Penn-Trafford rolls to win at American Legion Youth State Tournament

Sunday, July 25, 2021 | 10:18 PM

Penn-Trafford Juniors used a strong pitching performance from Brandon Roher and won their second game of the Pennsylvania American Legion Youth State Tournament by defeating Conneaut, 12-2, on Sunday in Berwick.

Penn-Trafford will face Connellsville at 3 p.m. Monday in the semifinals. Penn-Trafford is 2-0 against Connellsville this season.

Jordan Sabol had four hits, including a double, scored three runs and had two RBIs.

Tyler Freas had three hits, scored two runs and had two RBIs. Brody Hoffmann drove in three runs with a double, and Ian Temple had a double.

Penn-Trafford outhit Conneaut, 11-3.

Roher allowed three hits, two runs — one earned — walked two and struck out nine.

Both of Conneaut’s runs came in the first inning. It led 2-1 after one inning.

Penn-Trafford scored three runs in the second inning to grab a 4-2 lead, added three runs in the fifth and finished the game with a five-run seventh inning.

Connellsville was leading Northampton, 4-1, in the top of the fifth inning. Northampton scored three runs to tie the score but had a player ejected, and because Northampton had used all of its players, the game was ruled a 7-0 forfeit.

In other games, Boyertown Grizzlies defeated Berwick, 6-4, and Upper Perk edged Spring City, 2-0.

Boyertown faces Northampton at 10 a.m. Monday, and Upper Perk faces Conneaut at 12:30 p.m.

Uniontown falls

Paxton Township handed Uniontown its first loss of the Pennsylvania American Legion state championship at Ephrata.

Uniontown fell 7-2 and will face French Creek Valley at 12:45 p.m. Monday in an elimination game.

In other action, Northampton edged Claysburg, 3-1; French Creek Valley downed Carbondale/Lakeland, 11-8; and Norchester defeated Ephrata, 11-1.

Little League action

The West Point Little League team was beaten 15-0 by West Valley and 10-0 by Dubois at the state tournament.

In other games Sunday, Greencastle edged Upper Providence, 3-1, and Pittston nipped Valley West, 9-7, in the winner’s bracket.

In a loser’s bracket game, Hepburn-Lycoming topped Hollidaysburg, 8-7.

Paul Schofield is a TribLive reporter covering high school and college sports and local golf. He joined the Trib in 1995 after spending 15 years at the Daily Courier in Connellsville, where he served as sports editor for 14 years. He can be reached at

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