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Punxsy comes up short in state tournament

August 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 15- and 16-year-old VFW Teener League All- Stars fell to Altoona, 3-2, in the opening round of the losers' bracket at the state tournament Saturday in Huntingdon.

Things looked promising for Punxsy, which jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but Punxsy was only able to manage one hit throughout the final six innings and was eliminated with the loss.

Punxsy manager Mike Klingensmith said he's been around this game long enough to know, "Sometimes, the hits just don't come your way."

This weekend, that was the case for his team.

GROUNDHOG LL TOURNEY UNDER WAY

August 5, 2011

The Groundhog Little League's softball tournament kicked off Friday night with three Punxsy games at 6 p.m. Kylee Lingenfelter delivers a pitch in the 12U Purranhas loss to Davis Brothers. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Punxsy falls in opening round of states

August 5, 2011

HUNTINGDON — Despite leading early, Punxsy's 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars fell to West Shore Teener League All-Stars, 9-5, in the opening round of the state tournament Friday afternoon in Huntingdon.

Punxsy will play this morning at 9:30 a.m. against Altoona in the opening round of the losers' bracket.

West Shore was the visiting team and scored one run in the top of the first when Mitch Chapman tripled off Punxsy's starter Jamie Bush and scored on an RBI groundout by Jared Lydon.

Punxsy answered with three runs in the bottom half of the first.

MESORACO WATCH

August 5, 2011

Over the past two weeks, former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher and current Major League Baseball top-prospect Devin Mesoraco has been through his share of ups and downs, both on the field and off.

As a top prospect in the Cincinnatti Reds' system, Mesoraco was highly desired at the MLB trade deadline, but the Reds weren't willing to deal him.

Unfortunately for Mesoraco and his fans, they weren't willing to deal any of the catchers at the Major League level to make room for Mesoraco just yet.

Punxsutawney preps for second tourney

August 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Little League complex will be just as crowded this weekend as it was last weekend, and for a very similar reason.

This time, though, softball will be the sport highlighted instead of baseball, as 20 teams from across the region will play in four different age groups: Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16.

Punxsy will be represented in three of the age brackets.

Punxsy heads to states with high hopes

August 3, 2011

The 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Star state tournament kicks off this weekend in Huntingdon, and Punxsy will be well represented as it was at the 13- and 14-year old state tournament in Punxsy last weekend.

According to Punxsy manager Mike Klingensmith, his players are ready for the tournament, though they don't seem over-confident, either.

Punxsy places second in machine-pitch tourney

August 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy Pirates received the runner-up award in the 7-and 8-year old pitching machine tournament Saturday in Punxsutawney.

Five teams competed in the double-elimination format contest, and Punxsy placed second only to St. Marys.

Punxsy played five games throughout the day, losing to St. Marys during the first and last games of the tournament. After being defeated by St. Marys, the Pirates beat Kane, Johnsonburg and Cranberry to advance back to the tournament championship.

HUEY BROS. PLACE SECOND AT TOURNEY

August 3, 2011

The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney placed second in the 10 and under division of the Groundhog Tournament last weekend. The team includes (front, from left) Austin Ewing, Derek Huey, Willie Hoover, Conner Giavedoni, Daren Byers; (middle) Ethan Blose, Dylan Ishman, Andrew Britton, Isaac Stouffer, Logan Johnston; (back) manager Mark Ewing, coach Mike Ishman and coach Eric Britton.

The Zak Zone

August 2, 2011

With the NFL Player's Association and the owners reaching an agreement last week and training camps and free agency already in full swing, I know that football should be the only thing on my mind. Strangely, though, the only things I can think about are baseball and softball.

Punxsy splits Monday's games, wins state tournament

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After losing the first championship game early Monday afternoon, Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars bounced back to win the winner-take-all championship game in the late afternoon to earn the title of state champs.

Trailing 4-1, Punxsy scored nine runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 10-4 lead.

The big inning would prove to be enough as Brycen Paulinellie pitched a complete game, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out ten, to earn the 14-6 win.

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