Two Punxsy teams claim second place

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney (10 and under) and the Punxsy Scrappers (12 and under) won second place at the Groundhog Baseball Tournament this weekend.

Both teams went 4-1 through the tournament, losing only their final games.

The Huey Brothers were taken down by Williams Sanitation/Servco of Brookville, and the Scrappers were ousted by Clarion.

The Huey Brothers began their tournament Friday night, claiming victory over the Clymer All-Stars, 14-2 in four innings. The game was highlighted by Isaac Stouffer, who had a two-run homer in the first.

The next team the Huey Bros. faced was the St. Marys Curve. Punxsy beat the Curve, 18-0 in three innings Saturday. The game was eventually called after the 90-minute time limit was reached. Derek Huey led Punxsy's offense during this game, recording six RBIs on three doubles — one in each inning.

Punxsy's second game Saturday was played against Brookville, and it won 12-6. Daren Byers led the Huey Brothers' offense, who went 1-for-2 at bat. He scored two runs and had three RBIs.

The Huey Brothers then moved on to the semi-finals Sunday, where they faced the Punxsy-Krieble team. The Huey Bros. eliminated Krieble from the tournament after beating it, 15-5. A nine-run second inning, during which Austin Ewing had a 3-RBI triple, put the Huey Brothers over the top, and it advanced to the tournament championship.

During the final game, Brookville got the best of Huey Bros., beating them in four innings, 15-5.

"We came out a little bit flat," manager Mark Ewing said. "I think they were a little over confident. ... But all three of us (coaches) were proud of them, but of course everybody would've rather won the tournament."

In the 12 and under tournament, the Punxsy Scrappers suffered the same fate.

The Scrappers also began the tournament Friday, beating DuBois 6-3.

Punxsy then faced the St. Marys Warriors Saturday and ousted them by a final score of 14-10.

Despite being down 14-10 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Scrappers had a seven-run final inning to secure the victory. Punxsy's offense was led by Canaan Knox, who had a two-run homer in the fourth and a grand slam in the sixth.

During its third game, Punxsy faced Clarion and beat it 11-7 in five innings, as the game was shortened by the time limit. The Scrappers scored five runs during the fifth inning, highlighted by Kevin Hutton's two-RBI double.

With the three victories, Punxsy reached the semi-final to play Four Leaf Sunday. The Scrappers notched another victory, beating out Four Leaf 11-5. Brandon Matthews had three RBIs on two singles.

Finally, the Punxsy Scrappers had arrived at the championship game, where they were slated to play Clarion again. This time, though, Clarion had Punxsy's number. It was pushed by an eight-run third inning, and Punxsy was unable to recover.

"There's a lot of grind when you play that many games in three days," manager Brad Gigliotti said.

Both of Punxsy's teams played their last games of the season Sunday.

"It's bittersweet," Gigliotti said. "It's been a long season, but it's been fun."