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July 9, 2013

Local sports in brief 7/10/2013

JOHNSTOWN — HOCKEY

Tomahawks open Sept. 18

The Johnstown Tomahawks have released their schedule for the 11th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament, which will be held Sept.

18-22 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

The Tomahawks will open their season with four regular-season games in four days at the Showcase against teams from the South and Central Divisions. The team has not yet released the remainder of its schedule.

The Tomahawks will open the Showcase Sept. 18 with a 9:15 p.m. game against the Amarillo Bulls. On Sept. 19, they will face off at 5:30 p.m. against the Topeka Roadrunners. On Sept. 20, they will play at 11:30 a.m. against the Aberdeen Wings, and at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21 they will meet the Bismarck Bobcats.

Johnstown was 1-2-1 in last year’s Showcase.

BASEBALL

Walker on DL, Harrison up

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right side and recalled infielder Josh Harrison from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Walker is hitting .244 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 72 games this season for the Pirates, but hasn’t played since experiencing pain in his right side while swinging in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Manager Clint Hurdle says the switch-hitting Walker cannot swing left-handed without difficulty.

Harrison is 2 for 13 in 12 games with the Pirates this season. He is thriving at Indianapolis, where he is hitting .317 with four home runs and 34 RBI in 64 games.

8 from area on All-State teams

Eight area players have been selected to the 2013 Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team including five on the first teams in their respective classifications.

In Class A, North Star senior pitcher Brantley Rice and senior outfielder Tony Strasiser were first-team selections along with Bishop McCort first baseman Luke Williams. Senior middle infielder Adam Polites of Northern Cambria was a first teamer in Class AA and Somerset’s senior third baseman Drew Hemminger was on the first team in Class AAA.

The Crimson Crushers also had two players on the second team in Class A, junior pitcher Nathan Neiderhiser and junior middle infielder/pitcher Brad Coleman. Conemaugh Township senior middle infielder Dillon Boyer was also a second-team selection in Class A.

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