PIAA District VI Football Scoreboard – Week #5

Northern Cambria 47, Blairsville 20 F
Cambria Heights 34, Central Cambria 28 F/OT
Greater Johnstown 46, Richland 30 F
Wyomissing 10, Mifflin County 0 F
Ligonier Valley 65, United 0 F
Hollidaysburg 49, Brashear 26 F
Homer-Center 40, Penns Manor 22 F
Chestnut Ridge 56, Philipsburg-Osceola 14 F
Huntingdon 56, Penns Valley 8 F
Bishop Carroll 15, Penn Cambria 6 F
Southern Huntingdon 48, Juniata Valley 21 F
Shade 48, Conemaugh Valley 20 F
Purchase Line 49, Saltsburg 14 F
Central 35, Bald Eagle Area 7 F
Westmont Hilltop 21, Somerset 13 F
Clearfield 49, Central Mountain 10 F
Mt Union 47, West Branch 7 F
Bucktail 48, St. Joseph’s Catholic 27 F
West Shamokin 31, Marion Center 8 F
Bishop McCort 42, Bedford 14 F
Meyersdale 41, Blacklick Valley 27 F
Williamsburg 35, Tussey Mountain 22 F
Bellwood-Antis 48, Moshannon Valley 6F
Mt Lebanon 63, Altoona 14 F
Juniata 70, Millersburg 0 F
Windber 27, Ferndale 20 F
Bellefonte 49, Tyrone 14 F
Portage 66, North Star 12 F
State College 62, Mechanicsburg 25 F
Bishop Guilfoyle 24, Forest Hills 21 F/Saturday
Claysburg-Kimmel 55, Glendale 29 F/Saturday

PIAA District VI Football Scoreboard – Week #4

Tyrone 42, Philipsburg-Osceola 21 F
Bishop Guilfoyle 35, Cambria Heights 0 F
Ligonier Valley 42, Penns Manor 0 F
Fort Hill 42, Hollidaysburg 10 F
Purchase Line 20, Marion Catholic 0 F
Bellefonte 34, Central Mountain 31 F
Homer-Center 28, Northern Cambria 26 F
Claysburg-Kimmel 32, Moshannon Valley 0 F
West Branch 35, Glendale 7 F
Portage 52, Blacklick Valley 7 F
North Star 40, Conemaugh Valley 20 F
Saltsburg 35, Blairsville 32 F
Juniata 7, Tri-Valley 0 F
Forest Hills 41, Bishop Carroll 7 F
Peters Township 35, Altoona 7 F
Chestnut Ridge 43, Bald Eagle Area 6 F
State College 56, Mifflin County 7 F
Bishop McCort 30, Somerset 12 F
Huntingdon 45, Clearfield 27 F
West Shamokin 51, United 12 F
Juniata Valley 39, Williamsburg 33 F
Central 51, Penns Valley 8 F
Mt Union 26, Southern Huntingdon 7 F
Richland 31, Bedford 7 F
Bellwood-Antis 49, Everett 17 F
Central Cambria 28, Penn Cambria 18 F
Meyersdale 25, Ferndale 14 F/Saturday
Greater Johnstown 39, Westmont Hilltop 3 F/Saturday

Curve Crowned Eastern League Champions With Sweep Of Thunder

 

CURVE, Pa. – A bases-clearing triple by Jin-De Jhang and another dominant pitching performance by Mitch Keller lifted the Altoona Curve to their second Eastern League championship in franchise history on Thursday night, beating the Trenton Thunder, 4-2, at Peoples Natural Gas Field to cap a three-game sweep.

A four-run fifth inning proved to be enough offense for the Curve, who held off the Thunder late to close out the series.

“The hard work, the dedication, the brotherhood that you guys have built is unbelievable and second-to-none,” Altoona manager Michael Ryan said addressing his team in the clubhouse following the game. “You are champions for the rest of your lives. No one can take that away.”

Keller (Win, 2-0), who was named the Eastern League Postseason Most Valuable Player following the game, continued a stretch of dominant pitching that led the Curve on a run of perfection through the playoffs.

“You get starting pitching like that, you’re going to be hard to beat,” Ryan said. “You get timely hitting, grit in the box, and we’re dumping champagne right now.”

Making his second start of the postseason, Keller allowed two runs over 7.1 innings on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. After surrendering a pair of runs in the second inning, he settled down to retire 14 straight Trenton batters.

Down 2-0 heading into the fifth, Michael Suchy and Elvis Escobar opened the frame with back-to-back singles. After Trenton starter Will Carter (Loss, 1-1) picked up the first out of the inning, he walked Pablo Reyes to load the bases.

Kevin Kramer bounced into a force out at the plate for the second out of the inning, but Jerrick Suiter worked a bases-loaded walk from Carter to plate the Curve’s first run of the night and cut the deficit to one.

Jhang followed with a three-run triple over the head of right fielder Jeff Hendrix, putting the Curve ahead, 4-2.

The Trenton bats were held quiet until a threat in the top of the eighth inning. The Thunder picked up a single and a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs, but Keller followed with a strikeout of Hendrix to close out his night, leaving to a standing ovation from the Altoona crowd.

Keller was replaced by Johnny Hellweg, who issued a walk to Thairo Estrada to load the bases, but Billy Fleming grounded into a force out at the plate and Dante Bichette Jr. bounced out to Reyes at shortstop to end the inning and strand the bases full.

Tate Scioneaux entered in the ninth inning and struck out the side in order, including a swinging strikeout of Zack Zehner to end the game and lock up the championship, sending the team into a pile in front of the mound.

The Altoona offense turned six hits and three walks into four runs against Carter, who struck out two batters over his 4.2 innings. Raynel Espinal pitched two scoreless relief innings for the Thunder, Andrew Schwaab added a scoreless frame and Cody Carroll left a runner in scoring position to close out the eighth inning.

The Curve became the third Eastern League team to sweep all six of their playoff games since 1983, joining the 1991 Albany-Colonie Yankees and the 2013 Trenton Thunder in accomplishing a perfect postseason. The Curve swept the Bowie Baysox in the Western Division Series before knocking off the Thunder in three games, celebrating their first title clincher at their home ballpark in team history.

“To beat two unbelievable teams, and to sweep everybody in the playoffs, you can’t imagine that,” Ryan said. “It’s unbelievable.”

The Altoona starting pitching staff combined to go 6-0 with a 1.66 ERA (8 ER/43.1 IP) in the postseason. Curve pitchers as a whole combined to post a 1.50 ERA (9 ER/54 IP) in the playoffs.

Ryan, a native of Indiana, Pa. and in his first season as the manager of the Curve, led the team to a 74-66 record in the regular season and the team’s third consecutive postseason berth. The team won a regular-season division title for the third time in franchise history and made their third overall appearance in the Championship Series.

Keller picked up Postseason MVP honors after working a complete-game, one-hit shutout in Game 1 of the Western Division Series along with his performance in the Championship Series clincher, which locked up the Curve’s first Eastern League title since 2010. For the playoffs, he went 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA (2 ER/16.1 IP).

With the league title in their pocket, the Curve will look ahead to their 2018 campaign with the 20th Season Kick-Off Concert, presented by Sheetz, at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Saturday, September 23, featuring country stars Sawyer Brown and Phil Vassar. Tickets are on sale now at AltoonaCurve.com, by phone at 877.99.CURVE or in person at the Peoples Natural Gas Field box office.

ELCS Game #3: Thunder at Curve

The Altoona Curve return home to PNG Field, looking for a three-game sweep in the Eastern League Championship Series against the Trenton Thunder. Coverage beings at 5:45 p.m. on 1400 WWGE, a proud member of the Curve Radio Network.

Brubaker Quiets Thunder As Curve Head Home With 2-0 ELCS Lead

TRENTON, N.J. – The Altoona Curve continued their dominant stretch of pitching with eight strong innings by J.T. Brubaker and topped the Trenton Thunder, 4-2, on Wednesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series.

With two road wins against a Trenton team that went 52-20 at home this season, the series shifts back to Peoples Natural Gas Field with the Curve needing one win to earn their second Eastern League championship in franchise history.

Brubaker (Win, 1-0) fired eight innings and allowed two runs (one earned) with one walk and six strikeouts to lead the Curve, the latest commanding pitching performance this postseason for Altoona.

“Pitching is very contagious,” Brubaker said after the win. “Each time a starter goes out there, he tries to do one better than the starter before him. If you have that mentality, the pitching staff is going to be on point.”

The Curve pitching staff has combined to post a 1.40 ERA in the playoffs, allowing just seven earned runs over 45 innings pitched. Curve starters have gone 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA through the first five games of the team’s postseason run.

Brubaker scattered eight hits in his outing and worked through eight full innings for the first time in his professional career.

“Something felt different about today,” Brubaker said. “I felt like there was nothing that they could really do. I had a gut feeling that I was going to go up there and throw strikes, pound the zone and get quick outs.”

Like in Game 1, the Curve broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning. Jordan George drove a single and a fielding error by Trenton center fielder Rashad Crawford allowed Jin-De Jhang to score the game’s first run.

Elvis Escobar added a run in the inning with an RBI infield single and Kevin Kramer worked a walk with the bases loaded to bring home a third run, opening a 3-0 Curve lead.

Trenton answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Jeff Hendrix grounded into a force out, scoring Estevan Florial from third.

The Curve padded the lead back to three runs with a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single up the middle by Escobar.

Thairo Estrada closed the gap to 4-2 with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth, but Brubaker worked a 1-4-3 double-play groundout from Billy Fleming to close the inning and end his night.

Yeudy Garcia (Save, 1) entered in the ninth inning and struck out two batters to strand the tying run at the plate, including a game-ending punch-out of Florial.

Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in the game. Over his last four games, Escobar is batting .438 with six RBIs.

Jhang scored two runs on a 2-for-3 night. Dating back to the regular season, he has hit safely in seven straight games.

Trenton starter Justus Sheffield (Loss, 0-1) allowed two runs on four hits in 4.1 innings, adding six strikeouts. The Curve added two runs against Taylor Widener over one inning on three hits and two walks. Cody Carroll and Colten Brewer combined to worked 3.2 scoreless innings to finish the night for the Thunder.

The Curve have won all five of their postseason games and are currently riding a season-best seven-game winning streak dating back to the last two games of the regular season.

The series continues at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Thursday night with Game 3 of the ELCS. Right-hander Mitch Keller (2-2, 3.12 regular season / 1-0, 0.00 postseason) will take the mound for the Curve after throwing a 90-pitch complete-game shutout in Game 1 of the Western Division Series last Thursday in Bowie. Trenton right-hander Will Carter (3-1, 3.26 regular season / 1-0, 1.42 postseason) will take the hill for his second start of the playoffs.

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at PNG Field. Tickets for all potential home playoff games can be purchased online at AltoonaCurve.com, by phone at 877.99.CURVE or in person at the Peoples Natural Gas Field box office.

ELCS Game #2: Curve at Thunder

The Altoona Curve conclude the road portion of the Eastern League Championship Series at the Trenton Thunder tonight. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on 1400 WWGE, a proud member of the Curve Radio Network.

Waddell, Bullpen Stand Strong As Curve Take Game 1 In Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. – Behind a dominant pitching performance by Brandon Waddell, the Altoona Curve defeated the Trenton Thunder, 2-1, to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern League Championship Series on Tuesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.

Waddell (Win, 1-0) worked six scoreless innings, allowing five hits with no walks and six strikeouts, before handing the game to the bullpen in the seventh.

“In a bigger game, while you’re actually playing it doesn’t feel that way,” Waddell said. “It just comes down to executing pitches.”

In three career professional postseason outings, Waddell has now thrown 19 innings without allowing a single run, including last year’s Eastern League Western Division Series and the 2015 New York Penn League playoffs. He also posted dominant numbers in the College World Series with the University of Virginia in 2014 and 2015.

“I enjoy having the ball in that situation and being able to go out there and compete. As an athlete, you want to be able to go out and play at the top level and play against the top competition. In the championship series, that’s essentially what you’re doing.”

The Curve broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning. After back-to-back two-out singles by Michael Suchy and Elvis Escobar, Mitchell Tolman drove a single to right field to plate the game’s first run.

In the seventh, the Curve stretched the lead to 2-0. With runners on second and third and one out, Escobar hit a line drive to right field to bring home pinch-runner Casey Hughston.

Luis Heredia worked through a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh inning, but allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth. The Thunder opened the inning with back-to-back groundball singles. Following a sacrifice bunt, Thairo Estrada reached on an infield single to score Billy Fleming and cut the Altoona lead to 2-1.

Tanner Anderson (Save, 1) entered with one out and runners on first and third in the eighth. The first batter he faced, Ryan McBroom, grounded to third baseman Wyatt Mathisen, who threw out Jeff Hendrix at the plate. Anderson worked a groundout from Dante Bichette Jr. to end the inning and escape the threat.

In the bottom of the ninth, Abiatal Avelino hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a groundout by Rashad Crawford, but Anderson struck out Sharif Othman to end the game.

Escobar finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI. Over his last three games, he is batting .417 (5-for-12) with four RBIs.

Trenton starting pitcher Dillon Tate (Loss, 0-1) worked around four hits, two walks and a hit batter to hold the Curve to one run over his six innings. Jose Mesa allowed one unearned run over two innings. James Reeves and Andrew Schwaab combined to pitch a scoreless top of the ninth.

Trenton put a pair of runners on base against Waddell in the first inning with two outs, but the Altoona lefty struck out Zack Zehner to strand runners on the corners.

Crawford hit a lead-off double in the fifth inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Hendrix grounded out to first and Waddell struck out Nick Solak to escape the jam.

The Thunder hit 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base in the game.

Altoona holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five set with one more game remaining in Trenton before the series shifts to Peoples Natural Gas Field for the final three possible games beginning on Thursday night.

Dating back to the regular season, the Curve have now won six consecutive games, which is their longest winning streak of the year.

The series continues with Game 2 at ARM & HAMMER Park on Wednesday night. Altoona right-hander J.T. Brubaker (7-6, 4.44) will start on the mound. Trenton will send left-hander Justus Sheffield (7-6, 3.18), who pitched four innings in a combined no-hitter for the Thunder in Game 3 of the Eastern Division Series on Friday night. First pitch in Trenton is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Curve return to Altoona on Thursday for Game 3 of the Eastern League Championship Series. Tickets for all home playoff games are on sale online at AltoonaCurve.com, by phone at 877.99.CURVE or in person at the Peoples Natural Gas Field box office.

ELCS Game #1: Curve at Thunder

After sweeping the Divisional Series, the Altoona Curve begin the Eastern League Championship Series, traveling into New Jersey to face the Trenton Thunder. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on 1400 WWGE, a proud member of the Curve Radio Network.

Curve Complete Sweep, Advance To Championship Series

CURVE, Pa. – Behind a strong start from Austin Coley, the Altoona Curve knocked off the Bowie Baysox, 6-1, completing a Western Division Series sweep on Saturday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field and advancing to the Eastern League Championship Series.

Coley (Win, 1-0) pitched seven innings and allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts. He has now allowed just one run over his last 22 innings pitched dating back to the regular season.

Altoona jumped on the board first with two runs in the first inning. Mitchell Tolman walked to start the frame and advanced to third base when Pablo Reyes singled. Kevin Kramer, in his first at-bat since mid-June, hit a sacrifice fly to put the Curve ahead, 1-0. Later in the inning, Jerrick Suiter doubled and Reyes scored on a sacrifice fly by Jin-De-Jhang to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Baysox got a run back in the top of the fourth inning. D.J. Stewart launched a solo home run, his first of the postseason, to cut the lead to, 2-1.

The Curve extended the lead in the fourth. Suiter walked to open the inning and Jhang brought him around to score with an RBI triple to push the lead to 3-1.

In the fifth, Pablo Reyes led off the inning with a solo home run to stretch the advantage to 4-1.

Altoona added two more runs in the sixth inning. Jhang led off with a walk and Wyatt Mathisen clubbed a two-run home run to widen the gap to 6-1.

Tanner Anderson relieved Coley and pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Reyes finished the game 2-for-4 with a homer, an RBI and two runs scored and hit .429 over the three-game series, tops on the team.

Baysox starter Lucas Long (Loss, 0-1) was chased after four innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Jordan Kipper surrendered three runs in 1.2 innings.

The Curve went 5-14 against the Baysox in the regular season this year before eliminating them in the playoffs with the three-game sweep. The series marked the Curve’s first postseason sweep since they beat the Erie SeaWolves in three games in 2004 to advance to their first ELCS.

Altoona last appeared in the ELCS in 2010, topping Trenton in four games to win their only Eastern League championship to date.

Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern League Championship Series will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with first pitch for both games set for 7 p.m. at ARM & HAMMER Park.

Games 3 through 5 in the best-of-five series will take place at Peoples Natural Gas Field, with Game 3 beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Game 4 (in necessary) starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and Game 5 (if necessary) taking place at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For tickets or more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the Peoples Natural Gas Field box office.

ELDS Game #3: Baysox at Curve

The Altoona Curve go for the three-game sweep and punch their ticket to the Eastern League Championship Series tonight as they return to PNG Field to face the Bowie Baysox. Coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. on 1400 WWGE, a proud member of the Curve Radio Network.