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June 29, 2014

CORY ISENBERG | Busy time ahead for area teams

The final week or so of the Cambria American Legion League baseball schedule should be a busy time as teams work to finish out the regular season.

Weather forecasts, at least for the early part of the week, are not particularly favorable for the league to finish prior to the start of the playoffs.

According to the league’s website, five teams are still battling for division championships and one game separates them in each division.

Prior to Sunday’s games, Claysburg (12-1) regained the top spot in the South Division after a 1-0 win over Bedford last week.

The Hurricanes (10-1) are slated to play Claysburg four more times over the final days of the regular season.

The Central Division is an even tighter battle.

St. Michael (10-5) holds a half-game advantage over Richland (10-6) and a full-game lead over Lilly (10-6).

Four teams from each division will advance to the postseason which will feature two rounds of best-of-3 series.

The survivors will play a single nine-inning championship game with both teams advancing to the Region 7 tournament slated for Clearfield.

Stat toppers: It’s no surprise that the top hitters in the Cambria League are largely from the current division leaders.

With a minimum of 21 at-bats, Bedford’s Luke Waugerman is leading the league in hitting with a .481. Claysburg’s Ryan Leonard is right behind with a .480. Bedford’s Isaac Kline (.455), Lilly’s Gavin Martynuska (.429) and Joe Donoughe of St. Michael (.409) round out the top five.

In the RBI category, Leonard leads the way with 13. Stern and Somerset’s Ethan Keefer have 11 apiece followed by Claysburg’s Michael Runk and St. Michael’s Zach Shearman with 10 each.

Extra-base hits have been rather limited in the wood-bat league this year.

Just three home runs have been hit thus far, one each by Bedford’s Austin Montgomery, Somerset’s Keefer and the Hurricanes’ Kyle Miller.

Lilly’s Mark Mardula is tops in triples with three. Kyle Droz of Bedford, Zachary Cox of Claysburg and Donoughe each have two.

The doubles leader is Donoughe with six. Lilly’s Mardula and Jay Stern of Claysburg each have hit four doubles.

With a minimum of 14 innings pitched, St. Michael’s Gavin Oswalt and Bedford’s Braden Hengst lead the league in ERA, each with a 1.00.

Collin Smay of St. Michael is next with a 1.66 followed by Patton’s Cody Baker with 1.70 and Bedford’s Jeremiah Bingham with 1.75.

Oswalt has also recorded the most wins with four while Somerset’s Keefer has three.

In strikeouts, Richland’s Carlo Kazmierczyk leads the way with 51 followed by Oswalt with 35. Brian Spangler of Stoystown has 26 strikeouts with Zane Itle of Lilly (24) and Blake Furman of Cernic’s (21) rounding out the top five.

Zane Itle of Lilly and Richland’s Nico Pecora had two saves apiece.

AAABA update: The AAABA league goes on its Independence Day hiatus from Thursday through next Monday.

Martella’s Pharmacy swept Laurel Auto Group in a doubleheader on Sunday and currently holds the top spot with an 18-2 record.

The Berkley Hills Renegades are second (14-7) with Laurel falling to third (14-8).

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