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Walk Talk - A Dawn of a New Day

July 2, 2011

When I exited The Punxsutawney Spirit building following an interview for the vacant sports writer job in October 2006, I climbed into my car and flipped on my iPod as I began my 2 1/2-hour drive back to my hometown of Erie.

The iPod, which was set on shuffle at that particular moment, began to play "Dawn of a New Day," a song by my favorite band, In Flames.

Already feeling good about how well the interview went, the random appearance of this song made it clear to me: I got the job.

Fast-forward to nearly five years later, and the next step of my life is a week away from starting.

Punxsy pitches well, stays alive with 10-0 win over Brockway

July 1, 2011

BROCKWAY — Punxsy pitchers Andrew Britton and Ethan Blose threw a combined one-hitter, and Punxsy received an offensive spark from Derek Huey, who was 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run and six RBIs, to defeat Brockway, 10-0, in four innings in Minor League baseball All-Star action Thursday at Brockway.

Brockway was eliminated from the tournament with the loss, and Punxsy will play St. Marys at 6 p.m. tonight in St. Marys.

Tonight's game will be a rematch from the tournament's first round, a game Punxsy lost, 10-4, at home.

Punxsy to enter playoffs as No. 2 seed

July 1, 2011

HYDE — John J. Fisher Post 62 of Punxsutawney finished the Jefferson County American Legion regular season strong and is prepared for the postseason following a 10-1 victory Thursday night at Clearfield.

Punxsy scored during every inning but one and received solid pitching from Braedon Pennington and Jamie Bush to complete the regular season on a five-game winning streak.

Punxsy's last regular season game was scheduled for tonight, but Reynoldsville forfeited the rest of its season, giving Punxsy a final record of 12-4.

DuBois advances to winners' final with shutout win

July 1, 2011

DUBOIS — DuBois jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and scored at least one run every inning after that to defeat Punxsy, 11-0, in Senior League All-Star action Thursday night in DuBois.

With the win, DuBois advances to the winners' bracket final and will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bradford.

Punxsy will play in the losers' bracket against Brockway at 4 p.m. Saturday in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's Lauren Wolfe pitched all five innings, allowing 11 runs, but most of the damage was done in the first inning when each DuBois hitter made solid contact, and DuBois batted around.

DuBois advances to District 10 final behind big fifth inning

June 30, 2011

DUBOIS — DuBois scored 11 runs on seven hits in the fifth inning, and Riley Assalone allowed only four hits to defeat Punxsy, 17-5 in five innings Wednesday, and advanced to the District 10 Little League softball All-Stars final against the winner of tonight's Ridgway/Bradford game.

Punxsy had three errors in the fifth inning and could have gotten out of the high-scoring inning much earlier, but DuBois took advantage of the errors with three hits and aggressive base running.

Punxsy beats Ridgway to advance to winners' bracket final

June 30, 2011

RIDGWAY — Punxsy scored 11 of its 13 runs during its final three at-bats to defeat Ridgway, 13-9, to move on to the winners' bracket final in Little League baseball All-Star action Wednesday night in Ridgway.

With the win, Punxsy advances to the winners' bracket final where it will play at 4 p.m. Sunday at DuBois. Ridgway falls to the losers' bracket where it will travel to Reynoldsville/Sykesville for a game Friday. Punxsy committed a number of errors in the game, but it still held on for the four-run victory.

DuBois scores three late to beat Brookville All-Stars

June 30, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Minor League softball All-Stars was taken down by DuBois, 11-8, in a competitive game Wednesday night in Brookville.

Brookville came back from a five-run deficit to tie it at eight in the fourth, but DuBois added three additional runs in the bottom of the fourth.

"I was real impressed with the way we fought," Brookville manager Carl McManigle said. "We never got down; we kept fighting, and I think the final score shows that."

RACING TO FIRST BASE

June 28, 2011

The Reds' Peyton Hetrick (left) tries to throw out the Red Sox's Ashton Stonbraker during a Machine Pitch baseball game Tuesday night at Bob Roberts Field in Punxsutawney. For the first year, Punxsy's six- and seven-year-old Machine Pitch League is part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League.

Punxsy breaks out the bats early, holds on to beat DuBois, 11-10

June 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The John J. Fisher Post 62 Punxsy American Legion team scored 10 of its 11 runs in the first two innings and held off a late rally by DuBois to win, 11-10, Tuesday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's offensive outburst was just what manager Mike Dickey wanted to see from his team with the playoffs just around the corner.

"Hitting from top to bottom, that was refreshing to see," Dickey said. "Of course, we know they're not throwing the guys they will in the playoffs, but regardless, it gives us some confidence."

Brookville wins 32-1, advances in winners' bracket

June 28, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Minor League Baseball All-Stars had a landslide 32-1 win in four innings over Brockway during their first home tournament game Tuesday night.

Every player for Brookville scored at least once. Every batter also had one or more hits. Brookville totaled 29 hits on the night.

"It was a real good way to start (the tournament at home)," Brookville manager Jeff Caylor said. "It was a good win; the kids hit the ball really well."

Brookville's next game will be at 6 p.m. Friday at DuBois, which took down St. Marys 10-0 in four innings Tuesday.

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