Greensburg Salem scored six runs in the first inning and never trailed on its way to a rain-shortened 11-3 nonsection victory Monday against Penn-Trafford at PNC Park.
"We were focused and hit the ball pretty well, and things just snowballed in the first inning, " Greensburg Salem coach Jim Stewart said after his team improved its record to 9-3 and stretched its winning streak to three in a row.
Penn-Trafford (7-6) scored its runs in the first two innings but was shut out by the Golden Lions' pitchers over the last four. Greensburg Salem, a Class AAA team, allowed eight hits and committed only one error against its AAAA opponent.
"The pitchers pitched well, and we played pretty good defense behind them," Stewart said.
Nate Sphon recorded the win for the Golden Lions, and Nate Dziak hit a triple. Penn-Trafford's Anthony Delbene hit a double in the game.
Playing at PNC Park was a thrilling experience, Stewart said. Both coaches used every player.
"It's something the kids will never forget, a once-in-a-lifetime experience," he said.
The teams were worried they might not play the game because of the weather, but they managed five innings of rain-free baseball. They made it through the drizzle in the sixth before the game was called in the seventh.
For the opportunity to play at PNC Park, each team is responsible for selling $20 tickets to the Pirates game July 24 against the San Diego Padres.
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