Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn-Trafford Has Turnaround Year

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn-Trafford Has Turnaround Year

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One of the biggest turnarounds in WPIAL high school baseball this year has occurred at Penn-Trafford.

The Warriors, just 2-8 in Section 1-AAA last year, now lead the way with a 4-1 section mark and 6-2 record overall.

"We were an old team last year but inexperienced," said Warriors coach Ron Evans, who is in his 16th year at Penn-Trafford. "What I mean by that is we probably started five seniors but they were starting for the first time."

In their place has come a talented junior class that Evans believes is playing more fundamentally sound baseball.

There's first baseman and clean-up hitter Dan Shusteric, a .385 hitter with two home runs, including a grand slam in a 5-0 win over Greensburg-Salem on April 7.

On the mound there's hard-throwing Jay Mitaly and lefty Mark McRobie, who plays right field when he's not pitching.

And at second base there's lead-off hitter Dan Obremski, who has shown able dexterity and turned almost a half-dozen double plays already this year.

"All we want to do is make the routine play. If you do that, you'll win a lot of games. It's worked out well for us," Evans said.

In doing "the little things," the Warriors have won two one-run games and one two-run decision.

"Going into the season nobody expected us to be here, but we've surprised a lot of people. Maybe even ourselves."

While junior starters, which also include left fielder Anthony Cirocco, third baseman Jim Stark, and center fielder Kyle Sidle, have been the backbone of the team, the starring roles have been filled, as one might expect, by seniors, especially right-hander Doug Krivda.

Krivda, a lineman on the Warriors football squad, has posted a 3- 0 record with a 2.00 ERA this season after sporting a 3-3 overall record last year. He's shown exceptional control with 20 strikeouts against only three walks in the three section games in which he has appeared. …

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