Friday, May 3, 2013

Tidbits from today's C-M/Peters Twp. baseball game

I walked into the Canon-McMillan baseball team's dugout earlier tonight -- not literally, that would hurt -- following the Big Macs' 14-11 win over Peters Township and got introduced to the team's coaches.

One of the guys I met was Brandon Dittmar, a Canon-McMillan graduate and former Waynesburg University player, who posed a rather interesting question.

"Your fingers still on the keyboard?" he asked.

This was in reference to a previous blog post about how I was shocked the Big Macs won the Section 5-AAAA title. I still am. Impressed. Really impressed, actually. But still shocked.

Remember, this was a team that went 2-10, 4-15 last year … and lost two starters right before the season. Oh, and Canon-Mac was 4-6 as recently as April 18, 2-2 in section play.

Then this.

"Last year was a tough year," said pitcher Kevin Forrester, who's 6-1 this season and has handled several key outings during Canon-Mac's seven-game winning streak. "This year we came out with a lot of senior leadership, which helps."

Seated in the visiting dugout after a long 2 hours, 39 minutes, Canon-McMillan head coach Frank Zebrasky insisted that the Big Macs were in most games last year -- and he's right. Six of Canon-Mac's 10 section losses were by three runs or fewer, three by one run.

First baseman Justin Davey played the respect card, and I can't blame him or the rest of Canon-Mac (8-2, 11-6). If I was on the team, I'd be doing the same thing.

"We didn't get much respect before the season, but we're just trying to prove everybody wrong," Davey said.

Friday's game will help. So will this season as a whole.

>>One thing that got lost in my game story -- we're a bit tight on space -- in tomorrow's edition is the Peters Township angle, mainly the Indians bouncing back from a 10-2 deficit to make it a competitive game.

"I'm also proud of these guys because when you're down 10-2, they could have put their tails between their legs. But they didn't," Peters Township coach Joe Maize said. "I was mainly looking at attitude, and I was pleased with the nine kids we finished the game with.

"The kids battled. They earned back my respect after that first inning."

Phil Pisarcik, Brett DeCello, Chris Wastchak, Tyler Schmidt, Mitch Bianco and Ryan Tassone had two hits apiece for the Indians, Wastchak had four RBI and Schmidt added three. Pisarcik, Matt Loether and Bianco scored two runs apiece.

>>One non-baseball note: Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano will play in the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game Saturday at 2 p.m. at Downingtown High School. Here's a link to more info on the event.

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