Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Spirits Unbroken for Trinity, Uniontown Guthrie to Pitch with Broken Nose

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Spirits Unbroken for Trinity, Uniontown Guthrie to Pitch with Broken Nose

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Trinity enters the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs with a chip on its shoulder. Uniontown's pitcher enters the playoffs with broken bones in her face.

The two teams have brushed aside injuries and the disappointment of second-place finishes in their respective sections and will meet today at 4 p.m. at Hempfield in a first-round game.

No. 5 seed Trinity (15-2, 10-2) ended its eight-game winning streak and hopes of a shared section title after a 10-0 loss to South Fayette. The loss denied the Hillers a share of the Section 2 title and, after weather postponements, forces the team to ride into the playoffs on a bitter note.

"Obviously we are a little disappointed in not winning the section," Trinity coach Shawn Gray said. "The big thing I stress to them is you can't change the past. We have to take one game at a time."

That mentality has their attention focused squarely on Uniontown (10-6, 9-3). The Raiders ended the regular season with an emotion- packed game.

Moments before a game against rival Albert Gallatin, sophomore pitcher Leighlyn Guthrie was on the other side of Bailey Park leaning on a fence watching Uniontown's baseball team play Laurel Highlands. She was struck in the face with a foul ball and sent to the hospital in an ambulance, suffering two broken bones in her nose.

The injury happened just as Uniontown coach Steve Forsythe was having a pregame conference with the umpires.

"Our girls watched Leighlyn get loaded on the ambulance and then we had to go out there and play," Forsythe said.

Forsythe's daughter, junior Tia Forsythe, stepped up and asked for the ball. Dealing with a shoulder injury that will require offseason surgery, she came through with a gutsy performance, helping Uniontown outlast Albert Gallatin, 11-10.

"She carried us seven innings," Steve Forsythe said. "Her and the girls behind her, they had a couple reasons to win that night: one, because they wanted to; two, because they needed to; and third, they did it for their pitcher, Leighlyn. …

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