Category Archives: Legion Baseball

Little guy creates giant stuff

Sports column by Bill Bostic

Sports have a way when you least expect it to unfold a series of events that can reshape your world for a day, a week or maybe a lifetime.

For me, watching Jeff Gordon make a daring, dangerous move at Daytona to win did that. For sure, Jack Nicklaus playing a back nine for the ages at The Masters in 1986 at age 46 to win will forever be an inspiration to me. And, I’m still shaking my head over Penn State’s football team coming out of nowhere to grab the Big 10 championship last season.

These events were performed on a national and in some cases a worldwide stage and witnessed by millions. They were great moments in sports. But none of them inspired me to wax poetic at 3:30 in the morning like the baseball game I witnessed last night at an outpost in Lebanon County that features a chicken-processing plant across from the ballfield.

The baseball team sponsored by the fine folks associated with Linglestown’s American Legion Post 272 is making a run for a regional tournament title from the losers’ bracket. They’ve faced elimination the last four games and are still fighting.

Here’s what you need to understand: tournaments like this one that require playing nine-inning games on consecutive days are often won by the team with the deepest pitching staff. This kind of schedule is a nightmare for coaches who don’t have a long roster of arms in their stable.

Linglestown’s first pick to start last night’s contest against the undefeated York County champs from Pleasureville wasn’t ready to go, so the coaches decided to give the ball to the team’s closer, Mario Cattabiani, minutes before the first pitch.

This set the stage for a David and Goliath story to be written by Cattabiani, Linglestown’s smallest player and probably the smallest player by a bunch in the tournament.

Little guys aren’t supposed throw 116 pitches and turn in a complete-game victory, allowing only one earned run and giving up one walk with five strikeouts.

But without fanfare, that’s just what Cattabiani did. Lacking speed, he used his wit developed over 15 years of playing youth baseball at Koons Park to get batters to swing at the “junk” he was offering up. And, he helped himself by making four tremendous defensive plays on bunts and slow rollers.

Cattabiani’s gutty performance and classy Facebook Live post-game interview stirred my soul. It made me realize that my decision a few months ago to revive Linglestown Gazette was without a doubt the right thing to do.

Jeff Gordon, Jack Nicklaus, and Penn State football are OK in a pinch. But little guys bringing giants to their knees in rural Pennsylvania trumps them all.

Mario Cattabiani and the entire Linglestown Legion squad, thanks for giving me a moment that blew my socks off!
Thanks go out to Linglstown Legion coach Barry Shipley for helping with this column. Photo submitted by Mario F. Cattabiani.





NEWS & MAGAZINE SHOW featuring Polly Murphy & Wacky Weather Guy, 7/14/17 (Episode #4)


Linglestown Gazette’s NEWS & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE SHOW, 7/14/17 (Episode #4)

Posted by Linglestown Gazette on Friday, July 14, 2017


This show was recorded at Spring Gate in the Village in Linglestown. Be sure to check out all the great things happening at Spring Gate Vineyard & Brewery located in the Paxtonia/Colonial Park area of Lower Paxton Township.

Topic guide:

29:24 – 26:22 Intro to Linglestown Gazette

26:21 – 20:05 Interview with Polly Murphy, head of Lower Paxton Township 250th Anniversary Celebration on 10/14/17

20:04 – 16:33 Update on proposed retirement-style housing community at Blue Ridge County Club

16:22 – 15:00 Linglestown American Legion Post 272 Baseball Team wins Dauphin County championship and head to regional playoffs

14:59 – 11:20 Koons Pool has daily weather reports, plus meet Wacky Weather Guy

11:19 – 10:24 Linglestown under-age-10 baseball team wins Futures Tournament

10:23 – 6:12 Sports is coming to Linglestown Gazette this fall – Gazette Sports Chat & CD Rams Football coverage

6:11 – 5:02 Central Dauphin School District update

5:01 – 0:00 Rundown on local events

Show links:

Bill Bostic interviewed on WHP 580 AM about Linglestown Gazette and local journalism

Lower Paxton Township 250th Anniversary Celebration & $2.50 admission days at Koons Pool and Devon Manor Pool

Lower Paxton Township 250 Years (Facebook page)

Linglestown 250 (YouTube page)

Koons Pool’s Facebook page – look for a daily weather report every morning

Linglestown American Legion Post 272 Baseball Team wins Dauphin County Tournament

Linglestown under-age-10 baseball team wins Futures Tournament

Central Dauphin School District


Episode #3 – Plan for Central Dauphin High sports reporting unveiled, 7/7/17

Episode #2 – Show features interviews with Anthony Cristillo, owner of The Fat Man Clothing Co., and Aaron Smothers, the Gazette’s first volunteer community reporter, 6/30/17

Episode #1 – Debut show from Pittsburgh, 6/23/17

Weekend sports roundup

Here’s a sure sign that summertime is winding down – Linglestown Colts youth football players hit the gridiron for their first practice with pads and helmets today at 6 pm. The varsity season kicks off Sunday, Aug. 24, at Koons Park against Mechanicsburg.

* On the diamond, Lingletown Twilight finished on top of the heap in regular season play in the East Shore Twilight League with a record of 18-8-2, earning a first-round playoff bye. The team will begin its bid for a second straight league crown this Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Koons Park. First pitch most likely will be at 6 pm.

* In midget baseball, Linglestown all-stars team finished with a respectable 4-2 record (fourth place) in the Haps Boyer Central Penn Midget Baseball Tournament. The tournament concluded Saturday evening at Koons Park with Lower Dauphin White winning the championship by defeating a Lebanon County team.

* Paxton made a nice run in the Pennsylvania American Legion Region IV Baseball Tournament at Middletown. After losing to Enola in the first game of the double-elimination tournament, Paxton ripped off three wins before falling 13-6 last Thursday to eventual tournament winner Lititz.

* Linglestown Legion outfielder Tom Healy chipped in an RBI fielder’s choice to help his team to a 12-10 win in the American Legion East-West showcase Sunday at Commerce Bank Park on City Island.









Linglestown Legion loses playoff slugfest

Third-seeded Hershey, in dramatic fashion, needed three runs in the bottom of the seventh to bounce six-seed Linglestown 14-13 at Memorial Field in the first round of the double-elimination Dauphin Legion Playoffs. For an in-depth game summary, check out the article in today’s Patriot-News. (Hershey-Linglestown game coverage starts at the bottom of page 1.)





Legion ends regular season with big win

Second baseman Josh Hannold (3-for-4) and left fielder Sam Nott (two RBIs) lifted Linglestown Legion over second-place Middletown 7-4 Monday evening at Koons Park.

Linglestown cashed four runs in the third inning, erasing a 3-0 deficit. The game was tied at four when Linglestown plated three runs in the fifth inning with the help of two untimely Middletown errors.

Mike Albert got the win with a stellar three-inning relief appearance in which he consistently kept Middletown batters off balance with change-of-speed pitches.

Linglestown finished the regular season in sixth place (10-8), and started the playoffs tonight with a game against Hershey in Chocolate Town.

The Patriot-News previewed the playoffs in today’s edition.

Legion note … Linglestown outfielders Tom Healy and Sam Nott are scheduled to pay at the All East combine at City Island tomorrow, Wednesday, July 16, at 11 am. If Nott and Healy make it through that game, they will qualify for the prestigious East-West showcase in early August.





Dauphin nips Linglestown Legion

Dauphin escaped Linglestown 2-1 Tuesday at Koons Park after game-winner Billy Felo plated Joe Sariano with a sixth-inning single. Felo, who pitched a complete game, scattered four hits and fanned five, the last with Linglestown runners on first and third in the seventh. Linglestown’s Matt Smedick pitched a good game despite picking up the loss, said assistant coach Fran Roman.

The team has a solid lineup, but key hits have been hard to come by of late, said Linglestown head coach Barry Shipley.

Lingletown (8-7 record) has lost four of their last five games. Fortunately the team is headed to postseason play since it is comfortably positioned in sixth place, the final spot for getting into the Dauphin County Legion playoffs.

Upcoming games Linglestown closes out the regular season by playing two games this Saturday, July 12 – away game at Susquehanna. 11 am, and at Koons Park against Upper Dauphin, 6 pm.
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Linglestown baseball updates

Legion drops road game Middletown (11-4 record) nipped Lingletown Legion 4-2 Monday to move into a first-place tie with idle Hershey and Upper Dauphin in the Dauphin County Legion league. Pat Mulligan’s three-run homer in the fourth inning and hurler Mike Lupia holding Linglestown to just three hits fueled the victory. Linglestown (8-6 record) only managed single runs in the first, on a passed ball, and sixth on Matt Smedick’s sacrifice fly.

Legion hosts Dauphin tonight at Koons Park, first pitch at 6 pm

Twilight ties Palmyra Palmyra and Linglestown Twilight battled to a 4-4 tie in a game that was called in the top of the sixth inning when a thunderstorm rolled through Lebanon County. Brian Zellers and Nick Barbera were both two-for-three for Linglestown, which also got 10 strikeouts from starter Pete Hayden.

Twilight (13-5-2 record, first place) makes another trip to Palmyra tomorrow, Wednesday, July 9, first pitch at 6 pm.
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Long balls sink Linglestown Legion

Hershey sent three balls over the Koons Park outfield fence in their 7-5 victory Sunday over Linglestown.

Hershey’s Derik Wilson hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ryan Johnson slammed a solo shot in the second to help their team sprint out to a 4-0 after three at bats.

Linglestown stormed back to take a one-run lead in the bottom of the third. Designated hitter Chris Bailor got things started with a solo roundtripper to right field. Doubles by all-star outfielders Tom Healy and Sam Nott plated three more runners to tie the score. Pitcher Kyle Weldon knocked in the fifth run of the inning on a single.

In the seventh inning, Hershey sent the game into extra innings by scoring the tying run on an infield hit, a sacrifice bunt and a single.

Hershey pitcher Joe Gunkel hit what turned out to be the game-winning hit in the first extra inning with a two-run homer that cleared the right field fence by a few inches. He then nailed down the win by retiring Linglestown in order.

With the loss, Linglestown’s record dropped to 8-5, 16 points. Hershey and Upper Dauphin sit atop the Dauphin County Legion league with 22 points.

Other action Paxton outslugged Susquehanna 23-16 Sunday in a game that featured 31 hits, 22 walks and nine pitchers. Paxton’s Nick Barbera doubled twice and scored four runs. (Source Link)





Legion pair advance in all-star competition

Linglestown Legion outfielders Sam Nott and Tom Healy were among the survivors Thursday at the American Legion all-star workout held at Owen J. Roberts High School in Chester County. Paxton second baseman Nick Barbera, who is on Linglestown Twilight’s roster, also made the cut.

Their fine play gives them an opportunity to play at the All East combine at City Island on Wednesday, July 16. If Nott, Healy and Barbera make it through that game, they will qualify for the prestigious East-West showcase in early August.

Legion note Linglestown will host Hershey at Koons Park tomorrow, Sunday, July 6, first pitch at 5 pm.





Legion comeback falls short against rival Paxton

The depleted Paxton team that took the field at Koons Park Monday night was good enough to beat a late-charging Linglestown Legion group 8-6 in Dauphin County Legion baseball. CLICK HERE for a report by Patriot-News writer Josh Langenbacher who attended the game.

With the loss, Linglestown’s record dropped to 7-4, tied for second place with Middletown and Paxton. Hershey and Upper Dauphin are tied for first place through Monday’s games.

Legion notes Paxton’s home field is at CD East High School. … Pictured is Linglestown Legion second baseman Josh Hannold smacking a double against Paxton. … With Paxton leading 7-0, Linglestown shortstop Andrew Roman muscled a ball over the left-center fence for a grand slam that instantly got his team back into the game. … Zach Seaman pitched well in an extended relief appearance for starter Matt Smedick. … Linglestown’s next home game at Koons Park is this Sunday, July 6, against first-place Hershey, first pitch at 5 pm.