Greyhounds outslug Frazier, 15-13
By Jeff Oliver
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
In 11 years as baseball coach at Monessen, Bill Matush never missed a game.
He will probably never forget the first one he did miss.
With their head coach hospitalized with a stomach ailment, the Greyhounds played what assistant Jim Smith called, “their best, most-inspired game of the season” as they outscored Frazier, 15-13, in a wild Section 2 A contest at Perryopolis.
“I can't say enough about these kids,” said Smith. “We've had such a tough time. We lost probably our best players to expulsion before the season started. We lost our best pitcher to mononucleosis early in the season and now we lose our coach. And through it all, these kids never gave up. They just amaze me.
“It may not be the best bunch of baseball players I've ever been around, but it certainly is the hardest-working bunch by far.”
The Greyhounds (2-6, 1-1) jumped to a 7-0 lead and then watched as Frazier (2-5, 0-2) rallied to tie the score 8-8 in the fifth.
Monessen scored seven runs in the sixth for a 15-8 lead, only to watch as the Commodores scored four times in the bottom of the sixth. They added one more run in the seventh and had the bases loaded with two outs before Monessen's Pete Tarka struck out Roger Cline to end the game.
The game featured 21 combined walks, six hit batters and eight pitchers, including Tarka, who started the game for Monessen, was pulled and then came back on to close out the win.
Monessen built its 7-0 lead with three runs in the first and four in the second.
Trailing 8-2 in the fifth, Frazier scored six times as the Commodores sent 11 batters to the plate and received five walks while getting two hits.
Monessen sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth for its seven runs, taking advantage of six walks, two errors and two hits.
Although both teams were benefactors of a lot of walks, errors and hit batters, they both provided plenty of offense with their bats.
Tarka led Monessen with a double and two singles, while Josh Kucmeroski had a triple and single, Jon Kravets had a double and single and Dom Zboyovsky had two singles.
Frazier was led by Travis Sanner, who belted a long two-run homer and had two singles, and Zach Mastowski with two doubles.
“This win is so big for us because if we want to make the playoffs, Frazier is one of the teams we have to beat,” said Smith. “I'm so proud of these kids.”
Burgettstown 12, Charleroi 11
The Cougars (1-6, 0-4) dropped a heartbreaking decision in the Section 2 AA game.
After scoring fours run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 9-9, Charleroi fell behind 12-9 in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Cougars scored twice to pull within 12-11 and had the bases loaded when the game ended.
Matt Carcella had a home run and single for Charleroi, while Gunnar Riley had three singles.
Burgettstown (2-3, 1-3) got two hits each from Kurt Kowalski and Jason Bigler.
Charleroi hosts Southmoreland today.
Yough 9, Greensburg Salem 3
The Cougars (3-4, 2-2) won the Section 2 AAA as Cody Overly had three hits and drove in two runs.
Winning pitcher Luke Spisak, who fired a four-hitter, and teammate Brad Bisko each smacked doubles.
T. Jefferson 15, BV Area 12
The Leps (4-2, 1-1) lost the Section 4 AAA road game to the Jaguars (6-3, 2-1) in a back-and-forth battle.
The Leps scored five runs in the top of the first inning, fell behind 8-4, then took an 11-8 lead before the hosts scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
BVA out-hit TJ, 19-12, but still came out on the short end.
For the Leps, Adam Ferita and Joe Simsic each had a double and two singles and Dylan Pietrantoni, coming back from a horrible collision earlier this week against Ringgold, had three singles, as did Adam Holliday.
Dom Francia and Niko Tasser each added two singles for BVA.
Jordan Campano and Jake Benack had three hits each for TJ while Steve Kunzman homered.
Ringgold 6, Carrick 5
The Rams (2-2, 1-2) picked up their first win in Section 4 AAA over Carrick (0-4, 0-4).
There was no other information available on the game.
Brownsville 13, Bentworth 3
The Falcons (5-2, 3-2) jumped out to an 11-3 lead against the Bearcats (2-3, 1-3) and never looked back.
Brandon Furlong had four hits, including a home run, for the winners. He had six RBI.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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