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MAHS grad plays in Blue-White Game

 

Brandon Johnson (29), a junior from Middletown Area High School, saw action at running back in Penn State’s annual Blue-White Game on Saturday, April 12 at Beaver Stadium, State College.tinybrandonruns4 16 14Photo by John Diffenderfer

 

Johnson and his White team teammates lost to the Blue team, 37-0, before more than 72,000 spectators, the third-largest crowd for the spring game.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:52

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Lions stop Seahawks, end losing streak

 

Thanks to a strong outing from sophomore pitcher Derek Slagle and some timely offense, Penn State Harrisburg ended its recent losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Capital Athletic Conference playoff-bound St. Mary’s on Saturday, April 12 in St. Mary’s City, Md.

 

The Blue & White came into the double-header on a seven game losing stretch that also put the Lions out of playoff potential recently. Not a lot to motivate the team for a strong performance in their final CAC fixture of the 2014 season.

 

After giving up an eighth straight loss in game one of the double-header, 7-1,  things were looking bleak for the Lions (5-23, 2-14 in the conference).

 

In came Slagle. The sophomore held St Mary’s (17-17, 8-8) from the start by not giving up a run in the first three innings.

 

Eric Hoover took advantage of a Seahawk error to get on base and Colton Houseal hit an RBI single as the Lions took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.

 

The lead was short-lived as St. Mary’s rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead that the Lions had worked so hard to get. Only two of the three runs were earned.

 

Things stayed pretty calm over the next few innings until the Lions broke out of their cage for an impressive 5-run seventh inning. Tom Denniston drew a bases loaded walk, scoring teammate John Cataldo. Then Hoover singled to center field for an RBI, scoring Travis Crammer. Brian Balshy’s sacrifice fly scored a third run and gave the Lions a 4-3 lead.

 

Seahawk errors extended the inning and gave the Blue & White some breathing room as they scored an additional two runs. 

 

Slagle (1-3) kept his composure on the mound, pitching a full eight innings before handing over the reins to reliever Cody Dakin for the final three outs and his first save of the year. 

 

The win ended Penn State Harrisburg’s worst losing streak of the year and concluded the Lions’ first season on a high note.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:44

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Lion pitcher Wolfe shines in split

 

Penn State Harrisburg pitcher Gabby Wolfe turned in one of the best performances of her collegiate career in the Lions’ doubleheader split with Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponent Southern Virginia on Saturday, April 12 in Middletown.

 

The Lions fell 2-0 in the opener before rebounding and besting the Knights 10-6 in game No. 2.

 

Although she failed to be credited with a win inside the circle, Wolfe’s 8.2 innings pitched and 12 strikeouts over the course of the two outings helped lead the Blue & White (7-17) to a much-needed victory.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:40

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Lions win first league game in 9-1 drubbing of Wesley

Penn State Harrisburg won its first softball game in its new league, beating Wesley 9-1 in the second game of a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 5 in Dover, Del.tinyflyballpic4 9 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg outfielder Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown Area High School graduate, tracks down a fly ball against 15th-ranked Christopher Newport.

 

The Lions lost the first game, 6-4.

 

In the Lions’ victory in game No. 2, Penn State Harrisburg pitcher Jackie Furch took the mound and set the tone early, holding Wesley to one run over the first three innings.

 

Furch got some offensive support in the third inning when Jasmine Yanich hit a bunt single, stole second base and scored on a single by Rieley Loch. A pair of wild pitches by the Wolverines and an RBI single by Gabby Wolfe gave the Lions a 3-1 lead.

 

The Blue & White turned to pitcher Kayla Seyfert in the fourth inning, and she navigated the team through two more innings of scoreless defense, giving up only three hits.

 

The Harrisburg offense struck again in the fifth inning. Freshman Leah Palm, a Lower Dauphin High School graduate, started the rally by popping a single over the head of Wesley’s shortstop. Keriann Saich followed that up with a double to center to put runners on second and third. Loch then blasted a single past second base to score Palm.

 

Wolfe followed that up with a double to left, which brought in Saich and Loch to extend the Lions’ lead to 5.

 

Harrisburg followed that with more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown Area High School graduate, led off with a single and stole second base. After Yanich reached first on an error, Seyfert hit a single to score Trafka. Palm crushed a triple to left field to drive in two more runs.

 

With a 9-2 lead, the Lions turned to freshman pitcher Amanda Hartman to close out the win in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hartman surrendered only one hit and got a fly ball to center to close out the game.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 21:08

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Comebacks end Lions’ hopes for victories

Penn State Harrisburg jumped out to early leads against two of the top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference, but couldn’t hold on, losing three games to Frostburg St. and York in Middletown.

tinythrowpic4 9 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg’s Logan Hall (in white) avoids a Frostburg St. runner and turns a double play.

The Lions (4-20, 1-11 in the conference), blew 1-0 leads in both games of a doubleheader against Frostburg, falling 13-1 and 7-1 on Saturday, April 5.

 

In the 13-1 loss to Frostburg, Penn State Harrisburg’s Colton Houseal, a Lower Dauphin High School graduate, drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single that scored second baseman Logan Hall.

 

Frostburg (19-6, 9-4 in the conference) tied it with a run in the third inning on an error, then took the lead in the sixth on a two-run home run by left fielder Rob Jennings.

 

The Lions also grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 7-1 loss to Frostburg, watching as the Bobcats ralled for two runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth to win.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 21:19

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