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.
Moving on up | Nine grapplers advance to AA quarterfinals
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 Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
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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