TribLIVE

| Sports


Baseball

Gorman: ‘He doesn’t want to be the kid with cancer’

By Kevin Gorman
Luke Blanock had reached his pitch count after four innings, so Canon-McMillan’s pitching coach told the Big Macs manager to use a reliever. Frank Zebrasky ...

More than BV Area’s uniforms will be green
By Jeff Oliver 12:29 a.m.
If there is a more youthful team in Section 4-AAA than Belle Vernon Area, Leopards coach Daryl Hixenbaugh would be interested to see it. Going into ...
Previewing the 2015 WPIAL baseball season
By Compiled By Paul Schofield
Class AAAA Preseason top five Team 2014 record 1. North Allegheny 13-8 2. Shaler 14-8 3. Bethel Park 10-9 4. Moon 16-5 5. Penn-Trafford 15-5 Section favorites 1. North Allegheny: This section got ...
Connellsville baseball wins W.Pa. opener after Southern trip
By Jason Black
Following a successful spring trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Connellsville baseball team remained hot in their first game of the season in Western Pennsylvania. The ...
Pitching depth has Serra Catholic baseball team optimistic
By Dave Mackall
With nearly its entire lineup returning from a WPIAL playoff qualifier, Serra Catholic is counting on bigger things on the baseball field this season. So far, pretty good. After opening the year 1-2 with a pair of one-run losses last week at a spring training stop in Alabama, Class A Serra Catholic ...
Chartiers Valley baseball hopes to triumph behind arms of unproven pitchers
By Gary Horvath
Chartiers Valley baseball coach Jim Jaskowski is hoping that replacing top-end talent with depth in his pitching rotation will be enough to keep the Colts ...
Ringgold baseball finally has veteran group
By Jeff Oliver
Going into his third season as Ringgold’s baseball coach, Mike Sikorsky finally feels a little more at home. That’s because in his first two seasons Sikorsky ...
Fox Chapel baseball hopes move to Section 3 sparks improvement
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel baseball team finished with an 8-10 overall record last year, including a 3-7 section mark. This year, the Foxes will move to ...
Defense to play key role for Gateway baseball
By Kevin Lohman
In each of the past two seasons, the Gateway baseball team collected just a single victory. In that span, the team’s greatest challenge had been ...
Brentwood baseball team bolstered by 9 returning lettermen
By Ray Fisher
Brentwood head coach Greg Perdziola approaches each baseball season with a large dose of optimism. “I expect us to compete for the section title and make ...
Baldwin baseball team looking to build off last 2014 success
By Jennifer Goga
The 2014 season was historic for the Baldwin baseball team. The Highlanders won Section 3-AAAA with a 8-2 record and finished 16-4 overall. They were the WPIAL runners-up and competed in the PIAA tournament. No less than 10 players garnered all-section honors, and five went on to play in college. “We ...
New faces looking to make impact with Norwin baseball
By Nathan Smith
The Norwin baseball team will be reloading when as it enters the 2015 season. The Knights went 14-4 last season and reached the WPIAL Class AAAA ...
Valley Independent roundup: California Area comes out hitting — again
By The Valley Independent
If the first two games of the season mean anything, Malden Yards will be the place to be for baseball this spring. California Area (2-0) rolled ...
Penn Hills baseball has high hopes on diamond
By Ed Phillipps
After reaching the cusp of the playoffs and ultimately missing out in 2014, the Penn Hills baseball team returns a host of talent to make another run at the postseason. The Indians won their final five games of the regular season to push their record to 9-8 overall and 6-4 ...
Bishop Canevin baseball ready for new section
By Nathan Smith
After losing eight seniors from a team that won a share of a section title last season and went 10-4, some might think the Bishop Canevin baseball team will take a step back. But coach Dale Checketts thinks his squad has enough talent to have another strong season. “It is shaping up ...
Franklin Regional baseball chasing WPIAL title 1 game at a time
By Alex Oltmanns
Franklin Regional baseball coach Robert Saddler admits that his ultimate goal is probably the same as most other coaches, to win a WPIAL championship. But until ...
Latrobe baseball forming ‘building blocks’ to succeed
By Kevin Ritchart
The Latrobe baseball team is currently under construction. Coach Matt Basciano and his team are laying the foundation for a run at the WPIAL playoffs — one block at a time. “We talk about building blocks,” Basciano said. “These kids are improving pitch to pitch, at-bat to at-bat. All around, they’re ...
Plum baseball returns from Florida with 3-0 record
By Ed Phillipps
With their flight back to Pittsburgh from Tampa, Fla. delayed Sunday night, the Plum baseball team was slowed down for the first time all weekend. ...
Greensburg Central Catholic sets sights on competing for titles in Class A
By Alex Oltmanns
Advancing to the postseason each year for the past decade, the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team has become a staple in the WPIAL Class AA playoff picture. But the Centurions will take a step down to Class A this year, competing against Section 2 opponents Clairton, Geibel, Monessen, Serra and another ...
Knoch baseball ready to compete for section title
By William Whalen
Coming off its deepest playoff run of the George Bradley era, an experienced Knoch baseball team is poised to push back at section foes, some ...
A-K Valley baseball preview: Plum puts focus on mental toughness
By Doug Gulasy
Plum coach Carl Vollmer has no qualms about his team’s physical abilities. The mental side of the game? That’s the big question. Fresh off back-to-back WPIAL Class ...
Geibel baseball team hopes to buck recent trend of losing seasons
By Jason Black
The past two baseball seasons have not been good for Geibel. The Gators won just one game in 2013 before going winless in 2014. However, new ...
Reigning WPIAL champ Steel Valley baseball team focused on fundamentals
By Dave Mackall
Steel Valley, the defending WPIAL Class AA baseball champion, is eager to get started with a new season, even though the Ironmen will open with ...
South Fayette baseball hoping new tech brings edge
By Gary Horvath
In his first year as coach, Ken Morgan has the South Fayette baseball team doing its homework. Morgan, a 2008 graduate of South Fayette and ...
Penn-Trafford baseball preparing for season with new coach
By Nathan Smith
First-year Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller admits he is walking into a successful program – to an extent. “The team has had success when you look ...
Ligonier Rams baseball team aims for consistency
By Peter Turcik
The Ligonier Valley High School baseball team opens the 2015 season against Heritage Conference rival Blairsville, a team Ligonier manager Jon Jones says, is perennially one of the toughest teams in the conference. “That’s the league. They always want to pit the bitter rivals against each other to open the ...
Southmoreland baseball enters season in realigned section
By Mark King
When the Pittsburgh Pirates packed up all of their equipment and took off for the sunny confines of Bradenton, Fla. to begin their annual spring ...
Area baseball teams relying on pitching to achieve ultimate goal
By Matt Grubba
If there’s a common thread between most of the county’s baseball teams, it is experience on the mound. Whether it is the title contenders or the ...
Southmoreland baseball prepared for jump in classification
By Jason Black
For the past four seasons, the Southmoreland baseball team has competed as a Class AA school in the WPIAL, and the Scotties are coming off ...
Connellsville baseball team confident it will soar this season
By Jason Black
Although the Connellsville baseball team hasn’t played a game yet this season, coach Rob Orndorff sees a team filled with winners. “If wins and losses were ...
Quaker Valley baseball reloading pitching staff behind ace Garbee
By Gary Horvath
Walk into one of the Quaker Valley baseball team’s practices and you won’t hear much at all outside of the thump of a ball hitting ...
Spring teams making most of indoor practices until weather breaks
By Jason Black
Although the calendar says it still is winter, spring has arrived for high school baseball, softball, track and boys tennis. Monday was the first official day ...
Under new coach, Valley baseball team taking different approach
By Doug Gulasy
The Valley baseball team was busier this offseason than previous winters. Under the direction of their third coach in the past four seasons, the Vikings ...
McPherson taking over coaching at Carlynton
By Nathan Smith
For the fourth time in as many seasons, the Carlynton baseball team will be under the guidance of a new coach. But this year it will be a familiar face leading the Cougars. Pat McPherson, who served as an assistant coach last season, will lead the team this spring. After last season’s ...
Plum baseball has strong fall season
By Dave Schrecengost
Plum fielded three teams in the Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League, and all of them enjoyed a successful fall season. The three Plum teams — one varsity and two junior varsity clubs — had a combined record of 27-6. “There’s no down side to winning. It allows you to build momentum going ...
New Penn-Trafford baseball coach trying to replace ‘staple of the community’
By Nathan Smith
Dan Miller knows he has some big shoes to fill. The new Penn-Trafford baseball coach acknowledged it won’t be easy replacing Ron Evans, who retired after coaching the Warriors for 27 seasons. But Miller said he is looking forward to the challenge. “Coach Evans was a staple of the community and was very ...