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Punxsy falls short in pitching battle, 2-1

July 19, 2011

CLEARFIELD — 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.

The Zak Zone

July 19, 2011

A few months ago, someone asked me what my dream job would be. I told them that being a sports reporter would be the ideal position for me.

My passion for sports, writing and photography could all be blended together somehow to make the perfect position to fit my talents.

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Punxsy Little League beats out Elk Co I for championship

July 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Punxsutawney Little League took home the 9-and-10 year old bracket championship Saturday at the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament. It beat Elk County Tool and Die I from St. Marys, 14-4 in four innings, to win the title.

Punxsy's eight-run second inning led it to the victory. Punxsy totaled 14 runs on 18 hits throughout the game.

"That second inning was one of the best innings we've seen all year," Punxsy manager Mark Ewing said. "The boys really came to life with the bats."

Punxsy Bombers finish Skittlez in four, win tournament, 21-7

July 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsutawney Bombers went into Saturday's Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament 11-and-12 championship game undefeated, meaning they needed just one victory over Brookville's Team Skittlez to secure the trophy.

It took only four innings to finish off Team Skittlez, 21-7, before the Bombers swarmed the field in celebration.

Dylan Huey led Punxsy's offense, going 3-for-5 at bat, scoring twice and recording three RBIs. He hit two doubles and a single.

Miners blank Brookville Grays, 1-0, in Game 1

July 18, 2011

ROSSITER — The Rossiter Miners topped the Brookville Grays, 1-0, Sunday in game one of the second round of the Federation League playoffs.

The Miners notched the second-seed in the league, guaranteeing themselves home-field advantage in their second round against the Grays.

The round is a best-of-seven series format, with the next game being played in Brookville Tuesday.

Both teams received a first-round bye.

The Miners recorded one run on just three hits throughout the ball game, but that, combined with impressive defense and pitching, was enough to win them the ball game.

Blose is star-of-show; Punxsy wins District title, 12-2

July 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 10-& 11-year old baseball All-Stars are on a roll, and if manager Brad Gigliotti has things his way, the hits will just keep coming at Sectionals.

Punxsy defeated St. Marys 12-2 in four innings Thursday night in Punxsutawney to clinch the District 10 Championship and advance to the Section One tournament which will be held in Cranberry.

Punxsy's first game will be Thursday at 2 p.m. against McLane. The winner of the Section 1 tournament will move on to the state tournament in Latrobe.

Barenchick, Mesoraco voted Spirit spring MVPs

July 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Mesoraco shines in Futures All-Star showcase

July 14, 2011

PHOENIX — 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 wins District behind Henry's shutout

July 14, 2011

DUBOIS — 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.

Home runs abound in Punxsy loss to Brookville, 10-8

July 14, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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.

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