Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Moon Rises as Threat in South

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Moon Rises as Threat in South

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As the temperature increases, so does the intensity on the ballfields showcasing the talented mix of players during the American Legion baseball season.

With a few weeks left in the regular season of the Allegheny South Division, the pretenders and contenders are starting to take shape.

While it seems like everyone is trying to chase down West Mifflin, Moon is a team that cannot be taken lightly as well.

Entering play on Tuesday, Moon stood in a tie for second place with a 6-2 record and its only two losses came at the hands of West Mifflin, 9-2 and 9-1.

That second loss occurred Monday in what Moon first-year manager Tyler George called "a must-win game."

"We threw Trevor Rasbach at them but he didn't have his best stuff. He threw hard but he left the ball up and when you do that against a good team like West Mifflin, it's tough," George said. "[West Mifflin] is the best hitting team I've seen this year."

Moon has picked up wins against Chartiers Valley, Carrick, Peters Township, Bethel Park and Keystone Oaks twice.

With the players switching from metal bats during the high school season to wooden ones for Legion play, pitching has become essential in this league. That's an aspect Moon has plenty of but it took awhile to gather everyone. With the long postseason run the Tigers had in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs, they were without a number of their top players to begin the Legion season.

"The toughest thing during Legion season is pitching," George said. "We were five games behind because our high school team made a run in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs."

Moon was able to weather the storm until they got their best players back, especially Trevor Rasbach on the pitching mound.

"He was a pitcher for the varsity team," George said. "He wasn't going to play Legion, then decided he was going to play at the last second. He has been lights out for us. He pitched a no-hitter against Keystone Oaks. He beat Peters Township, too. He wants the ball. You love to have pitchers like that. …

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