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July 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The votes have been counted and recounted, and your voices have been heard. The 2011 Spirit Spring Sports MVPs are Ashley Barenchik and Jordan Mesoraco.
The Spirit received a record-breaking number of votes in comparison to the number received for the fall and winter competitions.
Eight-hundred and forty-two votes were recorded for the female MVP voting, and 922 were recorded for the male voting.
Barenchik won the female portion in a landslide, receiving 458 votes, 54 percent of the overall total, from Spirit readers.
PHOENIX â€” Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco was granted the opportunity to showcase his talent in two different All-Star showcases over the past four days, and he did everything he could to impress on the national stage.
Mesoraco played in the nationally-televised MLB XM Futures All-Star game Sunday night in Phoenix, a game that highlights the top prospects in all divisions of Minor League Baseball. Mesoraco was granted the start at catcher for the U.S. team, which won 6-4.
Mesoraco shined brightly in the game, going 1-for-1, scoring a run and being hit by a pitch his second at-bat.
DUBOIS â€” DuBois pitcher Rachel Henry threw a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits and striking out eight, to defeat Punxsy 5-0 in the District 10 championship in the Junior League Softball division Wednesday night in DuBois.
Henry allowed two of the three hits in the first two innings and seemed to throw better as the game went on, allowing only one more hit on a come-backer that she just could not handle in the seventh.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsutawney 11-and-12 year olds were beaten, 10-8, at the hands of Brookville Team Skittlez Wednesday night despite a late sixth-inning rally.
Down 10-5 and with two outs, Punxsy's Brandon Matthews hit a three-run homer to right field, cutting Brookville's lead to just two. But Brookville's relief pitcher Ben Reitz remained calm and struck out the next batter, ending the game for Punxsy.
Punxsy will drop to the losers' bracket of the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament taking place this week in Brookville.
Punxsutawney had three home runs, while Brookville hit two.
ST. MARYS â€” With St. Marys one out from a victory, Punxsy's Alyssa Reitz belted a two-out RBI double to drive in Ivy Phillips and tie the score at three in a game that Punxsy would go on to win 7-3 in eight innings in Junior League softball All-Star action Monday night in St. Marys.
Punxsy advanced to a rematch with DuBois in the bracket final for the District 10 championship with the win. Punxsy will need to win two games, as it is coming out of the losers' bracket.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsy's Post 62 Senior Legion baseball team's season came to a disappointing end with a 6-4 loss against DuBois in the winner-take-all championship game Tuesday night at Showers Field in DuBois.
Punxsy manager Doug Mesoraco was proud of his players and the way they battled, though, not only Tuesday, but throughout the six years that he has been working with them.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsy 9-and-10 year olds took down Luigi's DuBois in round one of the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament Tuesday in Brookville.
Punxsy's Willie Hoover went 3-for-3 from the plate with two doubles and three RBIs, leading his team's offense to victory.
Logan Johnston also had two doubles with three RBIs, going 2-for-3 at bat, and the team totaled eleven hits.
"I was impressed with everyone's play," Punxsy manager Mark Ewing said. "Everyone contributed really well."
Punxsy will take on the winner of the Franklin/ElCo II (St. Marys) game at 6 p.m. today in Brookville.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Brookville Area Little League Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament began Monday. The tournament features nine 9-and-10 year old teams and seven 11-and-12 year old teams from around the district.
In the first round, Punxsutawney 9-and-10 year olds faced Williams/Servco (Brookville) and were ousted. They fell 16-3 in four innings.
Brookville acted as the away team during Monday night's game and gained an early lead, scoring five runs in the top of the first.
ST. MARYS â€” "I've never seen anything like it," Punxsy manager Brad Gigliotti said after his team scored 21 runs in the first two innings of its game against king-seed St. Marys, rolling to a 21-3 victory in four innings in 10-&11-year old baseball All-Star action Monday night in St. Marys.
Punxsy, which was the home team, jumped out to a quick start defensively, forcing a groundout by the leadoff hitter and turning a double play after allowing the second runner to reach base safely.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite notching only three hits in six trips to the plate, Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old sPunxsy VFW All-Star team took advantage of six walks by Clearfield pitchers to score six runs and win 6-2 in the opening game of its round-robin tournament Monday night in Punxsutawney.