(Photo: Serra Catholic's Alain Girman finished his high school career with a 31-2 record on the mound. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette.)
"Alain Girman had the kind of high school baseball career usually reserved for the fertile minds of novelists.
What this Serra Catholic High School left-hander accomplished in four years with the Eagles, however, did not pop out of a writer's keyboard. His triumphs occurred on the baseball fields of Western Pennsylvania and helped lift Serra to WPIAL Class A baseball championships in 2009 and 2010 and a PIAA Class A title a year ago.
College programs took notice of the 31-2 career record Girman compiled with the Eagles and an overall earned run average of 1.18.
Baseball coaches from Penn State, Kent State, North Carolina State, East Carolina, Liberty and Stanford all showed interest. Girman was most impressed with the educational opportunities at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., and he signed a letter of intent last November that came with a four-year scholarship with the Mountaineers, a member of the NCAA Division I's Northeast Conference."