Martella’s Pharmacy 9, First Commonwealth 2: Martella’s Pharmacy manager Chris Pfeil picked up his 400th career victory in a win over First Commonwealth in Thursday’s opener at Point Stadium.
“We’ve been blessed to have some great players, and my assistant coaches over the years have been outstanding,” Pfeil said. “To reach a milestone like that is a team effort. I’m just fortunate that I have a great wife and kids who put up with me being away from home to be at the ballpark every night.
“There are a lot of people that have a hand in any milestone like that,” said Pfeil, who became a AAABA League manager with the inaugural Johnstown Grays franchise in 1999.
Pfeil led the Grays to AAABA Tournament appearances in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Martella’s took on the sponsorship in 2008 and has advanced to the past four AAABA Tournaments.
Martella’s Jordan Giannini went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI. Tony Strasiser was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Luke Williams went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Sam Barbera had two hits, with a double, a run and one run batted in.
Zaine Tomkowski tripled and drove in a run for First Commonwealth.
Delweld 6, Ophthalmic Associates 0: Delweld’s Marcus Shippey tossed a no-hitter as the league leaders blanked Ophthalmic Associates in Wednesday’s nightcap at the Point.
Shippey struck out 12 batters and walked two. The Bedford hurler had plenty of support, as Delweld collected 10 hits.
Austin Sleek went 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Martella’s Pharmacy 5, First Commonwealth 2: Anthony Fanelli went 3-for-3 with a run scored, and Luke Williams scored a run and drove in one as Martella’s beat First Commonwealth in Wednesday’s late game at Roxbury Park. Matt McMillen had one run and one run batted in for the Pharmacy.
Joe Hrbal had two hits and Luke Trotz hit a solo home run for First Commonwealth.
Coaches named for AmeriServ basketball games
Two first-year head coaches who led their respective teams successful seasons will lead the boys all-stars in the Ameri-Serv Senior Hoops Showcase.
A pair of veteran coaches will front the girls all-stars during the seventh annual event set for Sunday, April 6 at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.
McKillop takes 2nd, Fogle 3rd
Junior Travis McKillop finished as the national runner-up at 184 pounds to lead a group of four Pitt-Johnstown All-Americans at the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships in Cleveland.
The Mountain Cats finished ninth in the team competition. Notre Dame (Ohio) College claimed the national team title.
Virginia edges past Pitt in semis
Virginia coach Tony Bennett keeps pushing his sixth-ranked Cavaliers for more in what is already the program’s best season in more than three decades.
Next up is the chance to do something that even Ralph Sampson couldn’t do: Win an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title.
Flyers blank Penguins to boost hopes
If the Flyers continue to play as well as they did on Saturday, they’ll have little trouble making the playoffs.
Matt Read scored a pair of goals to lift the Flyers to a convincing 4-0 victory over the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
Tomahawks drop 7th straight
The Johnstown Tomahawks dropped their seventh consecutive game on Saturday night, falling 2-1 to the host Springfield Jr. Blues at Nelson Arena.
Springfield (55 points) closed within two points of fourth-place Johnstown (57), which is 0-5-2 during the losing skid.
Myers exits in Rays’ win over Pirates
Wil Myers left the game in the third inning with a bruised right quadriceps, and Ben Zobrist doubled, scored a run and drove in a run as a Tampa Bay Rays split squad beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Saturday.
Myers, last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, fouled a ball off his leg and bent over a few times.
Pitt marches on
Talib Zanna snatched down nearly every loose rebound, terrorizing No. 15 North Carolina on the boards to help Pittsburgh win what amounted to a road game in its new league tournament.
And for coach Jamie Dixon, it’s another sign that his Panthers are playing their best at the right time.
Bishop Carroll wins in overtime
Trailing by two points with time winding down, Bishop Carroll’s Brandon Martinazzi fired up a shot that went in at the buzzer forcing overtime against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in PIAA Class A boys’ quarterfinal basketball action Friday night at Gateway High School.
In the extra frame, the Huskies survived a 10 of 18 performance from the free-throw line and moved on to the semifinals with a 63-59 victory.
Pitt-Johnstown puts two wrestlers in semis
Pitt-Johnstown 125-pounder Dave Fogle and 184-pounder Travis McKillop (184) each won their first two matches Friday to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament.
The Mountain Cats still have four wrestlers alive, going into today’s action in eighth place with 27 points. They trail team competition leader Notre Dame College by 141⁄2 points.
Jr. Blues trip Tomahawks in six-round shootout
The Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks 3-2 in an overtime shootout on Friday night at the Nelson Center.
The Tomahawks gained a point in the NAHL North Division and are in a tie for third place with the Janesville Jets.
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