EXTRA INNINGS: Burnett had millions of reasons to go to Philly
ALTHOUGH there are no fireworks display scheduled after the Pirates’ Fourth of July game this summer at PNC Park, there could be plenty of pyrotechnics during the game itself.
That’s the first time the Pirates will meet the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014.
And if the scheduling gurus have anything to say about it, who do you think will take the mound for the Bucs’ cross-state rivals?
After telling the Pirates last summer that he would play for them this season or retire, Burnett on Sunday inked a contract with Philadelphia.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP
Allied News area high school winter sports teams have been busy recently as the season nears an end and the playoffs loom for some. Following is a look at all Mercer County area sports action recently:
EXTRA INNINGS: Bucs showed improvement in 2013
Rounding the bases…
FIRST BASE: On May 10, 2013, no one in Pittsburgh knew that Francisco Liriano (16-8), Gerrit Cole (10-7), and Charlie Morton (7-4) would combine for a 33-19 record or that Marlon Byrd would fill the huge gap in the middle of the Clint Hurdle’s lineup, or that Justin Morneau would answer the Pirates’ first base problem.
The starting rotation that opened the season included A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald, Jonathan Sanchez, and Jeff Locke.
GCC sets Hall of Fame induction
Grove City College will hold its 2014 Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 22 at the college as well as presentation of Heritage Awards.
Following are the biographies of the 2014 Hall inductees. Watch for Heritage Award recipients in a future edition of Allied News.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP: Lady M's roll over Lakeview
The Mercer County Hall of Fame recently inducted former Mercer High star Sandi Bittler, one of the greatest long-range shooters in high school and college history. This year’s team isn’t too bad from outside the arc either!
At Mercer, the Lady M’s scored 10 3-pointers en route to a 59-21 Region 2-AA victory over the visiting Lakeview Lady Sailors.
Mercer (6-2, 12-5) was led by Jordan Fisher, who came off the bench to score 17 points for the Lady M’s. Fisher was a perfect 5 for 5 from beyond the 3-point line.
EXTRA INNINGS: Keeping up with Joneses not easy for frugal Pirates
A YEAR AGO at this time, Pirate fans were fretting about the lack of quality in right field, at shortstop, and at first base.
The arrivals of Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau led to a 2013 rousing success for the Bucs.
Now, less than two months from opening day, Pirate fans are again fretting about the lack of quality in right field, at shortstop, and at first base.
The Pirates could have re-signed the 36-year-old Byrd for two years at $8 million per, costing them $16 million.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP: GC girls bow to Hickory
There was a period of time early in Monday night’s District 10 Region 5-AAA contest that it appeared there would be scarce scoring between Hickory High girls basketball team and Grove City.
Unfortunately for the visiting Lady Eagles, that’s exactly how it ended.
At The Hive in Hermitage, host Hickory humbled Grove City, 47-21.
EXTRA INNINGS: Writer becomes switch-hitter on subject of instant replay
OK…maybe I’ve changed my mind.
As recently as last August, this column blasted the idea of expanded instant replay in Major League Baseball. Over the years, the column has railed against anything that takes away the human element.
Just as we accept errors from players, we must take umpires’ mistakes, too.
Besides, we’ve seen enough mistakes in the current system used to determine questionable home run. And some of the missed calls have been obvious to all except those making the call.
High school winter sports roundup
High school winter sports are in full swing with boys and girls basketball, wrestling, swimming action reported to the Allied News.
Following is a look at recent results from the Mercer Countyarea:
EXTRA INNINGS: Don't look for A-Rod to ever appear on the field again
LIKE A dragged-out story on “The Young and the Restless,” the saga of Alex Rodriguez continues to play out before people who are tired of the weariness of this never-ending story.
The narrative of an admitted doper during his 2001-2003 seasons in Texas has focused on the suspensions of 14 baseball players connected to the Miami-area Biogenesis clinic, an infamous supplier to major-league baseball players of supplements banned by Major-League Baseball.
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