Junior Legion season ends for Jeannette
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Marcus Clarkson made a discovery during Jeannette's 2013 junior Legion baseball season that could have major national ramifications — the U.S. economy is fine.
Though the Jeannette junior Legion head coach does not possess an economics degree, has no idea what the current GDP numbers are and is not innately aware of the nation's unemployment figures or lending interest rate, he knows that economy is fine based on a very key economic indicator — the FVR, or Family Vacation Rate for those not in the know.
Clarkson has mixed and matched lineups for most of Jeannette's season because he always seems to have four or five players away on trips with their families.
“Somebody's doing something right with the economy,” said Clarkson. “I've never had so many players take vacations, so people must have more money to spend.”
Now would be the perfect time for Clarkson's entire team to take a long vacation because the 2013 season ended last week when Jeannette dropped two straight in a best-of-three, second-round playoff matchup with Penn-Trafford.
Jeannette got to the second round by winning a single-elimination game last Tuesday over Ligonier. Tyler Yurcisin got the start, went five strong innings and left with his team ahead, 10-4. Jeannette gave up three runs in the seventh but Keith Borland came in and recorded the game's final out for the save.
The first game against Penn Trafford last Wednesday had a different cadence as P.T. hitters tattooed Jeannette pitching for 11 runs. Jeannette bats quietly scratched out just one run in the loss.
Jimmy Malick threw a gem in game two for Jeannette and Trey Cunningham turned in three of the best plays at shortstop Clarkson has seen all year, but it was not enough as Jeannette dropped the game 4-1 and were officially eliminated from the playoffs.
Clarkson, who coaches Jeannette's high school team in addition to his junior Legion duties, is happy with what he learned about several players throughout the season.
“Blaze Tran and Jonathan Stokum turned in very strong performances and Jimmy Malick will compete for a spot in the rotation,” said Clarkson. “I have to wait a year at the high school for Trey Cunningham, but he will be worth the wait.”
Looking for signs — key indicators that a player will emerge to help turn things around — is part of Clarkson's job. Kind of like analyzing the economy.
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.
- Port Authority bus drives over embankment; driver only one aboard
- Extras sought for Will Smith movie filming in Pittsburgh
- Judge urges feds, EDMC to settle dispute
- Offense awakens to lead Steelers past Panthers
- Former manager of Consol’s land office charged with 60 counts of mail fraud
- 53 Allegheny County bridges slated for rehab
- Rossi: State of NFL gives Steelers a chance
- Game changers: Turnover leads to elusive TD for Steelers
- Peduto’s first budget proposal seeks to increase property tax rate
- Steelers notebook: Rooney says owners support Goodell
- Penguins forward Megna’s skill set might be perfect fit