Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murrysville Unable to Weather Top Foe

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murrysville Unable to Weather Top Foe

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It was one crazy week for Murrysville's American Legion baseball team.

That team traveled to five different fields during the Region 7 tournament, played four different teams, won three games, lost twice to the same team, consulted two distinguished experts -- and made one valid argument against a bracket that may have been crazier than the one crazy week itself.

"I told the parents it might be a difficult week," said Murrysville manager Bob Bozzuto. "But this was something new for me, too."

Murrysville left Monday for Ebensburg and a storm forced the team to wait two days to play powerful State College.

Obviously, those teams were the best going into the tournament, but played the opener because of a bracket that bunched together perhaps the four best teams of the eight competing. But protests fell on deaf ears and Murrysville lost to State College and its Ohio University-bound ace pitcher, Tyler Godwin, 9-2.

"We waited two days to play a great team and there were rumors of moving to a single-elimination tournament, re-bracketing, a lot of things you don't like as a coach," Bozzuto said. "No excuses, though, because State College is very, very good and they deserved to win."

Murrysville came back that night to beat Somerset, 5-3, behind Alex Cole's complete game (nine innings). Dante Plassio and Matt Hanley were the hitting stars, and they remained hot, along with Jeff Vincent, throughout the tournament.

On Thursday, Murrysville beat Bedford, 13-5, with Scott Parnell earning the win. Then things became interesting.

"Chaos hit," Bozzuto said.

On Friday, rain washed out Ebensburg's two fields. Murrysville traveled to Spangler, and it rained more. The game against Punxsutawney was moved to Saturday, and it began raining again.

Officials began talking about moving Punxy into the title game against State College, so Bozzuto called KDKA to gather advice from meteorologist Rebecca Hower. …

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