Archive - Jul 2012 - Sports Article
After a rough Saturday last weekend, the Rockets 15- and 16-year-old tournament team â€” consisting of girls from DuBois, St. Marys and Punxsutawney â€” battled back to win the Tornado Warning tournament in Pittsburgh. This past weekend, they did it again â€” this time at the Forest Hills Girls Fast Pitch Tournament in Beaverdale â€” after going 2-1-1 Saturdy to end up the No. 5 seed for bracket play Sunday. The Rockets fought back through to defeat the No. 4, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds to win the tournament championship.
BROOKVILLE â€” Five days prior to Sunday's Game 5 in the Federation League semi-finals, Rossiter chased Brookville's starting pitcher after 3-2/3 innings en route to a 5-2 victory that evened the series. Sunday evening, facing elimination, Rossiter hoped to do the same with the same result, as Bell matched up with Rossiter starter Sean Smith for the second time in the series.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy 15 and 16 year old VFW squad lost to a tough Clearfield team, 23-8 over four innings, Sunday afternoon. With the win, Clearfield claimed the Indiana County title.
Punxsy came into the game off an impressive win over Phillipsburg Saturday. Punxsy won that game 12-0 off the bats of Anthany Faulk, who scored a triple, Bycen Paulinelli, who recorded a double, and Michael Klingensmith, who put one out of the park to help bring in a win for his squad.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Anyone who's been down to the Punxsutawney baseball complex this summer has certainly noticed some big changes at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field, which has long hosted the PAHS baseball team and the VFW leagues in Punxsutawney, beginning with the new dugouts and concession stand/pressbox. And with the improvements coming along nicely â€”Â yet far from reaching the status of finished project â€”Â Punxsy will have the opportunity to host a pair of tournaments over the next week including an eight-team Western Regional tournament July 28 through Aug. 1.
PUNXSUTAWNEY- The 10- & 11-year-old softball All-Stars are Section 1 champions thanks to a clutch sixth-inning performance. The Punxsy youngsters defeated Corry 9-7 Friday night to claim the title.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â After the first two innings, it appeared as if Punxsy's 15- and 16-year-old VFW team might cruise to a victory over Clearfield in the opening round of the playoff tournament â€” one hosted by Punxsutawney â€” with the host leading 5-1. But Clearfield never rolled over and battled back to ensure Punxsy would need every run it scored in its 7-6 win to advance to the winners' bracket championship today.
After the game, Punxsy coach Mike Klingensmith said he thought the team played well, and that its only flaw was that, at times, it struggled to string the hits it needed together.
Rossiter reserve and first base coach Billy Fegley (left) and right fielder Austin Furman bump fists prior to a second-inning at-bat by Furman. Smith, Fegley, Furman and the remainder of the Miners' roster hoped to even the series at two games apiece Thursday, but Mother Nature postponed Game 4 to tonight at 6 p.m.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Rossiter Miners could not keep the Brookville Grays off the bags in their 11-4 loss Wednesday night in Brookville. In a game that saw 10 hits and three home runs from Brookville, there was little Rossiter could do to cool down the Grays' hot bats.
"They (Brookville) just hit the ball tonight, what can I say, the better team won; could be all different tomorrow," said Jim Dunlap, Miners manager.
This time of year, my focus has usually turned to football season, as my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates have usually been statistically eliminated from the playoffs. And while this year is much different, and the battlin' Buccos are still dancing atop the National League Central standings, I'm starting to feel a little bit of the football itch.
ROSSITER â€”Â It is often said that the tide hasn't turned in a series until one of the teams loses at home. And after the Brookville Grays dropped the Rossiter Miners on their own field Sunday evening, Rossiter protected its ground Tuesday evening at Shaffer Field in Rossiter with a 5-2 victory to even the series and send it back to Brookville tonight even at one game each side.