Archive - Jul 2012 - Sports Article
The mid-summer heat that has been smothering the area over the past week or so is an obvious reminder: We are in the midst of the dog days of summer.
And with All-Star baseball and softball in full swing â€” congrats to the 11- and 12-year-old softball team on its run to the Section 1 final already and good luck to the numerous other teams still competing â€”Â and the Legion and Fed League schedules nearing playoff time, baseball is heavy on my mind.
DUBOIS â€”Â This year's 11- and 12-year-old baseball All-Star team returns 11 players from the squad that lost its first game and battled back to win the 10- and 11-year-old District X title last year, and Monday night in DuBois, the Punxsy team showed it learned its lesson last year â€” that it was difficult to battle back out of the losers' bracket.
BROOKVILLE â€” With the regular season winding down, the Rossiter Miners, Brookville Grays and DuBois Rockets are in a tough battle for the top three playoff slots. With the Miners' 5-2 loss to the Grays Monday night, they now have a 12-6 record that will most likely place them as the third seed.
The Grays improved to 14-5, putting them one loss behind the Rockets (14-4).
The Miners were able to grab a run early in the contest but were unable to build any type of scoring momentum.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Momentum can be a strong driving force, because momentum can lead to confidence. And confidence pushes a team to play at its best. Sunday afternoon in Punxsutawney, Punxsy's 11- and 12-year-old All-Star softball team turned its momentum from a win-or-go-home victory over DuBois Friday into a District X championship with a 5-4, eight-inning victory over DuBois.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy nine- and 10-year-old Minor League softball All-Stars bounced back from a disappointing 12-11 loss to DuBois that bounced them into the losers bracket with a convincing 35-11 victory over Bradford Sunday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
"Well, I said we would bounce back, and we certainly did in a big way," Punxsy manager Rob Gemmell said after the game. "I'm just really proud of the girls and the way they played, and I'm glad that Bradford came down to play us today. Now, well, I guess we're moving on. So, we'll see what happens."
DUBOIS- The Punxsy Minor League All-Star team was defeated by DuBois, 6-1 Sunday for its second loss of the tournament. With the loss, Punxsy was eliminated from the losers' bracket.
Punxsy opened the tournament with a 10-5 loss to a tough Brookville club. It bounced back from the loss to defeat St. Marys then Johnsonburg in the losers' bracket.
It took on DuBois Sunday for a chance to play Brookville again in the championship game, but was unable to get past a solid DuBois squad.