Local boy wins two world titles
MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Six-year-old Bowen Bassett of Elton won the 49-pound titles in two different competitions at the North American Grappling Association World Championships on Sunday.
Bowen, who represented Cambria Martial Arts of South Fork, won the gi and no gi championships, defeating grapplers from New York, Florida and Russia along the way.
Grappling is a mixture of ju jitsu and wrestling and features submission holds as well as point scoring. The gi is a jacket-style uniform that can be used as part of the holds.
Bowen is the son of Karissa and Bill Bassett.
UPJ sweeps Lock Haven
Pitt-Johnstown improved to 24-17 with 18-7 and 10-2 victories over Lock Haven in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday at Point Stadium.
Matt McGee belted a three-run home run and the Mountain Cats scored 11 runs over a two-inning span to break open a tie game in the opener. UPJ completed the sweep behind Matt McMillen’s four RBI in the nightcap.
The Mountain Cats broke open a 7-7 game with five runs in the fifth inning and six more in the sixth to coast to the Game 1 win.
John Fees earned the win after allowing seven runs on seven hits in five innings. Nate Plummer gave up two hits in two scoreless innings to close it out.
The Mountain Cats scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning and never looked back in Game 2. McMillen was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI while Kyle Morrow had two hits and drove in two. Jake Warner, Zach Vignero, and McGee also had two hits apiece.
Kody Reighard improved to 3-0 after surrendering two runs on seven hits over the first six innings before Rylan Schnably tossed a scoreless seventh.
Lock Haven fell to 14-20.
Mount splits with Bradford
CRESSON – Mount Aloysius split a twin bill with Pitt-Bradford, 2-1 and 7-4.
Derrick Capiak struck out 10 and pitched a complete game to lead Mount Aloysius to a victory in the opening game. Ian Helsel drove in two runs and had a hit for the Mounties. Lucas Szymanski, Aaron Kovach, Corey Dick and Alex Martin also had hits.
Kovach ended the game when he threw out Pitt Bradford’s potential tying run at the plate trying to advance on a sacrifice fly.
In the second, game Pitt-Bradford erupted for four runs in the final inning to take a 7-2 lead. Mount Aloysius put together a comeback attempt in its final at bat, scoring a pair of runs and loading the bases, but ultimately fell short.
Martin had three hits and two RBI in the second game. Conner Bowie had two hits. Chris Nolan took the loss.
Mount Aloysius is 19-10.
Curve post win over Senators
HARRISBURG – Altoona’s Casey Sadler (3-0) again tied his career high by dealing seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Curve to a victory over the Harrisburg Senators, 4-1, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park.
The Stillwater, Okla. native struck out four and walked one while allowing only one run on four hits.
It’s the second straight start that Sadler has finished seven innings, and the sixth time overall in his career.
The game remained scoreless through the first three innings before first baseman Matt Curry blasted his second home run in as many days, a solo shot to left-center field in the fourth.