The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 15, 2013

Local sports in brief 5/15/2013

JOHNSTOWN — Baseball

Mounties trio earn first-team honors

PITTSBURGH – Mount Aloysius senior Aaron Kovach is the 2013 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.

The Mounties’ third baseman topped the conference with a .424 batting average and helped lead coach Kevin Kime’s squad to a 26-16 record. Kovach became the first Mount Aloysius baseball player to earn Player of the Year honors.

Kovach additionally led the AMCC in slugging percentage (.640), RBI (42), doubles (15), triples (three) and sacrifice flies (five).

In all, six Mount Aloysius players were named to the all-conference team.

Sophomore pitcher Derrick Capiak and sophomore designated hitter Cory Dick joined Kovach as first team all-conference selections.

Capiak had a 2.33 earned run average and was 10-2. His 10 wins led the conference and ranked third in Division III.

He also led the AMCC in strikeouts (82) and innings pitched (76).

Dick batted .357 with 35 hits and 19 RBI.

Sophomore catcher Pat Gully, a Forest Hills graduate, and junior outfielder Lucas Szymanski were second team all-conference choices.

Osborne showcase set

The 14th annual Dee Dee Osborne Elite Baseball Showcase takes place June 19 at Point Stadium for high school players in classes 2014 through 2016. The showcase begins at 9 a.m.

Johnstown High School graduate and Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter is the showcase director. Walter is a AAABA Hall of Famer. Other coaches and instructors working the showcase include AAABA Hall of Famer and retiring Johnstown High coach Osborne; former professional pitcher and ERA Sports Inc. owner-instructor Rick Roberts; former Pitt assistant Joel Dombkowski; Cleveland Indians regional scout Bob Mayer; and Conemaugh Township coach Sam Zambanini.

Fifty-two college coaches and 15 professional scouts attended last year’s showcase.

For more information, 539-2421. A June 14 deadline is set for applications.

Roberts leads KSU past Pitt

PITTSBURGH – Forest Hills graduate and former AAABA League MVP George Roberts tripled in the top of the ninth inning and scored the eventual game-winning run in Kent State University’s 6-5 upset over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Pitt has a school-record 40 wins against only 12 losses. Kent State is 31-21.

A senior first baseman, Roberts is batting a team-best .359 (47 of 131) with 28 runs, 10 doubles, two homers and 37 RBI in 38 games. He is the reigning MAC Player of the Year.


Lantzy coaches, schedule set

The Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Football Game will be played on June 14 at Trojan Stadium.

Bishop Guilfoyle’s Justin Wheeler is head coach of the North all-stars while Berlin Brothersvalley’s Doug Paul will lead the south squad.

Ken Lantzy week will begin on June 9 with a picnic for all players, coaches, committee and family members at Peoples Natural Gas Park.

Practices will be held at Pitt-Johnstown June 10 through 13. A youth football clinic for players in grades 1 to 6 will be held at Trojan Stadium from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 12. The public is invited.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. on June 14. Player introductions begin at 7:05 p.m. scholarship winners will be announced at 7:25 p.m., and the kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

MVP scholarships will be announced after the game.