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Muncy’s Good has stepped up at quarterback

When Coleman Good approached the sideline as a freshman, he was seeking guidance. When Good approaches the sideline now, he is offering suggestions. That started happening last season as a sophomore and illustrates well how much progress the Muncy quarterback already has made. A season after ...

Batavia takes both games of doubleheader

After dropping the first game of a doubleheader to the Batavia Muckdogs, 6-5, in eight innings, Williamsport proceeded to lose the second contest, 4-3.. The Crosscutters are now 26-29 and continue falling out of the wild card race, currently 6 1/2 games back. In the first game of the ...

MLB Little League Classic worked well, so try it again

Who said Bowman Field was a pitchers’ park? Josh Bell and Jedd Gyorko didn’t seem to think so with their home runs in the first two innings. Who said Bowman Field couldn’t host a Major League Baseball game? Plenty, and there was reason to be skeptical that a 91-year old minor-league ...

PCT Wildcat Weekly: Fall sports teams prep for openers

Practice continues and season openers loom for Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports athletes as the Wildcats will compete as full-fledged members of NCAA Division III for the first time. Scheduled to open in non-North Eastern Athletic Conference play on Friday, Sept. 1: • ...

Little League Classic a chance to grow the game

Among the excitement the Little League World Series brings to the Williamsport area every August, new excitment will fill the air tonight. Instead of counting down the final days of summer when the World Series begins, like past years, the sports world will count down the hours until the first ...

McCutchen back at one of earliest home fields

PITTSBURGH — After playing in nearly 1,300 Major League games since he got called up to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, you will have to forgive five-time MLB All-Star Andrew McCutchen for not exactly remembering a ton about playing in Williamsport. Nine years in the big leagues, over 1,400 ...

Lions have the chance to be strong on special teams yet again

UNIVERSITY PARK — Special teams were a major obstacle for Penn State not that long ago, then it all changed last season when a special teams highlight turned into the program’s most important play in many years. Marcus Allen’s blocked field goal and Grant Haley’s touchdown return ...

Hurdle remembers time managing Bills, being at Bowman

PITTSBURGH — It has been awhile since Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has stepped foot inside of Bowman Field in Williamsport. In fact, if you want to be exact on just how long, it’s been 26 years now. Hurdle’s wife, Karla, is a Muncy native and he has been to Muncy and the ...

Cutters pitching hit hard in loss

The wheels continued to fall off of the season for the Williamsport Crosscutters on Saturday as a 10-run inning by Batavia gave the Muckdogs a rain-shortened, 11-1 win. Williamsport has lost 9 of 11 games. Scheduled for a doubleheader, the second game was postponed because of rain to ...

Coil against the right leg for power

The right leg retains the pressure of the upper body coil. Push the right knee inward (to the left) before starting the backswing. Allowing the right knee to move to the right, forces the right instep to raise up causing the body to shift back of the ball (left foot for the left-hand ...

Penn State head coach James Franklin directs his team during NCAA college football practice on the outdoor fields at Lasch in State College, Pa., Monday, July 31, 2017. (Joe Hermitt/PennLive.com via AP)

Franklin signs contract extension worth $34.7 million

James Franklin is now the fourth-highest paid coach in college football after agreeing to a new six-year contract with Penn State that will guarantee him $34.7 million. A contract extension seemed to be a given after Franklin led the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten title, 11-3 record and top ...

Franklin’s deal raises bar and solidifies future

James Franklin’s contract status has been widely discussed for the past year. Franklin went from approaching the hot seat to landing in the catbird seat. On the heels of consecutive 7-6 seasons that were understandable in the wake of the sanctions, yet still frustrating, Franklin opened ...

Seven-run first dooms Cutters

Auburn scored seven runs in the first inning off of Williamsport starter Will Stewart leading to an 11-3 win over the Crosscutters to take the rubber match of the three-game series. Stewart lasted just 2/3 of an inning, the shortest outing in his 17 career starts since being drafted by the ...

Gesicki looking to do more than just catch the ball

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s easy to tell when a tight end is good at catching the ball, and after a tough 2015 season, Mike Gesicki rebounded with a stellar 2016 campaign by hauling in just about everything thrown near him. Those pass-catching abilities make the 6-foot-6, 257-pound Gesicki a ...

All LLWS games to start at 4 or 8 Friday

Little League announced that the game schedule for Friday, August 18 at the Little League World Series has been amended due to weather. Game 5 (Australia Region vs. Japan Region) and Game 6 (Northwest Region vs. West Region) will be rescheduled to start at 4 p.m., at Volunteer Stadium and ...

Gurrola’s homer leads Cutters’ 9th-inning rally

Yahir Gurrola picked a good time to hit his first professional home run Thursday night. The 27th-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Williamsport Crosscutters to a 9-8 win over the Auburn ...

Cutters fall after ASG break

Auburn scored in each of the first four innings, touching up Williamsport starting pitcher Andrew Brown for nine hits and five runs in a 5-1 win for the Doubledays over the Crosscutters on Wednesday. Williamsport lost for the seventh time in its last eight games. It had snapped a six-game ...

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Eddie Murray reached the Hall of Fame after 3,000 hits, mostly with the Orioles, and is the grand marshal for today’s Grand Slam Parade.

Eddie Murray visit brings back good memories

The sunny, summer sky beckoned. Instead, I stay alone in my room. There were so many other things this 10-year-old would usually prefer doing at that time except writing. But there I stood with pen in hand, sitting at my desk. As tempting as the outdoors were, this was more important. I was ...

Cutters on NYPL All-Star winners

The South All-Stars scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull away from the North in a 5-2 victory in the New York-Penn League All-Star game Tuesday at Tri-City. Five Crosscutters were selected, and three played. Right fielder Jhailyn Ortiz hit third and played right field, ...