The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 17, 2014

Local Sports Briefs

JOHNSTOWN — Baseball

High School

Cambria Heights 3, Westmont Hilltop 1: In Patton, Josh Serafin had nine strikouts to help the Highlanders hold off the Hilltoppers in a LHAC tilt. 

Cambria Heights’ Joe Kinney had two hits and drove in a run 

Westmont Hilltop’s Dylan Kmecak hit a double and drove in his squad’s lone run.

Conemaugh Valley 10 North Star 7: In Boswell, the Blue Jays’ Blake Furman pitched a complete game with eight strikouts in a win over the Cougars. 

Conemaugh Valley’s Cory Kalinyak had two hits in the win. 

Von Yoder had two singles in the loss. 

Portage 10, Ferndale 0 (6):  The Mustangs’ Jake Swank went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI to help drop the Yellow Jackets in six innings. 

Portage’s Brandon Vocco had three hits and knocked in three runs.  Mike Bryja and Zach Coukart both had two hits and scored a run in the WestPAC victory. Bryja collected the win with seven strikouts and gave up two hits. 

Ferndale’s Luke Kulback and Isaiah Sajatovich each had a single. 

Forest Hills 12, Penn Cambria 2 (6): In St. Michael, the Rangers’ Gavin Oswalt had three hits with three RBI in a lashing against the Panthers. 

Oswalt also pitched a complete game with five strikeouts in the home win. Forest Hills’ Luke McCormick and Logan Madison each had three hits with two RBI. Blaine Harties had two RBI with a hit. The Ranger’s Robbie Bambino and Zach Sherman each added two hits. 

Penn Cambria’s Gavin Martynuska had two hits.

Meyersdale 15, Windber 0: In Meyersdale, the Red Raiders’ Riley Christner had six strikeouts and gave up only one hit in a three inning mercy rule win against the Ramblers. 

Christner also added two hits at the plate. Meyersdale’s Conner Christner had a double and Jason Ritchey hit two singles. 

Windber’s Adam Feather hit a single. 

Greater Johnstown 8, Richland 1: The Trojans’ Grant Noon pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts and two walks to blow past the Rams.

Noon’s batterymate, Jeremy Updyke, went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  Greater Johnstown’s Nate Litvin and Shawn McClean each had two RBI. 

Richland’s Jonny Kutchman had a single and knocked in their only run. 

Shade 3, Salisbury-Elk Lick 1: In Cairnbrook, Chase Kiser and Corey Mains each had a run batted in during the sixth to put the Panthers ahead to stay against the Elks.

Kiser broke a 1-all tie by singling in Scottie Meck while Mains drew a bases-loaded walk to force Jeremy Pyles across the plate. Meck had two hits while teammate B.J. Spangler struck out 13.

Harvey Hershberger doubled twice for the Elks, who scored their lone run in the fourth.


Pitt-Greensburg 2-6, Mount Aloysius 1-9: In Greensburg, Connor Bowie drove in the Mounties’ lone run in Game 1 as Mount Aloysius dropped the first game of a doubleheader against the Bobcats.

Anthony Maroadi drove in two runs for Pitt-Greensburg.

Ben Legath’s two hits and three RBI led the way for the guests in Game 2 as they worked a split. Cory Dick drove in a pair of runs for Mount Aloysius.

The Bobcats’ Chad Jacob chased in three runs in Game 2.

Eastern League

Flying Squirrels 2, Curve 1: In Altoona, a ninth-inning rally was too little, too late for the Curve in a loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Stetson Allie hit a leadoff homer in the ninth and the Curve put the tying run on base, but did not cash in.

Squirrels starter Clayton Blackburn kept the Curve hitters off balance through the first four innings and did not allow a hit until Elias Diaz broke through and singled with one out in the fifth.

Blackburn (1-1) ended up going a Double-A high 6 1⁄3 innings and did not allow a run while striking out three batters.

Richmond scored its two runs off Nick Kingham (1-1) in the third inning thanks to a pair of errors. Jarrett Parker batted  a fielder’s choice that scored Richmond’s first run. Kingham then attempted to pick Parker off at first but the throw went by Allie and Parker went first to third. Angel Villalona followed with a sac fly to bring home the second run of the inning, both of which were unearned to Kingham.


High School

Berlin Brothersvalley 16, Rockwood 6 (5): In Rockwood, the Mountaineers’ Kaitlyn Vance went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and scored four runs to help dispatch the Rockets in five innings. 

Berlin Brothersvalley’s Aleesa Fieg had three hits including a triple and five RBI.  Alex Davis had three hits and had two RBI. Trista Stutzman, Maranda May and Erin Maust each had two hits and drove in a run for the Mountaineers.

Rockwood’s Keri Pritts had two hits and two RBI. 

Portage 10, Ferndale 7: The Mustangs’ Kaitlin Jubina had four hits with two doubles in a WestPAC win over the Yellow Jackets.

Portage’s Courtney Jubina and Courtney Cadwallader each had two hits. 

Ferndale’s Billie Jo Thomas hit two doubles. 

Windber 21, United 4 (3): In Armagh, the Ramblers capitalized on 16 walks issued by United pitching and saw Sarah Hartman (two runs scored) and Danielle Campbell (two RBI) each go 2-for-2 in a three-inning win.

Windber plated 10 runs in the second to break open the non-conference battle.  

Penn Cambria 3, Bishop Carroll 1: In Cresson, the Panthers’ Kelly Yusko fanned 14 batters and limited Bishop Carroll to four hits in a LHAC triumph. Ashton Hite had two hits and drove in two runs to spark the Penn Cambria offense.

Sarah Gomish, Abby Simmons, Taylor Rake and Brooke Mento each had hits for Bishop Carroll, which scored its run in the first.


Mount Aloysius 7-9, Pitt-Greensburg 2-8: In Cresson, the Mounties’ Jalisa Westover and Chelsea Engehlom each went 2-for-3 and had two RBI in the first of a doubleheader sweep. Mount Aloysius’ Alex Teeter hit an RBI triple. Kelsey Ickes was credited the win and Heather Picard had the save. 

In the second game, which went into extra innings, Teeter had two RBI.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jalisa Westover hit a walk-off home run.