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Monessen loss to Bishop Canevin puts Frazier in WPIAL playoffs

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Monessen's loss was Frazier's gain Tuesday.

Literally.

The Greyhounds lost to Bishop Canevin, 7-1, in the Section 2 A finale for both teams Tuesday.

As a result, Frazier (7-9, 5-5) qualifies for the WPIAL playoffs by finishing the season tied for third with Monessen (6-10, 5-5).

Bishop Canevin (7-4, 7-3) seized control of the rainy contest early by sending nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scoring five runs for a 5-0 lead.

The big hit was a three-run home run by Jim Dlugos.

The Greyhounds were limited to two hits in the game, both by Justice Rawlins.

Monessen avoided a shutout in the fifth inning when Tyler Shash drew a walk and Rawlins belted an RBI double.

“We didn't play very well,” said Monessen coach Bill Matush. “We definitely had our share of mistakes.”

The Greyhounds, who qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 1987, are scheduled to play an exhibition game at Avella on Thursday.

Ringgold 10, Uniontown 1

The Rams (4-12) got a monster game from Justin Rich in the non-section romp over Uniontown.

Rich was 5-for-5 at the plate with a home run, triple, three singles and four RBI.

Teammate Mike Cramer had two doubles, and Billy Morris contributed a double and two singles.

Cramer went the distance on the mound, pitching a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

The win snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Rams and first-year coach Mike Sikorski.

“It's not the kind of season we wanted, but we played hard,” said Sikorski. “We lost six one-run games and had (unbeaten) South Park on the ropes (in a 5-2 loss Monday).”

Ringgold will close the season at Penn Hills Friday.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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