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Mars rolls to 9th Eagle County crown in 11 years with 11-1, title-clinching win

August 13, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Mars' Rick Devereaux (34) beats the tag of lunging Cranberry catcher Brandon Pouch to score the game-ending run Wednesdasy night in Mars' 11-1 Eagle County baseball championship win at Veterans Field in Cranberry Township.

CRANBERRY TWP — Having already taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 Eagle County League championship series, Mars kept its foot on the gas in Game 3 Wednesday evening.

Three runs in the first inning ignited an 11-1, six-inning victory over Cranberry Township at North Boundary Park, earning for Mars a third straight league title and ninth crown in 11 years.

Mars' lineup feasted on Cranberry's pitchers — starter Matt Gayda and reliever Cam Kern — tallying 16 hits.

In the three games of the title series, Mars (22-3) plated 35 runs.

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Derek Pyda

Derek Pyda

- Graduated from Connellsville High School in 1996
- Graduated from Clarion University in 2000 with a Bachelors in Communications
- Have also written for Clarion News (Clarion, PA) and the Herald-Standard (Uniontown, PA)
- Started at the Butler Eagle on April 2, 2002
- Interests include sports, history and geography