Archive - Jul 2012 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tuesday evening in Punxsutawney, top-seeded I-Medical hosted the Indiana Black Sox in the first game of the best-of-three finals for the Indiana County Youth League, and the home team earned yet another come-from-behind victoryÂ â€” downing the Sox 7-6 â€” to open up a 1-0 series lead and set up the potential series-winning game tonight in Indiana.
The Sox made things interesting with a five-run fifth, giving them a late lead, but the Punxsy squad showed no signs of quitting, tying it in the bottom of the fifth and going ahead in the sixth.
ROSSITER â€”Â The Rossiter Miners followed a seven-run second-inning surge to a 9-5 victory Tuesday night in Rossiter to open up a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three opening round of the Federation League playoffs.
With the win, Rossiter hopes to advance to the second round, where it would meet the Brookville Grays, with a victory over Bigler on its own field today. If Bigler wins this evening, it will force a third game, winner-take-all, Thursday in Rossiter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After downing Derry in the opening game of the Indiana County Youth League playoffs Sunday afternoon in Punxsutawney, I-Medical traveled to Derry for the second game of the best-of-three series. And in come-from-behind, dramatic fashion, Punxsy's squad clinched a berth to the finals against the Indiana Black Sox, who also won Tuesday, with a 9-7 victory Monday evening.
I-Medical jumped out to a great start in the contest, putting up a three-spot in the opening frame to put the pressure on Derry in its go-or-go-home game.
While Punxsutawney hosted its Machine Pitch Tournament last weekend, this group of Punxsy youngsters saw success at the recent Tim Weaver Memorial Tournament in Brookville the previous weekend. Pictured here with their trophies are team members and coaches (front, from left): Josh Tyger, Peyton Hetrick, TJ Wildman, Evan Reitz, Owen Wood; (middle) Jacob Henretta, Jake Sikora, Kiersten Riley, Chloe Presloid, Ty Caylor, Carter Savage; (back) and coaches Paul Hetrick, Brian Henretta, Dean Wood and Tim Caylor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â After a 4-0 loss to DuBois under the lights Saturday night in Punxsutawney, Punxsy's 11- and 12-year-old baseball All-Star team bounced back in a big way, downing DuBois 12-6 to earn the District X South title and a shot at the outright championship against Warren.
Because Warren is currently undefeated and Punxsy's loss carries over, Punxsy will have to win a pair to be named the champions, while Warren must win just once. The first game of the series will take place in Warren Tuesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Entering as the king seed and having dominated its competition in the first two games of the Section I tournament, Punxsy knew it had the edge entering Friday's championship game against Corry.
But Punxsy had its hands full, needing every run it scored to eke out a 7-6 victory over the visiting team and earn the Section 1 title and a berth to states next week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's 13- and 14-year-old Junior League baseball team was eliminated from contention in the All-Star tournament with Fox Township rallying with a four-run seventh inning to pick up an 11-10 victory in losers' bracket action.
After the game, coach Jim Sloniger discussed how proud he and his fellow coaches were of the team.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the Little League All-Stars format having teams in age brackets nine- and 10-year olds, 10- and 11- and 11- and 12-year-olds, many of the same teams see each other from year to year.
That was the case Thursday night when Punxsy's 10- and 11-year-old baseball squad met DuBois' â€” the defending District X and Section I Champion from last year's nine- and 10-year-old tournament, and Punxsy knew exactly what it was in for.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On top of Punxsy's team accolades with both the baseball and softball teams earning the Northern Allegany League Large School divisional championships, six Punxsy players were named to the Large School Division All-Stars â€” with three coming from PAHS's baseball team and three from the softball team.
One player in particular â€” juniorÂ Ty Zimmerman â€”Â was even named the division's Player of the Year. St. Marys' Rachel Ginther was named the softball Player of the Year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Coming out of a difficult district â€” where it had to face fellow powerhouses DuBois and Warren â€” Punxsy's Little League softball All-Stars know they were lucky to have such solid competition.
And Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Section 1 Tournament hosted by Punxsutawney, the home squad showed the benefit of playing the stout competition early in the tournament with a pair of fairly comfortable wins over Franklin Tuesday and McLane Wednesday.