Last Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2023 - 2:06PM
Bushy Run American Legion has been one of the top teams in the District 31 Westmoreland County Baseball League for many years and in July, the Beavers added their fourth league title since 2017. It wasn't easy, but Bushy Run dethroned defending champion Latrobe, 6-2 in the final.
Jason Sabol returned from injury to deliver a one-out RBI double and Chuck Fontana followed with a single to drive in Sabol to help the Beavers to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After the Jethawks tied the game, Ian Temple scored what became the game-winning run on a two-out error in the fourth inning.
Bushy run tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth highlighted by a squeeze bunt from Matt Lichota.
Jonny Lovre was the winning pitcher allowing just two runs on three hits in six innings. Peyton Bigler closed out the game by inducing a double play to secure the title.
The Beavers advanced to the Region 7 Tournament where they defeated Beech Creek (1-0) Murrysville (14-5), St. Michael (3-2) and Bedford (12-2) before ultimately falling to Beech Creek (6-4) in the championship game.
Bushy Run ended its outstanding season with a record of 23-4-1.
In recognition of their historic accomplishment, Bushy Run American Legion will be granted the Shining Stars recognition, entailing a $500 contribution courtesy of Smail Kia in Greensburg and the Westmoreland Sports Network.
ABOUT SHINING STARS: Shining Stars is a program formed by Westmoreland Sports Network and Smail Kia in Greensburg to recognize and support Westmoreland County student-athletes whose academics, community and athletic excellence shines the brightest. Two teams will be chosen as Shining Stars each season throughout the year with both receiving funding to assist their booster programs.