Drew Karpen profiles the Penn-Trafford baseball team.
(Photo: Hempfield's Joey DeFloria slides home with a run despite the efforts of Penn-Trafford catcher Scott Koscho. That was one of the few low points for the Warriors as they dispatched the Spartans, 13-2, last Friday in a Section 2-AAAA victory. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)
"It seems as though everyone from Pittsburgh knows something about the 1979 Pirates, even if they hadn't been born by then.
The team that came to be identified as the "We Are Family" group showed why it was tagged with that slogan after winning the franchise's fifth World Series title and second in the decade of the 1970s.
That wasn't the only local historic baseball moment in the Pittsburgh area. That was the first year that Ron Evans began his long and illustrious career with the Penn-Trafford High School baseball program.
"This is my 26th year as head coach at Penn-Trafford," Evans said. "I have been there all my [adult] life. I was an assistant for nine years before that. I have been involved with the program since 1979. I just retired from teaching last year. I taught at Penn-Trafford for 36 years.""