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Johnston Realty pounds Cumming Motors

Johnston Realty unleashed a 14-hit attack in a 14-2, five-inning mercy-rule victory over Cumming Motors in a Greater City League/AAABA League game at Juniata. John Servello had two hits, including a double, and knocked in four runs for Johnston Realty, which also got three hits and three RBIs ...

Nationals treasure: Adams ‘great teammate’ for Washington

PITTSBURGH — On paper, the Washington Nationals are the prohibitive favorites to repeat as the National League East Division champions this season. They’re also considered, by many baseball experts, to be a World Series contender. So far in the 2018 Major League Baseball season, ...

Curve’s Craig wins All-Star Game in strange way

TRENTON, N.J. — Baseball All-Star Games rarely provide great drama at the end, but the Eastern League’s showcase had plenty of it Wednesday night, and Curve first baseman Will Craig became the hero in unusual fashion. The Western Division All-Stars, featuring four Curve players and led by ...

Curve’s Hearn earns All-Star start

Taylor Hearn won the genetics lottery when it comes to being a pitcher. He’s left-handed, throws upwards of 100 mph and is 6-foot-5. Any one of those physical gifts is extremely valuable in baseball. When a pitcher has all three, he has a chance, if everything goes well, to be a superstar ...

Harrison, other Pirates vets soon may be gone

Notes and observations from a recent trip to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — The writing is on the wall for the Pittsburgh Pirates. More specifically, for some of the Pirates’ veteran players. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, Pirates general manager ...

Mehno: Baseball has some big-time problems

PITTSBURGH — Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe woke up from a baseball-induced nap the other day and came to a conclusion: Baseball is in trouble. It’s become, he wrote, “a sanctuary of senior citizens.” As someone who looks forward to claiming every old guy discount available, ...

Marte’s two-run homer gives Bucs win

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte did not start any of the first three games of July because Pirates manager Clint Hurdle felt his slumping center fielder needed a mental break. The strategy worked, even if Marte still doesn’t agree with it. Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams ...

Pagana, Lang capture Iron Masters

ORE HILL — Although Barb Pagana and Patty Lang are from opposite ends of the state, their golf games match up perfectly. At least they do when they team up for the Iron Masters Country Club Ladies Classic. Pagana, from Selinsgrove, and Lang, from Meadville, repeated as IM tournament ...

Marte believes taking days off helped him

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte recently got a few days off. The Pirates got a better player when Marte returned. The enforced rest has become an occasional tactic for manager Clint Hurdle. He did it a few years ago with Andrew McCutchen, sitting the slumping player for a series in ...

Timing everything for Shoppe

Medicine Shoppe scored three runs to get the lead in the fifth inning before rain moved into the region, forcing the game to an end with a 4-2 Medicine Shoppe victory over Barton’s Plumbing and Heating Tuesday night in a Greater City League game at Vets Field. Fred Zigler recorded five ...

Penn State Altoona has new swim coach

Penn State Altoona Athletics recently announced the hiring of Bradley Brooks as its new head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming program. Brooks becomes the fifth head coach in the NCAA Division III era of Penn State Altoona’s men’s and women’s swimming program. In addition to ...

Claysburg outslugs Lilly for win No. 20

LILLY — Corey Chamberlain got the win and drove in two runs for Claysburg in a 14-11 win over Lilly Monday in a Cambria County American Legion baseball game. Lary Corle drove in two runs for Claysburg (20-4) — which led 9-3 after two innings — and Braedon O’Donnell and Luke Mardula ...

Wolfe takes Speedweek title away from Dietrich

By Dottie Bird For the Mirror SELINSGROVE — It was a war on wheels this past Sunday night at the Selinsgrove Speedway to decide the 29th annual PA Speedweek title for 410 sprint cars. Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg needed to win the 30-lap Opperman/Bogar Memorial in order to clinch the ...

Ott’s run filled with sports drama

Altoona native Dan Ott’s second consecutive long run in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event came to an end late Saturday night. While Ott didn’t earn any money this time around (in fact, he lost the $10,000 entry fee despite outlasting more than 6,500 competitors), his performance ...

Rutgers-Newark honors Yusko as its top athlete

NEWARK, N.J. — Senior Kelly Yusko of the Rutgers University-Newark softball team was named the Scarlet Raider Co-Female Athlete of the Year, it was announced Friday. Yusko, of Portage and a Penn Cambria High School graduate, joined senior Sue Riley of women’s volleyball in earning the ...

Lilly Conrad, Sheetz collect two victories

LILLY — Brock Porter had three hits and drove in four runs, and C.J. McCoy also had three hits as Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion topped BMG Construction, 15-0, in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League on Sunday. Shane Suter allowed no runs and just two hits for ...

Tyrone Legion outlasts Martin Oil

BELLWOOD — Cory Lehman hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning to help Tyrone Legion knock off Martin Oil, 3-1, Sunday in a game between the top two George B. Kelley Federation teams. Colson Lewis had three hits and scored a run, and Kevin Lehner went 2-for-5 with a double for ...

Youth baseball roundup

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Big league struggles could cost Curve

As the Pirates’ freefall toward what may become a dreadful season continues, there’s a good chance it will have a negative impact on what otherwise could be another run at an Eastern League championship for the Curve. The Bucs (40-48) are now eight games under .500 with three weeks left ...

Ott stays in contention into late hours of WSOP

Altoona native Dan Ott, who finished as the runner-up and won $4.7 million in last year’s event, outlasted more than 6,500 competitors at this year’s World Series of Poker’s Main Event in Las Vegas, but his fate was up in the air at press time Saturday night. Ott began play Saturday ...