Penn Cambria 2, Cambria Heights 1: In Cresson, Panthers’ senior pitcher Kelly Yusko topped the 100 strikeout mark this season in a narrow Laurel Highlands win on Monday over the Highlanders.
Yusko had 13 strikeouts against Cambria Heights and 111 thus far this season. She has 395 for her career.
Yusko helped her own cause with a triple and a double while teammate Kate Little supplied a triple and a single.
Caitlyn Sheehan had a double and MacKenzie McIntosh singled home the winning run in the bottom of the sixth for Penn Cambria, which remains unbeaten (13-0).
For Cambria Heights, Kalie Hoover provided a triple, Emily Lewis had a double and Allison Lidwell drove in the Highlanders run.
Conemaugh Valley 12, Portage 4: In Portage, the Blue Jays remained unbeaten belting the Mustangs.
Brooke McCleester led Conemaugh Valley going 2-for-4 with a double while teammate Lexi Novak went 2-for-5 with a double.
For Portage, Paisley Zatek went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Kaitlin Jubina had a triple and drove in two runs and Katie Nolan hit a double.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again today at Conemaugh Valley.
Shade 10, Ferndale 3: In Cairnbrook, Lexi Rapsky went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two RBI, and Mikayla Ott doubled and drove in two as Shade beat visiting Ferndale in a game shortened to five innings by rain.
Carrie Rager went 3-for-3 with a double and a homer for the Yellow Jackets.
Conemaugh Township 27, Salisbury-Elk Lick 5: In Salisbury, the Indians sent 21 players to the plate in the fifth inning in a five-inning WestPAC game.
Kayla Luprek was 3-for-4 with two doubles, scored five runs and drove in three runs for Conemaugh Township (5-6), which also got a 4-for-4 outing from Abbey Roberts and a 3-for-4 day from winning pitcher McKenna Daugherty.
Roberts drove in six runs and while Daugherty scored four and had two RBI. Erica Blank was 3-for-3, scored five runs and had three RBI for the Indians.
Kylee Short scored two runs for the Elks.
Windber 19, Rockwood 3 (3): In Windber, Sam Pcola went 4-for-4 and scored four runs while Ramblers teamate Meghan Moore was 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and five RBI in a three-inning victory.
Hanna Tomlinson had a hit, scored four runs and drove in three, including and inside-the-park home run, while Cassie Wentz and winning pitcher Brianna Sheehan each went 2-for-2.
Bishop Carroll 14, Forest Hills 4: In Ebensburg, sophomore winning pitcher Abby Simmons helped her own cause with a grand slam and five RBI as the Huskies defeated the Rangers in six innings in a Laurel Highlands game.
Brooke Mento was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for Bishop Carroll (8-2), which also got a home run from Sarah Gomish and a 3-for-5 outing from Courtney Link.
Kaylee Stigers was 2-for-3 with two RBI for Forest Hills.
Greater Johnstown 13, Westmont Hilltop 10: In a slugfest, the teams combined for 21 hits including four home runs as the Trojans outlasted the host Hilltoppers for a Laurel Highlands win.
Madison McKee was 2-for-3 with a home run while Shaylah Merriman, Lexi Lindrose and Lauren Spanko were all 2-for-5 for Johnstown (6-3).
Merriman scored two runs while Lindrose and Spanko had two doubles apiece.
Alyssa Miller, Taylor Hoover and Caitlin Miller each had a home run for Westmont. Alyssa Miller was 2-for-2 and scored four times while Tessa Weeks was 3-for-3 and scored a run.
Conemaugh Valley 15, United 0 (3): Anthony Verno was 4-for-4 with two doubles and drove in three runs as the Blue Jays shut out the Lions in three innings in a non-conference game.
Christian Aurandt and Blake Furman had two hits each for Conemaugh Valley (9-2) while Kolt Jarvis had a double for United.
Rockwood 7, Windber 6: In Windber, the Rockets scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then held off the host Ramblers for a WestPAC win.
Zac Shaulis had a two of his team’s three hits for Rockwood (4-3).
Brent Louder and Braxton Roxby each had two hits and Bryce Spak had a double for Windber.
Forest Hills 7, Bishop Carroll 6: In Sidman, the Rangers scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh with Logan Madison hitting a walk-off single for the winning run to defeat the Huskies in a Laurel Highlands clash.
Blaine Harteis had two hits with two RBI for Forest Hills (8-3). Zachary Shearman pitched 52⁄3 innings, giving up one earned run.
Luke Mento, Marty Lessard and Brandon Martinazzi had two hits apiece for Bishop Carroll, which also got two RBI from Ken Weiland.
Richland 4, Bishop McCort 0: Winning pitcher Tim Meyers struck out seven, walked two and scattered five hits as the Rams shut out the Crimson Crushers in a Laurel Highlands outing shortened to six innings by rain.
Jake Shirk had two hits and Nathan Ziants had two hits with a double and two RBI for Richland (11-3).
Jeremy Adams had a pair of hits for Bishop McCort (8-4).
Penn Cambria 3, Cambria Heights 0: In Patton, Mark Mardula went 2-for-3 and Gavin Martynuska drove in two runs as Zane Itle pitched a complete-game shutout.
Cody Baker had two hits for the Highlanders while Josh Serafin went the distance, striking out 12 in the loss.
Northern Cambria 15, Blairsville 9: In Northern Cambria, D.J. Olenchick had three hits, including two homers and seven RBI as Northern Cambria beat Blairsville.
Joe Frontino and Joe Olish each had three hits and two RBI for the Colts.
Blairsville’s Justin DiStefano had three hits and drove in two.
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Pirates rally to keep sweep
Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.
AAABA League playoffs: Laurel Auto Group moves closer to advancing
Second-seeded Laurel Auto Group fell behind early against No. 3 Berkley Hills Renegades on Sunday afternoon at Roxbury Park. But Laurel’s players didn’t lose their composure.
Urtz, Pope lead AAABA League award votes
Logan Urtz hadn’t fielded a ground ball as an infielder or swung a bat in a game for a couple seasons.
But you can’t take the former infielder out of a starting pitcher.
Martella’s sweeps past Delweld
A six-run rally in the first helped guide Martella’s Pharmacy to an 8-1 win over Delweld in Game 3 of their best-of-5 AAABA League semifinal series at Point Stadium, sweeping the series in the process.
That rally also continued season-long trends for the clubs, according to their respective managers.
Warshel selecting UPJ
For Kelci Warshel, the call to attend Pitt-Johnstown was based on the availability of her desired major – nursing.
Taking an opportunity to join the university’s women’s track and field program was a very nice add-on and one that the Richland High graduate is ready to jump into ...
... Or hurdle over.
Rallying Dodgers snap Pirates’ win streak at 3 games
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night.
Ryu (11-5) joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners.
Pitt picked sixth in cluttered Coastal
Florida State was an obvious choice as a favorite in one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s divisions.
In the other one, the pecking order was nowhere near that clear.
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American Legion Region 7: Bedford gets past Clearfield
Bedford’s Jake Stover had two hits with double and three RBIs in a 9-6 win against host Clearfield in the Pa. American Legion Region 7 Tournament.
American Legion Region 7: Claysburg edges Beech Creek
Claysburg’s Mike Mock went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in the fourth inning to help his squad get by Beech Creek 7-6 during Sunday’s winners-bracket game in the Pa. American Legion Region 7 Tournament.
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