OLSH makes Monessen's stay short, 12-0
The Monessen Greyhounds had not been to the WPIAL playoffs since 1987 and carried a sub-.500 record into their WPIAL Class A first round game with second-seeded Our Lady of Sacred Heart at Burgettstown.
And OLSH brought a 15-game winning streak into the contest.
It all sounded like the recipe for a long day for Monessen and it was. Well, sort of.
OLSH made quick work of the Greyhounds, 12-0, in five innings to advance to the quarterfinals and a contest against Union.
Monessen (6-12) fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, but it was a seven-run fourth inning that blew the game open.
And while the Chargers (17-2) were banging out 10 hits and finding holes for a lot of balls they hit, the Greyhounds were hitting balls right at OLSH players.
“That's the story of Monessen baseball,” Monessen coach Bill Matush said with a slight smile. “Other teams seem to get the breaks and we don't.”
Monessen didn't get its first hit off OLSH hurler Tim Mulvey (7-0) until the fifth inning when Dom Zboyovsky led off the inning by bouncing a single through the hole at short.
The Greyhounds loaded the bases on a walk to Noah Rullo and another single by Justice Tartt before Mulvey recorded the final two outs to preserve the shutout.
“That's a good team and we are familiar with them, so we knew this was going to be tough,” Matush said. “But I thought we would get a little better effort out it. I could tell we were a little bit nervous at the beginning and they took advantage of that.
“At least we didn't give up. Even down 12-0 we battled in our last at-bat. That's how we usually play against these guys. We never give up.”
The Chargers were just too dominant against the Greyhounds.
Dan Bechek had two hits and two RBI, as did Noah Shahen as eight OLSH players had at least one hit.
Leading 5-0 in the fourth, the Chargers sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on three hits. They took advantage of four walks and a hit batter in the big inning.
“We only have one senior on the team, so hopefully this is something we can build on for next season,” Matush said of the brief postseason experience. “We use a lot of young kids.”
Mulvey ended up with seven strikeouts and two walks in pitching the two-hit shutout.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or email@example.com.