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6th inning error derails reeling Cutters’ no-hit start

Williamsport’s pitching staff was cruising. Leonel Aponte didn’t allow a hit through his four innings and Brian Marconi carried that no-hitter through the fifth. Then the wheels fell off. With one mistake, a wide throw to first to open the sixth inning, West Virginia was able to take ...

Local roundup: Day pitches West End 13s deeper into districts

In the Babe Ruth 13-year-old district tournament, Makai Day threw a complete game three-hitter, allowing just one earned run, to lead West End to a 4-2 win over Juniata County. “It was just a phenomenal pitching performance by Makai to hold them to just one earned run with all our ...

Herrin helps Mahoning Valley earn a road win

It took just two pitches to spell doom for Williamsport on Wednesday night. In those two pitches, Mahoning Valley reliever Tim Herrin went from facing the bases loaded with nobody out, to walking back to the dugout having escaped the jam better than Harry Houdini ever could have. In those two ...

McKeithan looking for improvement

It’s been an interesting first year for Joel McKeithan as a hitting coach. It’s been as much a learning experience for him as it has been for the Williamsport Crosscutters’ hitters. He’s had to coach players through a difficult first few weeks of the season which has seen them excel ...

PSU’s Nickal named Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year

STATE COLLEGE — Nittany Lion wrestler Bo Nickal was named the 2019 Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year. Nickal was honored from a field that featured each of the 14 Big Ten members’ Male Athletes of the Year. Iowa women’s basketball player Megan Gustafson was named the 2019 ...

Local roundup: Sock major baseball headed to D12 final

John Kiehl and Jeremiah Johnson combined on a four-hitter as Loyalsock edged rival Montoursville, 2-0, and earned a spot in Friday’s District 12 major baseball championship against Keystone at Volunteer Stadium. That game is scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. start. If Loyalsock defeats Keystone ...

Cutters fall in rain-shortened game

It’s not as if Williamsport’s Tom Sutera couldn’t find the plate Tuesday night. He found it plenty often. He got ahead of the Mahoning Valley hitters he faced. It just seemed like every time the Crosscutters’ starting pitcher got into the strike zone, Scrappers hitters barreled the ...

Clinton minors roll past Hepburn to title

BEECH CREEK — Two teams, two fields, one title. Clinton defeated Hepburn Lycoming, 17-1, in three innings Tuesday night, claiming the District 12 minor softball title. Just getting the game in looked in doubt early Tuesday evening when a downpour hit Clinton’s field in Lock Haven while ...

20 area kids earn all-state honors

The Sun-Gazette coverage area flexed its collective softball muscle once again as 20 players recently earned all-state honors. Eight players in five different classifications were named first teamers and the other 12 were second teamers. Bucktail and Montgomery met in the District 4 Class A ...

Local roundup: South major softball wins sectional opener

South Williamsport opened the major softball Section 3 tournament with a convincing 10-0 win in five innings against Berwick at Danville on Tuesday. With the win, South Williamsport advances to the sectional winners’ bracket final. The date for that game is not yet determined due to ...

Fletcher lifts Keystone at plate and on mound in win

COGAN STATION — Hart Fletcher is no stranger to the big stage. In fact, he has pitched at Volenteer Stadium the last two years in the district championship game. Friday will be his third time for the right-handed pitcher, who was absolutely brilliant Monday night against Loyalsock in a ...

After some losses on road, Cutters win at Bowman

Logan O’Hoppe saw a hanging breaking ball then just kind of blacked out. He knows he put a good swing on the pitch because he watched carry over the left-field fence at Bowman Field for a two-run home run. But actually hitting the ball? He doesn’t have much recollection of that. He does ...

Through 2 weeks, the numbers by Cutters aren’t encouraging

It’s tough to find reasons for optimism in the first two weeks of the Williamsport Crosscutters’ season. The biggest reason for hope might be that it’s been just two weeks of a 76-game schedule. But even a deep dive through the numbers of the season aren’t exactly encouraging. The ...

Local roundup: Montoursville, Sock juniors both win

Montoursville and Loyalsock both won to advance to the winners’ bracket final of the District 12 junior baseball tournament Monday evening. Montoursville defeated Keystone, 11-6, and Loyalsock defeated East Lycoming, 8-0. Loyalsock scored seven runs in the first three innings ...

Former PSU player Carr joins the Pelicans for NBA Summer League

NEW ORLEANS — Former Nittany Lion Tony Carr joins his NBA team, the New Orleans Pelicans, for the 2019 Summer League schedule. The Pelicans announced their 2019 NBA Summer League roster and mini-camp dates Monday. From Philadelphia, Carr turned pro following his sophomore year at Penn State ...

PSU football single-game tickets on sale

STATE COLLEGE — The Penn State football public single-game ticket sale will begin today at 10 a.m. Nittany Lion Club members can continue to purchase single-game tickets now as part of their exclusive presale. Variable pricing for single-game tickets will be used again this year with ...

Local roundup: Montoursville major baseball beats Shore

After holding just a one-run lead through four innings, Montoursville scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to defeat Jersey Shore/GSV, 6-0, in the major baseball tournament Saturday. The win advances Montoursville in the losers’ bracket Monday at Old Lycoming at 6 ...

Crosscutters give up 3-run rally in 9th

The Crosscutters fell at West Virginia 3-2 on Sunday, in the finale of a six-game road-trip. The Black Bears rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off victory. The second night Williamsport has allowed West Virginia to steal walk-off wins. Left-handed pitcher Anton ...

Hepburn-Lycoming stays alive in 8-10 baseball losers’ bracket

LJ Hill did not want his baseball summer to end as he powered his Hepburn-Lycoming 8-10 baseball team to a 10-0, 4 inning win over Montoursville on Sunday. Hill threw a two-hit shutout, hit a two-run double and scored twice to help his team reach the loser’s bracket final against South ...