Following Saturday’s 5-2 loss to New Orleans in the 75th AAABA Tournament championship game, a somber mood surrounded the Martella’s Pharmacy huddle. The six-time Johnstown Collegiate Baseball League champions were unable to win a second consecutive title for the city, but the local squad certainly proved it belonged once again by taking a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning against the 16-time champions.
After tallying four unanswered runs late to force a 4-all tie, Altoona entered extra innings with plenty of momentum in Tuesday’s Pool B contest at Lilly-Washington War Memorial Field against New York.
Martella’s added runs in the seventh and eighth, and relievers Matt Mosholder and Jack Oberdorf combined to shut out Laurel Auto over the final six frames as the five-time reigning postseason champs took a 2-0 series lead with a 5-3 victory at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.
With the go-ahead run at third base with two outs in the bottom half, Laurel Auto’s Cole Shaffer grounded a 3-2 offering between the third baseman and shortstop to score Jeremy Layton and punctuate a 2-1 victory with a walk-off RBI single.
The first-place Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors wasted little time in setting an early tone in Monday’s early Johnstown Collegiate Baseball League game at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point. A Martella’s Pharmacy two-base error in the first, plus a five-run rally with two outs in the second, allowed the Capital Advisors to jump ahead by seven.
With each team waiting at least six days to play, Monday’s Johnstown Collegiate Baseball League matchup between defending champion Martella’s Pharmacy and Ophthalmic Associates figured to be low scoring. Both right-handed pitchers – Martella’s Omar Ward and Opthalmic’s Luke Dividock – held up their end of the bargain in what became a tight pitcher’s duel throughout.
Contrasting styles should make Monday’s PIAA Class A baseball semifinal between District 6 champion Bishop McCort Catholic and District 10's West Middlesex an intriguing matchup.
Bishop McCort advanced to the PIAA Class A quarterfinals behind Bair’s complete-game outing with a 2-1 victory that took just 90 minutes to conclude.
As Conemaugh Township senior Carlie Dillon and Meyersdale hurlers Lakyn Roadman and Shawna Leonard matched zeroes in Wednesday’s District 5 Class AA championship game, it became apparent one clutch hit would change the scoreless game.