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Lions take extra-inning thriller from Albright, 6-5

Penn State Harrisburg honored its seniors with a 6-5 extra-inning comeback victory over Albright on Wednesday, April 16 in Middletown.


The atmosphere on the diamond was focused, but with a hint of a less stressed Lions team. With the weight of the Capital Athletic Conference schedule off their shoulders, the Lions focused on just finishing the season on a positive note.  


tinydirt4 23 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg’s Garrett McCutcheon, above right, slides headfirst into second base against Albright.It did not take long for the Lions to get started.


Logan Hall singled to left center in Penn State Harrisburg’s first inning, and after stealing a base he was in position to score. Senior Colton Houseal doubled to left field for the first RBI of the day and an early Lion lead, 1-0. 


Albright matched the effort in the second inning to tie things quickly back up.


In the bottom of the third, Penn State Harrisburg regained its one-run advantage thanks to another Hall stolen base. A Travis Crammer single set up Eric Hoover, who grounded out bringing in Hall.  


The Lions’ starting pitcher, Clint Hicks, got into a little bit of trouble and left the game giving up only one earned run. The bases were loaded when relief pitcher Will Chaney came in to the game in the top of the fifth.  He was able to get out of the inning, but not before Albright scored two runs for another lead change.


When Albright added two more runs in the sixth, it seemed as if Penn State Harrisburg was about to lose another game it was so close to winning.


A frustrated Albright pitcher put three men on base with a hit batsman and two walks to load the bases. In stepped the Lions’ Garrett McCutcheon, who drilled a three-run double when the Blue & White needed it most.  


The game was tied at 5-5 through the final three innings that included a multitude of pitching changes from both teams that were desperate to do whatever they could to get the win.


In the bottom of the tenth inning, Penn State Harrisburg had the bases loaded once again, needing just one run to win the game. Suiting for senior day, Houseal was at the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. He did not hit a grand slam, but his good eye helped him get a walk he will remember, allowing Jim Quinn to score the winning run.


It was an exciting thrill ride from start to finish.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 19:01

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Newcomer of the year

tinysoccerpic4 23 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Hannah Jorich, a Middletown Area High School graduate, was named Newcomer of the Year for the Penn State Harrisburg women’s soccer team. Jorich, center, holds her award and poses for a photo with assistant coach Rudy Grubesky, left, and Coach Adam Clay, right.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:56

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Former Steelon-Highspire star leads Hampton to tournament

Malia Tate-DeFreitas may have another school’s name scrawled across her No. 0 jersey, but the former Steelton-Highspire basketball star continues to make history on the court.


In her first year at Hampton University, Tate-DeFreitas was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Rookie of the Year, and has racked up several more achievements. 


tinyMALIAPIC4 23 14Submitted photo - Former Steelton-Highspire basketball star Malia Tate-DeFreitas was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in women’s basketball.The freshman guard has also been named MEAC Rookie of the Week six times, is a two-time conference Player of the Week, and was awarded the Hampton University Athletic Academic Achievement Award on March 6.


While Hampton’s season ended in a 91-61 loss to No. 5 seed Michigan State during the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March, Tate-DeFreitas played a significant role in the team’s historic season. The Pirates were selected as the No. 12 seed for the NCAA Tournament, the highest for any MEAC team since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1994.


The team, which was undefeated in conference play (16-0) and finished 28-5 overall, earned the spot in the tournament after winning its fifth consecutive MEAC title.


The Steel-High star, one of Hampton’s leading scorers, tallied a career-best 36 points against Utah State on Nov. 29, and finished the season with 596 points, scoring more than 20 points 10 times.


Tate-DeFreitas also finished with 49 steals, six blocks, 77 assists, 70 3-pointers, and 160 rebounds.


Tate-DeFreitas has been supported by the Steel-High community and has had a strong local following at her games playing for Hampton University.


During her time as a Roller, Tate-DeFreitas helped lead Steelton-Highspire to back-to-back Class A championships in 2011 and 2012 and ended her career with 3,366 points, the second most in PIAA history.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:50

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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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