Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

St. Johns Adds to Fed League Run

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

St. Johns Adds to Fed League Run

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There was plenty of roster turnover this year for the St. Johns- Lefty's team in the Greater Pittsburgh Federation League.

Players were leaving for other teams in the league, others were being drafted in the Major League Baseball amateur draft or signing with other leagues.

But when it comes to St. Johns-Lefty's, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

St. Johns followed up its seventh consecutive regular-season championship with its seventh league tournament championship. St. Johns outlasted a scrappy Bellevue team in a best-of-five series winning the decisive game five last week.

Bellevue, which finished third in the regular-season standings, boasted arguably the top pitching staff in the league with Matt Barnes, John Hay and Luke Katich.

In game one of the series Greg Frederick (Quaker Valley, Penn State-Beaver) outdueled Hay in a 3-0 St. Johns' win as Frederick tossed a two-hitter. The majority of the offense came from a two- run home run from Ohio native and Washington & Jefferson alumnus Jim Pasquine.

In game two St. Johns got another solid outing from its starter, this time from Corry Ryan (Bethel Park, California University of Pennsylvania), who went seven innings. Bellevue rallied back to force a game five by winning game three, 6-4, and game four, 11-9.

"Give them credit, Bellevue battled back," St. Johns-Lefty's manager Tom McCarthy said. "They are very good ballplayers and they had very good pitching. Bellevue is just a bunch of tenacious guys. We knew going in that it was going to be a tough series, we knew we would really have to battle. It became a war of attrition going into that last game."

After Frederick pitched game four, McCarthy called on Ryan for game five. Ryan went three innings and Andrew Rafalski (Montour, California University of Pennsylvania) went six innings in a 14-4 St. Johns rout. Tarran Senay (South Park, North Carolina State) and Nate Thimons (Bethel Park, Slippery Rock) both hit three run home runs.

The seven consecutive Federation League championships make this run by St. Johns one of the most dominant dynasties in the history of the 83-year old Federation League.

"Winning never gets old," McCarthy said. …

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