Name: Ian Stiffler
Stiffler’s week: Ian Stiffler took the mound for the seventh time this season as the Somerset Eagles faced the Huntingdon Bearcats in the District 6 AAA semifinal where the Eagles won 1-0.
Stiffler tossed 13 strikeouts in the showdown. On top of the 86 pitches – 58 of which were strikes – Stiffler scored the lone run.
The run came after teammate Ross Dirienzo hit a sac-fly to second and the catcher committed an error. Despite the error, Stiffler got caught in a rundown between third and home because he left the bag too early. Stiffler beat the rundown in a controversial home-plate call, giving the Eagles the only run of the game.
Season thus far: “This season has gone great,” said Stiffler, who boasts a 3.42 ERA in seven appearances and 30.2 innings pitched. “I’m pretty pleased with the team,” he added.
Somerset is 17-4 this year and is preparing for the District 6 AAA title game. “The team feels confident when (Stiffler) is on the mound,” Eagles head coach Steve Costea said. “Offensively and defensively he has helped. He brings out the best in the team.”
Costea said Stiffler has been the go-to guy this year and has relied on him since he was a freshman.
“My sophomore year I came around and I had to step up because the starting pitcher got hurt,” Stiffler said. “I learned the game more and there are games where it is on my shoulders.”
Growth: Since Stiffler has been part of the team since his freshman year, he has had plenty of learning moments. However, he has also had time to grow as a pitcher and as a leader.
“He grew a lot as a pitcher this year,” Costea said. “He went from a thrower to a pitcher.”
Costea said Stiffler has three pitches he can throw for strikes – a fastball, a curve and a changeup. He has developed command of each.
Adding to his growth as a pitcher, Stiffler feels he grew as a leader.
“It taught me how to be a better leader and that I need to be the biggest leader I can,” Stiffler said.
What’s next: Stiffler is slated to graduate from Somerset High School this year and has committed to Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU he will continue playing baseball and he expects to be a starting pitcher.
Name: Ian Stiffler
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McCort pitcher wins May Award
Bishop McCort High School’s Brad Coleman earned the May Point Stadium Award nomination based on his performance in a District 6 Class A playoff victory on May 22.
Coleman pitched a seven-inning, complete game in a 7-2 win over Homer-Center in the 6-A semifinal round. With the win, McCort clinched its fourth consecutive state tournament playoff berth.
Richland pole vaulter decides on Red Flash
Maddison Feather has sailed to great heights throughout her scholastic career at Richland High School.
Feather – a pole vaulter – takes away a District 6 title and an appearance in the PIAA championship meet from her senior season with the Rams.
Area players get PHSBCA nods
Brad Coleman and Alex Sobecky were part of an amazing four-year run by the Bishop McCort High School baseball team.
Jack Shirk is an underclassman who stood out on a Richland squad that also has been one of the best in the LHAC in recent seasons.
Cory Isenberg | Big numbers posted all around in Lantzy game
The South’s 48-18 victory over the North in Friday night’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game was an entertaining evening of football for the reported crowd of close to 4,500 at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
The point total for the Rebels equaled the output of the South squad in the 30th edition of the game but is behind the 51 scored by the Yankees in the 1992 contest and the 50 points tallied by the South in the 39th game.
Local stars shine in Ken Lantzy Finest 40 game
While the Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game brings football standouts from across the region to Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium, Friday night’s contest took on a distinct Richland flavor as the South toppled the North 48-18 in the 44th edition of the summer football contest.
Former coach honored for long service
The venerable Jerry Page, former coach of Laurel Valley, always preached that football was so much more than just a game.
Page, whose son Greg of Homer-Center was the North squad coach Friday at the 44th Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game, was honored prior to the start of the game.
North offense shows big gains during Lantzy practices
As the North offense prepared for tonight’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game at Trojan Stadium on the campus of Greater Johnstown High School, tightening up issues with timing and terminology was at the top of the unit’s to-do list.
If the North’s offense takes the field and operates with machine-like precision tonight, it can thank the intersquad scrimmage on Tuesday as the breakthrough point of the group’s progress during the week.
Three quality quarterbacks bolster South’s chances in Lantzy Game
The South squad has an impressive arsenal of offensive talent on hand for Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game, set for 7 p.m. at Trojan Stadium.
The Rebels have three skilled quarterbacks on the roster who have combined for nearly 5,000 yards passing and another 2,000 yards on the ground.
South changes defense after last year’s loss
After being thrashed 41-7 last year by the North, the South is hoping to rise again as it prepares for Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game set for 7 p.m. at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
On defense, those plans will evolve around the change in defensive schemes that has been instituted with teams now required to run a 4-3.
North defense happy to get back to contact as Lantzy game approaches
It’s been a while since organized live contact on the football field has been a concern for anyone suiting up to play in Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
Talking to members of the North defensive unit, that long wait came with a satisfying end on Monday when teams went into contact drills in the week-long preparations for the 44th edition of the region’s football showcase.
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