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.
Jacob Tyger (right) celebrates with his teammates after slugging a clutch walk-off double to award the Punxsy Junior All-Stars the 7-6 eight-inning comeback win Monday night in Punxsy. Tyger went 2-for-5 from the plate with a double, an RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Tyger also picked up the win at the mound for Punxsy, throwing five innings with one strikeout, one walk and one run allowed on five hits.
For a full write-up on the game, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit