Baseball

Winning contagious at Central

By Jim Lane For the Mirror MARTINSBURG — When it comes to successful sports programs, few area high schools measure up to Central. The Scarlet Dragon baseball team advanced to the District 6 Class 3A championship by trimming Philipsburg-Osceola, 7-3, in the semifinals Tuesday ...

PNG Field seems a lot like home for Juniata Valley

By Ty R. States For the Mirror ALEXANDRIA — Juniata Valley is a playoff-tested baseball team, owning the last two District 6 Class 1A championships. The top-seeded Green Hornets will get the chance to win a third championship after a 5-0 victory over Claybsurg-Kimmel on Tuesday in the ...

Young Titans take their lumps in loss to top-seeded Township

By Dave Mapes For the Mirror DAVIDSVILLE — A youthful Tussey Mountain High School baseball team lost a 4-1 decision to top-seeded Conemaugh Township Tuesday afternoon in the District 5 2A semifinals. The visiting Titans had several opportunities to deliver on offense, getting men on ...

B-A advances

BLAIRSVILLE — With a lower seed and a road matchup on the docket, coming off a nail-biting finish several days before, most teams would feel pressured knowing a championship berth was at stake. Most teams, though, don’t have a lineup as potent as Bellwood-Antis.’ Nevin Wood overcame a ...

Defensive gem propels Ridge past rival Warriors

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com EVERETT — Chestnut Ridge sophomore Brodie Harbaugh was having his shoulder checked out after the game. “I’m not sure when I did it” Harbaugh said. “I think it was when I was hitting” Must have been. There certainly wasn’t anything ...

Fielding woes contribute to Mustangs’ exit from playoffs

PORTAGE — Giving a team more than three outs in any given inning is a recipe for a game to change hands and slip out of your control. That rule of thumb ended up playing out in Tuesday’s District 6 Class 2A semifinals between top-seeded Portage and No. 4 seed Bishop McCort. Portage ...

Bearcats march into final, will face Central

MIFFLINTOWN — Huntingdon, down 3-2 after four innings, scored three runs in the top of the fifth and rode the arm of relief pitcher Alex Mykut the rest of the way to a 5-3 victory over Juniata in the District 6 Class 3A baseball semifinals Tuesday afternoon. The Bearcats, now 12-7, take on ...

Lions survive Wildcats

Altoona’s Elliot Mast got hit three times by two Mifflin County pitchers in Monday’s District 6 6A semifinal baseball game at Mansion Park. “It’s happened before,” Mast said. “It’s been awhile, but it’s nice when you get on base. Those weren’t hits, but they helped the team ...

Forest Hills dispatches Bedford in semis

SIDMAN — Forest Hills put up four runs in the second inning and rode senior Jared Wehner’s dominant pitching to punch its ticket to the District 6 Class 4A championship game with a 6-0 win over Bedford Monday afternoon. The Rangers (16-5) scored the four runs on five hits, including three ...

Pitching gets Bulldogs in round 2 of playoffs

By Sean Wechtenhiser For the Mirror JOHNSTOWN — A heavy dose of pitching was on the menu in Saturday’s District 6 Class 1A quarterfinal baseball game between Claysburg-Kimmel and Ferndale. The teams had four pitchers combine to allow only 12 hits and four runs, while striking out 21 ...

B-A survives, moving on

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com BELLWOOD — In almost any sport, playoff competition is not much about style points. Winning and advancing are the big items, and the Bellwood-Antis Area High School baseball team checked off both boxes in its District 6 Class 2A ...

Mustangs do just enough to advance

Special to the Mirror PORTAGE — Right-handers Noah Kerch of Portage and Moshannon Valley’s Nick Kitko were locked in a pitchers’ duel in Saturday’s District 6 Class 2A quarterfinal. Behind Kitko, the Black Knights were tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh on the road ...

Bearcats overtake Penn Cambria

LILLY — Admirably living up to their nickname, the Huntingdon Bearcats fought, scratched and clawed their way to a victory in the quarterfinal round of the District 6 Class 3A playoffs Friday afternoon. Huntingdon overcame an early 3-0 deficit and a 14-strikeout performance by Penn Cambria ...

Earnest throws complete-game shutout for P-O

PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg-Osceola’s Josh Earnest turned out a near perfect performance on the mound and at the plate against West Shamokin on Friday at the Don Womer Baseball Complex. Earnest allowed just four hits in seven innings, needing just 93 pitches to get through the game. He also ...

Dragons dominate the Rams

MARTINSBURG — Ligonier Valley’s bus ride to Martinsburg Friday probably took longer than its baseball playoff game with Central. The top-seeded Scarlet Dragons scored nine runs in the first inning and went on to mercy-rule the Rams, 15-0, in a District 6 Class 3A quarterfinal game that ...

Northern Cambria eliminated by Blairsville

BLAIRSVILLE — Earlier this year, Northern Cambria stormed back in a home game against Blairsville to hand the Bobcats one of their three losses this year. The Colts again had an opportunity to stage a come-from-behind win over the Bobcats, but Blairsville ace Ryan Shirley had no intentions ...

Ronan propels Panthers

LILLY — Penn Cambria wrapped up its regular season with a 7-3 victory over Cambria Heights in high school baseball on Wednesday. Mason Ronan smacked a two-run inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning. CAMBRIA HEIGHTS (3): Verdavoir lf 320, Mezzelo ss 312, Bearer p 402, Serafin rf 200, ...

Stevenson clutch for Tigers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Collin Stevenson’s RBI single scored John Servello in walk-off fashion, as Hollidaysburg edged Mount Union, 8-7, in eight innings Tuesday afternoon in high school baseball action. Lennox Pugh had a double and drove in three runs for the Tigers (16-1), and Cory Storm picked ...

O’Shell has big day for Glendale

ALEXANDRIA — Cierra O’Shell had three hits and drove in three runs to lead Glendale to an 18-0, five-inning win over Juniata Valley Tuesday in high school softball action. The Lady Vikings (15-4) also got three RBIs from winning pitcher Lexi Mulhollen in a game Glendale led, 11-0, after ...

Smith clutch for Scarlet Dragons

MARTINSBURG — Chase Smith’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove home the winning run, breaking a 9-all tie and lifting Central to a wild 10-9 victory over visiting Forest Hills in high school baseball action on Monday. Smith collected three hits, including a ...