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August 2, 2011

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.

Punxsy splits Monday's games, wins state tournament

August 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

SCRAPPERS PLACE SECOND AT TOURNEY

August 2, 2011

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.

Punxsy advances to All-Star State Championship

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Two Punxsy teams claim second place

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 repeats with Fed League championship

August 1, 2011

DUBOIS — 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.

Punxsy wins big in opening round, 19-2

July 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All- Stars scored six runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth to jump out to a 10-0 lead over Schuylkill County West All-Stars and went on to win, 19-2, in its opening game of the state tournament Friday night in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's Brycen Paulinellie led off the top of the first inning with a single, and T.J. Petro followed with an infield single.

Ruben Taylor walked to load the bases, and Paulinellie scored on an RBI single by Dakota Byers.

A PLETHORA OF TOURNAMENTS UNDERWAY IN PUNXSY

July 30, 2011

FRIDAY'S SCORES
10U Tournament
Huey Brothers (Punxsy) 14, Clymer 2
Marion Center 15, Punxsy-Krieble 1

12U Major "B" Tournament
Punxsy Scrappers 6, DuBois 5

12U Major "A" Tournament
Punxsy Bombers 5, Blairsville 3

14U Tournament
R.B.C. 4, Femco Machine 1
Revolution 6, St. Marys Auto 3

TODAY'S SCHEDULE
10U Tournament (Little League Softball Field)
9:00 a.m. - Huey Brothers (Punxsy) vs. St. Marys Curve
2:15 p.m. - Punxsy-Krieble vs. Elk County Tool & Die
7:30 p.m. - Huey Brothers vs. Brookville
9:00 p.m. - Punxsy Krieble vs. Ridgway

DuBois beats the rain, and the Miners, leads series 3-0

July 28, 2011

DUBOIS — Kevin Gnacinski pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, and the DuBois Rockets beat the approaching storm clouds to win Game 3 of the Federation League championship over the Rossiter Miners, 3-0, Thursday night in DuBois.

With the win, DuBois took a 3-0 series lead, and needs just one more victory to clinch the championship for the second straight season.

Rossiter's inability to muster up any offense frustrated manager Rick Matthews.

Punxsy wins, clinches berth at States

July 28, 2011

CURWENSVILLE — Punxsy's 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars scored 10 runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back, cruising to a 15-5 victory in five innings over Curwensville Wednesday night in Curwensville.

With the victory, Punxsy clinched a berth to the state championships, which will be held Aug. 5-8 in Huntingdon, but Punxsy still has one game to play in the round-robin tournament before it begins practicing for States.

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