The Miners' Braedon Pennington's (pictured) talents at the mound and plate powered Rossiter to a 1-0 shutout over Denny's Beer Barrel Pub Thursday night at Clearfield High School. In addition to throwing all seven innings for a shutout, Pennington blasted a solo home run to notch the only run scored on the night. Pete Meterko, Kyle Neal, Rick Bishop, Garrett Zimmerman and Jordan Mesoraco each recorded a hit for the winning squad, as well. With the win, the Miners took a 1-0 lead over Denny's in the best-of-seven Federation League semi-finals.
CORRY â€” Make it two! That's two banners for the 9- and 10-year-old softball All-Star team and two Punxsy teams who this season made it to the state level in the Little League All-Star tournaments.
Thursday night, Punxsy picked up a 13-3, four-inning victory over Mid-East/Titusville, which it had defeated in the opening round in a 2-1 contest, to claim the Section 1 title and earn a berth to States â€”Â which will be held next week in Thorndale, Pa.
CORRY â€” The competition just gets steeper as a team progresses through the Little League All-Star tournament, but as was the case with the 11- and 12-year-old softball All-Stars this year, it seems Punxsy's squads just keep getting stronger, as well, as the 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars downed a tough Union City team in the Section 1 winners' bracket final by a score of 10-2 Wednesday to earn an always-important day off and advance to the finals.
While Punxsy put up 10 runs, Punxsy head coach Brad Gigliotti said it was the defense that stood out the most throughout the game.
Pete Meterko was a dominant force at the plate Tuesday night, going 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, as the Rossiter Miners downed Brookville to advance in the Federation League playoffs.
For the full re-cap, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old All-Star Kate Horner (pictured above during a game last week) hit a go-ahead inside-the-park home run in the second inning of Punxsyâ€™s game against West Point on Wednesday to help lead the Punxsy squad to a 4-0 victory in the opening round of the Little League Softball State Tournament. Punxsy looks to improve to 2-0 tonight against Bald Eagle. For a full recap, see Page 6 of Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
In this file photo from last Tuesday, Punxsy's Jordyn Powell takes a cut at a pitch in a game against Brookville. Powell had what Punxsy coach Ange Giavedoni called a "huge single" in Punxsy's 12-1 victory over Brookville Sunday in Brookville. With the win, Punxsy gets to take its show on the road again on Tuesday to St. Marys.
For a full recap, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old All-Star Kylee Lingenfelter delivers a pitch during Punxsy's 5-0 win over Corry Wednesday night in Saegertown at the Section I Tournament. Friday, Lingenfelter fanned 15 in a re-match against Corry in the championship game. Punxsy came out on top, 8-0, and earned a trip to States.
For a full re-cap, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was a pitchers' duel in Punxsutawney on Wednesday evening, and if it wasn't for some late action by the Punxsy's bats in the 9- and 10-year-old softball All-Stars game, St. Marys' Brianna Grotzinger would have come out on top. But thanks to a three-run fifth, Punxsy's Kendal Johnston, who pitched a complete game for the home team, earned the win in the 3-1 contest.
After the game, Punxsy head coach Brad Gigliotti was especially proud of his team's resiliency, as the players battled right to the end.