Baseball

Three-time reigning champs ousted from playoffs

BOALSBURG — Juniata Valley will not be defending the district title they won in each of the last three years. The Green Hornets also won’t be back in the PIAA state championship tournament. District 6-A semifinal action on Friday saw the end of a great run in recent years by Juniata ...

Bulldogs fall short against No. 1 seed

HOMER CITY — Claysburg-Kimmel coach Justin Harris said the reason for his team’s season-ending loss Friday was pretty straightforward. “They had timely hits, and we didn’t,” Harris explained. “In games like this, you get guys on base, and you have to get those timely hits. ...

Rockets continue surging, tame Colts

CRESSON — Winners of 14 of its last 15 games, Southern Huntingdon kept its torrid run going at the expense of Northern Cambria. The No. 4 seed Rockets jumped ahead 4-0 after the first and rode a 12-hit attack to back pitcher Mason Smith’s solid outing. Northern Cambria’s campaign came ...

Luensmann powers B-A

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis baseball coach Steve Conlon likes his team’s chances when sophomore right-hander Travis Luensmann is on the mound, particularly if the Blue Devils score early. And, that was the case Tuesday. This time, Luensmann supplied both the offense and the pitching as ...

Burket’s five RBIs, good defense carry C-K

CLAYSBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel catcher Canaan Burket plays with an aggressive mindset when he’s behind the plate and when he’s up to bat. Both came into play Tuesday in the team’s District 6 Class 1A quarterfinal game against Saltsburg. After picking a runner off second base to thwart ...

Bearcats roll to easy win over P-O

HUNTINGDON — After losing two close games to Huntingdon this season, the Philipsburg-Osceola baseball team was hoping to make the third time the charm. But the Bearcats showed why they are the top-seed in the District 6 3A playoffs, collecting 12 hits in an 11-1 victory in five innings on ...

Penn Cambria takes down LV

LILLY — Penn Cambria baseball coach James Poldiak sat out the 2017 season because of health issues. He saw only one Panthers baseball game that season: A 4-3 loss to Huntingdon in the District 6 Class 3A playoffs. Fast forward to one year later. Poldiak and the Panthers will get another ...

BG, JV post victories

Daniel Carrieri and David Pleva combined to shut down Blairsville on Tuesday, leading the Bishop Guilfoyle baseball team to a 7-1 win in a District 6 2A quarterfinal game at Vets Field. Carrieri held Blairsville to one run over five innings. He struck out four and walked one. Pleva worked two ...

Defense proves difference as Huskies end campaign

HOMER CITY — Tuesday’s matchup between top-seeded Homer-Center and eighth-seeded Bishop Carroll had all the makings to turn into a pitchers’ duel. It turned out to be just that. The Wildcats’ Nate Davis pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out 10 as Homer-Center beat the ...

Mounties oust PIAA champs

MARTINSBURG — Josh Earnest missed a few pitching starts earlier this season with a strained right forearm. The Philipsburg-Osceola senior right-hander, however, has spent his last three mound outings more than making up for the lost time. Earnest struck out 12 batters and allowed just one ...

Lady Mountie bats turn out in force

PHILIPSBURG — Maddie Lucas doubled, tripled, homered and drove in seven runs, and 10 of Philipsburg-Osceola’s 15 hits were for extra bases in the Lady Mounties’ 18-2 win over visiting Hollidaysburg in high school softball on Monday. Winning pitcher Kam Harris and Jordyn McDonald also ...

Guilfoyle spikers place fifth

CORAOPOLIS — The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys volleyball team won eight of the 10 sets it played and finished fifth in the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Tournament on Saturday. BG won all three sets against Farrell (25-16, 25-15, 25-20), went 2-1 against Baldwin (25-19, 25-19, 17-25) and ...

Hall’s single caps 3-run rally for in Panther win

LILLY — Penn Cambria rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a 5-4 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference high school baseball win over Bedford on Friday. Dominic Hall capped off the rally with a bases-loaded, two-out single that drove home Brock Talko with the ...

Bedford, Ridge split doubleheader; Hollidaysburg sweeps Guilfoyle

NEW PARIS — Kaitlin Brunelli homered twice, including a grand slam that highlighted a six-run sixth inning, as Bedford earned a split with Chestnut Ridge in high school softball action on Friday. Brunelli finished with four hits and six RBIs as the Lady Bisons emerged with an 8-6 triumph. ...

Ready or not, playoffs are here

The Huntingdon Area High School baseball team has rolled through the regular season. However, the Bearcats could be tested as they make their bid to repeat as District 6 Class 3A champions. Based on the power-rating formula, Huntingdon garnered the No. 1 seed in 3A when District 6 unveiled ...

Williamsburg dominates in sweeping St. Joe’s

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg needed just seven total innings to win two games against Saint Joseph’s. The Blue Pirates took the opener, 17-2, in three innings, then needed four to record the sweep, 19-2. Jared Webb led the way in the first game with three RBIs, while Drew Hileman smacked ...

B-A rallies past Central

MARTINSBURG — Caden Nagle struck out nine over six innings, and Travis Luensmann provided enough offense for Bellwood-Antis in a 5-4 win over Central in high school baseball action on Wednesday. Down 4-3, Luensmann delivered a two-run triple in the sixth inning for the Blue Devils (15-3). ...

Chamberlain shuts down West Branch in C-K win

CLAYSBURG — Dominic Francona’s RBI single that scored Connor Oakes in the first inning was all that Claysburg-Kimmel needed as it blanked West Branch, 1-0, in an Inter-County Conference North Division high school baseball game on Tuesday. Winning pitcher Corey Chamberlain struck out ...

Blue Devils capture two from Hornets

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis took two from Juniata Valley in a meeting of top Inter-County Conference North Division high school baseball teams Monday. The Blue Devils shut out Juniata Valley, 5-0, in a completion of a suspended game. Travis Luensman doubled and struck out nine for the ...

Schmoke delivers key hit for Blue Devils

WINGATE — Alex Schmoke’s two-out, two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the deciding hit, as Travis Luensmann picked up the save with a quick three outs in the final frame to give Bellwood-Antis a 6-4 win over Bald Eagle Area Saturday in high school baseball ...