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MIKE MASTOVICH| Shaffer revitalizes Richland's passing game
Two years ago, Brandon Bailey saw potential in a tall, strong-armed quarterback looking to establish himself in the Richland High program.
Matt Shaffer was a sophomore splitting the quarterback duties with classmate Nico Pecora back then.
MIKE MASTOVICH | Berlin's Fochtman rushing into lead
Braden Fochtman always seems to be in a rush on the football field.
How else do you explain his area-best 1,042 rushing yards through five weeks of the scholastic season?
But the Berlin Brothersvalley sophomore back actually has been a much more patient runner this season, and that’s made a significant difference to the undefeated Mountaineers’ success.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Experienced players valuable for Meyersdale
Gavin Berkley will make his 34th career start when undefeated Meyersdale hosts once-beaten Portage on Friday night.
The Red Raiders senior two-way standout has experienced plenty of highs and lows during the past three-plus seasons.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Rule waiver soothes concerns
Dean Albany felt a sense of baseball relief late Wednesday night.
For days, even weeks, the Youse’s Maryland Orioles of Baltimore GM had pondered the possibility of life without the the AAABA Tournament this summer and perhaps beyond.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Hot times for two AAABA League teams
Two AAABA League franchises have heated up as the temperatures soared this month.
The Berkley Hills Renegades beat First Commonwealth 11-1 on Wednesday, the defending champs’ seventh consecutive victory.
Manager Larry McCabe’s team has won 11 of its past 12 games and now has a 22-12 record, good for second place and 31⁄2 games behind league-leading Delweld.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Shirley lifting Renegades
Jason Shirley provides the Berkley Hills Renegades with offensive punch and speed on the base paths, a combination that will be important if the defending champions are to challenge for a spot atop the AAABA League standings.
Shirley is batting a league-high .458 (22-for-48) through 22 games. The Youngstown State University product also has eight stolen bases in nine attempts.
MIKE MASTOVICH | Mazey scholarship continues legacy
Forrest Mazey was a fixture at Point Stadium and baseball diamonds throughout the region.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Martella's right-hander a zero specialist
Zero has been Mike Mulvey’s number throughout the AAABA League season.
Zero, as in runs scored against the big Martella’s Pharmacy right-hander.
Mulvey tossed his fourth shutout of the season and remained perfect in five decisions during a 1-0 victory over Altoona’s Johnston Realty on Tuesday night at Point Stadium. Johnston Realty had been undefeated in four previous interleague games prior to the rain-shortened, six-inning contest.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Rookie manager righting Laurel Auto Group ship
Casey Craig is new to his role as GM of the Laurel Auto Group franchise in the AAABA League.
But Craig has seen enough of Mark Thomchick to realize the first-year manager has brought instant respectability to a team that finished eight games under .500 last season.
MIKE MASTOVICH | From mascot to dream job for McElligott
A few hours after Bob McElligott was promoted to his NHL dream job on Wednesday, the Somerset native recalled his radio roots in Johnstown.
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