Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Dan Altavilla (Elizabeth Forward)

Written by John Perrotto on .

A move to the bullpen has been the right one for Dan Altavilla.

The Seattle Mariners decided to convert the right-hander and Elizabeth Forward High School graduate from a starting pitcher to a reliever in spring training. The 23-year-old is having a fine season for the Class AA Jackson in the Southern League.

Through 27 appearances, Altavilla is 5-2 with nine saves and a 2.60 ERA. He has allowed 29 hits in 34 2/3 innings with 38 strikeouts and 17 walks.

Altavilla has performed so well that he was selected to play in the Southern League All-Star Game.


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - J.J. Hoover (Elizabeth Forward)

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J.J. Hoover is suffering through a nightmarish season after establishing himself as one of the Cincinnati Reds' more reliable relievers in recent years.

The Reds optioned the right-hander to Class AAA Louisville for the second time this season on June 29, a day after he gave up a 15th-inning grand slam to the Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez. In 18 games, the Elizabeth Forward High School graduate was 1-2 with one save and a 13.50 ERA while allowing 29 hits in 18 2/3 innings with 15 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Hoover had a 2.94 ERA or less in three of his first four major league seasons, all the Reds.

"The talent doesn't just go away," Reds manager Bryan Price. "He's not broken, he's not a guy coming off of surgery and doesn't have any velocity or stuff. He has a very live, jumping fastball and that hasn't really shown up yet in the first half. He hasn't really been locked in mechanically where he's comfortable and just going out there and making pitches. He still has the ability to do that, and we're hoping he'll find it here in Louisville and come back and give us a little boost in the second half."


Softball: Elizabeth Forward sweeps three games in Disney

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Elizabeth Forward was one of a number of local teams to enjoy great weather and great success at the Disney Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Warriors traveled to Florida last week to open their season. Their offense came through in the early-season trip, scoring a total of 25 runs in three games over three days. Elizabeth Forward defeated Seymour, Wisc.,11-2, Cloverleaf, Ohio, 8-6, and La Crosse Central, Wisc., 6-5. Upon returning home, Elizabeth Forward traveled to play Class AAAA Penn-Trafford, where it fell, 8-2. The Warriors open Section 3-AAA play on Monday at 4 p.m. at Ringgold.


Alumni Update - McKenna Kern (Pitt - Johnstown)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

After dropping Saturday's first game of a PSAC Central doubleheader, 6-2, to Clarion at Richland Elementary School, Pitt-Johnstown gotKern PJU a homerun and six RBI from Kayla Luprek to secure a split with a 12-9 victory in the nightcap.  

Pitt-Johnstown is now 5-11 overall and 3-1 in conference-play.

In game one, the Golden Eagles built a 5-0 lead in the third inning and went on to the 6-2 win.

McKenna Kern, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, had two hits, including a double and an RBI.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)


Alumni Update - Josh Vasko (Washington & Jefferson)

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GROVE CITY, Pa. – Records were broken and the men's team scored its highest finish since 2000 during the finalVasko WJ day of the 2015-16 Presidents' Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships where the men finished second out of nine (second of five, PAC) with a score of 550 and the women finished fourth of 11 (fourth of six, PAC) with a final score of 415.5.

Josh Vasko claimed the PAC title in both the one- and three-meter (396.45) events for the second-straight year, earning his third-consecutive conference crown and third-straight PAC Diver of the Year award.

Vasko, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, is the first to win the titles in the one-meter (450.35) diving event three times in a row since Joe Riddell of Grove City from 2006-08. His one-meter score qualifies Vasko for diving regionals.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)