Girman struggles with weather but stays unbeaten for Serra Catholic
TribLIVE Sports Videos
It may have taken the better part of three years, but even Alain Girman ran into something more dominant than his perfect 27-0 career pitching record.
Mother Nature humbled the Serra Catholic ace with an array of adverse weather conditions including temperatures in the 30s coupled with rain, sleet, snow and gusting winds that made him appear to be mortal.
But still, Girman had enough to help the defending state champs win their 24th consecutive Section 2-A game with a 14-7 victory at Chartiers-Houston (5-3, 1-1) Wednesday afternoon to remain tied atop the standings with Bentworth.
“It was one of those days with the weather, but we persevered and came through,” Serra coach Brian Dzurenda said. “There are no excuses (for Girman), but that mound was bad, it was very cold and it just wasn't his day.”
No too often can you say that about Girman.
Coming into the game, Girman hadn't allowed a run in 25 innings dating back to last year's state semifinal game.
Yesterday, he gave up the most hits and runs in a single game of his career.
Girman went six innings allowing six hits and six runs (three earned) while striking out nine and walking five, but did improve to 4-0 on the year and 28-0 for his career.
“I am not going to make excuses, but I really don't like pitching in the cold,” Girman said. “I honestly couldn't even feel my fingers, then my foreman started to get tight. My dad even came over and said that was the worst you've pitched in your life. It was just horrible.”
Serra was able to back Girman with plenty of offense off Chartiers-Houston ace Dylan Pounds to make up for his off day.
Pounds, who baffled Serra (6-1, 3-0) in eliminating them from last year's WPIAL playoffs, showed effects of the weather as well.
Pounds gave up eight runs (five earned) over five innings while giving up six hits and walking three. Pounds threw a pair of wild pitches in the first that scored two Serra runs.
“We were very aggressive on the base paths,” Dzurenda said. “I am not disappointed in anything that transpired.”
Serra managed only eight hits but was able to push across 14 runs.
Trevor Jaworski went 3 for 3 with a double, 4 RBI and four runs scored to pace Serra's offensive attack while Girman, Colton Joseph and Zack Potts knocked in runs.
“I was just looking for first-pitch strikes all day and ripping it,” Jaworski said. “I really don't like hitting in this weather, but I was able to be successful today.”
Chartiers-Houston got two hits from Josh Counihan and a two-run single by Kyle Johnson.
Serra opened up a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth when the Bucs got to Girman.
Despite an error by center fielder Chad Hazaga, Girman appeared to get out of the inning allowing just one run when Joseph and Brandon Coddington turned a bases-loaded double play that scored a run.
But Girman allowed Johnson, the No. 9 hitter, to single in a pair to make it 6-4.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com
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.
- PIAA Class AAA baseball championship notebook: Long wait over for Knoch assistant
- Greensburg Central Catholic’s Liberatore named Greensburg Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
- Central Catholic’s DeRenzo named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
- Knoch advances to 1st PIAA title game with victory over Donegal
- Knoch wins 1st PIAA baseball championship