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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.

Atcheson's walk-off pushes Punxsy into final

June 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After Brookville scored two runs to tie the score in the top of the sixth, Punxsy's McKenzie Atcheson hit a walk-off single with two outs on a bang-bang play at first base to drive in Sam Satterlee and give Punxsy a 10-9 win in Little League softball All-Star action Monday night in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's next game will be against DuBois, who sent Punxsy to the losers' bracket with an 11-0 win Saturday. The rematch will be played Wednesday night in DuBois.

DiPietro, Tyger power Punxsy past St. Marys, 5-0

June 28, 2011

ST. MARYS — Joey DiPietro threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Jacob Tyger hit a two-run home run during the Punxsy Little League baseball All-Stars' 5-0 tournament-opening victory Monday night at St. Marys.

DiPietro surrendered just two hits, Punxsy didn't commit an error, and Punxsy's five hits came from four players during a total team effort.

THE WALK TALK TEN

June 28, 2011

1. I didn't get a chance to mention this last week, but the teams that Punxsy's baseball and softball teams lost to in the PIAA playoffs — Northern York for baseball, Valley for softball — both won a state title. For the Lady Chucks, that's three-straight years they were eliminated by the eventual state champion, and if you count their 2006 state title game defeat, that's four times in six years. Sometimes having bad luck schedule-wise can lead to your season ending sooner than expected.

St. Marys tops Punxsy behind late surge

June 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy scored two runs in the bottom half of the third inning to tie St. Marys, 2-2, but St. Marys went on to score eight runs in the last three innings to win 10-4 in Minor League baseball All-Star action Sunday at Jerry Long Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's next game will be Thursday, but it will not know which team it will play until Tuesday. St. Marys will go on to face DuBois in the winner's bracket at 6 p.m. Tuesday in DuBois.

Punxsy takes home victory in American Legion, 14-4

June 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney reigned victorious as they beat the Clearfield Chiefs 14-4 Sunday night in American Legion ball.

A seven-run first inning proved to be just the ticket for Punxsy, as the Chiefs were unable to stage any sort of comeback.

"We jumped out quick in the first inning, and we kinda never looked back after that," Punxsy manager Mike Dickey said. "It was a good win for us. We were patient when we needed to be patient, and we were aggressive when we needed to be aggressive."

DuBois wins 11-0, drops Punxsy to losers' bracket

June 27, 2011

DUBOIS — The Punxsy Little League softball All-Stars had just two base runners during an 11-0 loss to DuBois Saturday in a winners' bracket contest in DuBois.

Punxsy (1-1) dropped to the losers' bracket final where it will host Brookville at 6 p.m. tonight.

Brookville defeated St. Marys, 10-7, Sunday afternoon.

DuBois (3-0) is now the king seed in the Southern tier. It will host the Punxsy-Brookville winner at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a chance to advance to the District 10 final against the Northern tier champion.

Miners to host Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament

June 25, 2011

ROSSITER — The Rossiter Miners' Federation League baseball team will host the second-annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament today and Sunday at Shaffer Field in Rossiter.

Four games will be played in the tournament this weekend, with three games featuring the hometown Miners.

All proceeds from food and beverage sales will go toward the Walker's Warriors Relay for Life team. There will also be silent auctions and raffles, with a pink bat autographed by Punxsy native and current Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco being the main piece raffled off.

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