Belle Vernon's Derek Verkleeren blocked a fourth quarter punt that set up the winning touchdown as the Leopards beat rival Ringgold 13-12 in a hard-hitting, intense rivalry game that lived up to its billing.
Verkleeren's special teams play gave Belle Vernon the ball -- trailing 12-7 -- inside the Ringgold 10-yard line.
J.A. Happ put an exclamation point on his dominant stretch run in Pittsburgh with six shutout innings to lead the Pirates over the Reds 4-0, clinching home-field advantage in Wednesday's Wild Card game.
"I know it sure does make things a little more seamless for us,” Hurdle said about the home field advantage. “We love playing at home. Our guys love pitching at home.
Francisco Cervelli’s grand slam and seven strong innings from Gerrit Cole lead the Pirates to a 8-2 win in the first half a day-night doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, keeping a division title within reach.
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Over the summer, Belle Vernon Area upgraded their football field to a gold surface that had the Mon-Valley buzzing. Now, as the warm weather turns brisk, the only buzz is about the undefeated team playing on that gold field.