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Serra baseball team wins big over Clairton

| Monday, April 15, 2013, 11:00 p.m.
Clairton's Armani Ford steals third base as Serra Catholic's Parker Janosko jumps for a throw Monday, April 15, 2013, at Boston Field.
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Clairton's Armani Ford steals third base as Serra Catholic's Parker Janosko jumps for a throw Monday, April 15, 2013, at Boston Field.

Serra Catholic baseball coach Brian Dzurenda is obviously a hard man to please.

Moments after his team smacked the ball around Boston Field for 13 runs and 12 hits in a 13-3, five-inning win over visiting Clairton to stay atop the Section 2-A standings, Dzurenda ordered the pitching screen on the mound for a mandatory 30-minute batting practice session.

You could say that the veteran coach, who has 205 career wins, wasn't happy.

“I am just not real pleased with how we hit,” Dzurenda said. “We have two big section games (Monessen and Bishop Canevin) coming up, and at the very least I'd like to win one of them. They way we are hitting, we aren't going to win either of them. We need to be better.”

Still, the Eagles were pretty good Monday.

Serra (7-1, 3-0) rocked Clairton starter Zach Lorea for eight runs and seven hits over the first two innings, tacked on four more against reliever Robert Boatwright, the ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with a run off Santeaun Sims.

Serra got a double, two singles and a RBI from Marty Slovonic; a pair of hits and a RBI from Wayne Hydak; two hits from Brandon Coddington and Dylan Kugler; and two RBI each from Dan Popovich and David Glumac.

“We should've hit better,” Dzurenda said. “I think we can go to a whole another level. We are just not at the level yet.”

Coddington picked up the win. He pitched a complete game, gave up seven hits and three runs, struck out six and walked two.

Freshman Jaleel Hall singled, doubled and drove in a run for Clairton (2-3, 1-1), and Walter Britton contributed an RBI single. Boatwright, Sims, Dyran Davenport and Armani Ford also added hits.

“We are getting better,” Clairton coach Rob Nystrom said. “We still aren't where we want to be, and you can see that with the 13-3 loss. What we really need to learn is how to come from behind.”

Clairton had a chance to practice that Monday.

Serra put the first three batters of the game on and eight of the first nine, scoring six times. The big hit was Popovich's bases-loaded double, followed by Glumac's run-scoring fielder's choice and Parker Janosko's RBI single.

Clairton answered in the second with consecutive hits by Hall and Britton to make it 6-1.

“I am always cautious about Clairton because they always have athletes,” Dzurenda said. “They are doing a great job with the kids. They are hustling and running out balls, and are motivated to play.”

Serra pushed across two more in the bottom of the inning. Hydak's single scored Kugler, who had doubled, to make it 7-1. Glumac's RBI single made it 8-1.

Not only was Dzurenda unhappy about the hitting, but also with the overall performance of his team.

“We did stupid stuff,” Dzurenda said. “It is disappointing not to be able to execute pickoff plays that we work on every day in practice, and a routine ball hit back to the pitcher and the kid is hung up and we throw it to first base. Yeah, we got a win, but it wasn't the way it should've been.”

Serra travels to Monessen on Tuesday, while Clairton hits the road to play Bishop Canevin.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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