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DuBois takes 1-0 series lead with 8-1 win

July 27, 2011

DUBOIS — The Rossiter Miners jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in Game 1 of the Federation League championship series Tuesday night in DuBois, but DuBois Rockets' pitcher Ben McGary threw six shutout innings after that, and DuBois won 8-1 to take the early lead in the series.

"We didn't have too many guys on base to get a chance to steal a base and score," Rossiter manager Rick Matthews said.

Rossiter also struggled defensively, committing an error in the fourth inning and two in the fifth that all proved to be costly.

The Zak Zone

July 27, 2011

As a Pirates fan, there is a day approaching on the Major League Baseball calendar that has long been one I have dreaded: The July 31 trade-deadline.

Typically, the trade deadline has meant I needed to constantly check all of the trade-rumor Web pages to make sure my favorite players had not been dealt away to the Yankees or the Red Sox in a last-minute trade "for prospects."

Trades for prospects ended up being the worst news I could hear, or so I thought at the time.

Championship rematch starts tonight in DuBois

July 25, 2011

DUBOIS — The Rossiter Miners will have a chance at revenge as they begin the Federation League Championships against the DuBois Rockets at 6 p.m. tonight at Showers Field in DuBois.

The Miners fell to the Rockets in Game 7 of the 2010 championships, and both teams are looking for a good challenge this year.

"It's going to be a good series," Rossiter manager Rick Matthews said following Sunday's series-winner over the Brookville Grays. "DuBois got the best of us in the regular season. ... Our pitching has to step up big against them, and we need to hit the ball on their pitching, too."

Punxsutawney places third at St. Marys

July 25, 2011

ST. MARYS — Punxsutawney placed third out of 15 teams this past weekend at the St. Marys 9-& 10 year old Little League tournament.

"The two teams that were ahead of us were exceptional, but we hung right in there," Punxsy manager Mark Ewing said. "Third place out of 15 teams is pretty respectable in my eyes and the other coaches."

Punxsy began the weekend by playing three games Saturday.

Punxsy first faced Four Leaf from Clearfield and won 18-4 then immediately played Orchard Park from Buffalo, N.Y. but lost 15-11.

Miners advance to finals with Game 6 win

July 25, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Rossiter Miners now have to win just four games in order to secure their first championship in 19 years. Rossiter will take on the DuBois Rockets in the finals starting Tuesday.

Rossiter had a convincing 12-5 win over the Brookville Grays to finish the semi-final victory.

"We did everything good tonight — the base running, the hitting and the defense," Rossiter manager Rick Matthews said. "That was a big win."

The Miners started off strong, scoring seven runs in the first inning, and it looked like the game was over from the beginning.

Punxsy holds on despite late Philipsburg rally

July 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Trailing 10-2 in the top of the seventh inning, Philipsburg's 15- and 16-year old VFW All-Star team scored seven runs and had the tying run in scoring position, but relief pitcher Bobby Thompson closed the door to earn the save for Punxsy, which won 10-9 in its second game of the All-Star Area 6 tournament.

Punxsy eliminated with two losses over the weekend

July 25, 2011

CRANBERRY — Punxsy's 10- and 11-year old Little League baseball All-Star team lost its first two games in two weeks over the weekend at the sectional tournament in Cranberry and was eliminated from competition for the state title.

Punxsy was scheduled to play Harbor Creek Friday night in Cranberry, but the game was cancelled after being delayed part way through the first inning due to inclement weather, and the rematch was scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. Since no innings were completed, the game started over with a fresh slate.

Punxsy lets finale slip through its hands

July 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Leading 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW All-Stars had to be thinking, "Rain, rain go away," as they saw the storm clouds rolling in, but the game was delayed in the fifth inning due to lightning, and after an hour delay, Philipsburg came back and defeated Punxsy 10-8 in the finale of the round-robin Area 6 tournament.

Punxsy's ace, Brycen Paulinellie, was pitching a gem through five innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out seven. But after the delay, Punxsy decided better safe than sorry and brought in a new pitcher.

Stello to appear on KDKA Steelers trivia show

July 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Do you know how many touchdown passes Ben Roethlisberger threw in the AFC championship game against Baltimore, Jan. 18, 2009, off the top of your head? Well, local Pittsburgh Steelers trivia expert Mike Stello and several of his competitors know, and can recall the information in a lightning-quick manner.

Stello has competed in the McDonald's Steelers Trivia Challenge four different times, with his three-person teams having been selected from hundreds of participants each year.

Punxsy falls to Harborcreek in extra innings, 6-5

July 23, 2011

EDINBORO — Punxsy's 10- and 11-year old Little League Softball All-Stars opened its Section 1 tournament Thursday with a 6-5 loss in eight innings at the hands of Harborcreek in Edinboro.

Punxsy automatically won the District 10 bid, because there were no other 10- and 11-year old All-Star teams in the district.

The two teams combined for seven of the 11 total runs in the eighth inning alone.

Punxsy scored three runs in the top half of the eighth inning, but was unable to control the Harborcreek bats, allowing them to score four in the bottom half of the frame to win.

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