Softball

HR ignites Claysburg

PORTAGE — Claysburg-Kimmel’s Rebekah Claar had been struggling at the plate in recent weeks, and the freshman had been putting a lot of pressure on herself to break out of her slump. With her team leading by three in the fifth inning after Portage stole momentum, Claar broke out in a big ...

Big 6th lifts Glendale

FLINTON — Glendale’s odds to win its District 6 Class A semifinal against Conemaugh Valley seemed pretty long going into the bottom of the sixth inning on Thursday evening. The top-seeded Lady Vikings had trailed the whole game, and the fourth-seeded Blue Jays had just lengthened their ...

Ridge blazing trail

FISHERTOWN — The Chestnut Ridge softball team is used to success from its days in the Sideling Hill League and District 5. Now, playing in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference and District 6, there have been new adventures in 2019. Let’s just say that after Thursday’s 7-1 win over ...

BEA rallies to oust P-O

MILESBURG — Hard as the 8-4 loss to arch-rival Bald Eagle Area was to swallow, Philipsburg-Osceola softball coach Jim Gonder had one small consolation: He’s going to be eating well. Gonder and BEA coach Don Lucas are good friends, and they wagered dinner on the game with the winner ...

Lady Warriors fall on walk-off

MEYERSDALE — Everett’s season came to an end in crushing fashion, as Dezaray McNett hit a walk-off single to lift Meyersdale to an 8-7 win Thursday in the District 5 Class 2A semifinals. Winning pitcher Shawna Leonard stifled Everett’s offense with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game ...

Cavender slugs C-K to victory

CLAYSBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel’s Harleigh Cavender had hit four home runs heading into Monday’s District 6 Class 1A quarterfinal game against Williamsburg. The catcher added two more on back-to-back at-bats with the second giving the Lady Bulldogs the eventual winning run in a 6-4 victory ...

Mounties win thriller over MU

PHILIPSBURG — One of the toughest playoff games the Philipsburg-Osceola softball team played last year en route to a state title was a come-from-behind one-run win over Tyrone in the first round of the District 6 Class 3A playoffs. Time will tell if the third-seeded Lady Mounties’ 6-5 win ...

Lady Panthers just miss the upset

MILESBURG — Bald Eagle Area softball coach Don Lucas could tell when the Penn Cambria team arrived here Monday that the Lady Panthers had bad intentions. “You could tell they had upset written all over their faces,’’ he said. And the Lady Panthers very nearly did upset the ...

Glendale off to hot start in playoffs

FLINTON — Freshman Kyla Campbell tossed a five-inning no-hitter on Monday to lead the No. 1 seeded Glendale softball team past Blacklick Valley, 12-0, in a District 6 1A playoff matchup. The Lady Vikings, who virtually ended the game with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, will get ...

Lady Lions down rival Tigers

Isabella Zavalinski and Hannah Strawmire each had three hits to lead the Altoona softball team to a 10-4 win over Hollidaysburg in high school action at Logan Elementary Friday. Strawmire, the winning pitcher, had two doubles, while Zavalinski had three singles in a game the Lady Lions (2-15) ...

College signing

Kierra Moist: PSU Altoona softball Name: Kierra Moist High school: Area Area High School Hometown: Altoona Sport: Softball Position: Center field College choice: Penn State Altoona Other colleges considered: None Why I picked Penn State Altoona: “I loved the thought of being ...

Lukehart steps into spotlight and shines bright for Vikings

FLINTON — Glendale was without its head coach, in a 4-0 hole and its star pitcher was unable to pitch due to a broken finger. Then, Madison Lukehart hit a towering home run and the Lady Vikings seemed to snap out of their funk. As the ball cleared the fence, Lukehart let out an excited ...

Altoona experiences growing pains

STATE COLLEGE — Second-year Altoona Area High School softball coach John Benson worked with a young team this spring that had three freshmen and three sophomores in its starting lineup for Thursday afternoon’s District 6 Class 6A semifinal playoff game with State College at the State ...

Wildcats explode to end Tigers’ season

MILL HALL — Central Mountain’s slight 2-1 lead had coach Fred Caldwell uneasy. His team was in a competitive contest with two-win Hollidaysburg, but the coach knew the Golden Tigers’ record wasn’t reflective of their attitude. “I’m always worried,” Caldwell said of the early ...

Frederick fans 15 for Lady Pirates

WILLIAMSBURG — Elizabeth Frederick finished with 15 strikeouts through a complete game of work to help Williamsburg fend off a late rally by Northern Bedford, 5-3, Thursday afternoon in high school softball action. Emily Smith drove in two runs and also scored once for the Lady Pirates, who ...

Central gets big shutout

TYRONE — Dylan Claycomb went the distance for Central in a complete-game 7-0 shutout of Tyrone in high school softball action Wednesday afternoon. Claycomb and Ashley Negley were both 2-for-4, with Negley driving in three runs for Central while Claycomb drove in two as the Lady Dragons ...

Williamsburg wins tourney

HUNTINGDON — Elizabeth Frederick struck out 14 batters and allowed just two hits and one unearned run as Williamsburg defeated Juniata Valley, 2-1, in the championship game of the Huntingdon Area High School Softball Tournament on Saturday. Frederick also drew a walk, singled and ...

Ridge’s Milliron, C-K’s Walters throw no-hitters

NEW PARIS — Atlanta Milliron threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk for Chestnut Ridge, and Makayla Weyant collected her 100th career hit in a 14-0 win over Richland in Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference high school softball action on Thursday. Weyant was 3-for-3 with a home ...

Claysburg blanks Glendale

FLINTON — Olivia Bushore struck out 12 and walked one batter, scattering four hits in Claysburg-Kimmel’s 4-0 shutout of Glendale in Inter-County Conference high school softball action on Wednesday. Claysburg avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Vikings. Haileigh Reed and Madison Knisley ...