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Southmoreland baseball aims high for 2013 season

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Southmoreland's baseball team will be swinging for the fences this season with high goals right from the beginning.

The Scotties are coached by Brian Shipley, and assisted by Bill Shipley and Brian Guynn. All coaches also will assist in coaching the junior varsity team as well.

“Right now there is competition for all starting varsity spots, among everyone grades 9-12, based on consistent dedication and commitment, as well as skill level will determine varsity playing time,” said Shipley.

Southmoreland will be competing in a new section this spring. The Scotties are in Section 4-AA where they will match up with Jeanntte, South Allegheny, Steel Valley, Shady Side Academy, East Allegheny and Greensburg Central Catholic,

“I feel that we will be competitive and feel that the section should be well balanced,” said Shipley.

The seniors for the Scotties are Mitch Ridenour, Justin Kubicek, Ben Hoadwonic, AJ Gaffney, Tyler Wisniewski, Zach Ripple, and Matt Lane.

Southmoreland played 26 fall baseball games in a fall league playing mostly WPIAL AAAA and AAA classifications. They competed in 36 varsity and junior varsity games last season.

Unfortunately Southmoreland missed the WPIAL playoffs by only two games last season and the team is coming back for revenge with some unfinished business to take care of.

“We will be prepared for every game one at a time and will not take any team lightly,” said Shipley.

The season begins (after a pair of scrimmages) with a non-section contest March 23 at Yough, with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 11 a.m.. Section play begins April 3 at Jeannette.

Southmoreland will rely on upperclassmen to lead the team this season, on and off of the field,

“They have the most varsity experience from last season and will be the back bone of our team this year, Also I would like to thank Charlie Swink, athletic director, administration, and school board for being supportive of the coaching staff and baseball program itself for all of their help and support of moving forward in a positive direction,” said Shipley.

John Poole is a freelance writer.

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