Monroe Central to Meet Shenango at PNC Park
The Monroe Central baseball team received an opportunity that many high school teams can only dream about.
Coach Ryan Rosnick was eating lunch at school Monday when he received a text message from Pittsburgh Pirates employee Nick McNeill, whom he had gotten to know through his brother and several other mutual friends.
Totally out of the blue, McNeill was quizzing Rosnick about the Seminoles’ schedule for the week.
“He asked me if we played Friday and responded, ‘no, we played Thursday and have a doubleheader on Saturday,'” Rosnick said.
McNeill then invited the Seminoles to play Friday afternoon at 3 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh against Shenango, which is located near New Castle, Pa.
“I stood up and had to leave the room,” Rosnick said. “I had to read (the text) three times to make sure it really said that.”
Rosnick quickly accepted the invitation, completely indifferent as to the opponent, logistics or anything else.
“This is just a once-in-a-lifetime chance for these kids,” Rosnick said. “We’re going to relish and enjoy it.”
The game will be played under a strict two-hour time limit.
“I am not sure how good that team is, but I don’t really care because this is just an unreal opportunity for our kids,” Rosnick said.
Later this month, the Seminoles will return to Pennsylvania to play at Consol Energy Park.
“I would have never believed it if you told me we’d playing at a game at both Consol Energy and PNC Park this season,” Rosnick said.
Rosnick kept the schedule change a secret from his players until their scheduled game at Frontier got rained out as they were en route to Beaverton.
Though the 3 p.m. start time in Pittsburgh isn’t the most ideal time for parents and fans, Rosnick expects the Seminoles to be well-represented.