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July 22nd, 2011
EDINBORO â€” Punxsy's 10- and 11-year old Little League Softball All-Stars opened its Section 1 tournament Thursday with a 6-5 loss in eight innings at the hands of Harborcreek in Edinboro.
Punxsy automatically won the District 10 bid, because there were no other 10- and 11-year old All-Star teams in the district.
The two teams combined for seven of the 11 total runs in the eighth inning alone.
Punxsy scored three runs in the top half of the eighth inning, but was unable to control the Harborcreek bats, allowing them to score four in the bottom half of the frame to win.
CRANBERRY â€” Already leading 4-1, Punxsy's 10- and 11-year old All-Stars batted around in the fourth inning and scored seven runs to defeat McLane 11-1 in four innings in the opening round of the Section 1 tournament Thursday in Cranberry.
"We've been off for a whole week and were anxious to get going," manager Brad Gigliotti said. "We've been pounding the ball at batting practice and bringing in faster pitchers to get them used to it. It's paying off."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy scored 10 runs in the home half of the first and fourth innings and batted around in all four innings en route to a 33-3 win over Curwensville in 15- and 16-year old VFW All-Star action Thursday night in Punxsutawney.
"We hit the ball when we had runners in scoring position," manager Mike Klingensmith said. "That's what we hadn't been doing, and I told the guys, 'We have got to continue to hit the ball when we have opportunities to score.'"
BROOKVILLE â€” Despite coming out strong and taking a 4-1 lead, the Rossiter Miners lost to the Brookville Grays, 5-4, in Game 4 of the Federation League semi-finals Thursday.
Game 5 will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday in Rossiter.
The series has become quite a heated one, and it is now even at two games apiece.
CURWENSVILLE â€” Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars scored seven runs in the third inning and six runs in the seventh en route to an 18-8 win over Curwensville in round-robin play in the Area 6 tournament Wednesday night in Curwensville.
ROSSITER â€” The Rossiter Miners now hold a 2-1 series lead over the Brookville Grays after winning Game 3, 13-5, Wednesday.
Game 4 will be played at 6 p.m. tonight in Brookville.
"It was huge to come out and get a win like that," Miners manager Rick Matthews said. "We starting hitting the ball again, so that was huge."
The Miners combined for 10 hits â€” four better than their first two games combined.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Brookville Grays took Game 2 from the Rossiter Miners Tuesday, 14-2 in six innings.
The best-of-seven series is now even at one game each.
Game 3 will be played at 6 p.m. tonight in Rossiter.
The Grays got out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning, and Rossiter was not able to recover.
"That's the history of this team," Rossiter manager Rick Matthews said. "Once they get down, they stay down. It's hard to get them pumped up."
The Miners scored their only two runs during the top of the third inning.
Punxsy right fielder Carl Medsger makes a throw to second at Punxsy's 10- and 11-year old All-Star practice Tuesday night. Punxsy is preparing for its Section 1 tournament in Cranberry. Punxsy's first game is at 2 p.m. Thursday against McLane.
CLEARFIELD â€” The previously undefeated Punxsy 13- and 14-year old Teener League All-Stars are undefeated no more after a 2-1 loss in eight innings to Clearfield Monday night in Clearfield.
"There was just really good pitching the whole way through," Punxsy coach Doug Byers said. "That pretty much sums up the whole game."
Thomas Summers pitched a complete game for Clearfield, allowing just one run on five hits to earn the win.
Dakota Byers pitched six strong innings for Punxsy, allowing one run on four hits. Byers also struck out six Clearfield hitters.
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