It wasn't pretty and it didn't come easy, but the Marian Colts baseball squad got the job done against Schuylkill League Division foe Mahanoy Area on Thursday afternoon.
An Anthony Pilla solo home run in the fourth inning gave Marian some breathing room and solid pitching from Brendan McGowan and Mike Cataldo helped the Colts to gain the 5-1 victory.
The Colt's starting pitcher McGowan, who was on the mound for the first time in two years gave up a solo home run to Mahanoy's Jake Holman in the the top of the first. McGowan settled down from then on and was able to pitch four solid innings. He gave up just three hits after the Holman homer and struck out five.
"Brendan did a great job for us today," said Marian head coach Jeff Nietz. "This the first time he pitched for us in two years so we were interested to see how he was going to perform. He hung in there and battled all day."
A good defensive effort when a team is struggling to score runs is an important trait for a team to have in the game of baseball.
The Mahanoy offense may not have hit the