Ophthalmic Associates 3, First Commonwealth 1: At Roxbury Park, winning pitcher Brent Barron, Tyler Black and Logan Fluke combined on a three-hitter as Opthalmic Associates inched closer to a .500 record.
Cameron Kaminsky had two hits, a double and a sacrifice fly for Ophthalmic Associates (6-7).
Alex Beiler had two hits and Kirk Davis smacked a run-scoring double.
Cody Mickus doubled for First Commonwealth.
Delweld 7, Berkley Hills 2: At Point Stadium, Andy Smithmyer struck out 12, scattered two hits and allowed a pair of unearned runs as Delweld improved to 12-1 with another impressive pitching performance in Wednesday’s late game.
Eric Weyant went 2-for-4 and Ben Legath doubled, scored and had a RBI. Brett Marabito hit a run-scoring double for the Renegades (5-8) in the fifth.
Claysburg 10, Richland 1: In Claysburg, Mike Mock went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI to lead the hosts while winning pitcher Daniel Taylor was 2 for 3 with one RBI.
Nicholas D’Ambrosia was 3 for 3 for Richland.
Ebensburg 4, Stoystown 1: In Ebensburg, Troy Templeton strick out 11, allowed five hits and hit a two-run single in the third inning for Ebensburg.
Scott Lucas also hit a two-run single in the fourth for Ebensburg (3-4).
B.J. Spangler pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts for Stoystown (1-3).
Penn State to ban bags
from athletic events
STATE COLLEGE – Penn State is banning bags from home athletic events this fall.
Penn State announced Friday it is prohibiting backpacks, bags and purses from athletic facilities including Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Rec Hall. Each fan will be permitted a single clear gallon-size plastic bag for medical and child-care items, officials said.
Items abandoned at entry gates will be tossed.
Third suspect in stabbing of Steeler caught in Florida
PITTSBURGH – Police say a third suspect in the stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams has been captured in Florida.
Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard says 26-year-old Jerrell Whitlock of Pittsburgh was arrested in Gainesville in central Florida and is being held there.
Whitlock had been wanted on charges of attempted homicide, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy for his alleged role in the June 1 attack on Adams.
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.
Liriano sharp in Pirates victory over Rays
Russell Martin homered for the third time this spring and drove in four runs to lead Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
Martin had an RBI single during a six-run first inning against Rays starter Matt Moore and added a three-run homer off Grant Balfour in the fourth.
McCutchen leads Pirates offense in loss to Twins
Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
McCutchen went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs. The reigning NL MVP is 8 for 11 in four games this spring.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
The game will not be made up.
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.
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.
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.
Morton throws three scoreless innings in Pirates victory
Charlie Morton allowed one hit in three scoreless innings, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
Morton did not strike out a batter, but he kept Detroit off the bases during his short stint, aside from Don Kelly’s second-inning double.
Alvarez, Martin hit two-run shots in Bucs’ win
Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin hit two-run homers off Brandon Workman, who started in place of injured Jake Peavy, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6 Monday.
Pittsburgh leadoff batter Starling Marte reached on an infield single in the first that stopped an 0-for-9 start, and Alvarez homered to right off Workman with two outs.
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