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GCC senior to play in Big 26 baseball game

By Kevin Lohman
Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher and middle-infielder Collin Liberatore, a rising senior, has been selected to represent Pennsylvania in the third annual Big 26 Baseball Classic, …

Knoch junior turns heads at baseball tryout
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Cole Shinsky considers himself fortunate to have discovered — all right, stumbled onto — the state’s top all-star baseball event for underclassmen. He had a …
Elizabeth Forward’s Wylie Field getting a facelift
By Dave Mackall
A landmark playing field in Elizabeth is getting a facelift. Wylie Field, the longtime home of Elizabeth Forward High School baseball games, will sport a …
Apollo-Ridge’s Percic, Kittanning’s Schall named Leader Times Baseball, Softball Players of the Year
By Matt Grubba
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Mike Percic Apollo-Ridge, Junior, third base/pitcher Mike Percic didn’t post the biggest numbers among Armstrong County players, but his contribution was …
Boehme, Wilke, Popa propeled Seton-La Salle offense in 2014
By Ray Fisher
One of the main ingredients in the highly successful 2014 recipe for the Seton-La Salle baseball squad was its hitting. The WPIAL Class AA runner-up …
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Brendan McKay Blackhawk, senior, pitcher Crowds gathered whenever Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay pitched, with high school baseball fans and pro scouts eager …
Norwin’s J.J. Matijevic named Greensburg Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Paul Schofield
PLAYER OF THE YEAR J.J. Matijevic Norwin, senior, shortstop It was quite a senior season for Norwin shortstop J.J. Matijevic. He finished as the WPIAL’s …
Riverview’s Anthony named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
By Bill West
PLAYER OF THE YEAR JASON ANTHONY RIVERVIEW, SENIOR, CENTER FIELDER Jason Anthony plans to study engineering at West Virginia University, but the 2014 Riverview grad …
TJ senior caps high school career as WPIAL all-star
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson senior Jake Benack ended his high school athletic career with a sensational spring baseball season. A two-year starter at second base, Benack led …
Blackhawk’s McKay focused on CWS games
By Jason Mackey
Brendan McKay has a decision to make. He has a much-needed diversion, too. Louisville, the school McKay could play baseball for next season, opened the College World Series on Saturday night against Vanderbilt, and McKay, a senior left-hander at Blackhawk, was planning to watch intently. “It’s fun to see all …
Seneca Valley’s Coward caps senior year with magical run to WPIAL baseball title
By Jerry Clark
Seniors hope their final year of high school is one they will never forget. It’s one last chance to enjoy the high school experience before …
Steel Valley’s Donovan is Daily News Baseball Player of the Year
By Mark Kaboly
It was early February and Brandon Donovan had yet to throw a pitch — being the starting shooting guard on the basketball team prevented that. …
‘WPIAL hangover’ dooms baseball teams going into state tourney
By Jason Mackey
Following a 5-2 loss to Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Thursday, May 29, Baldwin baseball coach Dan Caponi called practice for …
Steel Valley’s Vickers captures coach of year honors
By Mark Kaboly
It wasn’t long ago that Steel Valley didn’t want Tim Vickers. Actually, it was four years ago when the baseball coaching position was opened by …
Despite success, Sewickley Academy baseball still building coach says
By Nathan Smith
The resurgence of the Sewickley Academy baseball team continued this season. After reaching the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2006 last season, the …
Quaker Valley baseball completes back-to-back special seasons
By Nathan Smith
Todd Goble’s first two seasons as Quaker Valley’s baseball coach have been two of the best in program history. The Quakers have gone 41-6 during …
Fox Chapel baseball hopes to bounce back in 2015
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel varsity baseball team wasn’t able to make a return appearance to the playoffs this season but coach Michael Frank is optimistic about …
Baldwin’s Caponi lands Section 3-AAAA coach-of-the year honor
By Ray Fisher
Baldwin’s varsity baseball squad, with nine seniors and essentially a returning starter at every position, had high expectations entering the 2014 season. The Highlanders ended …
Plum’s Stotler enjoys WPIAL all-star experience
By Michael Love
Nick Stotler’s final high school baseball game didn’t result in a victory, as the Quad-A team fell to the Class AAA stars, 4-3, Sunday during …
Season ends for Cinderella Seneca Valley in PIAA semifinals
By Chris Harlan
SCOTLAND, Pa. — Three years apart, on the same field, against the same school, Seneca Valley’s baseball season ended one round short of the state championship. Yet, the emotion was different this time. “It hurts because you were so close and you had an opportunity,” Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega …
WPIAL diamond all-stars compete
By George Guido
The Class AAA all-stars and the Class AA squad came up winners Sunday in the 11th annual WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association doubleheader at Butler’s Kelly Automotive Park. Class AAA 4, Class AAAA 3 — A two-run single by Belle Vernon’s Dylan Pietrantoni drove in Keith Gannon of Mars and Uniontown’s …
Morgan, Greensburg Salem softball team are thriving in postseason
By Paul Schofield
Greensburg Salem softball coach Jody Morgan admits she’s a little surprised her team has advanced to Monday’s PIAA Class AAA  semifinals. But she’s not complaining. …
Hoops rivals are diamond all-star teammates
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The last time Kiski Area’s Ryan Sciullo and Plum’s Nick Stotler played in the same game, it was during the WPIAL basketball playoffs and a …
Worst to first? Butler baseball team did it
By Joe Sager
Butler’s baseball team pulled off a rare feat this season to complete a remarkable reversal. The squad went from 2-16 overall and winless (0-10) in …
HS buzz: Baseball stars set to face off Sunday
By Staff Reports
Many of the area’s top players will take the field at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler on Sunday for the annual WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association All-Star doubleheader. At 1 p.m., a team of Class A all-stars will play a group from Class AA, and the Class AAAA vs. Class AAA …
Coward tosses 5-hit shutout as Seneca Valley advances to PIAA semifinals
By Chris Harlan
When Vince Augustine’s home run cleared the left-field fence, it felt almost like a game-winner for the Seneca Valley junior. Even if it came in …
Trib Cup: Carmichaels baseball motivated by WPIAL championship loss
By Brian Graham
The result of the WPIAL Class A baseball title game will be in the back of Scott VanSickle’s mind for years to come. The controversial …
High school roundup: Blackhawk bounced in PIAA quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Corey Neel’s line drive past Blackhawk second baseman Joe Campagna brought in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as District 1 …
Shady Side baseball team’s future looks bright
By Marty Stewart
Once again, the Shady Side Academy baseball team qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs but the Indians’ stay was a short one as they …
Scotties baseball team continues to make strides toward goals
By Paul Paterra
Southmoreland baseball coach Brian Shipley sat in a dugout at the team’s field recently and reflected on a season in which the Scotties won nine …
Norwin boys athlete of the year: J.J. Matijevic
By Doug Gulasy
Mike Liebdzinski has seen a number of standout players in his 11 seasons as Norwin baseball coach. More than a dozen graduates moved on to …
Sewickley Academy, QV baseball fall in 1st round
By Staff Reports
Despite seven strikeouts in six innings from pitcher Joe Nagel, Sewickley Academy was ousted from the PIAA Class A playoffs in a 3-2 first-round loss to Elk County Catholic at Brockway High School on Monday. Drew Johnson had a double for Sewickley Academy (10-7), which rallied for two runs in …
Mistakes prove costly for West Mifflin in PIAA 1st round loss
By Chris Harlan
ERIE — The scoreboard numbers pained West Mifflin coach Jeff Smith. Two hits. Six errors. “It’s a hard one to swallow,” said Smith after Tuesday’s …
WPIAL runner-up Seton-La Salle bounced in PIAA’s 1st round
By Chris Harlan
ERIE — The dreaded WPIAL championship hangover claimed another team. Seton-La Salle stranded eight runners and made three fielding errors in Tuesday afternoon’s first-round loss …
Winning run continues for Seneca Valley squad in 1st round of PIAAs
By Chris Harlan
Seneca Valley outfielder John Harper heard often that the season couldn’t improve with the flip of a switch. Five playoff wins later, he might disagree. …
Steel Valley’s season comes to an end with loss to Bedford
By Dave Mackall
A “magical” baseball season at Steel Valley ended for the  WPIAL-champion Ironmen following a lopsided loss to Bedford on Monday in the PIAA playoffs. Steel Valley, which won its first WPIAL title last week by beating Seton-La Salle in dramatic fashion, couldn’t match Bedford’s intensity in a Class AA first-round …