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August 4th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Little League complex will be just as crowded this weekend as it was last weekend, and for a very similar reason.
This time, though, softball will be the sport highlighted instead of baseball, as 20 teams from across the region will play in four different age groups: Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16.
Punxsy will be represented in three of the age brackets.
The 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Star state tournament kicks off this weekend in Huntingdon, and Punxsy will be well represented as it was at the 13- and 14-year old state tournament in Punxsy last weekend.
According to Punxsy manager Mike Klingensmith, his players are ready for the tournament, though they don't seem over-confident, either.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy Pirates received the runner-up award in the 7-and 8-year old pitching machine tournament Saturday in Punxsutawney.
Five teams competed in the double-elimination format contest, and Punxsy placed second only to St. Marys.
Punxsy played five games throughout the day, losing to St. Marys during the first and last games of the tournament. After being defeated by St. Marys, the Pirates beat Kane, Johnsonburg and Cranberry to advance back to the tournament championship.
The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney placed second in the 10 and under division of the Groundhog Tournament last weekend. The team includes (front, from left) Austin Ewing, Derek Huey, Willie Hoover, Conner Giavedoni, Daren Byers; (middle) Ethan Blose, Dylan Ishman, Andrew Britton, Isaac Stouffer, Logan Johnston; (back) manager Mark Ewing, coach Mike Ishman and coach Eric Britton.
With the NFL Player's Association and the owners reaching an agreement last week and training camps and free agency already in full swing, I know that football should be the only thing on my mind. Strangely, though, the only things I can think about are baseball and softball.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After losing the first championship game early Monday afternoon, Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars bounced back to win the winner-take-all championship game in the late afternoon to earn the title of state champs.
Trailing 4-1, Punxsy scored nine runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 10-4 lead.
The big inning would prove to be enough as Brycen Paulinellie pitched a complete game, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out ten, to earn the 14-6 win.
The Punxsy Scrappers placed second in the 12 and under division of the Groundhog Little League Baseball Tournament last weekend. The team includes (front, from left) Canaan Knox, Tyler Getch, Lance Pennington, Brandon Matthews; (middle) Tyler Richardson, Jacob Tyger, Kevin Hutton, Jacob Weaver, Sammy Gigliotti, Trenton Stouffer; (back) coach Tim Tyger, Brady Snyder, Devin Kelly, coach Kevin Knox, Drew Maines and manager Brad Gigliotti. Missing from photo: Brett Buck.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars are one win away from the state championship after defeating Schuylkill County East All-Stars, 10-6, in the winners' bracket championship game Sunday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
With the win, Punxsy advanced to the state championship game against Schuylkill East today at 11 a.m. at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field. If Punxsy wins, it will be state champs, but if Punxsy loses, another game will be necessary to decide the champion. If needed, that game will be played immediately after the first today.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney (10 and under) and the Punxsy Scrappers (12 and under) won second place at the Groundhog Baseball Tournament this weekend.
Both teams went 4-1 through the tournament, losing only their final games.
The Huey Brothers were taken down by Williams Sanitation/Servco of Brookville, and the Scrappers were ousted by Clarion.
The Huey Brothers began their tournament Friday night, claiming victory over the Clymer All-Stars, 14-2 in four innings. The game was highlighted by Isaac Stouffer, who had a two-run homer in the first.
DUBOIS â€” The Rossiter Miners defeated the DuBois Rockets Saturday night to force a fifth game in the championship series of the Federation League, but DuBois won the fifth and championship-clinching game, 6-4, Sunday in Dubois to claim the title.
Rossiter took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the second without recording a hit thanks to one walk by DuBois pitcher Ben McGary and three errors by DuBois' defense.
Miners' starting pitcher Tommy Bush faced only one batter more than the minimum through three innings, but DuBois jumped on him in the fourth.