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Carnegie Super Colt team relishes time at PNC Park

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Alex Popovich and the Carnegie Super Colt squad was unable to find the hits against Elliot at PNC Park last week and fell 7-2.
Submitted photo/Dawn Derbyshire
Alex Popovich and the Carnegie Super Colt squad was unable to find the hits against Elliot at PNC Park last week and fell 7-2.
Walt Wisniewski holds the Mayors Cup runners up trophy after Carnegie SuperColt fell to Elliot, 7-2.
Submitted photo/Dawn Derbyshire
Walt Wisniewski holds the Mayors Cup runners up trophy after Carnegie SuperColt fell to Elliot, 7-2.
Phill Meighan warms up before Carnegie SuperColt's showdown with Elliot at PNC Park.
Submitted photo/Dawn Derbyshire
Phill Meighan warms up before Carnegie SuperColt's showdown with Elliot at PNC Park.
Nick Loerlein scores Carnegie's first run during its showdown with Elliot at PNC Park last week.
Submitted photo/Dawn Derbyshire
Nick Loerlein scores Carnegie's first run during its showdown with Elliot at PNC Park last week.
Brad Wisniewski swings at a pitch during Carnegie's 7-2 loss to Elliot in the Mayor's Cup Super Colt title game.
Submitted photo/Dawn Derbyshire
Brad Wisniewski swings at a pitch during Carnegie's 7-2 loss to Elliot in the Mayor's Cup Super Colt title game.
Dan Schuster pitched five innings for Carnegie Super Colt and recorded five strikeouts.
Submitted photo/Dawn Derbyshire
Dan Schuster pitched five innings for Carnegie Super Colt and recorded five strikeouts.
Marc Holtz came in as relief for Carnegie Super Colt last week at PNC Park and recorded two strikeouts.
Subitted photo/Dawn Derbyshire
Marc Holtz came in as relief for Carnegie Super Colt last week at PNC Park and recorded two strikeouts.

Alex Popovich flew into Pittsburgh on Wednesday last week from South Carolina — where he attends the College of Charleston — and flew out Friday to play one baseball game on Thursday.

But the nine hours of air time was worth it to play at PNC Park.

“There is no experience like playing at a major league field,” Popovich said. “I told my friends and family I couldn't wait to walk up to the batter's box and see the skyline in the background. It is something I wanted to do my entire life.

“It didn't go our way but we had a (heck) of an experience.”

The team fell in the Mayor's Cup title game to Elliot, 7-2.

Carnegie scored in the top of the third as Patrick Kennedy connected on a double to the gap between center and right fields to drive Nick Loerlein home. Phill Meighan connected on a double one batter later to drive Kennedy home.

But the lead would not last as Elliot responded in the bottom of the inning and jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to timely hits. Elliot added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to round out its scoring.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Brad Wisniewski said. “Just playing here was great, win or lose.”

Dan Schuster pitched and recorded five streikouts. Marc Holtz came in as relief and recorded two strikeouts. Loerlein went 2 of 3 at the plate with a walk and a hit, and Jim Caton went 2 of 3 with two hits.

The team finished the Super Colt regular season with an 7-4 record to sit atop of the standings. It defeated Banksville, 7-1, and Westwood, 5-3, in the opening rounds of the playoffs to reach PNC Park.

“The whole season playing with your best friends has been great,” Meighan said. “It is just icing on the cake getting down here.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at nsmith@tribweb.com or 412-388-5813.

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