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Breaking down the WPIAL baseball championships

| Sunday, May 26, 2013, 11:00 p.m.
Jim Ference | Tribune-Review
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's Preston Falascino pitches against California during the WPIAL Class A semifinials Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Burkett Complex in Robinson. OLSH won, 2-1.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Quaker Valley's Matt Delie scoops up a ground ball at first base during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals against Deer Lakes Wednesday, May 21, 2013, at Fox Chapel.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Hopewell's Stefan Mrkonja singles during a game against Central Valley on April 18, 2013.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Seneca Valley's Connor Coward pitches against North Allegheny on April 25, 2013. The Raiders are the defending WPIAL champions in Class AAAA and are a favorite to repeat this year.

Here's a look at the WPIAL baseball championship games:

Class AAAA

Seneca Valley vs. North Allegheny

8 p.m., Wednesday, Consol Energy Park

Seneca Valley (18-3)

Coach: Eric Semega

No. Name Pos. Yr.

5 Jonathan Dorogy CF Sr.

15 Brad Gresock C Sr.

11 Sam Fragale 3B Sr.

7 Carson Kessler DH Sr.

4 Gianpaul Gonzalez 2B Jr.

25 Jason Martin RF Sr.

19 Zach Spangler 1B Sr.

24 Connor Coward P Jr.

10 Alex Hajduk SS Jr.

North Allegheny (19-4)

Coach: Andy Maddix

No. Name Pos. Yr.

36 Brandon Bergstrom SS Sr.

11 James Meeker 3B Sr.

49 Matt Waugaman 1B Sr.

24 Jimmy Divosevic CF Sr.

8 Justin Dattilo C Sr.

3 J.T. Zeitler 2B Jr.

33 Sean Fitzgerald RF Sr.

7 Zach Woloszyk DH Sr.

36 Mitch Machi P Jr.

15 Lucas Hilderbrand* LF Sr.

*Does not bat

How they got here: No. 1 Seneca Valley beat No. 8 Bethel Park, 2-0; and No. 4 Pine-Richland, 6-0. No. 2 North Allegheny beat No. 15 Norwin, 6-4; No. 10 Plum, 5-0; and No. 3 Hempfield, 3-0.

WPIAL titles: SV: 3 ('94, '11, '12), NA: 6 ('90, '91, '96, '03, '05, '09)

2012 title game: Seneca Valley 5, Mt. Lebanon 3

Notable: Seneca Valley, a two-time defending WPIAL champion, could join a select group of three-time winners; Pine-Richland won three consecutive in 2004-06, and Allegheny High School won six straight (1917-22). The Raiders won both regular-season games against their section rival by 3-2 scores. Coward (8-0) and Machi (6-0) are each unbeaten.

Predicted winner: Seneca Valley

Class AAA

South Park vs. Hopewell

8 p.m., Tuesday, Consol Energy Park

South Park (23-0)

Coach: Steve Bucci

No. Name Pos. Yr.

6 Jake Bywalksi CF Sr.

41 Justin Dilla C Sr.

99 Carter Grote 2B Sr.

45 Nick Yobbi P Sr.

22 Chris Winkler SS Sr.

4 Shane Fetsko 1B Jr.

00 Randy Dobnak LF Sr.

28 Greg Pantuso DH Jr.

8 Adam Thompson RF Jr.

13 Mike Dice* 3B Sr.

Hopewell (20-3)

Coach: Michael Shuleski

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

2 Ryan Cox SS Sr.

21 Arion Sepp 3B Sr.

3 Stefan Mrkonja CF Sr.

17 Logan Johnston 2B Sr.

18 Tim Hughes 1B Sr.

14 Clayton Covalt P Sr.

34 Shane Martin RF Jr.

7 Joe Kunzmann LF Sr.

23 Austin Mike C Jr.

*Does not bat

How they got here: No. 1 South Park beat No. 16 Yough, 10-0; No. 9 Thomas Jefferson, 6-0; and No. 5 Keystone Oaks, 4-3. No. 2 Hopewell beat No. 15 Derry, 1-0; No. 7 Blackhawk, 13-3; and No. 6 West Allegheny, 4-0.

WPIAL titles: SP: 0, H: 3 ('79, '00, '10)

2012 title game: Blackhawk 1, Belle Vernon 0

Notable: South Park could become the third undefeated Class AAA champion, joining Elizabeth Forward (21-0 in 2011) and West Allegheny (23-0 in 2007). Starting pitchers Yobbi, Bywalski and Dobnak all are college recruits. Hopewell right-hander Covalt (7-1) has not allowed a run in his two playoff starts, throwing four-hit shutouts against Derry and West Allegheny.

Predicted winner: South Park

Class AA

Quaker Valley vs. Beaver

5 p.m., Tuesday, Consol Energy Park

Quaker Valley (21-0)

Coach: Todd Goble

No. Name Pos. Yr.

2 Clayton Bouchard LF Sr.

13 T.J. Kuny SS Sr.

6 Nelson Westwood RF Sr.

15 Jake Pilewicz P Sr.

9 Shane Emery RF Sr.

16 Ben Utterback C Jr.

4 Matt Delie 1B Jr.

19 Adam Pilewicz DH So.

1 Christian Miller 2B Jr.

20 Tyler Garbee* 3B So.

Beaver (16-3)

Coach: Bruce Herstine

No. Name Pos. Yr.

5 Austin Logan SS Sr.

12 Ben Herstine C Sr.

14 Austin Ross P Sr.

11 Nick Hineman 1B Sr.

17 Jaylon Lawson LF Sr.

3 Jordon Yates CF Jr.

6 Jon Hill DH Sr.

21 Luke Scheidemantel 3B So.

4 Anthony Fidurski RF Sr.

1 Alex Rowse* 2B Jr.

*Does not bat.

How they got here: No. 1 Quaker Valley beat No. 16 Burrell, 6-3; No. 9 Freeport, 6-1; and No. 4 Deer Lakes, 4-0. No. 2 Beaver beat No. 15 Bentworth, 6-5; No. 10 Laurel, 6-0; and No. 14 Shady Side Academy, 8-1.

WPIAL titles: QV: 1 ('84), B: 2 ('83, '08)

2012 title game: Ellwood City 9, Riverside 7

Notable: Quaker Valley reached the title game for the first time since 1984. The Quakers could join Canevin (20-0 in 1993) and Freeport (17-0 in 1979) as undefeated Class AA champions. Jake Pilewicz has allowed just five combined hits and no runs in his two playoff victories. Beaver's Ross, a Radford recruit, improved to 8-1 with two postseason wins.

Predicted winner: Beaver

Class A

OLSH vs. Western Beaver

5 p.m., Wednesday, Consol Energy Park

OLSH (19-2)

Coach: Phil McCarren

No. Name Pos. Yr.

18 Santino Platt SS So.

9 Dan Bechek 2B Jr.

24 Preston Falascino P Sr.

12 Jason Lanoy C Sr.

8 Tim Mulvey 1B Sr.

2 Nick Kocent 3B Jr.

22 Jake Baumgartner DH Sr.

21 Bill Mulcahey CF Jr.

5 Noah Shahen RF Sr.

10 Kyle Seamon* LF Jr.

Western Beaver (17-2)

Coach: Chad Miller

No. Name Pos. Yr.

11 Tracy Brozich LF Jr.

2 Nick Miller P Jr.

12 Robert DiMaggio SS Sr.

30 Steve Menich C Jr.

5 John Petrosky 3B So.

22 Steve Robison CF Jr.

21 Cody Acon 1B So.

35 Robert Ranone RF Sr.

7 Austin Allison 2B So.

*Does not bat

How they got here: No. 2 OLSH beat No. 15 Monessen, 12-0; No. 10 Union, 5-1; and No. 6 California, 2-1. No. 5 Western Beaver beat No. 12 Jefferson-Morgan, 6-5; No. 4 Carmichaels, 6-1; and No. 1 Serra Catholic, 5-1.

WPIAL titles: O: 0; WB: 1 (2000).

2012 title game: Neshannock 5, California 0

Notable: This will be OLSH's first WPIAL championship game appearance; the Chargers lost in last year's semifinals. Led by Falascino, a Slippery Rock recruit, OLSH has won 18 straight since losing twice in South Carolina. Western Beaver has won 17 in a row. In the semifinals, Miller threw a five-hitter and struck out 14 against top-seeded Serra Catholic.

Predicted winner: OLSH

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