Jayhawks close out season 1 win shy of playoff berth
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Moral victories might be good for the soul, but they are not very good for playoff contenders. Actual victories are much more useful in that regard.
Jeannette's baseball program scored a moral victory in 2014 by finishing at the .500 mark for the second consecutive season, but, for the second consecutive season, one more actual victory would have gotten the Jayhawks to where they wanted this season to go — the WPIAL playoffs.
Exactly like 2013, the 2014 Jayhawks had a chance to seal their own playoff fate with a Section 4 AA win over rival Greensburg Central Catholic and, exactly like 2013, Jeannette let the opportunity slip through their hands — their very young, largely inexperienced hands.
“We represented ourselves very well this season even though we were very young in some areas,” said Jeannette head coach Marcus Clarkson. “We had to rely on two freshmen to pitch in the Greensburg Central Catholic game and that is a lot to ask of those young kids, but we did not have a choice, it was the hand we were dealt.”
Jeannette was forced to go with freshmen Michael Pompey Jr. and Blaze Tran against GCC because all of the upperclassmen had pitched more recently and did not have enough rest.
Pompey was effective early and the Jayhawks and Centurions were tied, 1-1 after three, but then lightning struck.
Three lightning delays in the span of an hour and a half cut Pompey's outing short and Tran was forced into action.
“It is a shame because I think Michael was really pitching well,” said Clarkson. “Blaze came in and did well, but we just couldn't overcome a good opponent.”
The 8-3 loss meant Jeannette had to beat Steel Valley in the section finale to clinch a playoff spot, but the Jayhawks fell 10-4 and their playoff hopes were vanquished.
Jeannette closed out the regular season last Wednesday with a 17-11 non-section win over St. Joseph's.
Clarkson used the game to pay tribute to senior all-section catcher Michael Wise for his four years of excellence with the baseball program.
“I asked Michael where he wanted to play and he said left field, so he played left,” said Clarkson.
“Then with two outs in the seventh, I pulled Michael and put in his brother. It was a cool moment when he came off the field to all of the cheers.
“He definitely earned that.”
Dave Moio is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case
- Pirates enter Plan B with Martin off market
- For Steelers, a fight to finish for playoff berth
- Starkey: No explaining Steelers, AFC North
- For Pitt men’s basketball team, trouble in paradise
- Leak of grand jury information could cost Attorney General Kane
- Allegheny County adoption event joins 40 children with families
- Conneaut Lake Park to take case to court for tax-exempt status
- Shooting victims live with bullets to survive, thrive
- Bluegrass jam sessions bring out all types of musicians, fans
- Mears savors success, credits legendary Lange for guidance, inspiration