A roundup of local sports news
Neumann-Goretti wins state title
The Neumann-Goretti High School girls track and field team capped off a banner season by winning the PIAA Class 2A state title on Saturday at Shippensburg University. The Saints finished with 56 points, five more than second-place Hickory.
Bunning passes away
One of the all-time greats in Phillies history, Hall-of-Famer Jim Bunning, passed away on May 26 at the age of 85 due to complications of a stroke he suffered in October. He pitched 17 seasons in the majors for the Tigers, Phillies, Pirates and Dodgers, compiling a career record of 224–184 with a 3.27 earned run average. He retired with 2,855 strikeouts, which at the time ranked second behind only Walter Johnson (3,509). When Bunning, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, chose to wear a Phillies cap on his plaque.
“Jim was an incredible competitor and was determined to maximize his ability and make the most of everything he did in life,” Phillies Chairman David Montgomery said in a statement released by the Phillies.
Bunning is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary, nine children and 35 grandchildren.
The Girard Academic Music Program baseball team will be representing District 12 in the PIAA A playoffs on Monday (June 5). The Pioneers will open tournament play against District 3 champ High Point at Muhlenberg High School in Reading (400 Sharp Ave.). First pitch is 4 p.m.