Monessen loses to Canevin, 6-2
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When Monessen had last taken the field eight days earlier, Justice Rawlins threw a perfect game in a win over Clairton.
Tuesday, it appeared for a while that the Greyhounds would be the ones no-hit against Bishop Canevin in a Section 2 A encounter.
However, Monessen would attempt a late rally, but it dug itself too deep of a hole, coming up short, 6-2.
As a result, the Greyhounds (3-6, 2-3) are put in a must-win situation the rest of the week if they have any hopes of qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs for a second consecutive season.
“We started out a little slow but Justice did well on the mound,” Monessen coach Bill Matush said of Rawlins, who he pulled after three innings. “He easily could have continued, but since we hadn't played in eight days, I wanted to get other guys some work on the mound as well.”
Rawlins went the first three innings and gave up two runs, both unearned, and four hits.
Bishop Canevin (4-3, 2-2) opened the game up in the fourth inning as the Crusaders tallied four runs in a variety of ways.
They recorded two singles off of Brandon Lenhart, but were also aided by three walks, two fielder's choices, and a hit batter.
Monessen tried to come alive with its bats, but the Greyhounds could not put anything together until late.
Going into the seventh inning, Monessen could only muster a Rawlins infield single against starting pitcher Sam Smellhoover in the third inning.
In the fifth, the Hounds left the bases loaded following a fielder's choice and two walks and in the sixth, Monessen finally got on the board when freshman Marc Gibson produced an RBI groundout to make the score 6-1.
In the seventh, Monessen seemed to be mounting a late rally as Nathanael Moon short-hopped a double off of the right-centerfield fence to bring in Justice Rice to make the score 6-2.
Josh Kucmeroski followed with a single and Rawlins walked to load the bases, but Lenhart grounded out to end the game.
Monessen looks to regroup today when it heads to Connellsville to meet Geibel Catholic for a section game before heading to Frazier Thursday for a key showdown.
“We have to get back on track against Geibel and we can't look ahead,” Matush said. “We were flat today, but we have to put this one behind us.”
Matush said that either Rice, who pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning against Bishop Canevin, or Tyler Shash will start on the mound today.
Bill Hughes is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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