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Springdale falls to Penn Hills; rebounds to shut out Shaler

| Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
Jan Pakler | Trib Total Media
Springdale Legion manager Frank Sweeney said participation in Legion baseball has “gotten bad” the past few years.

The Springdale American Legion baseball team took on Penn Hills on June 24 in a battle for the top spot in the Allegheny Valley Division.

Manager Frank Sweeney's team picked the wrong time to have a bad game as it fell to Penn Hills, 9-5.

“We didn't play good baseball at all,” Sweeney said. “We weren't hitting, we weren't fielding, our pitching wasn't what it usually is. We gave them some runs with errors. It was just a bad all-around game.”

Despite the spotty play, Springdale only trailed by a run, 4-3, entering the final inning.

Penn Hills thwarted any hopes Springdale had of rallying for the victory by adding five runs in the top of the seventh, rendering Springdale's two runs in the bottom of the frame meaningless.

Adam Marsh took the loss. Camden Kelly was a bright spot on offense as he stroked a pair of doubles. Joe Palumbo added a triple.

Springdale was able to bounce back on June 26 as it shut out Shaler by a 2-0 score.

It was Springdale's second win over Shaler in less than a week.

James Serio picked up the win. Ben Simon drove in a run and the other run came home on a Shaler error.

Sweeney's squad also pulled off a triple play.

“I don't recall any of my teams ever getting a triple play,” Sweeney said. “That might have been the first. I was talking to one of the umpires and he said that was the first he'd seen as an umpire.”

The win pushed Springdale into a virtual tie for first with Penn Hills.

Springdale is 7-2 in the division while Penn Hills is 6-1-2.

Teams get two points for a win and one for a tie.

“It would be nice if Penn Hills gets beat a couple times but you can't depend on other teams,” Sweeney said. “We just have to play better the next time we play them. We do have a little breathing room between us and Shaler. They're in third place and we've beaten them twice. If the tie-breaker has to come into play, we'll have an edge on them.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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