Saturday, April 3, 2021 | 11:01
They say that the first game of the season can be a good or bad warning for baseball teams. It can set the tone for what lies ahead.
Franklin Regional liked what they saw in their first game in 2021 – the first in almost two years due to the closure of the coronavirus last year – and the Panthers hope more victories will follow.
“It’s just great to play baseball again,” Panthers coach Bobby Saddler said. “These children have been waiting so long to come back. They deserve to be able to play again. ”
Senior first baseman Tim Quinn launched a three-run home run to lift the Class 5A Panthers past 6A Hempfield, 3-2, in the season opener on March 26 at Haymaker Park.
“We’re coming from a big season two years ago, so we’m happy,” Quinn said. “We have something to prove.”
Senior Louie Kegerreis added two hits to the Panthers’ victory, which started the year ranked No. 3 by the Tribune-Review.
Senior Brian Pirone struck out six and went six, but earned the win, allowing only three hits. Senior Luke Treloar picked up the rescue.
The Panthers worked their way around Hempfield senior pitcher Phil Fox, a Gardner-Webb commitment that helped limit the Panthers to three hits.
But Quinn’s explosion was the biggest of the three.
“There are breaks in baseball,” Saddler said. “There were breaks both ways today. We only have a few more. ”
Hempfield left 10 at base.
Homer was the first of Quinn’s high school career.
“I started putting on weight last year, and it has really helped me with my swing,” Quinn said. “It was my outbreak year.
“(Fox) really brought it today,” Quinn said. “He had very good things. All that was needed was the really big shift in speed. ”
The Panthers followed that victory with a 1-0 gem against Connellsville when Quinn delivered a run-scoring bottom in the sixth and Thomas Nicely added two hits. Pirone won the victory again and worked on two rounds. Treloar threw the rest of the match.
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