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    If anyone is in the general vicinity of Johnstown and enjoys good baseball, the PSAC tournament is at Point Stadium today through Saturday (or Sunday, if it goes 15 games). I know college baseball is an afterthought in Pennsylvania, but we have a very strong league and the weather seems like it should be decent most days.

    So far, West Chester walked off Cal in 10 innings and Gannon walked off East Stroudsburg. It doesn't get much better than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dozsa2 View Post
    If anyone is in the general vicinity of Johnstown and enjoys good baseball, the PSAC tournament is at Point Stadium today through Saturday (or Sunday, if it goes 15 games). I know college baseball is an afterthought in Pennsylvania, but we have a very strong league and the weather seems like it should be decent most days.

    So far, West Chester walked off Cal in 10 innings and Gannon walked off East Stroudsburg. It doesn't get much better than that.
    That would be a fun watch. I love watching games at Point Stadium. IUP doesn’t really have baseball so I guess I don’t have a rooting interest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeoftheHawk View Post
    That would be a fun watch. I love watching games at Point Stadium. IUP doesn’t really have baseball so I guess I don’t have a rooting interest.


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    I hear you. We were terrible this year (last place in the West by almost an entire weekend ), so I don't either. But I enjoy following it from afar. I live too far away to get out there for any games, but if I were closer I'd be there for as many as possible with or without The Rock playing.

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    The 3rd game wasn't as entertaining with Bloomsburg blanking Mercyhurst, 12-0, in seven innings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dozsa2 View Post
    I hear you. We were terrible this year (last place in the West by almost an entire weekend ), so I don't either. But I enjoy following it from afar. I live too far away to get out there for any games, but if I were closer I'd be there for as many as possible with or without The Rock playing.
    What's up with that? Doesn't SRU put some coin in baseball? IUP's glorified intramural team even took 3 of 4 off SRU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dozsa2 View Post
    If anyone is in the general vicinity of Johnstown and enjoys good baseball, the PSAC tournament is at Point Stadium today through Saturday (or Sunday, if it goes 15 games). I know college baseball is an afterthought in Pennsylvania, but we have a very strong league and the weather seems like it should be decent most days.

    So far, West Chester walked off Cal in 10 innings and Gannon walked off East Stroudsburg. It doesn't get much better than that.
    Tough loss to a good Gannon team, hopefully we can snag a victory against Cal. It's been a good season for us, would be a shame if we don't come out of it with at least one postseason win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    What's up with that? Doesn't SRU put some coin in baseball? IUP's glorified intramural team even took 3 of 4 off SRU.
    I really don't know. As someone who donates to that program, I'm not necessarily happy about it. Missing the PSAC tournament will happen from time to time. As good as Mercyhurst and Seton Hill always are plus Gannon's rise (if they sustain this is still TBD, IMO) that really only leaves one spot open. But not winning a single series in the West and finishing in last place simply shouldn't happen. Jeff Messer is a legend and I have faith he'll get the program back on track. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastStroud13 View Post
    Tough loss to a good Gannon team, hopefully we can snag a victory against Cal. It's been a good season for us, would be a shame if we don't come out of it with at least one postseason win.
    This tournament can be brutal both for teams trying to play their way into regionals and those trying to host regionals. Mercyhurst probably lost its shot to host yesterday. But I think the Lakers would happily accept Gannon as the host (although the Atlantic Regional won't be in Erie as the SeaWolves are home. Probably another Erie host site in New York)

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    Probably the best PSAC baseball player to come through in recent years was Dan Altavilla. He pitched at Mercyhurst who has now sent a few players to the majors.

    For those unaware, Altavilla pitches for Seattle. He started this year in AAA, but spent much of last year in the majors. He’s got back end of the bullpen stuff. Upper 90s fastball, big slider.. He’s nasty.

    I played against Altavilla growing up and in high school. He was hands down the best baseball player I ever stepped onto a baseball field with or against. Which is saying something, considering that my high school team spent a week in Columbia, South Carolina every March playing SC schools during our exhibition season. I played against a couple guys that went to South Carolina and Clemson. Some of them got drafted.

    Altavilla actually threw a no-hitter against my high school team my senior year. I was on the mound for us on the losing end of it. Lol..

    He was hands down the best player I ever played with or against.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IUP24 View Post
    Probably the best PSAC baseball player to come through in recent years was Dan Altavilla. He pitched at Mercyhurst who has now sent a few players to the majors.

    For those unaware, Altavilla pitches for Seattle. He started this year in AAA, but spent much of last year in the majors. He’s got back end of the bullpen stuff. Upper 90s fastball, big slider.. He’s nasty.

    I played against Altavilla growing up and in high school. He was hands down the best baseball player I ever stepped onto a baseball field with or against. Which is saying something, considering that my high school team spent a week in Columbia, South Carolina every March playing SC schools during our exhibition season. I played against a couple guys that went to South Carolina and Clemson. Some of them got drafted.

    Altavilla actually threw a no-hitter against my high school team my senior year. I was on the mound for us on the losing end of it. Lol..

    He was hands down the best player I ever played with or against.


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    The Lakers have an unbelievable program. Their first season in the PSAC for baseball was 2009. This spring was only the third time they didn't win the West outright or share of piece of it. Surprisingly, they went 0-2 in Johnstown this week and, despite being in the national rankings for most (if not all) of this season, could miss next week's regionals.

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    Millersville, top-ranked in the region, dropped two on Friday, which is a real stunner. Blew a seven-run lead in the late game against Cal as the bullpen collapsed. The Marauders are pretty much a lock to be in the regional tournament, though, so their season isn't over. They have a number of possible draft picks -- Ps Eli Nabholz, Cordell Shannon and Tyler Yankosky, and OF Cole Friese. Nabholz is the nephew of former major-league P Chris; Shannon's dad Bobby was one of the stars of the Shippensburg Little League team that won the 1990 U.S. championship; Friese's dad Dave was one of the best running backs in PSAC history with Shippensburg in the early '80s.

    They are a fun watch; lots of dynamic players.

    West Chester meets Bloomsburg this morning in the winner's bracket game, the victor going straight into the championship round. The loser joins Seton Hill and Cal to fight it out for the other title berth.

    Mercyhurst was a two-and-out. For a program that flexes its muscles throughout the West regular season, they have a history of struggling in Johnstown. Frankly, the East has been dominant here over the past decade, with West Chester, Millersville and Shippensburg all making the D-II Series in Cary, N.C. in recent years. I think Mercyhurst made it there once, too.

    I've had many great days at The Point with this tournament over the past two decades. A no-go this year; Ship had its worst season in a while. But the level of baseball is very high, and a game at The Point is always unique. The Conemaugh River runs right along the stadium behind first base, and the game sometimes revolves around the short (290') porch in left field.
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    Was visiting my Aunt several years ago in Jtown & we went up to the the top of the Incline. Had my good binocs & it was cool watching some of a game at Point stadium from that perspective.

    Have always thought after that it would be good to try to catch a game or tournament at that stadium.

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    Bloom beat West Chester 14-3 in a walk-off 7th inning victory to reach the Championship game, which they haven't won since 1965. In three games thus far, Bloom won by combined score of 33-4.

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    Saw Bloom in a home doubleheader last month. Best rotation they've had in a while. They've really shuffled their batting order since then; the guys who were hitting #1 and #3 are now at #8 and #9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrshooter View Post
    Millersville, top-ranked in the region, dropped two on Friday, which is a real stunner. Blew a seven-run lead in the late game against Cal as the bullpen collapsed. The Marauders are pretty much a lock to be in the regional tournament, though, so their season isn't over. They have a number of possible draft picks -- Ps Eli Nabholz, Cordell Shannon and Tyler Yankosky, and OF Cole Friese. Nabholz is the nephew of former major-league P Chris; Shannon's dad Bobby was one of the stars of the Shippensburg Little League team that won the 1990 U.S. championship; Friese's dad Dave was one of the best running backs in PSAC history with Shippensburg in the early '80s.

    They are a fun watch; lots of dynamic players.

    West Chester meets Bloomsburg this morning in the winner's bracket game, the victor going straight into the championship round. The loser joins Seton Hill and Cal to fight it out for the other title berth.

    Mercyhurst was a two-and-out. For a program that flexes its muscles throughout the West regular season, they have a history of struggling in Johnstown. Frankly, the East has been dominant here over the past decade, with West Chester, Millersville and Shippensburg all making the D-II Series in Cary, N.C. in recent years. I think Mercyhurst made it there once, too.

    I've had many great days at The Point with this tournament over the past two decades. A no-go this year; Ship had its worst season in a while. But the level of baseball is very high, and a game at The Point is always unique. The Conemaugh River runs right along the stadium behind first base, and the game sometimes revolves around the short (290') porch in left field.
    The East will get even better next year with Shepherd. What a meat-grinder that schedule will be. Yikes

    Lakers were in the D-II World Series in 2015 and 2018.

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    And they, along with the 'Ville, have turned out the most pros in recent years, too.

    Their PSAC Pitcher of the Year, Matt Minick, was lit up for six runs in two innings by Seton Hill. That may have been the surprise of the tournament so far.

    WCU and Seton Hill are 7-7 in the fourth of the loser's bracket final. Looks like those nine-inning games are ravaging the arms, as usual. That's where you most see the lack of scholarships take its toll on a D-II team. Even the top-flight programs get a little thin toward the end of their pitching staffs.
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    West Chester leads Seton Hill 10-7 with the game suspended in the 5th inning. The game will resume tomorrow, weather permitting.

    In the event the tournament can't be played to completion, Bloomsburg would earn the PSAC championship and the league's automatic berth to the Atlantic Regionals by virtue of being the last undefeated team remaining in the field.
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    Kudos to the Huskies. After getting swept in their final season series, they sweep the PSAC tournament including avenging their losses to WCU. NCAA's are next!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUP24 View Post
    Probably the best PSAC baseball player to come through in recent years was Dan Altavilla. He pitched at Mercyhurst who has now sent a few players to the majors.

    For those unaware, Altavilla pitches for Seattle. He started this year in AAA, but spent much of last year in the majors. He’s got back end of the bullpen stuff. Upper 90s fastball, big slider.. He’s nasty.

    I played against Altavilla growing up and in high school. He was hands down the best baseball player I ever stepped onto a baseball field with or against. Which is saying something, considering that my high school team spent a week in Columbia, South Carolina every March playing SC schools during our exhibition season. I played against a couple guys that went to South Carolina and Clemson. Some of them got drafted.

    Altavilla actually threw a no-hitter against my high school team my senior year. I was on the mound for us on the losing end of it. Lol..

    He was hands down the best player I ever played with or against.


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    Quickly demoted to AA in mid-April which is surprising since, as you said, he pitched well for the Mariners last season: 3-2 2.61 era, .162 batting average against.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horror Child View Post
    Kudos to the Huskies. After getting swept in their final season series, they sweep the PSAC tournament including avenging their losses to WCU. NCAA's are next!
    The Huskies and Millersville should represent the PSAC well in regionals, and perhaps beyond.

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