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Keystone’s Watt Probst, left, and Darius Shadle congratulate each other after winning the district championship over Loyalsock at Volunteer Stadium Saturday.

Keystone team champion in District 12 8-10 Baseball

Loyalsock starting pitcher John Kiehl took the Volunteer Stadium mound Saturday morning in the District 12 final, full knowing that a week earlier he was the losing pitcher in a 26-1 loss to the same batters that were just 46 feet away from him. But that didn’t stop Kiehl and his teammates ...

Local roundup: West End 15s, 13s win in state BR pool play

In the Babe Ruth 15-year-old state tournament at Belleville Saturday, West End moved to 2-0 in pool play with its 10-0 win over Boyertown. Jonathan Zayas gave up just one hit in five innings to earn the complete game win while striking out 15, meaning he recorded every single out via strikeout ...

Pickett returns slowly from injury

Greg Pickett was out of Williamsport’s lineup for about only a week. It felt like a month. It’s the nature of perspective when your job is an everyday grind with minimal days off. But when he tweaked his groin doing some extra fielding work at Bowman Field last week, it caused the ...

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Jhailyn Ortiz makes a diving catch Friday night for the Crosscutters against Lowell at Bowman Field.

Ortiz homers, hits key double in Cutter victory

Standing around home plate, Jhailyn Ortiz watched Lowell pitcher Denyi Reyes closely as he threw his warm-up pitches in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night. Ortiz was going to be the first Williamsport hitter to face the reliever and he was paying attention to how Reyes warmed ...

Little League and other youth baseball organizations are adopting new bat standards for 2018 that more closely resemble performance of wood.

Little League, others, about to change bat standard

Throw a dart at a map and likely somewhere near where it lands, a youth baseball player had grandparents that bought him a new baseball bat last Christmas. It was a nice gesture, but it was a present only good for one year before the player will need to find a new one. Once this 2017 all-star ...

Adam Haseley

Haseley’s approach working

Batting practice at Bowman Field is a pretty light-hearted time. Jokes tend to fly in a fast and furious manner around the hitting shell. Even though there’s serious work being put in, at times with some serious instruction from the coaching staff to a young group of players, there’s a lot ...

Los Bravos de Ponte­zuela Little League from the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic team to LLWS

For the second time in three years, Los Bravos de Ponte­zuela Little League from the Dominican Republic will represent the Caribbean region at the Little League World Series after defeating the representatives from Aruba, 8-4, on Thursday in the regional final in Saint John, Antigua. The ...

Cutters lose on road, one cancelled

Dylan Burdeaux’s walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Connecticut a 2-1 win over Williamsport on Thursday in what was supposed to the front end of a doubleheader. Rain caused the cancellation of the second game and only one of the scheduled three games in the series ended ...

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South Williamsport players pose: Abby Lorson, Alizabeth Schuler, Sage Lorson, Gianna Goodman, Lily Reidy, Emily Holtzapple, Chelsey Harrison, Lacey Kriebel, Lili Cox, Bailey Livermore, Kendall Cardone

Local roundup: South 8-10s win Section 3

South Williamsport defeated Troy, 11-1, to win the Section 3 title Thursday and advance to the Little League 8-10 Softball state tournament. Alizabeth Schuler gave up two hits on the mound and went 2-4 with a double for South. Emily Holtzapple had a double and a triple. • Loyalsock major ...

Loyalsock’s Eli Gair watches as his teammate scores against Keystone at Montoursville in the District 12 Junior Baseball championship game. (IOANNIS PASHAKIS/ Sun-Gazette)

Loyalsock forces rematch today for District 12 Junior Baseball championship

If Joeb Schurer ever felt any pressure he certainly did not show it. As Keystone moved closer to pulling off an improbable comeback in Wednesday’s District 12 Junior Baseball championship at Kiwanis Park, Loyalsock looked toward its leader. Schurer started the game before being lifted in an ...

Cutters get postponed for a 2nd night

For the second consecutive night, weather interrupted play between the Williamsport Crosscutters and the Connecticut Tigers, as Wednesday’s contest was suspended after a 45-minute rain delay. The game is scheduled to resume today at 11:05 a.m. with the Crosscutters leading the Tigers 1-0 in ...

Loyalsock’s Mallory Rodarmel reaches third as Loyalsock manager Joe Luxenberger looks on in the Major Softball state tournament.  Loyalsock beat Warrington, 13-1, to advance. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Local roundup: Loyalsock Major Softball stays alive

Hannah Winter threw a one-hitter and Loyalsock collected 10 hits as it stayed alive in the Major Softball state tournament on Wednesday with a 13-1, four-inning win over Warrington. Loyalsock advances to the consolation semifinals today where it plays Fair Chance in another elimination game at ...

Boshart named Lyco women’s lacrosse coach

After two years as an assistant coach with perennial Division II power Lock Haven University, Whitney Boshart will take on the reins of her first head coaching position when she takes charge of the Lycoming College women’s lacrosse team, Lycoming Director of Athletics Mike Clark ...

Wickwire, Watkins earn MU honors

MANSFIELD — Mansfield softball star Koryn Wickwire and men’s track and field athlete Hunter Watkins have been named Mansfield University 2017 Spring Athletes of the Year. Wickwire collected a pair of first-team All-Atlantic Region nods taking home both NFCA and CCA accolades at utility. ...

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Williamsport's Kaelyn Sennett safely steals second base as Clinton shortstop Haleigh Peters, left, and second baseman Delaney Cohen try to field the throw in the first inning Tuesday at Oval.

Williamsport 9-11s in softball win District 12 title

By DEVIN BIERLY dbierly@sungazette.com OVAL – Before heading out to bat with the bases loaded in the third inning, Ally Chilson heard some encouraging words from a teammate. “Now would be a good time for one of your home runs,” one of her teammates shouted from the dugout. On the ...

Seoul West wins Asia-Pacific region for LLWS

Seoul West Little League from Seoul, South Korea, emerged victorious at the 2017 Little League Baseball Asia-Pacific Region Championship, defeating Tung Yuan Little League from Chinese Taipei, 6-1, on Friday, July 7. A total of 11 teams participated in the seven-day event, held at the brand new ...

Crosscutters rained out at Connecticut

The Crosscutters game at Connecticut Tuesday night was postponed by wet field condtions. The two will make up the game tonight with a doubleheader beginning at 5:05. The se­ries will conclude on Thursday before Lowell visits for three games starting Friday. State College begins a two-game ...

Local roundup: Loyalsock Major Softball falls in the opening game of states

Loyalsock lost in the first round of the Little League Major Softball state tournament Tuesday, 9-3 to Morrisville. The loss dropped Loyalsock into the bottom half of this double elimination tournament, where it faces Warrington today at 1. Loyalsock would need to win games each day starting ...

Mansfield Hall of Fame inductions set for September

ESPN radio host Freddie Cole­man is among those set for induction into the Mansfield University athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 29, which is homecoming weekend at the school. The class, announced Tues­day, also includes Brian DeCec­co, Ethel Moser, the 1992 baseball team, and the ...

KC Chiefs promote Mount Carmel graduate to general manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It only took Brett Veach a decade to go from working as an assistant to Andy Reid in Philadelphia to standing alongside the Kansas City Chiefs’ coach as their general manager. The Chiefs announced Mon­day they had promoted their co-director of player personnel to the ...