head coach Bernard Scott, it was announced Monday. DeCriscio ...

Johnston gets first loss of City/AAABA season

Ricky Patterson’s two-run double in the sixth inning helped lead BMG Construction to a 5-2 win over Johnston Realty in a Greater City League/AAABA game Monday. It was the first loss of the season for Johnston. Andrew Maul struck out five in two innings of relief work for BMG (3-1). Rich ...

Pittsburgh signs No. 1 draft pick

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Quinn Priester, the 18th overall selection in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, on Monday. The announcement was made by Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington and Senior Director of ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and begin a three-game home series against Portland tonight at 6:30. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers tonight: Curve RHP Austin Coley (0-0, 3.00) vs. Sea Dogs RHP Denyi Reyes (1-7, 4.42). STEALING SECOND: The Sea Dogs have the worst record in the Eastern League ...

Curve surging in June

The Curve appeared to be in big trouble at the end of May, with the club losing eight of nine to drop a season-high five games below .500. June has been a much different, much more encouraging story. Altoona has the best record in the Eastern League so far this month at 7-2, and the team ...

Perry will hit on big stage

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — Hollidaysburg 14-year-old Landon Perry will be getting a Major League Baseball All-Star experience next month. Perry won a regional tournament in the MLB Junior Home Run Derby competition on Sunday near Cleveland and will now be one of 10 competing in the finals of ...

Patton upsets Barton’s

PATTON — Nick Blake singled in JT Elias with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Patton Legion over previously-unbeaten Barton’s Plumbing & Heating, 10-9, in George B. Kelley Federation play Sunday. Barton’s scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to ...

Gingrich cruises

Brennen Freiwald drove in two runs, scored twice and was the winning pitcher in Gingrich Insurance’s 21-1 rout of McMullen Furniture at Seitz Field in Altoona Teener League Lowey Division play Sunday. Conner Lindsey and Sam Saylor each had three RBIs for Gingrich, and Eli Steward collected ...

Ex-Pirate relating MLB experience to Curve pitchers

Professional baseball, particularly at its highest levels, is a myriad of highs and lows, and peaks and valleys, that can offer experiences of numbing disappointment as well as intense fulfillment. Joel Hanrahan, in his first year as a pitching coach with the Altoona Curve, sampled the full ...

Curve shut down RubberDucks in DH

The Curve enjoyed a terrific twinbill that finished in thrilling fashion Saturday night to sweep Akron. Domingo Robles dominated on the mound in the first game with a seven-inning shutout as Altoona rolled, 6-0. The Curve were getting no-hit into the bottom of the sixth in game two, only to ...

Szynal honored as CPL top coach

Hollidaysburg Area High School’s Jon Szynal was named the Central Penn Baseball League coach of the year for 2019. Szynal led Hollidaysburg to the league title. Altoona infielder Matt Hartman made the CPL all-star team for the second straight season. He was joined on the all-star team ...