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.
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Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence knows numbers can be deceiving.
For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The game will not be made up.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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Local wrestlers advance in PIAA tournament
Nine local wrestlers – including three from Bedford – advanced to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships this morning.
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