The History of MPALL Baseball at the 50th Anniversary Celebration
This is nn excerpt from an Article in the Mount Pleasant Journal from April 2004.
Baseball is filled with proud traditions, so it is only natural that the community of Mount Pleasant will be filled with pride this Saturday as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mount Pleasant Area Little League.
"The Little League has built character in a lot of young men," said Jerry Lucia, mayor of Mount Pleasant. Lucia also was a coach in the league for three years in the 70s. "It has taught the value of winning and losing and the value of being part of a team and not a loner. The fathers and even the coaches and managers that didn't have children, built a strong organization."
The organization was started in 1954 by six young men.
George Miller, Nick Etze, John DiPasquale Sr., the late Sam Freed, the late Wilmer Stohl and the late Paul Strelec were the original founders of the league.
At the time, none of the founding members had children, but decided that it was important for young kids to have a structured recreational activity.
Miller was the Mount Pleasant Area Little League's first president.
"Growing up, we just had pick-up games, so we decided we would try to get the Little League in Mount Pleasant," Miller explained. "We had to try to get sponsors for the teams. We came up with enough sponsors for four teams at $500 each. At that time, $500 was a lot of money and we used it to buy uniforms and equipment."
The first games were played at old Frick Park. The Mount Pleasant Area Little League has since moved from that venue to a fine facility at Willow Park.
"It was a lot of work, but it has come a long way," Miller said. "After 50 years, there are so many people that have gotten involved. We really have a strong foundation. I'm very proud of it. It's nice to look back and one of the highlights of my life was starting the Mount Pleasant Little League."
Miller will be on hand at the opening day ceremonies at Willow Park. He will throw out the first pitch to officially kick off the season.
The other living founders of the league echoed the sentiments of Miller.
"The Mount Pleasant Little League means a lot to the community," said DiPasquale Sr.
Like Miller, DiPasquale Sr. will also be on hand for Saturday's festivities.
"There will be a lot of old-timers there and it will be great to see some old friends," DiPasquale Sr. said.
Although Etze will not be in attendance on Saturday, he still has plenty of pride when it comes to the Mount Pleasant Area Little League.
"We got it moving and I'm glad it lasted," Etze said. "It makes me really happy to see how it has grown over the years. I'm proud of it. We have nice boys here and good players."
Good players have been a trademark of the Mount Pleasant Area Little League.
As part of opening day, many members of the 1970 WPIAL champion Mount Pleasant Vikings baseball team will be on hand. That championship team has the unique honor of playing in the last baseball game ever played at Forbes Field. Many of those players are products of the Mount Pleasant Area Little League.
Also scheduled for the event is a special appearance by former Major League Baseball player Robert Gorinski. Gorinski was a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins in 1970. He also played in the Mount Pleasant Area Little League in 1964.
"From what I can remember, I really enjoyed it," said Gorinski.
After a career in pro ball, Gorinski returned to Mount Pleasant where he coached in the league during the 1980s and 1990s. It was during those years that he felt his baseball career came full circle.
Now, he is anxious just to get back and enjoy the celebration.
"I'll get to see a lot of people that I haven't seen in a while," Gorinski said. "It will be nice, especially since it is a big anniversary."
The program will begin with an introduction celebrating the rich history and tradition of the Mount Pleasant Area Little League.
Miller will speak to the assembled crowd before the introduction of the 2004 officers. After the introduction of the officers, there will be a presentation of the Gerecter Award. The award presentation will be the highlight of the program.
Each year, the Mount Pleasant Area Little League presents the Herbert Gerecter Award to the 12 year-old player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership and playing excellence.
David Weinstein, the nephew of Gerecter, will present the award to this year's winner.
Also, former Pittsburgh Pirate Nellie Briles will be on hand and will speak at the opening day ceremonies.
Then, it is on to baseball as the 2004 season begins with a full slate of games. And as current league president Glenn Brown pointed out, the players are what truly makes the Mount Pleasant Area Little League a success.
"The focus is on the kids," Brown said. "Nothing in my life has given me more enjoyment than working with these kids. I just thank all the people in the league and I am proud to be associated with this organization."
Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m., followed by plenty of baseball action.
Read more: Mount Pleasant Area Little League to celebrate 50th anniversary - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dailycourier/sports/s_190550.html#ixzz1W4IyzJlG
MPALL Homer Run Leaders - 2012
Here are the HR leaders in all divisions below for the 2012 season:
1. J.C. Neill (11)
2. Cody Reese (6)
3. George Tetteris (3)
4. Nicolas Ruggeri (2)
5. Chris Wagner (1)
1. Dominic Giallonardo (4)- hit one HR in a Major Game
2t. Conner Prevenslik (1) - hit HR in Major Game
2t. Lucas Pieszak (1)
1. Jeffrey May (5)
2. Cody Surma (4)
3t. Cameron Gorton (2)
3t. Tyler Thomas (2)
3t. Ryan Borkowski (2)
3t. Elijah Krinock (2)
3t. Dylan Pawlak (2)
8t. Jacob Piper (1)
8t. Matthew Dean (1)
8t. Jake Levendusky (1)
8t. Reiss Hough (1)
8t. Aaron Alakson (1)
8t. Brenton George (1)
8t. Yukon Daniels (1)
Herbert Gerecter Memorial Award Winners
Congratulations to Jeremy Paul, winner of the 2011 Gerecter Award. Here are the past winners of the MPALL Gerecter Award. This award is given out each year to the Mount Pleasant Little League 12 year old who displays the best sportsmanship and teamwork through the course of the baseball season.
1978 - David Sargent
2005 - Max Brown
2006 - Shane Hertzog
2007 - Jacob Treber
2008 - Mitch Matlas
2009 - Jonah Long
2010 - Joe Loughner
2011 - Jeremy Paul
50th Anniversay Season on Gregor Field
Congratulations Jonah Long - 2009 Gerector Award Recipient
Congratulations to Jonah Long, who on Opening Day was awarded the MPALL Gerector Award from the 2009 season. This trophy is given out every year to the 12 yr old player who best demonstrates sportsmanship and teamwork. Please select "League History" on the menu to the left to view past winners of this award.
New Field Dedicated !!!
Borough Council members Larry Tate (left) and Jeff Landy (right) cut the ribbon to open the new Tee Ball Field at Willows park on Saturday. These borough members approved MPALL to build the field back in December Just a few month later, we now have a playable field that our Tee Ball and Coach Pitch players and families will enjoy for years to come.
On Saturday, the RKN Trucking Red Sox played the YMCA Yankees on the NEW Tee Ball field. It was the first game played on the new field since its completion earlier in the week. MPALL plans to play games on the new field on Saturdays in May, and expand to a full schedule in June.
Jeremy Paul Wins the 2011 Herbert Gerecter Memorial Award
Congratulations to Jeremy Paul who is the winner of the 2011 Herbert Gerector Memorial Award. This trohpy is awarded to the Mount Pleasant Area Little League player who best demonstrates teamwork and sportsmanship. Jeremy was a great competitor, a great teammate, and most importantly, a great sport during his time in MPALL.
David A. Gregor Field Information
This article appeared in the September 24, 2009 edition of the Mount Pleasant Journal requesting information from the community. After the article appeared, the league received a number of phone calls with information regarding David A. Gregor. We were contacted by Dennis Gregor (David's brother) who said that baseball was David's life. Other's who called were Mary Fontennaza, Larry Millsleagle, Donald “Dee Dee” Ceroni, Dawn Temple (who provided the news articles attached), and Bernadette Kattera (Rumbaugh Librarian) who provided the picture of David.
This is the article that appeared the Daily Courier pm May 14, 1962.
News article from the Daily Courier announcing the dedication of the new Little League Field in Mount Pleasant in the name of David A. Gregor.
District 9 Championships
Below are the MPALL District 9 Championship Teams:
2007 - 11-year-old Team (Mgr. Don Miller)
11 Year Old All-Stars Win District 9 Championship!!!
For the First time in the 53 year history of Mount Pleasant Little League baseball, an MPALL team wins the District 9 Championship. Manager Don Miller and his 11 year old All-Stars defeated Connellsville 3-1 on Sunday night. Tyler Mellors pitched 5 innings on three hit ball, giving up just one run to earn the win, and Marcus Malara came on to close the game by pitching a scoreless sixth inning to give Mount Pleasant the win.
FLASHBACK: 2004 District 9 Tournament
Prior to the 2007 11 yr old Mount Pleasant All-Star District 9 Championship, the furthest any MPALL team had gotten recently was the 2004 10year old boys team. Their efforts resulted in a 2nd Place Trophy that year. After working their way through the losers bracket after an opening game loss, the MP 10 year old boys beat Bullskin at Bullskin, then won a coin toss to host a final game at Mount Pleasant. The MP boys lost the game to Bullskin 6-4, but had a great All-Star run on their way to capturing the second place trophy.
MPALL HR Leaders
Jason Beranek & Robbie Karlfet tied for the home run lead in the MPALL Major Division in 2011. Here are the MPALL HR Champs by Year:
2005 - Forrest Stairs (6)
2006 - Zac Heide (14)
2007 - Joey Paul (10)
2008 - Parker Hertzog/Reid Gadagno(6)
2009 - Austin Mears/Jonah Long/Adam Patula (2)
2010 - Jacob Adamrovich (4)
2011 - Jason Beranek/Robbie Karfelt (5)
MP 11 Year Olds Advance to Championship Game!
DAILY COURIER - Wednesday, July 18, 2007
On Tuesday night, the Mt. Pleasant 10- and 11-year-old Little League all-stars rallied from two large deficits and eventually pulled out a 14-12 extra-inning victory over host Connellsville in District 9 Tournament action.
"The kids have no quit in them," Mt. Pleasant coach Donnie Miller said. "They really stuck with it and their a good bunch of kids."
Mt. Pleasant didn't put itself in the best position early as Connellsville stormed out of the gate with three runs in the first thanks to a solo homer by Michael Parlak and two-run shot by Jimmy Leichliter.
But the visitors rallied with four runs in the second thanks to two Connellsville errors and a two-run single by Mitch Matlas.
For the game, Connellsville committed five errors.
"You live and die by mistakes," Connellsville coach Scott Kirsch said. "In our first game, we had no errors and we won, 6-0. In this game we had five errors."
Despite the errors, Connellsville took a 6-4 lead in the third thanks to a two-run single by Evan Onusko and a run-scoring single by Jade Maher.
Mt. Pleasant got one back in the fifth, but Connellsville put up three in its half of the inning to take a 9-5 lead. Tanner Kirsch highlighted the inning with a two-run double. Maher, Austin Heinbaugh and Hunter Detwiler each singled and scored.
Connellsville took a four-run lead into the final inning, but Mt. Pleasant tied it with four runs in the sixth. With two outs, Marcus Malara came through with a clutch two-run double off reliever Leichliter to send the game into extra innings.
Then in the seventh, Mt. Pleasant continued to roll as Tyler McElfresh and Andy Yoder each singled and scored. Matlas doubled and scored and Parker Hertzog capped the inning with a two-run homer.
Connellsville rallied with three runs in the seventh. Detwiler and Tanner Kirsch each walked and scored. Brad Medvec and J.R. Blocker each delivered RBI singles. But with two outs, reliever Jacob Smail got a groundout to earn the save and preserve the win for Brett Fess. Leichliter suffered the loss.
"I give Mt. Pleasant credit," coach Kirsch said. "They fought back and our kids fought back. It was a great game and we were just a little short."
Mt. Pleasant advances to the title game Sunday. It will take on the winner of Thursday's game between host Connellsville and Yough.
Willows Park Major League Field - 1968
Valley Kitchen - 1976
Here is the Valley Kitchen team from 1976. Familiar faces on the team are current MPALL Safety Director and coach Frank Patula (2nd row, 2nd from left), Coach Henry Sargent (last row center)and Mayor Lucia (last row on the right).
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