Bushy Run Legion baseball back in action
After a one-year hiatus, the Bushy Run American Legion baseball team is back in action.
Despite an 0-3 start, coach Scott Peyman think the squad has the ability to have a strong season.
“As a staff, we have been talking about how the high school season is over,” Peyman said. “This is a new team. We think we should be 2-1. And the players know that. We need to be ready to finish off games and come ready to compete.
“If the team can come together, we'll be fine.”
The team will feature seven players from the Penn-Trafford varsity team, including seniors catcher Tyler Peyman (Chatham recruit), pitcher Keith Borland, infielder Chris Common (a Pitt-Greensburg commit), outfielder Anthony Fiasco (a Bethany recruit) and infielder Josh Lonero (a Bethany recruit). Juniors Andrew Giesey and infielder Joe Pipak also played for the Warriors.
The rest of the 17-player roster is made up of junior varsity and younger players.
Peyman said the team will have a talented pitching staff, led by its ace Borland.
“He will anchor out staff,” Peyman said. “(Fiasco) is a varsity player who has a great arm. He pitched against Unity. We didn't win but I am happy with how he performed. Brandon Pratt should give us innings. His younger brother (Colin) is on the staff.”
The team also has four catchers at their disposal, including Tyler Peyman and Giesey. Having depth at both pitcher and catcher will be needed as Bushy Run will be playing 30 games in a six-week span.
“We took a week off for the Penn-Trafford senior trip,” Peyman said. “We will have five or six games in a row so pitching depth will be the most important thing.”
Peyman said Bushy Run should have no lack of offense with the likes of Tyler Peyman, Common, Lonero and Fiasco all providing experience at the plate.
Bushy Run will have to find its way through a competitive District 31, that is currently led by Murrysville.
Union is the reigning champs and have been strong. Irwin has yet to play due to the Norwin High School varsity team's run into the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs.
“Mt. Pleasant is new so we don't know what to expect from them,” Peyman said. “Ten of the 12 teams in the league are pretty good. There seems like there is a lot of parody.”
But once the team gets all of the players together for the remainder of the season, Bushy Run could be battling on top of the section for positioning.
“I want to see the team come together,” Peyman said. “We have to have the older players be patient with the younger ones as they get better. Our depth will be in good shape once we have all of our starters and everyone is done with vacations, graduations and senior trips.
“We all haven't been together yet. We will be after this week.”
The team plays home games at Sunrise Elementary.