Renegades Rampage: The Berkley Hills Renegades have consistently remained atop the league standings though the margin is thinner. First-year manager Larry McCabe’s Renegades are 18-7, with a one-game lead over Delweld.
Renegades Ryan Uhl (.440 average) and Nate Campbell (.422) ranked first and third, respectively, in the league batting entering this week. Campbell had a league-best 34 runs scored, and Dylin Brooks added 23.
John Jones had a league-high 34 RBIs for the Renegades.
On the mound, McCabe has relied on multiple hurlers, with Ryan Dandrea, Billy Elliott and Nate Spohn each having three wins entering this week. Braxton Ferre had two victories.
Mound Presence: Martella’s Pharmacy pitcher Derek Younker was tied for the AAABA League lead with four wins and had league bests with a 1.25 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Manager Chris Pfeil will rely on the right-hander, who will be a junior at Pitt-Johnstown as Martella’s attempts to work through a slump.
Martella’s lost four of six games, and seven of its past
11 through Wednesday night.
Bills on the hill: Laurel Auto Group’s Ryan Bills was tied for the league lead with four wins entering the week.
The 6-foot-3 hurler from Westmoreland County had a 2.04 ERA, 19 strikeouts and only two walks in 172/3 innings.
Manager Len Beiter’s team was trying to rebound from a string of seven losses in eight games prior to Thursday’s scheduled interleague doubleheader against the Altoona Rail Birds at Roxbury.
Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat.