Laurel Auto beats Delweld
Anthony Piccolini’s two-run home run was the highlight of Laurel Auto Group’s 5-3 victory over Delweld on Tuesday in a AAABA League game at Roxbury Park.
Zac Heide and catcher Derrick Zavatsky had two hits each for Laurel.
Ian Helsel, Josh Staniscia and Austin Sleek had two hits each for Delweld.
Ophthalmic gets past Martella’s
Kirk Davis singled in Josh Bracken with the go-ahead run as Ophthalmic Associates rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to down Martella’s Pharmacy 9-6
Martella’s led 6-3 but Justin Donaldson’s three-run double tied the game in the sixth.
Alex Beiler had three hits while Davis and Cory Furry had two hits and Cam Kaminsky drew four walks.
Pat Gully had three hits and Dillon Boyer, Anthony Fanelli and Luke Williams each had two hits for Martella’s.
Delweld wins late game
Delweld notched a significant win over Laurel Auto Group, 4-2, on Monday night in the late game at Point Stadium.
The victory clinched the regular-season No. 1 seed for the playoffs and earned Delweld a tournament appearance in the national AAABA Tournament set to begin on Aug. 5.
Devin Pritts was 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and a run batted in for Delweld, which also got a pair of 2 of 4 outings from Eric Weyant and Ian Helsel. Weyant also had a double and Helsel drove in a run.
Ben Webb was 2 for 2 and was walked twice while Zach Heide had a double and a run batted in for Laurel Auto Group.
Playoffs delayed until Saturday
The AAABA League playoffs have been pushed back a day and will open on Saturday.
There will be a pair of make-up games at Point Stadium on Thursday with First Commonwealth facing Laurel Auto Group at 5:30 p.m. and Delweld playing Martella’s Pharmacy at 7:45 p.m.
Friday will be an off day for the league.
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Four local wrestlers have chance for PIAA gold
Four local wrestlers will compete tonight for a spot in the state finals at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Moving on up | Nine grapplers advance to AA quarterfinals
Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence knows numbers can be deceiving.
For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
The game will not be made up.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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