Jeannette baseball looking for first section win
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Too bad it wasn't the other way around last week for Jeannette baseball. The Jayhawks won one and lost one, but the win was a non-section victory over Monessen while the loss came at the hands of Southmoreland in Section 4AA play.
“I'm not complaining about a win but we would have liked to have won the section game,” said Jeannette head coach Marcus Clarkson. “We are on the board with a win, but we don't want to fall behind the section standings either.”
Jeannette was scheduled to play three games in three days last week, but last Wednesday's non-section game at Frazier was rained out.
Jeannette's week began at Southmoreland with junior Tony Mash on the bump. A rocky start — walks, errors, poor defensive decisions — caught up with Mash and the Jayhawks who fell behind 5-1 in the bottom of the third. The Jayhawks rallied for three in the fifth but Southmoreland added five more in the bottom half of the frame to pull away.
“Our guys never gave up in the game and I am proud of them for that,” said Clarkson. “But still, you hate to lose any section game.”
Several Jeannette mishaps occurred in the outfield — a sore spot all season long for Clarkson. With the weather in Western Pennsylvania being what it typically is this time of year, the Jayhawks have not had adequate practice time outside where outfield play can be improved.
“All teams are playing by the same rules,” said Clarkson, of the limited practice time. “But we sure need to get outside and work with the outfielders.”
Jeannette rebounded nicely last Tuesday playing their best game of the season in a 10-5 non-section win against Monessen. Sophomore Jimmy Mallick got the start for the Jayhawks and, as usual, he was peppering the strike zone.
“Jimmy's going to keep you in ballgames,” said Clarkson. “He is real good at throwing a lot of strikes and getting his defense involved.”
Jeannette's defense came through and the bats did as well.
Senior Michael Wise had his, “typical” according to Clarkson, game going two for four with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Swade Redman made his first start at second base and had two hits, stole two bases and scored two runs and freshman Michael Pompei added a clutch two-out, two-run single to help the Jayhawks beat the Greyhounds 10-5. Jeannette next plays tomorrow with a section game at East Allegheny.
Dave Moio is a freelance writer.
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