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2013 NABF NATIONAL CHAMPIONS; FEDERATION LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2006 THRU 2013; NABF 2013 PITTSBURGH REGIONAL CHAMPIONS

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DAD, YOU WERE ALWAYS MORE THAN A FATHER, YOU WERE AN INSPIRATION, A LOVING EAR, A CRITICAL VOICE, A FRIEND, A MENTOR, AND A HERO.  REST IN PEACE POPS; BECAUSE LIKE IN THE MOVIE; FIELD OF DREAMS, YOUR HEAVEN IS A BASEBALL DIAMOND.                      

MOM, YOU WERE MY GREATEST CHEERLEADER, ALWAYS ASKING ABOUT US AND GIVING US UNQUESTIONED SUPPORT.  NOW, YOU'RE WITH DAD.  WE WILL MISS THAT FIRST CALL AFTER EVERY GAME, BUT WILL NEVER FORGET ALL THE LOVE, KINDNESS AND SUPPORT.  THANKS FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE.

 IN LOVING MEMORY OF BOB MEYER; A BROTHER, A FATHER, A FRIEND.  YOU ARE MISSED TODAY AND EVERYDAY AS OUR PHYSICAL WORLD IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU.

WE LOST A PART OF OUR FAMILY TONIGHT, AS SATCH'S MOM LOST HER BATTLE WITH CANCER.  SHE IS IN ALL OF OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. ARLENE WILL REMAIN WITH US IN OUR MINDS AND HEARTS. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE; A SAINT FOREVER. 

 ACHILLES HEEL PUTS CONCECUTIVE STREAK IN JEOPARDY.

THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S HAVE FASHIONED OUR YEARS OF WINNING WITH STRONG PITCHING AND AN OPPORTUNISTIC OFFENSE.  DEFENSE BEHIND THAT STRONG PITCHING AT TIMES HAS BEEN QUESTIONABLE.  USUALLY, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OVERCOME IT.  THIS SEASON, HAS PROVED TO BE AN EXCEPTION.  EARLY IN THE SEASON, THE SAINTS DROPPED AN 8-7 DECISION TO ALLEGHENY VALLEY, AS THE BUCS PLATED 3 UNEARNED RUNS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE LAST INNING.  THIS WEEK, WE SAW UNEARNED RUNS COST THE SAINTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN GAMES AGAINST BELLEVUE AND STEEL CITY.  AN 8TH INNING THROWING ERROR, LED TO BELLEVUE SCORING THE GO AHEAD RUN IN A 3-2 ANGEL VICTORY.  THEN A 1ST INNING, 2-0UT THROWING ERROR PERMITTED STEEL CITY TO PLATE 2 RUNS; AS THE BLACK SOX HUNG ON TO A 3-2 VICTORY TO GAIN A CRITICAL SPLIT IN OUR DOUBLEHEADER.

THE SAINTS CURRENTLY HAVE A LEAGUE RECORD OF 14-4-1, WITH 5 GAMES REMAINING.  STEEL CITY HAS ONLY LOST 3 GAMES AND THE SAINTS AND BLACK SOX HAVE ONLY 1 REMAINING GAME.  WE NOW NEED SOMEONE TO TIE OR BEAT STEEL CITY AND WE SWEEP OUT THE SEASON TO MAINTAIN THE REGULAR SEASON STREAK.  IT SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING FINAL 2 WEEKS OF THE REGULAR SEASON. 

 

SEASON OPENS IN A SPOTTY FASHION.

LIFE HAS BEEN VERY HECTIC WITH MY TEACHING RETIREMENT AND THE SEASON OVERLAPPING; I'M SORRY THE WEBSITE HAS SUFFERED.  I WILL DO A BRIEF RECAP TO OUR 8-2-1 START TO THE SEASON. WE HAVE YET TO PLAY AS GOODAS WE CAN, NOR HAVE WE PLAYED A GAME WITH A FULL LINE-UP.  A LEG INJURY HAS REMOVED PLAYER/COACH RICK KRIST MOST LIKELY FOR THE SEASON.  INFIELDER DERRIK ZEROSKI HAS BEEN OUT FOR OVER TWO WEEKS WITH A HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN.  STILL, WE HAVE TO ELIMINATE THOSE ERRORS IN ALL PHASES OF OUR GAME WHICH COST US IN OUR 3 ROAD BUMPS.  WE MUST MAINTAIN CURRENT FOCUS AND NOT FIND OURSELVES LOOKING FORWARD TO AUGUST AND BATTLE CREEK.  INDIVIDUAL GAME SCORES AND STATISTICS ARE LOCATED ON THOSE PAGES.

 2014 SEASON TO OPEN MAY 13TH.

THE SAINTS WILL OPEN DEFENSE OF THEIR GREATER PITTSBURGH FEDERATION LEAGUE TITLE WITH A HOME GAME AGAINST ALLEGHENY VALLEY AT AVONWORTH HIGH SCHOOL MAY 13TH AT 6 PM, PLENTY OF GOOD SEATS REMAIN. 

Congratulations Nate

We would like to take a moment to recognize Nate Thimons.  Not only was Nate selected to enter into the National Semi Pro Hall of Fame in late November; but we have received word that he will honored with admission to the Slippery Rock University Hall of Fame on September 6 and was also selected for the Bethel Park High School Hall of Fame on December 19th.  Congratulations Big Dog; to Jen and the girls and Mom and Dad; there is no one who is more desereving of these honors. 

WITH THE ILLNESS AND PASSING OF MY MOTHER, I HAVE NEGLECTED ADDING HOLIDAY AND NEW YEARS GREETINGS AND SOME OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS; HOPEFULLY; WE CAN CATCH UP.

LEAGUE FUNDRAISER

THE FEDERATION LEAGUE IS HOLDING AN NCAA BASKETBALL BRACKET FUNDRAISER.  FOR DETAILS CONTACT TOM OR RICK. 

 

ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE 2014 SAINTS; SHOULD CONTACT TOM OR RICK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

FOUR CURRENT SAINTS, TWO EX-PLAYERS, AND AN EX-COACH ARE AMONGST THE 15 LOCALS CHOSEN TO ENTER THE NASPBA HALL OF FAME FOR 2014.

CURRENT SAINTS RICK KRIST, JIM JASKOWSKI, NATE THIMONS, AND RICK SATCHO; ALONG WITH FORMER SAINT PITCHERS TODD SCHIFFHAUER AND ROB FESTER; AND EX-SAINT COACH AND WEST PITTSBURGH MANAGER CHUCK DEJOHN WERE SELECTED TO THE 2014 CLASS OF THE NATIONAL AMERICAN SEMI-PRO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION AS ANNOUNCED BY HALL DIRECTOR TIM TURPIN.  THEY  WILL JOIN 2013 INDUCTEE TOM McCARTHY AT THEIR INDUCTION CEREMONY NEXT NOVEMBER IN EVANSVILLE, INDIANA. THE HALL IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WILL BE DEDICATED THEN.  IN ADDITION TO THESE SEVEN WITH TIES TO ST. JOHNS; 8 OTHER LOCALS WERE HONORED FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN SUPPORT OF SEMI-PRO BASEBALL.  THE COMPLETE LIST OF AREA INDUCTEES FOLLOWS.

 RICK KRIST--SPONSOR, ASS'T. COACH, PLAYER--ST. JOHNS, JIM JASKOWSKI--PITCHER, DESIGNATED HITTER--MT. LEBANON, AND ST. JOHNS, NATE THIMONS--FIRST BASE/OUTFIELD--MT. LEBANON, NORTH PITTSBURGH, AND ST. JOHNS, RICK SATCHO--CATCHER--BELLEVUE, NORTH PITTSBURGH, AND ST. JOHNS, TODD SCHIFFHAUER--PITCHER/INFIELD-NORTH PITTSBURGH, AND ST. JOHNS,ROB FESTER--PITCHER--BANKSVILLE, WEST PITTSBURGH, NORTH PITTSBURGH, ST. JOHNS, AND MARS OF THE BUTLER EAGLE COUNTY LEAGUE, CHUCK DE JOHN--(DECEASED)--MANAGER, WEST PITTSBURGH, AND COACH, ST. JOHNS, PHIL BICKEL--MANAGER, 20TH. WARD, FEDERATION LEAGUE, JOE DEL SARDO--OUTFIELDER--20TH. WARD, BOB STOSKY--OUTFIELDER--20TH. WARD, AND WEST PITTSBURGH, JOHN MAZUR--CATCHER--MONROEVILLE, FEDERATION LEAGUE, LOU SHAPER--MANAGER--NORTH PITTSBURGH, FEDERATION LEAGUE, DREW MALIGESE--THIRD BASEMAN--NORTH PITTSBURGH, PAUL PAULSEN--(DECEASED)--MANAGER, BELLEVUE, FEDERATION LEAGUE, AND COMMISSIONER, FEDERATION LEAGUE, AND, PATTY PAULSEN--COMMISSIONER, FEDERATION LEAGUE 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL NEW INDUCTEES. 

SAINTS RECEIVE AUTOMATIC BID TO 2014 CHAMPIONSHIPS.

THE SAINTS HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT THEY WILL NOT NEED TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF QUALIFYING FOR THE NATIONAL WORLD SERIES IN BATTLE CREEK NEXT YEAR.  BY WINNING THE 2013 NTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WE WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE INVITED AND WILL OPEN THE SERIES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  ALL SAINT PLAYERS SHOULD PLAN THEIR WORK/VACATION SCHEDULES ACCORDINGLY. 

 SAINTS CAPTURE 2013 NABF NATIONAL TITLE

THOSE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN GETTING EITHER A RING AND/OR HOODIE SHOULD CONTACT MAC AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  IF YOU ORDERED A HOODIE ALREADY, THE ORDER IS BEING PROCESSED.  WE STILL HAVE EXTRA CHAMPIONSHIP T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE FOR $10. 

BY GOING 6-0 AT THE WORLD SERIES IN BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN, YOUR BOYS FROM LEFTY'S CAPTURE THEIR FIRST NATIONAL TITLE IN 3 TRIES. PITCHER GREG FREDERICK AND THIRD BASEMAN JIM PASQUINE WERE NAMED CO-MVP'S OF THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. PASQUINE ALSO WON THE SILVER SLUGGER AWARD AS THE TOURNAMENT'S TOP HITTER.  PAS AND FREDDY WERE JOINED ON THE ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM BY FIRST BASEMAN NATE THIMONS AND DESIGNATED HITTER JIM JASKOWSKI.

THIS MARKED THE THIRD TIME IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS THAT THE SAINTS PLAYED IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.  THEY ARE THE ONLY TEAM IN THAT PERIOD TO ACCOMPLISH THAT ACHIEVEMENT.

TOURNAMENT RE-CAP:

GAME 1---SAINTS 3   CHICAGO CLOUT 0

THE SAINTS FOUND THEMSELVES IN THE SAME POOL AS THE CLOUT TEAM WHICH HAD DEFEATED THEM FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE LAST SEASON, IN ADDITION, THEY WOULD BE OPENING THE TOURNAMENT WITH THE CHICAGO CLUB. THIS YEAR WOULD BE DIFFERENT.

GREG FREDERICK WAS MASTERFUL SCATTERING 4 SINGLES ACROSS THE FIRST 5 INNINGS AND THEN HOLDING THE WINDY CITY CLUB HITLESS OVER THE FINAL 4 INNINGS.  THE SAINTS COULD MUSTER ONLY 7 HITS, BUT COMBINED 2 OF THOSE HITS AND 3 WALKS TO PLATE 3 RUNS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 5TH. JIM PASQUINE WOULD GO 2 FOR 4 AND KNOCK IN 2 OF THE SAINT RUNS.

GAME 2---SAINTS 12  BATTLE CREEK MERCHANTS  0

RICKY RARAIGH TOOK THE BUMP AGAINST THE SECOND PLACE TEAM FROM BATTLE CREEK. RICK WAS EQUALLY AS GOOD AS FREDDY HAD BEEN.  HE HELD THE MERCHANTS TO JUST 4 HITS; WHILE FANNING 10.

THE SAINT OFFENSE STARTED SLOW; BUT EXPLODED FOR 5 IN THE THIRD.  MIKE HERMANN WENT 4 FOR 4, WHILE JIM PASQUINE WAS 3 FOR 3. NATE THIMONS CLUBBED A MERCY RULE ENDING GRAND SLAM; WHICH COMPLETED THE SCORING.  ON THE DAY, NATE DROVE IN 6 RUNS; WHILE HERMANN AND ERIC MORRISON CHIPPED IN WITH 2 EACH.

GAME 3--- SAINTS 14        BAY BROOK REMODELERS  4 

THE REMODELERS WERE A SURPRISING 2-0 AFTER UPSETTING CHICAGO AND WERE LOOKING TO CAPTURE POOL B WITH A WIN; THE SAINTS HOWEVER, HAD OTHER IDEAS. IN A GAME THAT CLOSELY MIRRORED THE AM GAME, THE SAINTS TRAILED 1-0 AFTER 1 INNING.  HOWEVER, THE SAINTS WOULD SENT 10 BATTERS TO THE PLATE IN THE TOP OF THE SECOND AND PLATED 7 RUNS. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE INNING WAS A MAMMOUTH 2-RUN HOMER BY JIM PASQUINE WHICH EASILY CLEARED THE 395 MARK IN DEAD CENTER. AS NATE DID IN THE FIRST GAME OF THE DAY, PAS WOULD CONCLUDE HIS DAY GOING 4 FOR 5, WITH 6 RBI. RICK KRIST, GREG STOKES, AND DERRICK ZEROSKI; EACH HAD MULTI-HIT GAMES.

WITH THE WIN, YOUR BOYS FROM LEFTY'S CONCLUDED POOL PLAY WITH A 3-0 RECORD AND THE TOP SEED IN POOL B. 

GAME 4---SAINTS 5    FT. WAYNE JACKERS 2 

THE SAINTS MOVED INTO THE 8-TEAM SINGLE ELIMINATION PHASE OF THE TOURNAMENT AGAINST THE FIRST WILD CARD FROM FT. WAYNE. THE JACKERS STRUCK QUICKLY WITH 2 IN THE FIRST OFF CORRY RYAN. HOWEVER, CORRY SETTLED DOWN AND WOULD HOLD THE FT. WAYNE CREW SCORELESS THROUGH 5.

AS IS OFTEN THE CASE, THE SAINTS KEPT THEIR COOL, BY SCORING 1 IN THE SECOND AND WHEN JIM JASKOWSKI SINGLED AGAINST A DRAWN IN INFIELD; JIM PASQUINE AND NATE THIMONS PUT THE SAINTS AHEAD IN THE TOP OF THE SIXTH.

THE SAINTS IMMEDIATELY WENT TO CLOSER JIM PASQUINE, WHO HELD FT. WAYNE TO A SINGLE HIT OVER THE FINAL 4 INNINGS; AFTER THE SAINTS HAD ADDED 2 INSURANCE RUNS IN THE 7TH. JASKOWSKI WOULD BE 2 FOR 2; WITH THOSE TWO KEY RBI, AND PASQUINE WOULD ALSO CHIP IN 2 SAFTIES; AS THE SAINTS MOVED INTO SUNDAY'S SEMI-FINALS.  

GAME 5--SEMI-FINALS

SAINTS  6     BAY BROOK REMODELERS 0

THE SAINTS WERE SURPRISED TO SE BAY BROOK,WHO HAD UPSET THE JOLIET DIRTBAGS.  WE HAD TO QUICKLY ERASE THE 14-4 VICTORY AND FORCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND. IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG AS A NATE THIMONS DOUBLE SCORED DERRIK ZEROSKI, WHO HAD WALKED, IN THE FIRST AS THE SAINTS JUMPED AHEAD. MIKE HERMANN SCORED ON A RICK KRIST SAC FLY TO STRETCH THE LEAD TO 2-0 IN THE SECOND. TWO BAY BROOK ERRORS, 3 WALKS, AND A ZEROSKI TRIPLE ADDED 4 MORE IN THE 6TH.

ANDREW RAFALSKI WAS MASTERFUL HOLDING THE WEST HAVEN CREW TO 5 HITS; AND NEVER FACING MORE THAN 4 BATTERS IN ANY ONE INNING.

GAME 6--FINALS

SAINTS  10       FEDELL'S MECHANICS  1

THE SAINTS HAD PREPARED TO FACE EITHER CLIFTON OR BUFFALO IN THE FINAL.  HOWEVER, THE STRONG LEFTHANDED BATS FROM BRIDGEPORT, CT POWERED THEIR WAY TO THE FINAL. SURPRISINGLY,THE GAME WAS ALL BUT OVER AFTER 5 MINUTES AND 4 SAINT BATTERS.

THE SPEEDY DERRIK ZEROSKI LEAD OFF THE GAME WITH A SINGLE DEEP IN THE HOLE. GREG STOKES FOLLOWED WITH A SINGLE TO LEFT. WHEN JIM PASQUINE SINGLED TO RIGHT, ZEROSKI SPRINTED HOME WITH THE OPENING RUN. NATE THIMONS LASHED A SHOT INTO THE RIGHTFIELD CORNER, AND WHEN THE THROW TO PLATE, UNWISELY TRYING TO GET PASQUINE, SKIPPED INTO THE SAINTS DUGOUT; THIMONS WAS AWARDED HOME AND THE SAINTS HAD A COMMANDING 4-0 LEAD.

THOSE WOULD BE ALL THE RUNS SAINTS ACE, GREG FREDERICK WOULD NEED.  HE SCATTERED 8 HITS, AND FANNED 8 IN SECURING HIS SECOND COMPLETE GAME VICTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT. FREDDY WOULD YIELD ONLY A RUN SCORING BLOOP IN THE 7TH; AS THE SAINTS ADDED A RUN IN THE 2ND AND 6TH; AS WELL AS 2 RUNS IN EACH OF THE 5TH AND 7TH.  ERIC MORRISON LED THE 16 HIT ATTACK WITH 3 HITS; WHILE ZEROSKI, PASQUINE, THIMONS, AND RICH SATCHO ADDED 2 EACH. NATE AND SATCH EACH HAD 2 RBI.                                                                 

AS WE CLOSE THIS, OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR, I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT THANK ALL OUR FRIENDS FROM ACROSS THE FED LEAGUE WHO SENT US WELL WISHES.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE'D LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO TRAVELED WITH US TO MICHIGAN AS WE FINALLY CAPTURED THAT BRASS RING THAT WE'VE BEEN CHASING. TO OUR WIVES, GIRLFRIENDS, CHILDREN, AND PARENTS WHO SHARE YOUR HUSBANDS, DADS, BOYFRIENDS, AND SONS WITH US EACH SUMMER. FOR AB, STOKES, NATE, HERM, SATCH, JAZ, AND RICK....THANKS. FOR MY DAD; WHO IS MY EVERLASTING INSPIRATION. 

FINALLY, TO THE SAINT NATION; ALL OF THOSE WHO EVER PLAYED FOR ST. JOHNS. WE HAVE THAT SAYING; "ONCE A SAINT, ALWAYS A SAINT.."; WELL,YOU CAME OUT. FROM SCHIFF TO ERIC DE JOHN TO DAVID LEE; FROM JOHN BACHMAN, JEFF MARTIN, SCOTT CHISHOLM, CHRIS GRADY, AND MORE; WE HAVE HEARD FROM YOU ALL AND APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. I'D LIKE TO WRAP IT UP WITH A QUOTE FROM ERIC DE JOHN WHICH I RECEIVED EVEN BEFORE LEAVING C.O.BROWN STADIUM IN BATTLE CREEK; "IT'S A F---ING VERY PROUD DAY TO BE A SAINT!" 

SAINTS CAPTURE PITTSBURGH REGIONAL, OPEN THURSDAY IN BATTLE CREEK V. CHICAGO.

THE SAINTS ARE PACKING THEIR BAGS AND HEADING OUT IN SEARCH OF THAT ELUSIVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE THIRD TIME.  DESPITE SEEING THEIR UNDEFEATED SEASON FALL, IN A MEANINGLESS GAME AGAINST THE CLEVELAND BLACKWOLVES, THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S AVENGED THEIR LOSS BY BEATING THE WOLVES 4-1 IN THE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.  GREG FREDERICK PITCHED A COMPLETE GAME 5 HITTER FOR HIS SECOND VICTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT; THUS EARNING DESIGNATION AS REGIONAL MVP. 

  PITTSBURGH REGIONAL OPENS THURSDAY, AUGUST 1ST AT BURKETT AND HERB FIELDS.

THE SAINTS ARE THE DEFENDING YOUNGSTOWN REGIONAL CHAMPS.  HOWEVER, THE YOUNGSTOWN REGIONAL WAS MOVED TO PITTSBURGH THIS SEASON. ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S WILL HOST THE FAIRVIEW CARDINALS ON THURSDAY AT BURKETT FIELD AT 5:00 PM.

REGIONAL BRACKETS

TOP BRACKET---BURKETT FIELD IN ROBINSON TWP.

GAME 2--ORCHARD PARK (BUFFALO MUNY) V. CLEVELAND BLACK WOLVES (CLEVELAND)  2:00 PM

GAME 1--ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S  V. FAIRVIEW CARDINALS (CUYAHOGA)   5:00 PM

GAME 5--LOSER GAME 2  V. LOSER GAME 1   8:00 PM 

BOTTOM BRACKET---JOHN HERB FIELD IN ROSS TWP.

GAME 3--BELLEVUE  V. LAKE ERIE BUCKEYES (CLEVELAND)   2:00 PM

GAME 4--STEEL CITY  V. WEST HERR (BUFFALO MUNY) 5:00 PM 

GAME 6--LOSER GAME 3  V. LOSER GAME 4   8:00 PM 

SAINTS SWEEP TO 8TH STRAIGHT FEDERATION TITLE.

YOUR ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S SAINTS HAD DEFEATED STEEL CITY 4 TIMES DURING THE REGULAR SEASON BY A COMBINED SCORE OF 48-12; HOWEVER, THE PLAY-OFFS ARE ALWAYS A DIFFERENT ANIMAL. THAT WAS NOT THE CASE; AS THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S DISPATCHED THE BLACK SOX BY WINNING 3 STRAIGHT BY SCORES OF 11-6, 6-0, AND A THRILLING 9-8 13 INNING AFFAIR.

GAME 1.....BRIAN WARHEIT WAS ON THE BUMP AND DESPITE YIELDING A 2-RUN SINGLE AND A 3-RUN HOMER; THREW 6 STRONG INNINGS.  JIM PASQUINE LED AN 18 HIT SAINT ATTACK; BY GOING 4 FOR 4 WITH 2 HOMERS.  ANDRE HECK AND ERIC MORRISON EACH HAD 3 SAFETIES.

GAME 2.....THE ANTICIPATED PITCHERS DUAL BETWEEN ACES GREG FREDERICK OF THE SAINTS AND STEVIE LONG OF THE SOX LIVED UP TO ITS BILLING.  HOWEVER, THE GAME WAS DECIDED EARLY, AS PASQUINE FOLLOWED A 1ST INNING GREG STOKES DOUBLE WITH HIS 3RD HOMER OF THE SERIES AND AN EARLY 2-0 LEAD. PASQUINE WOULD ADD HIS 6 CONSECUTIVE HIT IN THE THIRD; BEFORE HE WAS "MYSTERIOUSLY" DRILLED IN THE BACK IN THE 4TH.  THE SAINTS WOULD ADD A SINGLE RUN IN THE 4TH AND CLOSE IT OUT WITH 3 IN THE 8TH. FREDERICK; WHO HAD FANNED 17 IN HIS PREVIOUS SEMI-FINAL START, STRUCK OUT 12 IN 8 INNINGS BEFORE YIELDING TO PASQUINE IN THE 9TH.

GAME 3.....MAY HAVE BEEN THE MOST EXCITING GAME IN THE FED LEAGUE THIS SEASON.  STEEL CITY WAS AWOKE WHEN PASQUINE REPAID STEVE LONG IN THE 9TH INNING OF THE PREVIOUS GAME.  AS WAS OFTEN THE CASE DURING THE SEASON, THE SAINTS JUMPED OUT TO A 4-0 LEAD AFTER 1 1/2 INNINGS. HOWEVER, UNCHARACTERISTIC WILDNESS BY RICK RARAIGH LET THE SOX SCORE 2 RUNS ON A SINGLE HIT.  THE SAINTS ADDED SINGLE RUNS IN THE 3RD AND 4TH.  HOWEVER, STEEL CITY RALLIED FOR A 5 SPOT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 4TH TO TAKE A 7-6 LEAD, WHICH THEY EXPANDED TO 8-6 IN THE 6TH.  THE SAINTS WERE NOT DONE, PLATING A SINGLE RUN IN THE 7TH.  STILL, THEY ENTERED THE 9TH TRAILING BY 1.  PASQUINE WAS HIT BY A PITCH TO START THE 9TH.  NATE THIMONS FOLLOWED WITH A SINGLE TO RIGHT.  WITH THE INFIELD IN, A ROLLER BY TARRAN SENAY YIELDED ON A FORCE OUT AS PASQUINE SCORED THE TYING RUN.  IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH, A WALK AND SAC BUNT PUT THE WINNING RUN ON 2ND.  FOLLOWING AN INTENTIONAL WALK, PASQUINE WAS BROUGHT IN RELIEF.  PAS STRUCK OUT THE 5TH HITTER AND POPPED UP THE 6TH.  HE WOULD THROW THE NEXT 4 INNINGS, STRIKING A TOTAL OF 7 SOX.  IN THE TOP OF THE 13TH., ANDREW HECK LED OFF WITH A DOUBLE.  FOLLOWING AN EXCELLENT SAC BUNT BY LITTLE BROTHER JARED, ANDREW WOULD SCORE ON A WILD PITCH.  TWO FINAL PASQUINE STRIKE OUTS AND A FLY OUT TO ERIC MORRISON IN CENTER CLINCHED THE SAINTS UNDEFEATED JOURNEY THROUGH THE FEDERATION LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS AND REGULAR SEASONS.    

FINALS BEGIN SUNDAY, 7-21, AT AVONWORTH @ 5.

THE SAINTS CONTINUE ON THEIR ATTEMPT TO WIN AN UNPRECEDENTED 8TH STRAIGHT DUAL FEDERATIONAL LEAGUE TITLE WHEN THEY BEGIN THE FINALS AGAINST STEEL CITY.  ALTHOUGH THE SAINTS HAVE BEATEN THE BLACK SOX IN EACH OF THEIR MEETINGS THIS SEASON, WE EXPECTED STEEL CITY TO THROW EVERYTHING THEY CAN AT US. DESPITE THE RESULTS OF THIS WEEK, BOTH FINALISTS WILL JOIN WITH BELLEVUE IN TAKING PART IN THE NABF REGIONAL BEGINNING AUGUST 1ST. 

SAINTS SWEEP ALLEGHENY VALLEY IN SEMIS, MOVE ON TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AGAINST STEEL CITY.

THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S USED THEIR PITCHING STRENGTH TO DOMINATE AV WITH 2 SHUT-OUT VICTORIES; 10-0 AND 12-0.  IN GAME 1, GREG FREDERICK SCATTERED 4 HITS WHILE FANNING 17. ANDREW RAFALSKI AND TANNER WILT COULD NOT MATCH FREDDY'S NUMBERS, AS THEY TOTALED 5 AND 1 RESPECTIVELY.  OFFENSIVELY, THE SAINTS POUNDED OUT 14 HITS IN GAME ONE AND ANOTHER DOZEN IN GAME 2.  TARRAN SENAY AND JIM PASQUINE HAD 3 EACH IN GAME ONE; WHILE ANDREW HECK, GREG STOKES, JIM JASKOWSKI, AND ERIC MORRISON HAD MULTIPLE HIT GAMES IN THE 2ND GAME. 

PLAY-OFFS TO OPEN ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH AT AVONWORTH WITH GAME 1 OF BEST OF 3 SEMI-FINALS. 

THREE MORE WINS CLOSE OUT UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON; 21-0-1.

YOUR SAINTS CONCLUDED THE FINAL THREE GAMES OF THE REGULAR SEASON WITH 3 CONVINCING VICTORIES IN WHICH THEY POUNDED OUT 16 HITS IN EACH GAME.

JULY 14....SAINTS  17 STEEL CITY  7

OUR BOYS ALREADY OWNED 3 VICTORIES OVER THE 2ND PLACE BLACK SOX; AND WITH NOTHING ON THE LINE, THEY TRAVELED TO TAKE ON OUR RIVALS. CORRY RYAN WAS ON THE BUMP AND WAS RUSTY EARLY AS THE SECOND PLACE TEAM GRABBED AN EARLY 2-0 LEAD.  HOWEVER, THE SAINTS QUICKLY RALLIED FOR 2 IN THE 3RD AND PUT THE GAME AWAY WITH 6 IN THE 4TH. JIM PASQUINE HAD A MONSTER GAME GOING 3 FOR 6 WITH 8 RBI; INCLUDING A GRAND SLAM IN THE 6 RUN TOP OF THE 9TH. RICK KRIST ADDED 4 HITS' WHILE JOE AUL, CHAD MCCOY, AND NEW PAPA; JIM JASKOWSKI, EACH HAD 2 HITS. RYAN THREW 5 FOR THE WIN AND ANDREW RAFALSKI THREW THE FINAL 4; AS THE SAINTS WORKED TO GET PITCHING WORK FOR OUR STARTERS.

JULY 14.......SAINTS  7                 SOUTH HILLS  1

AS SOON AS THE GAME 1 MARATHON ENDED, THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S WERE IN OUR CARS FOR THE SHORT TRAVEL FROM NORTH HILLS HS TO AVONWORTH FOR THE GAME AGAINST SOUTH HILLS. IT WAS SOUTH HILLS WHICH PUT THE ONLY BLEMISH ON THE 2013 RECORD, WITH A 5-5 TIE. THE SAINTS DID NOT WANT TO STUMBLE HERE. SAINT PITCHING RULED THE DAY AS BRIAN WARHEIT AND GREG FREDERICK HELD SOUTH HILLS TO 5 HITS AND A SINGLE 8TH INNING RUN. HOT, TIRED, AND FRUSTRATED; THE SAINT OFFENSE WAS SLUGGISH IN THE RUN DEPARTMENT; AT ONE POINT HAVING ONLY 5 RUNS ON 14 HITS. JIM PASQUINE CONTINUED TO SWING THE STICK ADDING ANOTHER HR TO HIS 3 HIT/3 RBI TOTAL. NOT A BAD DAY FOR PAS; 6 FOR 10, 2 HR, AND 11 RBI.

JULY 15........SAINTS  7               SOUTH HILLS  2

THE SAINTS TRAVELED TO SOUTH HILLS FOR THE REGULAR SEASON MAKE-UP FINALE; ONLY THE 3RD TIME ALL YEAR IN OUR BLACK AWAY SHIRTS. AGAIN, THE GOAL WAS TO PREP OUR PITCHING FOR THE PLAYOFFS.  WITH THAT IN MIND, RICKY RARAIGH WAS PULLED WITH A NO-HITTER AFTER 4 INNINGS; AS INNINGS WERE SLOTTED FOR OUR 3 CLOSERS TO THROW THE FINAL 5 INNINGS. RICKY FACED 13 BATTERS IN HIS FOUR INNINGS AND STRUCK OUT 5 FOR THE WIN. PASQUINE, 2, ANDREW HECK,2, AND LOU KAMMERMEIR, 1, CLOSED OUT THE 4-HITTER; YIELDING ONLY A 2 RUN HOMER IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH.

PASQUINE CONTINUED HIS HOT CLOSING DAYS, GOING 4 FOR 4 WITH A WALK IN 5 APPEARANCES. ANDREW HECK, RICK KRIST, AND GREG STOKES EACH HAD 2 HIT GAMES. WHILE JARED HECK AND KRIST EACH KNOCKED IN 2. 

 

FORFEIT WIN CLINCHES REGULAR SEASON TITLE.

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW; AN EARLY MORNING PHONE CALL ENABLED THE SAINTS TO LOCK UP FIRST PLACE IN THE FEDERATION LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON.  WHEN ALLEGHENY VALLEY COULD NOT FIELD A TEAM FOR SATURDAY'S GAME, THE FORFEIT PROVIDED THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S WITH ENOUGH POINTS TO SECURE FIRST PLACE IN THE UPCOMING PLAY-OFFS AND THE TOP SEED OF THE PITTSBURGH TEAMS IN THE NABF REGIONAL. 

SAINTS ADD TWO MORE W'S, MOVE TO 17-0-1.

 YOUR BOYS FROM LEFTY'S USED THE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY TO ADD TO THEIR FEDERATION LEAGUE LEAD DEFEATING 3RD PLACE ALLEGHENY VALLEY AND 4TH PLACE BELLEVUE.

JULY 3.......SAINTS  4 ALLEGHENY VALLEY  1

THE GAME BETWEEN THE SAINTS AND OUR RIVALS FROM ETNA DEVELOPED INTO A PITCHING DUEL BETWEEN ALLEGHENY VALLEY ACE MIKE DUKOVICH AND WORLD SERIES ALL AMERICAN, BRIAN WARHEIT.  THE SAINTS STARTED QUICKLY AS LEADOFF HITTER, ANDREW HECK WALKED AND PROCEDED TO STEAL SECOND AND THIRD.  DREW THEN SCORED ON A WILD PITCH.  AFTER CONSECUTIVE STRIKE OUTS, NATE THIMONS LAUCHED HIS FOURTH HOME RUN IN FOUR STRAIGHT AT BATS, GIVING THE SAINTS AN EARLY 2-0 LEAD.  DUKE KEPT OUR BOYS OF THE SCORECARD FOR THE NEXT 5 INNINGS.  IN THE MEANTIME, BRIAN WAS UN-HITTABLE.  B-HEIT TOOK A PERFECT GAME INTO THE TOP OF THE 7TH INNING.  HE LOST THE PERFECT GAME WITH A LEAD-OFF WALK, A SACRIFICE BUNT AND THROWING ERROR PUT AV RUNNERS ON SECOND AND THIRD WITH NO OUTS.  HOWEVER, AV COULD ONLY MANAGE A SAC FLY AND WARHEIT EXITED THE GAME NO-HITTER INTACT. THE SAINTSPLATED 2 UNEARNED RUNS IN THE 7TH.  JIM PASQUINE RELIEVED AND GAVE UP A 2-OUT FLARE DOUBLE DOWN THE RF LINE IN THE 8TH.  THAT WOULD BE AV'S ONLY HIT.

JULY 7......SAINTS  13 BELLEVUE  2

SUNDAY SAW THE SAINTS AGAINST OUR BUDDIES FROM BELLEVUE AND FACING SAINT TOURNEY PICK-UP, LUKE KATICH.  HE WOULD BE FACING SAINT ACE GREG FREDERICK. AS USUAL, THE SAINTS STRUCK EARLY WITH 3 RUNS IN THE 2ND, KEYED BY BACK TO BACK DOUBLES BY NEW DADDY, JIM JASKOWSKI AND ERIC MORRISON .  RECENTLY RETURNED TARRAN SENAY DEPOSITED A 3RD INNING HOME RUN TO RIGHT CENTER FOR A 4-0 LEAD.  IN THE MEANTIME, FREDDY HELD THE ANGELS TO A SINGLE HIT OVER THE FIRST 6 INNINGS.  FREDDY WOULD FINISH AFTER 7 INNINGS WITH 7 K'S AND 2 BB'S.

THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S MANUFACTURED A 5TH INNING RUN AND THEN SENAY, LAUNCHED HIS SECONDED HR OF THE DAY; A MAMMOUTH 3-RUN SHOT TO HIGHLIGHT A 5-RUN 6TH.  BELLEVUE PLATED 2 IN THE 7TH; BUT A SINGLE RUN IN THE 7TH AND TWO IN THE 8TH PRODUCED THE MERCY RULE ENDING.  SENAY AND GREG STOKES EACH HAD 3 HITS ON THE DAY; WHILE MORRISON, PASQUINE, ANDREW HECK, AND NICO BALDELLI EACH HAD A PAIR OF SAFETIES.

 

IN MEMORIUM:

TUESDAY,JULY 2ND, SATCH LOST HIS PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER AT THE AGE OF 90. THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OF THE ST.JOHN'S FAMILY REST WITH SATCH, HIS FATHER, AND THEIR FAMILY.  THIS IS THE SECOND PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER THE SAINTS FAMILY HAS LOST THIS YEAR; AS GREG STOKES LOST HIS GRANDMOTHER SHORTLY BEFORE THE START OF THE SEASON. MAY THEY BOTH REST IN PEACE.  

BIG  SUNDAY  IN  SAINT  WORLD......

THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S SWEPT A DOUBLEHEADER FROM OHIO VALLEY; 7-0 AND 12-2 TO MOVE TO 15-0-1 ON THE SEASON.  WE SHOULD HIGHLIGHT ANDY BLACKWELL'S 2-RUN HOME RUN IN THE FIRST GAME AND ANDREW RAFALSKI'S 1-HITTER, FACING ONLY 1 BATTER OVER THE MINIMUM; OR MAYBE ESPECIALLY HIGHLIGHTING THE 3 HOME RUNS; INCLUDING 2 IN ONE INNING, BY NATE THIMONS IN THE NIGHTCAP.  IT WAS ALL A PART OF A MONSTER DAY FOR UNCLE NATE; AS HE WENT 6 FOR 8; WITH THE 3 JACKS AND 7 RBI. HOWEVER, THE BIG NEWS OF THE DAY DID NOT HAPPEN ON THE FIELD AT AVONWORTH.

NATALIE AND JIMMY'S BABY ARRIVED.  WE JOIN WITH EVERYONE IN LEFTY'S NATION IN WELCOMING JAMES JOSEPH JR. INTO THIS WORLD.  AS JAZ SAID, THE STREAK OF BABY GIRLS INTO THE RECENT LEFTY'S WORLD IS SNAPPED.  I'M SURE CHANCE WILL TAKE BABY JIMMY UNDER HIS WING IN THE NOT TO DISTANT FUTURE.  CONGRATS JAZ AND NATALIE. 

SAINTS SWEEP THE WEEK; MOVE TO 13-0-1.

AS THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S ROLLED INTO THE END OF JUNE, THE SAINTS CONTINUED ON A HIGH WITH FOUR MORE VICTORIES; INCLUDING WINS OVER RIVALS BELLEVUE AND STEEL CITY.

JUNE 19TH....SAINTS  11              BELLEVUE  1

I FINALLY MADE A BELLEVUE GAME.  SAINTS FACED BELLEVUE ACE LUKE KATICH.  EARLY BELLEVUE MISCUE GIVES THE SAINTS 3 IN THE FIRST.  AFTER A JIM PASQUINE SAC FLY MADE IT 4-1; NEWLY RETURNED ANDREW HECK HIT A 3-RUN 7TH INNING JACK AND 7 STRAIGHT 8TH INNING SINGLES PROVIDED THE MARGIN OF VICTORY. ANDREW HAD 3 HITS ON THE NIGHT AND 5 RBI; WHILE GREG STOKES, NATE THIMONS, AND RICK KRIST HAD 2 HITS EACH.  BRIAN WARHEIT GOT THE VICTORY AND CORRY RYAN CLOSED.

JUNE 21ST......SAINTS  13          OHIO VALLEY  2

THE SAINTS TRAVELED TO MEYER MIDDLETON WITH A SHORT BENCH WHICH MATTER LITTLE AS ST. JOHNS POUNDED OUT 18 HITS ENROUTE TO THE 7 INNING VICTORY.  ANDREW RAFALSKI WENT THE DISTANCE AND BENEFITTED FROM THE OFFENSIVE OUTBURST.  JIM PASQUINE HAD 4 HITS; WHILE ANDREW HECK AND JIM JASKOWSKI HAD 3.  IN ADDITION, ERIC MORRISON, GREG STOKES,AND CHAD McCOY HAD 2 HITS APIECE.

JUNE 23RD.....SAINTS  10            MT. LEBANON  0

RICKY RARAIGH TOOK THE PILL FACING MT. LEBANON AND EX-SAINT ERIC DROBOTJI.  A FIRST INNING 2 RUN JACK BY JIM PASQUINE GOT THE SAINTS OFF AND RUNNING. A SECOND INNING JACK BY NATE THIMONS KEPT THE TRAINING ROLLING; AS THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S ROLLED TO THE 10-0 VICTORY. ANDREW HECK CONTINUED HIS ASSULT ON THE FED LEAGUE WITH 3 MORE HITS.  RARAIGH LIMITED LEBO TO 2 HITS OVER THE FRONT 5 INNINGS AND FANNED 9.

JUNE 26TH..........SAINTS  8         STEEL CITY  0

IN THE FOUR GAMES PRIOR TO THIS STEEL CITY GAME, THE SAINTS HAD OUTSCORED THEIR OPPONANTS BY THE COLLECTIVE SCORE OF 49-6; NOW MAKE IT 57-6' AS THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S EARNED A HARD FOUGHT 8-0 VICTORY OVER THE BLACK SOX.  UNLIKE THE OFFENSIVE OUTBURSTS OF THE FOUR PRIOR GAMES; IT WAS THE DEFENSE WHICH HIGHLIGHTED THIS VICTORY.  WITH THE GAME SCORELESS; THE SAINTS FOUND THEMSELVES WITH STEEL CITY RUNNERS ON 1ST AND 2ND AND 1 OUT.  A STEEL CITY SINGLE TO LEFT FOLLOWED AND IT LOOKED AS IF THE SAINTS WOULD BE COMING FROM BEHIND.  HOWEVER, RICK KRIST UNCORKED A PERFECT THROW TO THE PLATE EASILY GETTING THE SURPRISED BLACK SOX RUNNER AND AFTER THE TAG, CATCHER NICO BALDELLI FIRED TO SECOND TO NAIL THE BATTER TRYING TO ADVANCE ON THE THROW; DOUBLEPLAY, THREAT OVER.  IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 4TH; NATE THIMONS DROVE A STEVIE LONG PITCH OVER THE RIGHTCENTER GATE FOR A 2-0 SAINT LEAD. A BASES CLEARING 3-RUN DOUBLE BY GREG STOKES HIGHLIGHTED THE SAINT 5TH, AND A 2-RUN HOMER BY JIM PASQUINE HELPED TO EXPAND THE LEAD.  GREG FREDERICK TOSSED THE FIRST 5 BEFORE A BLISTER FORCED HIM OUT OF THE GAME; CORRY RYAN AND LOU KAMMERMEIER CLOSED IT OUT.  

SAINTS FIND THEMSELVES IN FAMILIAR SPOT ATOP THE LEAGUE STANDINGS.

AS JUNE ROLLED IN, THE SAINTS LOOKED TO IMPROVE ON THEIR 4-0 RECORD FROM MAY. BY THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH OF JUNE; THE SAINTS HAD ADDED 5 MORE VICTORIES AND A TIE.

6-2-13....................SAINTS  14               ALLEGHENY VALLEY  8

AFTER SPOTTING AV AN EARLY 1-0 1ST INNING LEAD, THE SAINTS LED 5-1 AFTER 4 INNINGS.  HOWEVER, THE SCRAPPY BUNCH FROM ETNA BRIEFLY TIED THE GAME IN THE TOP OF THE 5TH.  THE WORD BRIEFLY APPLIES BECAUSE THE SAINTS ANSWERED WITH 6 RUNS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 5TH AND NEVER LOOKED BACK.  CORRY RYAN SURVIVED THE SHAKY 5TH FOR THE WIN; AS ANTHONY GAROFALO, AND LOU KAMMERMEIER CLOSED IT OUT.  GREG STOKES, RICK KRIST, AND JIM PASQUINE EACH HAD 3 HITS.

6-4-13................SAINTS  5                          SOUTH HILLS 5

THE SAINTS STILL REMEMBER HOW SOUTH HILLS WAS HAPPY TO PLAY THEM IN LAST YEARS 1ST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS.  HOWEVER, AS THE SAINTS TRAVELED TO SOUTH FAYETTE; THEY FOUND A HUNGRY SOUTH HILLS BUNCH WAITING FOR THEM. THE SAINTS SCORED 1 IN THE 1ST, AND WATCHED AS A 2-RUN HOMER BROUGHT THE HOST TEAM BACK AND BUILD A 3-1 LEAD.  THE THEME FOR THE NIGHT BECAME SAINT RALLIES AND GOOD GUYS LEFT ON BASE. IN THE END THE SCORE STOOD AT 5-5; AS CURFEW AND DARKNESS ARRIVED.  THE SAINTS POUNDED OUT 13 HITS; ALL SINGLES, LED BY 3 EACH FOR ANDY BLACKWELL, AND RICK KRIST.  ANDREW RAFALSKI AND BRIAN WARHEIT PITCHED IN AND OUT OF JAMS FOR THE SAINTS.

6-5-13.......................SAINTS  9                     BELLEVUE  3

THE MUCH AWAITED 1ST MEETING BETWEEN LAST YEAR'S FINALISTS.  BATTLE OF ACES....MATT BARNES FOR THE ANGELS AND GREG FREDERICK FOR YOUR SAINTS. BELLEVUE SCORES A SINGLE RUN IN THE 1ST. THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S PLATE 2 IN EACH THE 3RD AND 4TH.  THE SAINTS COASTED AS FREDDY FANNED 12. 5 SAINTS; ZACK ZEROSKI, GREG STOKES, MIKE HERMANN, JIM PASQUINE, AND DERRIK ZEROSKI, EACH HAD MULTI-HIT GAMES. FREDDY MOVES TO 4-0.

6-9-13........................SAINTS  10                  BELLEVUE  0 

FOLLOWING A CANCELLATION FOR THE PENS GAME, THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S STOOD READY TO HOST BELLEVUE FOR THE 2ND TIME IN 5 DAYS.  CORRY RYAN WAS ON THE BUMP FOR THE SAINTS AND THREW 5 STRONG INNINGS BEFORE GIVING WAY TO ANDREW RAFALSKI AND RICKY RARAIGH. AFTER SCORING 2 IN THE 1ST, THE SAINTS NEVER LOOKED BACK AND CRUISED TO THE W.  DERRIK ZEROSKI HAD 3 HITS; WHILE GREG STOKES, JIM PASQUINE, AND NATE THIMONS; EACH HAD 2.  PASQUINE ENDED THE GAME WITH A 2-RUN SHOT IN THE 8TH.

6-12-13....................SAINTS  5                  MT. LEBANON  1

MYSTERIOUSLY, THE SAINT BATS FAILED TO COME TO AVONWORTH THIS NIGHT; OR AT LEAST WHEN RUNNERS WERE IN SCORING POSITION.  THAT SAID, THIS GAME WAS ALL ABOUT GREG FREDERICK.  FREDDY GAVE UP 3 SINGLES IN THE 1ST; AS THE SAINTS AGAIN FELL BEHIND 1-0.  HOWEVER, LEBO WOULD GET ONLY A SINGLE HIT THE REMAINDER OF THE GAME. THE VICTORY WAS FREDDY'S 5TH OF THE YEAR.  THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S SCRATCHED IN RUNS IN THE 3RD, 4TH, 5TH, AND 6TH TO SECURE THE VICTORY. RICH SATCHO; WHO HOMERED IN THE 5TH, JIM JASKOWSKI, AND RICK KRIST; EACH HAD 2 HITS.

6-15-13....................SAINTS  15              ALLEGHENY VALLEY  3

WORK, WEDDINGS, AND BABYSITTING PROVED TO BE PROBLEMATIC FOR THE SAINTS AS THEY PREPARED TO MEET ALLEGHENY VALLEY FOR THE 2ND TIME OF THE SEASON.  HOWEVER, THE GAME WAS OVER QUICKLY; AS THE SAINTS SCORED 3 IN THE 1ST AND 2 IN THE 2ND; AND BUILT FROM THERE.  IN THE END THE SAINTS HAD POUNDED OUT 16 HITS AND PLATED 15 RUNS. GREG STOKES HAD 3 HITS, AND TANNER WILT IN HIS 1ST GAME HAD 2.  YET, THE HITTING STAR WAS JIM PASQUINE.  PAS WAS 5 FOR 6 WITH 2 SINGLES, 2 DOUBLES, AND A TRIPLE; WITH 3 RBI.  ANDREW RAFALSKI OVERCAME SOME UNCHARACTERISTIC WILDNESS TO THROW 7 STRONG INNINGS.  AS THE SAINTS IMPROVED TO 9-0-1 ON THE SEASON.

SAINTS STRIKE EARLY AND OFTEN, WHILE COASTING TO A 4-0 RECORD.

AS HAS BEEN THE CASE IN THE PREVIOUS VICTORIES, THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S STRUCK QUICKLY AGAINST SOUTH HILLS, SCORING 10 RUNS IN THE FIRST THREE FRAMES.  SAINT YOUNGSTERS AND RESERVES TOOK IT FROM THERE, AS YOUR SAINTS COASTED TO A 14-7 VICTORY.  DESPITE HAVING ONLY THRWN 10 INNINGS; GREG FREDERICK IMPROVED TO 3-0 ON THE YOUNG SEASON.  JIM PASQUINE PACED THE 15 HIT ATTACK WITH 3 HITS, WHILE DERRIK ZEROSKI, RICH SATCHO, ERIC MORRISON AND ANDY BLACKWELL EACH HAD 2 HITS .  PASQUINE ALSO KNOCKED IN 5, WHILE ZEROSKI PLATED 3 RUNNERS, AND GREG STOKES AND SATCHO HAD 2 RBI'S EACH.

MAY 2013.....A NEW SEASON BEGINS.

 AS THE NEW SEASON BEGINS, THE SAINTS FIND THEMSELVES PLAYING A LIGHT, 4 GAME MAY SCHEDULE.  HOWEVER, TWO OF THOSE GAMES WERE AGAINST STEEL CITY AND ONE AGAINST UP AND COMING SOUTH HILLS.  WITH THE MONTHLY SCHEDULE ENDING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 29TH AGAINST SOUTH HILLS; THE SAINTS FIND THEMSELVES WITH A 3-0 RECORD, WHICH INCLUDES A PAIR OF DECISIVE WINS AGAINST STEEL CITY.

MAY 15TH: ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S 12   STEEL CITY 3

THE SAINTS WELCOMED THE NEW SEASON AND LAST YEARS REGULAR SEASON RUNNER-UP TO AVONWORTH.  THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S JUMPED OUT TO A 2-0 LEAD IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FIRST AND NEVER LOOKED BACK.  THE SAINTS POUNDED OUT 17 HITS INCLUDING HOME RUNS BY GREG STOKES, RICK KRIST, AND MIKE HERMANN.  GREG FREDERICK, WHO WAS THE FIRST OF THE SAINT STARTERS WHO SHARED THE GAME, GOT THE WIN.

MAY 19TH: ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S 11      OHIO VALLEY 1 

OHIO VALLEY ALWAYS CREATES FITS FOR THE SAINTS IN THE EARLY YEAR GAMES; THIS WOULD PROVE TO BE THE CASE AGAIN.  THE SAINTS AGAIN RECEIVED OUTSTANDING PITCHING, BUT THE BATS SLUMBERED EARLY; AS THE SAINTS FOUND THEMSELVES TIED 1-1 AFTER 4 INNINGS. HOWEVER, THE SAINTS PLATED SINGLE RUNS IN THE 5TH AND 6TH INNINGS AND LAID 8 RUNS ON OHIO VALLEY TO END THIS RUN-RULE SHORTENED GAME.  THE KEY 7TH INNING BLOW WAS A 3 RUN JACK BY CATCHER RICK SATCHO IN A PINCH-HITTING ROLE.  OVERALL, THE BOYS CLUBBED OUT 14 HITS; OF WHICH 12 WERE SINGLES.  RICK RARAIGH, THE SECOND OF 3 PITCHERS, GOT THE WIN IN RELIEF OF BRIAN WARHEIT.

MAY 22: ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S  11      STEEL CITY  2

STEEL CITY RETURNED LOOKING TO REVERSE THE SCORE FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK.  AS EXPECTED, THE SAINTS COULD NOT MATCH THAT 12 RUN, 17 HIT ATTACK.  THIS TIME THEY COULD ONLY MANAGE 11 RUNS ON 15 HITS.  USING THE SAME PITCHING FORMULA; THE SAINT BATS POSTED A 7-0 AT THE END OF 4 AND COASTED TO VICTORY. MIKE HERMANN AGAIN HOMERED AND GREG STOKES WENT 3 FOR 3 WITH 2 RUNS SCORED.  GREG FREDERICK WON FOR THE SECOND TIME; AS HE WAS THE FIRST OF 4 SAINT PITCHERS; AS THE SAINTS CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR PITCHING DEPTH.

 PRACTICE FOR EVERYONE WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH AT AVONWORTH @ 6.

SEASON BEGINS AGAINST THE BLACK SOX ON THE 15TH OF MAY.

THE SAINTS WILL OPEN THE 2013 SEASON AGAINST THE BLACK SOX @ AVONWORTH.  16 OF THE 24 GAMES WILL BE PLAYED ON EITHER SUNDAY OR WEDNESDAY, WITH 15 OF THOSE AT AVONWORTH HS. 

THE 2013 SCHEDULE IS NOW POSTED ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE.

CONGRATULATIONS.......

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER TO RICH SATCHO, BRIAN WARHEIT, AND JIMMY PASQUINE WHO WERE NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS BY THE NATIONAL AMERICAN SEMI-PRO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (NASPBA).

PROUD AND HONORED.....

TODAY, I WAS INFORMED THAT I HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO THE 2013 CLASS OF INDUCTEES TO THE NATIONAL AMATEUR SEMI-PRO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME.  I'D LIKE TO THANK TIM TURPIN AND THE NASPBA; BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR ME AT ST. JOHNS AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENABLED THE GREATER PITTSBURGH FEDERATION LEAGUE TO FUNCTION FOR ALL THESE YEARS.  A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CORE PLAYERS; ESPECIALLY RICKY WHO REALLY HELPS TO MAKE ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE. 

WRAP-UP.....

AS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE; I'D LIKE TO TAKE A BRIEF MOMENT TO THANK EVERY PLAYER, FAMILY MEMBER, AND FAN OF ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S FOR THEIR SUPPORT THIS SEASON.  ALTHOUGH WE FELL ONE GAME SHORT OF FULFILLING OUR ULTIMATE GOAL; IT WAS NOT FOR LACK OF EFFORT ON ANYONE'S PART.

THIS SEASON WAS ONE OF CONSTANT CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT.  WE HAD NUMEROUS PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER AT VARIOUS TIMES; AND YET IN THE END; WE RELIED MOSTLY ON OUR USUAL CORE AND OUR NEWER DEVELOPING CORE TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS.  A SPECIAL THANKS TO CHRIS GRADY WHO SEEMS TO ALWAYS BE THERE TO HELP US OUT AND GET US OVER THE TOP.  THANKS TO OUR DEVELOPING FUTURE SAINT; CHANCE SATCHO, WHO IS THE BEST BAT BOY A TEAM COULD HAVE.  PROPS TO MATT FUNK; WHO PUTS UP WITH A LOT FROM ME AND THE GUYS, AND DOES A GREAT JOB WITH KEEPING OUR BOOK.  SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE NEWER SAINTS WHO ARE COMING AROUND TO KNOWING AND TRUELY REALIZING WHAT IT IS TO BE A PART OF ALL THIS. TO THE WIVES AND YOUNG ONES; WHO ARE SUCH A KEY PART OF THE OPERATION.  I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW THEY ARE ALL GROWING SO FAST.  FINALLY, TO SATCH, RICKY, HERM, JAZ, GREG, A.B., AND NATE; WE HAVE BEEN TOGETHER SO VERY LONG AND HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH.  I THANK YOU FOR JUST BEING THERE. I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE OUR RUN.  RICKY AND JAZ; THANKS FOR FIELDING THE MANY CALLS.  OUR NEW GOAL FOR THIS WINTER IS TO GET SATCH TO ANSWER HIS DAMN PHONE!

CONGRATULATIONS.......

WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE AND ACKNOWLEDGE RICH SATCHO, DERRIK ZEROSKI, JIM PASQUINE, AND BRIAN WARHEIT WHO WERE SELECTED TO THE 2012 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES AT THE BUFFALO WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENT.  ALSO, WE'D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE CORRY RYAN AND ANDREW RAFALSKI WHO WERE GIVEN STRONG CONSIDERATION FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PITCHING PERFORMANCES.

AS IT WAS IN '07; THE SAINTS FALL ONE STEP SHORT.

IN 2007 THE SAINTS FELL TO DETRIOT BY A 5-1 SCORE.  FOLLOWING A SIMILAR SCRIPT; THE SAINTS DROPPED A 8-2 DECISION TO THE CHICAGO CLOUT AND FINISHED 2ND IN THE NABF.

GAME 1----SAINTS 6        FEDELL'S MECHANICS 2

THE SAINTS USED THE SOLID RIGHT ARM OF CORRY RYAN TO DEFEAT THE TRADITIONAL WEST HAVEN LEAGUE POWER.  CORRY STRUCK OUT 9 AND YIELDED 5 HITS.  THE SAINTS PLATED 3 RUNS IN THE TOP OF THE 9TH TO BREAK OPEN THE 3-1 GAME.

GAME 2----SAINTS  10    MILFORD HUNTERS  1

THE MILF HUNTERS WERE NEVER IN THE GAME AS ANDREW RAFALSKI SPUN A 3 HITTER AGAINST THE OTHER CONNECTICUT CLUB.  NATE THIMONS ANS ERIC MORRISON CLUBBED HOMERS AS THE SAINTS FINISHED DAY 1 2-0 IN POOL PLAY.

GAME 3----SAINTS  5       ORLANDO STORM  2

THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S PLATED 3 RUNS IN THE 1ST, WHICH PROVED TO BE ALL BRIAN WARHEIT NEEDED.  B-HEIT THREW A 5 HIT COMPLETE GAME; WHILE FANNING 7 OF THE FLORIDA BOYS.  AT 3-0, THE SAINTS WERE ALL BUT ASSURED OF A TRIP TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND.

GAME 4----CHICAGO CLOUT  8     SAINTS  6

ASSURED OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND, THE SAINTS ATTEMPTED TO CONSERVE PITCHING AND ACHING BONES.  AFTER JUMPING TO A 6-0 LEAD, THE SAINTS PERMITTED THE CLOUT TO RALLY AND SECURE THE 8-6 VICTORY.  DESPITE THE LOSS, THE SAINTS CLINCHED THE SECOND SEED AND ADVANCED.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND........

ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S  14       MURRAY'S DIESEL  8

OUR PITCHING WASN'T AT ITS BEST; BUT IT DIDN'T NEED TO BE AS THE SAINTS POUNDED OUT 21 HITS AND DEFEATED THE HOST CLUB.  JOHNS SANSONE AND RICH SATCHO EACH WERE 4 FOR 6; AS THE SAINTS BROKE AN 8-8 TIE AND SCORED THE LAST 6 RUNS OF THE GAME.  THE BIG BLOW WAS RICK KRIST'S 7TH INNING TRIPLE WITH THE BASES LOADED.  THE SAINTS ADVANCED TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AGAINST CHICAGO.

CHICAGO CLOUT   8             ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S  2

THE TEAM FROM THE WINDY CITY HIT THE SAINTS WITH A 5 SPOT IN THE TOP OF THE 1ST AND THE BOYS FROM LEFTY'S NEVER RECOVERED.  DESPITE A MAXIMUM EFFORT; INCLUDING BRIAN WARHEIT THROWING 3 RELIEF INNINGS ON 1 DAYS REST, OUR JOURNEY CAME TO A DISAPPOINTING END. 

SAINTS CAPTURE YOUNGSTOWN REGIONAL WITH 9-4 VICTORY OVER PIGNATARO'S OF BUFFALO.

THE SAINTS USED EXCELLENT PITCHING AND SOME TIMELY HITTING TO CAPTURE THEIR SECOND TRIP TO THE NABF WORLD SERIES.  STARTERS CORRY RYAN, ANDREW RAFALSKI, BRIAN WARHEIT, LUKE KATICH, AND GREG FREDERICK; WITH RELIEF HELP FROM BEN HAMM AND JIM PASQUINE; WERE ALL EXCELLENT AND PROVED TO BE THE MAIN REASON WHY THE SAINTS WERE OFF TO THE WORLD SERIES.

GAME SCORES AND WRAP-UPS........

GAME 1----SAINTS  4        AKRON LASIKS   2

BEN HAMM STEPPED IN WHEN CORRY RYAN GOT LOST AND HELD THE FORT INTO THE 2ND INNING.  THE SAINTS USED A 3-RUN 3RD TO HOLD OFF THE AKRON BUNCH.

GAME 2----PIGNATARO'S  5            ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S  4

AFTER THURSDAY NIGHT'S AND FRIDAY'S RAIN; THE TOURNEY RESUMED SATURDAY AT NOON.  THE TAXMEN OF BUFFALO USED A LATE 3-RUN HOMER TO HOLD OFF THE SAINTS BY A 5 TO 4 SCORE.

GAME 3----SAINTS  2      ORCHARD PARK (BUFFALO)  0    ORCHARD PARK HAD DEFEATED THE SAINTS IN LAST YEAR'S BUFFALO REGIONAL IN EXTRA INNINGS; TODAY THE TABLE TURNED.  BRIAN WARHEIT FIRED A 4 HITTER AND RECEIVED SOLID INFIELD DEFENSE TO SHUT OUT THE SOX.

GAME 4----SAINTS  3                       STEEL CITY  1

LAST YEAR, THE BLACK SOX TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE SAINTS DECISION TO GO TO THE BUFFALO REGIONAL AND WON THE YOUNGSTOWN REGIONAL ENROUTE TO THEIR 2ND PLACE NATIONAL FINISH.  TODAY, THEY WERE LESS FORTUNATE AS THE SAINTS CONTINUED THEIR 2012 DOMINANCE OF THE FORMER RIVERBANDITS WITH A 3-1 VICTORY.  THE BLACK SOX DID NOT DEFEAT THE SAINTS ALL SEASON; CONTINUING A STREAK THAT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE 1ST GAME OF LAST SEASON'S LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP.  VETERAN PICK-UP, LUKE KATICH WAS MASTERFUL AS THE SAINTS CAPITALIZED ON STEEL CITY MENTAL ERRORS.

GAME 5----SAINTS  9                   PIGNATARO'S  4

REVENGE HAS NEVER BEEN A FACTOR IN OUR SUCCESS; WE JUST GO OUT TO BEAT OUR OPPOSITION.  THE SAINTS RODE A 5-RUN 3RD INNING AND COASTED TO THE 9-4 VICTORY.  NEXT STOP.......BUFFALO. 

      

YOUNGSTOWN AGAIN.

THE SAINTS WILL CONTINUE THEIR ANNUAL QUEST TO RETURN TO THE NABF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINNING IN YOUNGSTOWN.  THE TOURNAMENT IS SLATED TO BE PLAYED ON TWO FIELDS.....PEMBERTON PARK AND BOARDMAN HIGH.

PEMBERTON PARK IS LOCATED AT 2301 SHADY RUN ROAD

BOARDMAN HIGH SCHOOL AT 7777 GLENWOOD AVE BOARDMAN, OHIO.

SAINTS WIN 7TH STRAIGHT DUAL TITLES.

FOR THE SEVENTH STRAIGHT YEAR, YOUR ST. JOHNS-LEFTY'S SAINTS HAVE WON BOTH THE REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIP.  THIS YEAR THEY DEFEATED BELLEVUE IN THE BEST OF FIVE SERIES 3 GAME TO 2.  THE ANGELS FIELDED A VERY SCRAPPY TEAM AND HAD THREE OF THE BEST STARTING PITCHERS IN THE LEAGUE WITH MATT BARNES, JOHN HAY, AND LUKE KATICH. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH TEAMS O

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