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Athletics survive long day to win Sunset Park tournament

champspic7 23 14The Suburban Athletics 10-and-under softball team endured a long day in the recent Amateur Softball Association State Championship tournament at Sunset Park in Londonderry Twp. They played seven consecutive games, waited out two rain delays and changed fields twice. The day began at 9 a.m. and ended with a championship game appearance underneath the lights. What made the day even more fun: The Athletics won the championship, defeating Cedar Cliff for the gold medal. The team included local players.

The Suburban Athletics 10-and-under softball team endured a long day in the recent Amateur Softball Association State Championship tournament at Sunset Park in Londonderry Twp.

They played seven consecutive games, waited out two rain delays and changed fields twice.

The day began at 9 a.m. and ended with a championship game appearance underneath the lights.


What made the day even more fun: The Athletics won the championship, defeating Cedar Cliff for the gold medal.

The team included local players.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:05

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Simms, Flowers chosen for Capital baseball team in Keystone State Games


flowersphoto7 23 14111Middletown pitcher/outfielder Jordan Flowers on the mound for the Blue Raiders in a March game against East Pennsboro.  simsphoto7 23 14111Photos by Jodi Ocker Middletown pitcher/third baseman Zack Simms on the mound for the Blue Raiders in an April game against Palmyra.

Two Middletown baseball players will play for the Capital baseball team in this summer’s Keystone State Games.

Pitcher/third baseman Zack Simms and pitcher/outfielder Jordan Flowers, both seniors this upcoming school year, were chosen to play for Capitol after tryouts for the team.

The baseball competition begins on Thursday, July 31 at several baseball fields in the Harrisburg region and ends on Sunday, Aug. 3 with a championship game.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:01

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Middletown’s Ocker shuts down Maryland in Pennsylvania’s sweep of the Big 26 Classic

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Middletown pitcher Nathan Ocker shut out Maryland in four innings of work, helping Pennsylvania go undefeated in the three-game Big 26 Classic at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 19:32

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Nathan Ocker, PA all-stars face Maryland in Big 26 Classic

nathanocker7 16 14Middletown pitcher Nathan Ocker will pitch for an all-star team of Pennsylvania high school players as it challenges an all-star team from Maryland in the three-game Big 26 Baseball Classic from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20 at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.


The three-game series includes a tryout in front of college coaches and Major League Baseball scouts.

Ocker, a member of Middletown Area High School’s impressive pitching staff last season, has given a verbal commitment to the College of Charleston, a Division I baseball school that finished its 2014 season ranked No. 16 in the country by the newspaper Collegiate Baseball. It marked the Cougars’ highest ranking since the team finished at No. 12 in 2006.

Charleston (44-19) won the Colonial Athletic Conference tournament, then swept Florida and Long Beach State to win the NCAA Gainsville Regional Tournament, the first step toward the college World Series. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA Super Regional in Lubbock, Texas, where they were swept by Texas Tech in identical 1-0 losses.

Charleston finished the season ranked No. 17 by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The first game of the Big 26 Baseball Classic will begin at 7:05 p.m. on Friday. Games Saturday and Sunday will begin at 1:35 p.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:07

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A HISTORIC SEASON: LDMS ends program with perfect season

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The Lower Dauphin Middle School football team made its last season a memorable one.
The squad, made up of seventh- and eighth-graders, ended the program’s final season with a perfect 8-0 record . . .

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:06

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