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Linglestown Gazette: July 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Linglestown knocked out of baseball playoffs

Despite playing their hearts out, the Linglestown Juggernauts' season ended Saturday when they lost 8–7 to Hummelstown. With the win, Hummelstown won the best-of-three first-round East Shore Twilight League playoff series.

After spotting Hummelstown four runs in the first inning at Hummelstown's Nye Field, Linglestown chipped away and eventually tied the game in the last inning of regulation play on Sam Nott's two-run blast over the left-field fence.

Linglestown's good hitting continued in the first extra inning. After shortstop Marc Frailey was hit by a pitch, Sean Frailey, Marc's brother, hit a two-run homer.

Hummelstown nailed down the game and the playoff series by scoring three runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Linglestown pitcher Pete Hayden threw a solid game after getting off to a rocky start. The team had no relief pitchers on the bench and Hayden ran out of gas in the last inning.

Next season could be a good one if the college players return and the club picks up some new arms to bolster the pitching staff.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Linglestown playoff baseball starts with controversy

The Linglestown Juggernauts sandlot baseball team kicked off their playoff season Friday evening with a wild one at Koons Park against Hummelstown.

Light was fading as Linglestown was mounting a last-gasp, two-out rally to erase a four-run deficit in the seventh and final inning.

Hummelstown changed pitchers after the Juggernauts loaded the bases.

Linglestown veteran utility player Brad Sanders was the first batter to face a hard-throwing reliever. With two strike against him, Sanders ripped a single to knock in two, making the score 8–6 in favor of Hummelstown.

After shortstop Marc Frailey walked to load the bases again, Kyle Hollingsworth stepped to the plate looking for a hit to potentially tie or win the game. With a full count, the game ended in controversy when the home plate umpired called a third strike on a pitch that appeared to be low.

The way the rally ended was disappointing, but Linglestown put themselves behind the eight ball by giving up five runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

The win gave Hummelstown a one game lead in the best-of-three series. The winner moves to the semi-final round in the East Shore Twilight League playoffs.

Action resumes today with a noon game at Hummelstown.


Friday, July 29, 2011

More on bears in Lower Paxton

WGAL TV-8 reports today that there have been three reports of black bear sightings in the past week. CLICK HERE to read the news brief.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's jazz time at Roasters

Friday night music at
St. Thomas Roasters coffee house in Linglestown features Charity Judson, 8–10 pm, no cover.

Rain spoils Linglestown lead in baseball playoff

Tonight's rain spoiled a fast start by the Linglestown Juggernauts in game one of a first-round East Shore Twilight League playoff game at Koons Park against Hummelstown.

Minutes after Linglestown's Kyle Hollingsworth rocketed a homer in the bottom of second inning, the rain picked up and the game was postponed. Juggernaut pitcher Luke Drayer gave up two hits and no runs during the first two innings.

Game one of the best-of-three series will be replayed Friday at Koons Park with a 5:45 pm first pitch.

The two teams each won two games apiece during regular season play. One of Linglestown's wins came via a forfeit.


Vending machine bandit shows up in Linglestown

The Patriot-News reported this morning that a N. Mountain Road business was hit by vending machine bandits early Monday morning. Photos with the report look like they were taken at L&N Beverage Distributors.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Linglestown makeover project on home stretch

The smell of freshly laid asphalt is wafting into my office this morning is a sign that final paving has started on Route 39 in the village of Linglestown. The road is expected to be finished in mid-August, according to a report filed by community watchdog group SWAN.

CLICK HERE to review a report by SWAN member Watson Fisher on the Village of Linglestown Committee meeting that was held last Thursday.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Linglestown heads to baseball playoffs on high note

The Linglestown Juggernauts swept a doubleheader Saturday over the Penbrook Pirates at steamy Koons Park. They ended the regular season in third place in the East Shore Twilight League with a 17–10–1 record. CLICK HERE for a Patriot-News story about yesterday's action.

The playoffs begin Thursday evening at Koons Park. The Juggernauts most likely will play Hummelstown in a best-of-three series.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bear spotted in Colonial Road corridor

I received a report Friday night about a bear that was milling around the Colonial Crest neighborhood. Please add a comment if you have information on the bear chase.

Friday, July 22, 2011

St. Thomas Roasters in the news

CLICK HERE for video report from FOX 43 news on rising coffee costs.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Linglestown road paving set to start Friday

Milling and paving operations are set to begin to finish Rt. 39 project in Linglestown.

CLICK HERE for details from PennDOT.


Gazette breaking news on Twitter

Be sure to check out the Gazette's Twitter feed for quick updates and links on local happenings.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

French kids headed to Linglestown, need housing

With their arrival date looming in the very near future, four French boys, all 18 or 19 years old, are now anxious to locate American families who will be their hosts for three weeks, beginning August 4. Host families are asked to provide room and board and a caring, hospitable atmosphere. Students all speak English, are fully insured, and have their own spending money. Hosts are reimbursed $80 per week to assist with expenses.

John-Sebastian, 18, likes swimming, computer games, and music. Matthieu, 19, works in his dad’s campground in the summers, plays the guitar, and loves all sorts of American music. Maxime, 18, likes to play soccer and tennis and watch films. Pierre, 19, studies math and science and wants to become an aeronautical engineer. He also likes tennis and volleyball.

LEC, a French student organization with American coordinators, has planned visits to the United States since 1972. Over the past three years, LEC students have visited families in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties. Several have stayed right here in Linglestown.

For complete information on the LEC homestay program, contact Linglestown resident John Robinson, LEC Capital Region coordinator, at (717) 545-2979 or email. To see student profiles and photos, visit the LEC website.

Monday, July 18, 2011

On diamond, Linglestown has so-so week

The Linglestown Juggernauts went 1–2–1 in East Shore Twilight League play last week and are in fourth place with a record of 12–8–2.

Last week showed that Linglestown is in need of a pitcher or two to improve their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs that start next week.

This week will end the regular season with a flurry of action at Koons Park. The Juggernauts will play home games on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (6 pm starts) and cap things off with a doubleheader on Saturday (2 pm and 4 pm).

Now that the season is winding down, consider coming out to support the home team. Be sure to stop by the refreshment stand and say hello – I'm the announcer and sometimes hot dog maker.
The East Shore Twilight League features adults with advanced baseball skills. Many participants are current or former college players.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Weekend music at Roasters

If you're into live music, check out
St. Thomas Roasters coffee house located a stone's throw away from the Lingletown roundabout for these acts:

Friday night features Kevin Kline, and Roasters welcomes Marie 'n Me to its stage on Saturday.

Shows run 8–10 pm both nights, no cover.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Linglestown stays hot on diamond

The Linglestown Juggernauts (11–6–1, tied for third place) continued their winning ways in East Shore Twilight League play last week by toppling defending champs Middletown 2–1 last Thursday at Middletown High School. With the game knotted at one, Linglestown took the lead in the first extra inning and held on to win when leftfielder Sam Nott gunned down a Middletown player at the plate. Luke Drayer, a 2010 Hershey High School grad, was the winning pitcher.

The team won by forfeit Saturday over Hummelstown.

The Juggernauts play two home games at Koons Park this week – Tuesday against Middletown and Wednesday against Valley View. Both games start at 6 pm.


Backyard News, 07.11.11

FALL BALL REGISTRATION ... Linglestown Baseball Association will hold sign-ups for Fall Baseball on July 16, 23 and 30 from 9 to 11 am at the Koons Park Clubhouse.

NIGHT OUT EVENT RETURNS ... Lower Paxton Township's National Night Out celebration will be held Tuesday, August 2 at George Park located off Nyes Road, 6–9 pm. There will be displays, food, drinks, emergency vehicles and activities provided by the township's parks and recreation department.

SOFTBALL PROJECT ... The Softball Association of Linglestown is gearing up to reconstruct the backstop, dugouts and storage building at the field in Koons Park located next to the tennis courts. (Report courtesy of citizens watchdog group SWAN.)

WALKING TRAILS ... The Lower Paxton Township Greenway Committee is doing preliminary planning for a walking trial along a 1.5-mile stretch of Nyes Run, a tributary of the Beaver Creek that runs along Nyes Road. The committee also is identifying areas where construction of short sections of new sidewalks could connect existing developments or complete loops. (Report courtesy of citizens watchdog group SWAN.)

YOUTH SPORTS CAMP ... New Hope Church is sponsoring a five-day camp for soccer, basketball, cheerleading, basketball and softball for boys and girls ages 5–11 on July 24–28, 6:30–8:45 pm; cost is $25 ($20 for second child, $15 for third or more); registration required. Call 717-545-3400 to register.

SAVE THE DATES … The Linglestown Merchants Association will hold a Fall Festival and special events to celebrate the completion of the village improvement project on Oct. 21, 22 and 23 (Friday–Sunday).

New kids sports league coming to Linglestown

Upward Sports provides a fun sports experience for kids based on healthy competition. Last year, more than 550,000, first- through sixth-grade kids had a great basketball, soccer, flag football or cheerleading experience through one of 2,400 leagues or camps.

Linglestown Life United Methodist Church has decided partner with Upward Sports to provide a flag football league for all students in the Harrisburg area. Boys and girls who will be attending first- through sixth-grade in the fall of 2010 are welcomed to register.

The league requires little commitment and has practices and games 1 day per week. If you wish to register or learn more about the league, visit the church's website, or email the league director.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Linglestown Saturday updates

* Today's Linglestown Juggernauts sandlot baseball game scheduled for 5 pm at Koons Park won't be played because Hummelstown forfeited.

* Music at St. Thomas Roasters coffee house in Linglestown tonight will feature The Peters Sisters, 8–10 pm, no cover.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Police report Linglestown burglary, two others

Lower Paxton Township police report that a break-in occurred overnight at an apartment in the 6200 block of Elaine Avenue in Linglestown, where cash was taken while the residents were sleeping.

CLICK HERE for the complete press released published by WHTM abc27.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Big poke sends Linglestown to diamond win

The Linglestown Juggernauts sandlot team (9–6–1) notched a 9–8 win Tuesday evening over Lawnton with a walk-off two-run homer by first baseman Sean Frailey at Central Dauphin High School. Frailey's 340-foot blast over the right-field fence capped a three-run last inning rally.

The game was a see-saw affair that included a Lawnton coach having to suit up to replace an injured player and a diving catch by Linglestown right fielder Tom Healy that was ESPN highlights material.

Sam Nott had another big game at the plate for the Juggernauts with a single and two hard hit doubles.

Brad Sanders was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Adam Chernicoff.

NEXT GAME AT KOONS PARK – This Saturday, July 9, 5 pm, against Hummelstown.


Monday, July 04, 2011

Sandlot baseball update

Update @ 1:33 pm, Tuesday, July 5 – Linglestown will play a home game against Lawnton this evening at Central Dauphin High School, 6 pm first pitch. The game location was moved due to tonight's fireworks show at Koons Park.

The Linglestown Juggernauts (8–6–1) won two games and dropped one last week to retain a solid grip on fourth place in the East Shore Twilight League.

In a wild contest Monday in Hummelstown, the Juggernauts gave up six runs in the last inning but hung on to win 9–8. Nate Shroy hit a homer and Luke Drayer was the winning pitcher.

A three-run last-inning rally by Valley View spelled doom for Linglestown in a 4–3 loss played Wednesday in Schuylkill County.

And at Koons Park on Thursday, the Juggernauts blew out Steelton 15–2. Peter Hayden was the winning pitcher. At the plate, Sam Nott hit a pair of homers and Luke Drayer smacked a fourth-inning grand slam.

NEXT GAME AT KOONS PARK – This Saturday, July 9, 5 pm, against Hummelstown.


Watch fireworks at Koons Pool

CLICK HERE for details.