CCBC Players of the Game: Friday, September 22, 2023


99.3 FM, 1230 WBVP and’s Mike Azadian was on site at Sarge Alberts Stadium in Monaca, PA for tonight’s showdown between the Central Valley Warriors and the New Castle Hurricanes.

Your CCBC Players of the game are:

New Castle: Nate Mcknight
Central Valley: Steven Rutherford

You can see all of the past CCBC Players of the Game for High School Sports by clicking on the CCBC Logo Below:



Central Valley Improves Conference Record To 2-0 With Big Win Over New Castle 9/22/23

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Story by Ryan Gerazounis, Beaver County radio

(MONACA, PA): The Central Valley Warriors improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play Friday night with a 42-14 win over New Castle.

The Warriors scored two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns in the first half to take a 28-7 lead over the Hurricanes into halftime. The third quarter yielded more of the same for Coach Mark Lyons’ football team. The Warriors added two more touchdowns while New Castle was held to only seven points in the second half. Giving Central Valley the 42-14 victory. This game marks the end of the first half of the regular season. Central Valley will continue their quest for the Parkway Conference title next Friday when they go on the road to play Blackhawk. Meanwhile New Castle will try to notch their first win of the season at home against Montour.

Miguel Andujar and Joshua Palacios Drive In 3 Runs Apiece as Pirates Beat Cubs 8-6

CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Andújar had thee hits and drove in three runs, Joshua Palacios hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off a late rally by the slumping Chicago Cubs to win 8-6 on Thursday night.

The loss was the 10th in the last 13 games for the Cubs, who fell into a tie with Miami for the final NL wild-card spot.

“We didn’t play our style of baseball,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “When we hit, we didn’t pitch. Some calls didn’t go our way. We’re not going to win when we don’t play clean baseball. Guys that don’t make mistakes, made mistakes. That’s just where we’re at right now.

“We got nine games left to play our style of baseball. We got to play better.”

Pittsburgh’s Johan Oviedo (9-14) threw six scoreless innings, giving up four hits. The right-hander walked five but escaped trouble on multiple occasions and held the Cubs hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Connor Joe and Ji Hwan Bae each drove in a run for the Pirates, whose bullpen surrendered six runs in the last three innings.

The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the third when an error by shortstop Dansby Swanson on a potential double play set the stage for Andújar to drive in Joe and Bryan Reynolds with a two-out double into the right-center field gap.

Andújar knocked in another run in the fifth. His hits and RBIs all came against Kyle Hendricks (6-8), who went six innings and gave up seven hits and three runs (one earned).

“Obviously a little frustration, but no panic at all,” Hendricks said. “We still know what we’re capable of. We’re right where we want to be. It’s all in our control. We just got to play fundamental baseball and get back to playing the brand of baseball that we’re used to.”

The Pirates made it 5-1 in the eighth inning when Bae drove in Jared Triolo with a two-out RBI triple. Joe scored Bae with an RBI single before he was thrown out at second.

Mike Tauchman had an RBI double in the eighth and scored later on an RBI groundout from Nico Hoerner to get the Cubs within 5-4.

“This is a playoff-type atmosphere,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “The crowd was in the game. They got back in the game because the Cubs kept punching back. I think you saw from our young players that they continue to go, continue to play, continue to execute and it was fun to watch.”

Palacios homered in the ninth to make it 8-4.

Swanson hit a two-run homer in the ninth off All-Star David Bednar before the closer retired the next three batters.

T.J. Watt’s scoop-and-score lifts Steelers past Browns 26-22 as Cleveland loses Nick Chubb to injury

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt celebrates in the end zone after recovering a fumble by Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and returning it for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — T.J. Watt returned a fumble 17 yards for the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Cleveland Browns 26-22. The game was overshadowed by a gruesome left knee injury to Browns running back Nick Chubb. The four-time Pro Bowler left on a cart after getting hit low by Pittsburgh safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers improved to 1-1, beating Cleveland at home during the regular season for the 20th straight time. The Browns fell to 1-1 and likely will be without one of their best players for a while.

WPIAL Football Scores (9/15/23)

Southside 55

Northgate 6


Seton La Salle 49

Quaker Valley 0


Avonworth 45

Hopewell 6


Central Valley 34

Chartiers Valley 6


Moon 14

Penn Hills 13


Beaver 49

South Park 23


Ambridge 22

Blackhawk 16


Aliquippa 42

Montour 18


Rochester 42

Summit Academy 6


Mohawk 45

Riverside 0


Ellwood City 34

Freedom 14


Beaver Falls 63

New Brighton 20


Neshannock 27

Western Beaver 26


West Allegheny 46

New Castle 0


Mitch Keller Stars as Pittsburgh Pirates Blank the Washington Nationals 2-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Thursday.

Keller (12-9) struck out seven and walked one. The 27-year-old right-hander improved to 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA in his last seven starts.

“Just filling it up and using the cutter to lefties was huge. Using the sinker and the four-seam to righties set up the sweeper,” Keller said. “We’re able to mix things and keep a good attack plan. Mixed in the curveball again today, used some changeup there too, which was really good to see. (Catcher Jason Delay) did a great job picking spots to call them. They were really successful pitches.”

David Bednar pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 35th save. Keller was pulled after 92 pitches, 65 for strikes.

“When he went out in the eighth, the first two pitches he threw were like 91-92 (mph), so that was like, ‘Eh,’ with David there available,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “I mean, if he comes out and he’s (throwing) 95 there, then we’re having a different conversation.”

Pittsburgh won the final three games of the four-game set against last-place Washington. The Pirates have won 11 of 16 overall.

The Nationals wasted a solid performance by Josiah Gray (7-12), who struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander was charged with two runs and five hits.

“Early strikes, first-pitch strikes, finish them off with my whole array of pitches,” Gray said. “Just getting ahead early worked a lot today, just believing in my stuff. Using the whole part of the plate. It was a good day.”

It was Gray’s first big league appearance since Sept. 3 against Miami, when he allowed three runs and walked four in four innings.

“For me, it was just, how can I, not sort of simplify things, but try and bring out some properties in my delivery that I know where I feel stable, where I feel comfortable,” Gray said. “I felt good with it, felt I could roll with it. The early returns are good, but just like every day, have to come to the ballpark tomorrow and get back to work. Just continue to build off it.”

Pittsburgh jumped in front when Jack Suwinski led off the second with his team-high 25th homer on a drive to right. Alfonso Rivas connected with two out in the fifth, hitting a 411-foot shot to center for his third homer.

“I thought Gray was pretty good today. The slider was pretty effective,” Shelton said. “We had two solid homers, but I think in terms of Jack, he’s back to releasing the barrel the way he was earlier in the year.”

Washington put two runners on in the first when CJ Abrams hit a leadoff single and Lane Thomas reached on an error by shortstop Liover Peguero. But Keller retired Keibert Ruiz on a fly ball to left, picked off Abrams at second and struck out Joey Meneses.

“The at-bats today were not good. They weren’t crisp,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “We chased a lot out of the zone. We have to do a better job, especially against a guy like (Keller). He’s also good. We have to get him in the zone. Today, we just chased a lot.”

The Pirates believe Andrew McCutchen can help them in 2024 after recovery from Achilles injury

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen celebrates as he stands on second base after driving in a run with a double off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — All signs point to Andrew McCutchen remaining with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 36-year-old designated hitter is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason but has said repeatedly he wants to remain in his adopted hometown. General manager Ben Cherington agrees. Cherington says McCutchen made the Pirates better when he returned to the club during the offseason and there’s no reason the partnership can’t continue. McCutchen’s season ended earlier this month when he partially tore his left Achilles tendon while legging out a double against the Milwaukee Brewers. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The Steelers know one player can’t replace Cam Heyward. They’re not even going to try

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, second from right, stands on the sideline after exiting an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers with an injury, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to find a way forward without defensive tackle Cam Heyward. Heyward is out indefinitely after having surgery for a groin injury sustained in a season-opening loss to San Francisco. The team will rely on the depth it’s cultivated in recent years to absorb the loss of their most experienced player. Rookie Keeanu Benton and second-year defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal figure to get more playing time with Heyward out. The Steelers host AFC North rival Cleveland on “Monday Night Football” in Week 2.

WPIAL High School Football Scores 9/8/23

Rochester 42

New Brighton 6


Aliquippa 33

North Catholic 7


Central Valley 55

Hampton 0


Beaver 42

Freedom 0


Neshannock 42

Ambridge 12


Western Beaver 47

Hopewell 0


Knoch 27

Beaver Falls 24


Mars 49

Blackhawk 7


Southside 41

Burgettstown 7


Ellwood City 25

Carlynton 12


Shenango 24

Riverside 19


Freeport 38

Quaker Valley 6


West Allegheny 48

Ringold 6