Curve win is fourth straight
ALTOONA – The Altoona Curve blanked the Trenton Thunder, 4-0, in front of a season-high 6,928 fans at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Saturday night.
The game marks the fourth straight victory for Altoona – tying the longest winning streak of the season. Curve starter Nick Kingham (1-0) turned in a sparkling debut in his first Double-A start, striking out seven and shutting out Trenton through 52⁄3 innings.
Altoona’s steady offensive performance began in the fourth.
Adalberto Santos led off the inning with a high-bouncing single up the middle. Santos then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Gregory Polanco walked and stole a base of his own, putting two runners in scoring position. After an Alex Dickerson strikeout, Jarek Cunningham grounded out to short, bringing home Santos.
The Curve scored another run in the fifth inning as Justin Howard walked to open the inning and Gift Ngoepe moved him to third with a long double that landed on the warning track. Mel Rojas Jr. then grounded out, earning the RBI as Howard scored easily from third for a 2-0 lead.
Pharmacy gets past Wise
CRESSON – Jesse Cooper was
2-for-3 with a run scored as Martella’s Pharmacy defeated Wise Trailers, 7-2, on Saturday at Mount Aloysius in interleague play.
Anthony Fanelli, Pat Gully and Luke Williams each drove in a run for Martella’s. Kyle Morrow had a solo home run for Wise.
Martella’s shuts down Ketrow
CRESSON – Dillon Boyer was
3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored as Martella’s Pharmacy thumped Ketrow Insurance,
18-0, in a five-inning interleague game at Mount Aloysius.
Jesse Cooper scored three times, Jordan Giannini added a double, a triple and three RBI for Martella’s, which also got a double and four runs scored from Luke Williams along with two hits apiece from Matt McMillen and Christian Leech.
Jaret Berardinelli had Ketrow’s lone hit.
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Penguins shut out Capitals
Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams’ home-and-series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington.
Bishop Carroll slips past Monessen
Just when things looked the bleakest for the Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team on Tuesday night, the Huskies went on a 22-0 run keyed by Nik Suckinos from 3-point range and held on for a 69-65 victory over Monessen in second round PIAA Tournament action at Gateway High School.
“I was trying to be a spark off the bench,” said the junior forward, who finished with 14 points. “It was a big game and when I went in, I really focused on hitting my shots. Shots were falling. It was a good night.”
Berlin girls playing in PIAA rematch
It’s deja vu for the Berlin Brothersvalley girls basketball team.
The Mountaineers (22-4) will play District 7 champion Vincentian Academy in PIAA Class A second-round action at 8 p.m. tonight at Hempfield High School.
Shade taking hopes on the road
The Shade girls’ basketball team is looking at its two-plus hour road trip to Big Spring High School in Newville today as a twist of good fate.
The Panthers will take on Halifax in a 7 p.m. Class A contest in the second round of the PIAA Tournament.
Steelers’ Woodley victim of salary cap
The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap and signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers.
Mitchell first announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers and his agent Brian Hamilton confirmed the signing to The Associated Press.
Hawkins signed to offer sheet
On the first day of free agency, Cleveland signed Cincinnati wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet. The Bengals have five days to match the contract or Hawkins will join the Browns, who need a replacement at slot receiver after releasing troubled veteran Davone Bess.
Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
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