Pat Shingleton: "April Baseball..."
The 2014 Major League Baseball Season began Sunday evening when the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers. As noted in a previous column, an old classmate verified the difficulties of cold weather and baseball. Our ace, Bob Haine, had a great fastball; tossing a no-hitter our senior year with the Riverside Panthers of Ellwood City, PA. Riverside has enjoyed a state championship under the guidance of Danny Oliastro, our assistant coach under the late Ed Ellenich. Ed was obsessed with his hometown rivalry Monaca. Our first game began with snow flurries and 30 degrees. Ahead in the sixth inning, Andy Miller dropped a fly, costing two runs. Bob's hands were numb from the sting of the bat and for punching Dave Pelloni in the head, earlier in the week.