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Trenton topples Curve

Logan Hill had just found the hole between the shortstop and third base for his fourth hit of the night. The ball was hit so sharply that the runner on second, Chris Sharpe, was held up at third base. But trailing by a score of 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Curve found ...

Ryan critical of club’s focus

Following a particularly brutal loss to Trenton on Tuesday night, perturbed Curve manager Michael Ryan pointed across the field to the opposing club and said, “Playoff team.” Then the manager pointed into his own clubhouse and said, “Non-playoff team, right now.” Ryan made numerous ...

Hollidaysburg’s Grassi will get chance at Miami, Ohio

For the second time in as many days, a Blair County baseball product has committed to a Division I program. Hollidaysburg senior-to-be Joey Grassi announced on Twitter late Monday night that he’d continue his baseball career at Miami University in Ohio. “I like the facilities there, and ...

Martin Oil, Barton’s advance

Martin Oil rode a seven-run second inning to a 9-2 win over Sheetz Tuesday night at Vets Field to win its Kelley Federation quarterfinal series, 2-1. Alex Schmoke drove in two runs and scored twice for Martin Oil, which will play Park Home tonight to start the best-of-three quarterfinals at ...

Nearly half a century later, Phelan’s game still remembered

Note: This is the third in a series of profiles of 2019 Saint Francis University Hall of Fame inductees. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26: LORETTO — It’s been 42 years and six months, or more specifically 15,524 days since DeGol Arena witnessed its greatest individual ...

Luensmann commits to South Carolina

Travis Luensmann has spent most of his high school athletic career traveling anywhere he was given the opportunity to throw a baseball. But that entire journey, as well as the success he’s experienced on the Bellwood-Antis varsity team and with personal coaches like State College’s Troy ...

Curve falter in 7th

Michael Ryan leaned back in his chair and let out a long sigh. Shortly after his team suffered another loss in which they were winning going into the seventh inning, the Curve manager was tasked with trying to describe one of the more bizarre plays of Altoona’s season. After allowing two ...

Claysburg wins Legion title

CLAYSBURG — En route to compiling a 26-1 record and winning the Cambria County American Legion baseball championship this summer, Claysburg put together a balanced batting attack in which every player contributed. Claysburg did so again Monday night on its home field, forging a 12-hit ...

Fed’s Shirley’s Cookies, Martin Oil force Game 3

Shirley’s Cookies pulled even with Barton’s Plumbing & Heating in their George B. Kelley Federation quarterfinal playoff series with an 8-3 win at Vets Field on Monday night. With the score tied 3-3, Shirley’s scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game ...

Somerset’s Wiltrout picks up first win of season

By Dottie Bird For the Mirror JENNERSTOWN — Defending Jennerstown Speedway Complex Champion Garry Wiltrout, of Somerset, earned his first victory of the season in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing on Saturday. R.J. Dallape won for the second time in the ...

Roberts helped put football on map

Note: This is the second in a series of profiles of 2019 Saint Francis University Hall of Fame inductees. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26: LORETTO — According to current SFU head football coach Chris Villarrial, Jay Roberts helped put Saint Francis football on the ...

Oliva finding groove in middle of order

Jared Oliva always tries to keep things in perspective. He knows that one game, one at-bat, one pitch won'’ define his baseball career. It’s probably a reason why one of his favorite quotes is the oft-used, “Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.’’ That quote is often used to ...

Big SeaWolves home run does in Curve

ERIE — The Curve played another back-and-forth game with Erie on Sunday afternoon, but this time the SeaWolves got the big hit to win and split the four-game series between Western Division playoff contenders. Jose Azocar belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Erie to ...

DeGol, Fink chalk up ninth title

TYRONE — The pin placements and firm greens made Sunday’s final round of the 47th annual Sinking Valley Classic two-man best-ball tournament a challenge for most competitors. But it actually helped championship flight winners Artie Fink Jr. and Anthony DeGol. The pair, who won their ...

Lilly romps over Locker Room

LILLY — Shane Suter threw five innings of two-hit ball to help Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion strengthen its hold on first place in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League with a 10-0 rout of second-place Locker Room on Sunday. Suter had eight strikeouts and one walk. Lilly ...

Sheetz, Barton’s triumph

Sheetz upset Martin Oil, 4-2, in the first game of their George B. Kelley Federation quarterfinal playoff series on Sunday night at Vets Field. Brendan Kuhns and Michael Boston each had two hits for Sheetz, which scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Sam Homan, Lane Sell and Kyle ...

Area youth baseball

AABA Altoona Area Baseball Association CHAMPIONSHIP Best-of-three series GAME 1 L.S. Fiore 5, Masonic 1: Multiple hits—Rodriguez 3, Swogger 2, Christman 2 (LSF); WP—Smearman, LP—V. Cacciotti; SO—Smearman 9 (LSF), V. Cacciotti 4 (ML). GAME 2 L.S. Fiore 3, Masonic 2: ...

Next man up: RB Slade brimming with confidence

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s now Ricky Slade’s turn to take over the high-profile role of lead tailback at Penn State, and he can’t wait. Slade is supremely confident in his abilities and promises big things. “I’m looking forward to it a lot,” Slade said with a big smile. “It’s ...

Early hole too much for Pirates

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jon Lester showed he still has got it all going on in his 14th major league season. Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 ...

Giger: Robot umps should be welcomed

It’s time for robot umpires calling balls and strikes in baseball. No matter how much you may be against that change, you can bank on it coming to the major leagues in the not-too-distant future (say 3-5 years). In case you missed it, the independent Atlantic League debuted the robot umpire ...