Jeannette junior Legion team improves record
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The shaveman cometh.
Marcus Clarkson can finally stop scratching his neck and answering the question, “How old are you?”
He was true to his word to grow a beard until Jeannette Junior Legion won their first game of the 2013 season and, as of last Tuesday's 3-2 win over Police Athletic League, he was equally as true to his word that he would shave as soon as he got the chance.
“I'll never grow facial hair again,” said Clarkson. “I didn't realize how much gray was in there. In a matter of a half hour I went from looking 42 to looking 32.”
Jeannette let Clarkson off the beard pledge hook thanks in large part to a strong starting pitching performance from Keith Borland who allowed just two runs on two hits over five and two-thirds.
PAL managed to load the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh, but a force out at home, a strike out and a harmless ground ball to first ended the threat and brought Jeannette its first victory of the season.
Then the floodgates opened — at least a bit.
Jeannette finished a rain-shortened game last Wednesday with PAL and overcame a 7-5 deficit to defeat PAL 11-9. Kevin Borland, Keith's fraternal twin brother, went 4-4 and scored four runs in the win.
The streak continued Friday when Jeannette pounded out 13 hits and scored 13 runs in beating Ligonier 13-2. Chris Steffen returned from injury and went 3-3 with five stolen bases.
“We had to stop running Chris once we got the lead or he might have had 10 steals in the game,” said Clarkson. “That was the game I was waiting for all year where we could break out and really score some runs.”
Jeannette's luck, or more accurately, pitching, ran out last Saturday against Hempfield East. Hempfield scored five runs in the top of the first and cruised to a 13-2 win over Jeannette.
Despite the winning streak coming to an end, Clarkson is proud of the effort and resolve his team showed in the regular season's concluding week of action.
The team's record of 3-13 and a nine-seed in the playoff bracket is not the situation Clarkson hoped for when the season began, but he expects his team to be prepared for its single-elimination game this week against Greensburg.
“We'll be ready to play,” said Clarkson. “If our pitching can come through and we can hit the ball like we did last week, we could win a few.”
One thing is certain for the future of Jeannette Junior Legion baseball — as long as Marcus Clarkson is the coach, season-long beard growing is not an option.
Dave Moio is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers notebook: Opportunity awaits Boykin
- Pirates showing interest in starting pitcher Masterson
- Coal industry’s decline chokes Central Appalachian towns
- NFL notebook: Jeannette’s Pryor reportedly will sign with Browns
- Despite cross-check, Pens’ Crosby expects contact in front of net
- Founder of Z&M Cycle Sales in Hempfield killed in Florida motorcycle crash
- CPR helps revive Heinz Field worker with cardiac arrest
- Judge in ex-Massey Energy CEO’s trial pushes jury to reach verdict
- Steelers’ Roethlisberger remains in concussion protocol
- Starkey: Tomlin lived in his fears
- Monessen lawyer disbarred by state disciplinary board