Baseball

Red Sox draft Penn Cambria’s Ronan

Mason Ronan spent tons of hours on the baseball field between his days at Penn Cambria High School and his extensive involvement in summer travel competition. He traveled to sites as far away as California and Texas to hone his skills as a left-handed pitcher. On Wednesday, all the time ...

Bearcat grads keep adding to playoff itinerary with win

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror CRESSON — Having already graduated last week, the nine seniors on the Huntingdon baseball team have one more piece of business before wrapping up their high school careers—win a state championship. The Bearcats took the first step down that path with a 5-2 ...

Blue Devils get clutch pitching

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com BLOOMSBURG — Bellwood-Antis sophomore Travis Luensmann spent most of Monday’s first round PIAA Class 2A playoff game dominating on the mound. But due to a relatively new rule about pitch counts, he spent the final inning sweating out the ...

Lady Bulldogs, Lady Mounties have date at PSU

A pair of area softball squads will be playing at Penn State, while the Huntingdon baseball team finally will be using a venue it had expected to see when the PIAA playoffs begin in those sports on Monday. Claysburg-Kimmel and Philipsburg-Osceola will comprise the second half of a ...

Play at the plate costly for Ridge in defeat

SOMERSET — In close, hard-fought games, scoring opportunities that are cashed in and scoring opportunities that are thwarted often play equally prominent roles in the outcome. That was the case Tuesday afternoon in the District 5-8-9 Class 3A subregional championship game on the Somerset ...

Everett’s Maxwell honored for track and field work

LOYSBURG — Everett Area High School sophomore Kaitlyn Maxwell, who recently won two medals at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, earned the Inter-County Conference 2018 track and field MVP honor. Maxwell was the top point producer with 248, edging out Juniata Valley senior Taylor Leidy ...

Always a Dull moment: CR star does it all in win

NEW PARIS — Despite nerves going in, Phillip Dull set the tone early for Thursday’s District 5-8-9 Class 3A semifinal game between Chestnut Ridge and Everett. The 5-foot-11 senior, headed to West Virginia in the fall, struck out the first two batters he faced looking in the top of the ...

Tigers fall in heartbreaker

In the space of one year, the Hollidaysburg Area High School baseball team went from experiencing the pinnacle of joy to feeling the most crushing heartbreak in the District 6 Class 5A championship game. For the Golden Tigers’ opponent in the last two championship games, Central Mountain, ...

Mtn. Lions endure rough day vs. State

The day started badly for the Altoona Mountain Lions — and didn’t get much better. Three first-inning errors gave State College four unearned runs and the Little Lions went on to punish Altoona, 12-1, in the District 6 Class 6A baseball championship game Thursday at Peoples Natural Gas ...

Bearcats cruise to championship

A big box in the Huntingdon Area High School baseball team’s to-do list for the 2018 season was checked off Wednesday night. The Bearcats used the excellent pitching of senior right-hander Jared Showalter, a potent batting attack that featured two home runs, and the ability to cash in on ...

Blue Devils lose district title, still move on

First, the bad news for Bellwood-Antis. The Blue Devils committed three errors in one inning that gave Southern Huntingdon two unearned runs and helped propel the Rockets to a 5-2 win and their first-ever District 6 Class 2A baseball championship Wednesday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas ...

Panthers eliminated

Berlin — The 2018 baseball season came to a close for the Northern Bedford County Black Panthers in a 10-0 five-inning loss to Berlin Brothersvalley. The Panthers closed with a 7-11 record but return many underclassmen for next season. Berlin hurler Nick Gooden faced only 16 batters and ...

Altoona walks off with victory

Leading up to his bottom of the seventh at-bat in a tie game against Mifflin County, Altoona’s Ian Yon had little to show for his three previous at-bats with two pop-ups and a ground out. Yon crushed the first pitch from Tyreen Smalley just foul down the left field line. The second pitch ...

Luensmann pitches B-A past BG

Chad Luensmann earned an NCAA Division I college baseball scholarship to the University of Nebraska as a right-handed pitcher out of tiny Bellwood-Antis High School. Luensmann’s younger brother, Travis, is now only a sophomore at Bellwood, but is already showing a similar type of ability ...

Bisons ousted by Forest Hills

SIDMAN — Bryan Bernard had two hits, including a second-inning RBI single while going 6 2/3 innings for Forest Hills in a 3-1 win over Bedford in the District 6 Class 4A baseball semifinals. Adam Cecere had a run scoring double in the first to give the Rangers the early edge. Bedford ...

Bearcats get the best of Penn Cambria’s ace

By Ty R. States For the Mirror HUNTINGDON — Huntingdon showed it can find ways to score runs even when the hits just aren’t there. Against Penn Cambria Division I pitching prospect Mason Ronan in a District 6 Class 3A semifinal baseball game at Juniata College on Saturday, the ...

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 ...