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Mt. Pleasant Legion team edges Derry

| Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Mt. Pleasant Legion baseball team is nearly out of the hunt for a spot in the District 31 playoffs, but no one would guess by the team's effort Monday night.

Mt. Pleasant rallied from a two-run deficit to beat visiting Derry, 5-4, in its next-to-last game of the season.

Manager Earl Campbell said motivating Mt. Pleasant hasn't been difficult, despite its struggles.

"Most of them just enjoy playing," he said. "I'm just glad that they started bonding here toward the end. We needed that a little bit earlier."

Mt. Pleasant is made up of players from three nearby school districts -- Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland and Yough -- and at first, the players didn't blend well. That has changed, albeit too late for the team to make a run at the playoffs. But it was able to pull together to get past Derry.

Derry built a 2-0 lead in the first. Justin Rectinwald reached on an error. Brett Mackinac followed with a single to left-center, and Jordan Hope drove in Rectinwald with a groundout. Bubby Mroskey's singled scored Mackinac.

A double play cut short Mt. Pleasant's half of the first inning, but the home team tied the score in the third. Taylor Campbell walked and scored on Jason Hegedus' single to left. Josh Aldridge singled to drive in Hegedus.

Mt. Pleasant took the lead in the fifth. Derek Mellors and Jeff Welc delivered back-to-back singles and scored on Eric Bradley's single to center field. Dave King drove in Bradley with a single to make it 5-2.

Tony Patton and Mroskey walked and scored in the sixth to pull Derry within a run, and the team looked to grab the edge in the seventh. Rectinwald led off the inning with a single, and an error put Mackinac on base with the potential go-ahead run. But Campbell picked up a strikeout, and shortstop Jeremy Mains turned a game-ending double play to preserve Mt. Pleasant's win.

Mt. Pleasant (5-12) will wrap up its season today at Greensburg.

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