Monessen rolls into baseball playoffs, 10-0
For the second consecutive season, the Monessen Greyhounds will be in the WPIAL Class A baseball playoffs.
The Greyhounds (7-6, 6-3) picked up their spot in the playoffs in impressive fashion, shutting out Geibel, 10-0, in five innings in Section 2-A behind the combined no-hit pitching of Brandon Lenhart and Justice Rice.
Lenhart went three inning, striking out four and walking three, and Rice pitched the final two frames, striking out five and walking one.
“Anytime you pitch a no-hitter, it's a nice accomplishment,” said Monessen coach Bill Matush.
The Greyhounds scored three runs in the first inning and seven more in the second before Matush emptied his bench.
Seven Monessen batters were hit by pitches in the first two innings as the Greyhounds managed just three hits in the game.
“I don't know if I ever saw that before. That might be a record there,” Matush said of the hit batters in two innings.
In the first inning, the hosts parlayed three hit batters, a walk and a wild pitch into three runs.
In the second, Nathanael Moon smacked a two-run triple and Tyler Shash hit a two-run single for the key hits of the inning.
“It feels good to be back in the playoffs again,” Matush said. “I thought we played hard and right now I like where we are at as a team.
“We could still possibly end up in second place if a couple things happen.”
One of those things is the Greyhounds beating Serra (10-4, 7-1) today at home. The game will be resumed at 4 p.m. with Monessen leading 3-1 in the third inning.
If Monessen beats Serra and Bishop Canevin (8-3, 6-2) loses one of its final two games against Geibel and Frazier, Monessen will finished tied for second place in the section.
The Greyhounds have won five of their last six games.
“We have the ability,” Matush said. “We played pretty much everybody close. We're looking forward to the playoffs.”
Prio to making the playoffs last season, Monessen hadn't participated in the postseason in baseball in 26 years.
“We made it two years in a row now,” Matush said with a smile. “Maybe that's a record here.”
Frazier 13, Clairton 0
The Commodores (6-8, 5-4) rolled in Section 2-A with the romp over Clairton, but were eliminated from playoff contention as a result of Canevin beating Serra, 3-2.
Travis Sanner fired a one-hitter for Frazier while he, Cody Morris and Hunter Clay each collected three hits.
Mt. Pleasant 6, Yough 4
The Cougars (4-12, 2-10) won in Section 2-AAA as Nolan Kosh and Eric Borkovich each hit doubles and Cody Overly pitched a five-hitter for the victory.
Softball Frazier 5, California 1
The Lady Commodores (9-4, 9-3) never trailed in the Section 1-A win over the winless Lady Trojans (0-15, 0-13).
Monica Joseph had three hits for the winners while Paige Hotz fired a three-hitter on the mound.
Yough 5, Southmoreland 4
The Lady Cougars (7-6, 6-6) scored four runs in the third inning and then held on in Section 3-AAA.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.