Berkley Hills 5, Ophthalmic Associates 3: At Roxbury, Nate Campbell went
2-for-2 with two runs, a double and one stolen base in Berkley Hills’ win on Tuesday.
Matt Kastelic also tripled for the Renegades.
Ryan D’Andrea threw all but the seventh inning when Brady Wright came on in relief.
The trio of Greg Martin, Matt Hogue and Brent Barron threw the game for Ophth-almic Associates.
Michael Flyte also went
1-for-2 with two walks and two runs.
Laurel Auto 10, First Commonwealth 0: At Point Stadium, Zach Zimmerman, Ben Webb and Gordon Barr each had two hits as Laurel Auto downed First Commonwealth Bank in five innings in the late game.
Winning pitcher Ryan Bills had three hits and drove in two runs to help his cause.
Luke Trotz had two hits for First Commonwealth.
Claysburg 2, Bedford 0: At Bedford, Trey Claar had two hits for Claysburg.
Claysburg pitchers Kasy Hamm, Michael Mock and Tyler Ickes held Bedford to one hit.
Bedford pitcher Dylan Downs and Ty Black gave up six hits.
Black took the loss and gave up both runs in the seventh inning.
The victory gave Claysburg the top seed in the double-defeat elimination playoffs that open tonight with four games, all at 5:30 p.m.
Claysburg will take on No. 8 Lilly at the Revloc field while No. 5 Ebensburg is at fourth-seeded Bedford on the one side of the bracket.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Patton hosts seventh-seeded Richland and
No. 6 Portage is at third-seeded St. Michael.
In all matchups, the team that has had fewer home games in the playoffs will be the home team.
If both teams have had the same number of home games, the higher seed is home.
This year, the top four seeds had the option to choose home or away for their first-round game.
Claysburg is the only team that chose to begin the playoffs on the road.
All playoff games will be seven innings and Saturday and Sunday games will begin at 3 p.m.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
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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.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
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