Sophomore Andrew Kocan comes up elephantine for Canon-McMillan baseball

Apr. 7—Sophomore Andrew Kocan wasn’t even imagined to be playing varsity baseball this 12 months. Canon-McMillan is gay he is.

Kocan went from being a JV player to varsity hero Tuesday when he went 2 for 2 with a home flee and two RBIs in serving to the Mountainous Macs pick their allotment opener, 5-2 over Mt. Lebanon.

“With Kocan, he became once on the JV group. I love his swing, but I belief, let’s help him JV. He is a younger child,” Canon-McMillan fifth-12 months coach Tim Bruzdewicz said. “Then I became once advised, let’s give him a gamble. Let’s gaze him and ogle what he does.

“He is legit.”

In his first at-bat in the third inning with Canon-McMillan trailing 2-0, he delivered the fundamental hit off Mt. Lebanon starter junior Derrick Shields.

The single led to the Mountainous Macs tying the score on an RBI single by senior Kolson DeSocio followed by a Blue Devils error.

In the fourth inning, after a bunt became once popped support to the pitcher main to what regarded love a rally-killing double play, Kocan crushed a Shields pitch over the fence in deep left-center self-discipline to do the Mountainous Macs up for wonderful.

In his last at-bat, Kocan smacked a pitch from Mt. Lebanon sophomore reliever Tyler Smith to deep left center self-discipline, but it became once caught for a long sacrifice cruise for the game’s last flee.

Senior Brandon Adams became once impartial in support for Canon-McMillan (1-0, 2-2), pitching four scoreless innings, allowing fair one hit with two walks and a pair of strikeouts against Mt. Lebanon (0-1, 1-2).

Adams came into the game to exchange senior Matthew Graeber after a leadoff single in the fourth inning. Graeber gave up two runs — one earned — in three innings.

It became once the 2nd time Bruzdewicz had Graeber and Adams sharing mound tasks this season. The opposite sport became once the Mountainous Macs other victory this season, a 4-2 pick over Seneca Valley.

“We rob into consideration BA (Adams) regarded as one of our No. 1s,” Bruzdewicz said. “He comes into the game, he commands the strike zone with three pitches. He can throw inside. With Matt Graeber, he is 6-7, and he comes appropriate down on you.”

The Blue Devils scored single runs in the 2nd and third innings but had potentialities for extra early. They left a runner in scoring worry in every of the fundamental three innings, with two runners left on in the 2nd and third innings.

The distinction in the game became once Mt. Lebanon failed to salvage the elephantine hit when one became once wished, and Canon-McMillan delivered in the grab, scoring 5 runs on eight hits.

A ultimate instance of the opportunistic Mountainous Macs became once how they scored the last flee in the sixth inning.

Senior Blake Stanton became once hit by a pitch, went to 2nd antagonistic on a wild pitch, to third antagonistic on a handed ball and scored on a sac cruise.

The identical two groups meet Wednesday at Wildcat Discipline in Mt. Lebanon.

“Indubitably, I love our pitching staff,” Bruzdewicz said. “They’ll perceive extra (Wednesday). We obtained two wonderful guys going (Wednesday).”

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