Renegades post win at Roxbury
Three RBI from Nate Campbell helped the Berkley Hills Renegades topple the Rail Birds, 5-2, on Wednesday in an interleague game at Roxbury Park.
Campbell was 2-for-3 and teammate Jay Shirley drove in two runs.
The Rail Birds’ Kyle Schoen was 2-for-2 while reaching base four times.
Ivory’s home run helps lift Patton
PATTON – Jarid Ivory swatted a solo home run the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday to help Patton outlast Ebensburg, 5-4, in an American Legion game suspended on Tuesday.
The Redmen completed the sweep by edging out Ebensburg in Game 2, clinching the North Division title along the way.
Game 1 saw both teams post runs in the eighth before Ivory’s heroics in the ninth. Adam Polites and Evan Waldron each had two hits in the win. Ebensburg’s Troy Templeton and Scott Lucas each had two hits. Lucas chased in a pair of runs as well.
Patton’s Dom Milanesi had two RBI in the Game 2 triumph. Ebensburg countered with two hits and two RBI from John Grimes along with Tom Howell’s home run in the third.
Portage rolls past Richland
PORTAGE – Michael Bryja was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored as Portage rolled past Richland, 15-0, in four innings of American Legion action.
Brandon Madigan had two hits and scored three runs while Brandon Vocco finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.
Brandon Fesko had the lone hit for Richland.
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Local wrestlers advance in PIAA tournament
Nine local wrestlers – including three from Bedford – advanced to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships this morning.
Area wrestlers search for gold
Conner Buttry and Aaron Burkett will make their debuts in the PIAA Wrestling Championships this morning, but they are quite familiar with a state tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Each has been a fixture on the Chestnut Ridge squad that has made back-to-back appearances in the state dual-meet tournament. That familiarity could help them, along with returning state medalist Austin Buttry, when the three Lions hit the mats in Hershey this morning.
Pirates rough up Blue Jays’ Morrow
Brandon Morrow allowed five runs and six hits over three innings in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 loss Wednesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Morrow was making his second appearance since a season-ending forearm injury last May. On Feb. 28, the right-hander gave up two hits and one run in two relief innings.
Richland pride produces victory over Johnstown
Apparently, no one informed Richland and Greater Johnstown that Wednesday night’s Laurel Mountain Hockey League game technically had no bearing on the upcoming playoff seeds.
The Rams and Trojans skated with postseason intensity at Planet Ice. Richland used a pair of late third-period goals to upset the top-seeded Trojans 3-1.
St. Francis wins NEC quarterfinal
Ronnie Drinnon hit a go-ahead basket and a pair of free throws in the final 48 seconds, scoring a career high 20 points as sixth-seeded St. Francis battled past third-seeded Bryant 55-54 in the Northeast Conference tournament Wednesday night.
St. Francis hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season and scrapped past Bryant (18-14) in a closely fought contest that saw five ties and five lead changes – three in the final 3:37.
Wake Forest beats Pitt in ACC opener
Dearica Hamby finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals as No. 11 seed Wake Forest women beat 14th-seeded Pittsburgh 72-58 in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday night.
Hamby had a tremendous night in notching her school-record 22nd double-double of the season.
Steelers sign Polamalu, cut Foote
Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller are doing their part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the 2014 salary cap.
The eight-time Pro Bowl safety and the venerable tight end both signed new three-year contracts with the team on Wednesday designed to give the Steelers some cap relief before the new league year begins next week.
UPJ makes day special for young sports fan
The Pitt-Johnstown baseball team made one of the most important signings in the program’s history on Wednesday at the Sports Center.
Johnstown resident Jill Miller signed a letter of intent on behalf of her 4-year-old son Brandon, who is battling Chiari Malformation, a brain ailment that leads to pain throughout the young boy’s body on a daily basis.
Pens pick up pair of forwards
The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t go for the big splash at the trade deadline this time.
General manager Ray Shero believes the little ripples his team made instead can be just as effective as the franchise pursues its fourth Stanley Cup.
Penguins snap out of slump
Matt Niskanen scored his second goal of the game 7:29 into the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.
Niskanen and the Penguins helped ruin the return of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne in his first game since Oct. 22 following an E. coli infection in his surgically repaired left hip.
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