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Offseason work helps Vincentian pitchers go distance this season

By Chris Harlan
Vincentian Academy junior Jay Cortese can finish what he starts. The pitcher’s first three outings this season were complete games, which bodes well for the …

No answers for Hixenbaugh, Leps
By Donnie Tasser
For the second day in a row the Belle Vernon Area baseball team dropped a section road game and for the second day in a …
Young GCC baseball team has high expectations
By Alex Oltmanns
The Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team ended last season with a 13-6 record, finishing a game behind Steel Valley for the Section 4-AA crown before …
Springdale’s Lock hits walk-off slam to give rival Riverview 1st loss
By Bill West
Springdale junior Adam Lock only watched the ball he laced down the left field line with the bases loaded long enough to see it curl …
Kittanning baseball scores 5 runs in 1 inning for win
By Matt Grubba
What looked like a rivalry game headed down to the wire ended up being a comfortable win for Kittanning. Andy Fennell threw six scoreless innings, …
Ford City edges Freeport in extra innings
By Matt Grubba
In a game in which both teams missed plenty of chances, an opportunistic sprint from third made the difference. Anthony Falsetti scored from third when …
Stranded runners take toll on Belle Vernon in 2-1 loss to West Mifflin
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area baseball coach Daryl Hixenbaugh did not hesitate when asked what cost the Leopards their contest with Section 4-AAA leader West Mifflin (7-2, 5-1). “We are not hitting well with runners in scoring position,” Hixenbaugh said. “We left, what, nine guys in scoring position today. You’re not going …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Burrell knocks off Deer Lakes
By Staff Reports
Burrell started fast this baseball season, winning its first three games. But the Buccaneers reversed course and dropped four in a row. Desperate to get …
Quaker Valley breaks out the bats at PNC Park
By Nathan Smith
A trip to the big leagues might just provide the Quaker Valley baseball team the spark it has been looking for. The Quakers recorded a …
Matijevic, Norwin baseball team continuing offensive onslaught
By Doug Gulasy
Norwin baseball coach Mike Liebdzinski knows how he would pitch to J.J. Matijevic if he ever faced that situation. Perhaps luckily for him, he’ll never …
Rams grab a pair of victories
By Peter Turcik
Last week the Ligonier Valley High School baseball team defeated two Heritage Conference opponents. The Rams first played host to Saltsburg, winning 4-3. They then …
Penn-Trafford moves on after loss to Norwin
By Doug Gulasy
The race for the Section 2-AAAA championship just got a little bit tighter for the Penn-Trafford baseball team. The Warriors, who led the section outright …
Plum senior first baseman overcomes disease, returns to game he loves
By Michael Love
Plum senior Matt Gunsallus loves baseball. He enjoys hearing the crack of the bat or the smack of the ball in the catcher’s mitt. He …
McCarthy, Eisel propel Highlanders’ early season success
By Ray Fisher
Baldwin’s varsity baseball team opened the 2014 season with five consecutive wins, vaulting into first place in Section 3-AAAA. After defeating Penn Hills and Mt. …
Gateway hoping for a spark to its season
By Michael Love
Unpredictable and often uncooperative weather has toyed with every area high school baseball team. Gateway has felt Mother Nature’s sting this spring. The Gators have …
High school roundup: Blackhawk’s McKay fans 20 in 8-0 victory over Central Valley
By Staff Reports
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay just keeps getting better. A week after firing a no-hitter, McKay had a school-record 20 strikeouts over seven innings in the top-ranked Cougars’ 8-0 Section 1-AAA victory at Central Valley on Wednesday. McKay, a left-handed Louisville recruit, has not allowed a run in his past 44 innings …
Daily News roundup: West Mifflin tops Belle Vernon, 2-1
By Staff Reports
West Mifflin plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and that was all it needed to earn a 2-1 Section 4-AAA win over visiting Belle Vernon on Wednesday. The fourth-ranked Titans (7-2, 5-1) scored on a fielder’s choice and a single by Zach Fodor. Both …
Greensburg high school roundup: No. 3 Hempfield edges No. 5 Norwin
By Staff Reports
Nolan Beresford’s two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning plated Joey DiBridge and helped No. 3 Hempfield to a 2-1 win over No. 5 Norwin in Section 2-AAAA on Wednesday. Tyler Tubbs scattered four hits and struck out six in five innings to earn the win for the …
Penn-Trafford hurler Smith among area’s best
By Paul Schofield
Penn-Trafford pitcher Tyler Smith isn’t about to let one hiccup Monday spoil his senior season. After losing his first game of the season to rival …
Ligonier Valley baseball learning to win close games
By Kevin Ritchart
Rick Ross wasn’t disrespecting his coach when he came off the field after the sixth inning at Northern Cambria last week. With the game tied …
Norwin deals No. 1 Penn-Trafford 1st loss
By Dave Mackall
Norwin right-handed pitcher Noah Smith said the Knights were clamoring Monday afternoon during the entire bus ride to Penn-Trafford while they ignored rainy conditions that …
Serra Catholic freshman hurls 1-hitter in victory
By Mark Kaboly
“The ol’ Wichita pickoff play” is real, even though it could easily be mistaken for a scene out of a poorly thought out and clichéd baseball movie. Still, that didn’t prevent Serra Catholic coach Brian Dzurenda to give the unusual trick play (a fake pickoff attempt at second base where …
Rawlins, Hounds perfect in 12-0 win
By Donnie Tasser
Monessen’s Justice Rawlins is off to quite the start in his senior season. In the Greyhounds’ 12-0 five-inning victory over Section 2-A rival Clairton (1-3, …
Brownsville knocks off Charleroi, 6-3
By Jeff Oliver
The Charleroi Area Cougars ran into a two-headed buzz saw Monday in the form of the Novotney brothers. Brownsville Area’s dynamic duo of Ryan Novotney …
BVA holds off EF, 3-2
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area won its second straight game, edging Elizabeth Forward, 3-2, in Section 4-AAA. The Leps (6-2, 2-2) did all of their scoring in …
Daily News roundup: West Mifflin rolls past TJ for Section 4 win
By Staff Reports
Todd Sekowski drove in four runs, and Joe Stavor drove in another three for No. 4 West Mifflin in its 13-1 five-inning rout of Thomas Jefferson (4-4, 3-2) in Section 4-AAA. A.J. Olasz, who fired a no-hitter his last time out, was stellar again as he struck out 10 and …
High school roundup: Pine-Richland takes down No. 2 Shaler
By Staff Reports
Class AAAA No. 4 Pine-Richland built a five-run lead and hung on late in a 5-3 win over second-ranked Shaler on Monday in Section 4 …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Error helps Plum baseball in win
By Staff Reports
Plum’s Twitter account likes to use the hashtag #GiddyUp, especially after wins. Junior Brian Albert had some giddy-up in his step Saturday when a routine …
Trib Total Media high school baseball, softball rankings
By Tribune-Review 5:26 p.m.
Baseball Class AAAA Rank/Team W-L 1. Penn-Trafford 8-0 2. Shaler 6-1 3. Hempfield 6-1 4. Pine-Richland 8-2 5. Norwin 5-1 Class AAA 1. Blackhawk 4-1 2. West Allegheny 5-1 3. Elizabeth Forward 5-3 4. West Mifflin 5-2 5. Hampton 3-1  Class AA 1. Neshannock 9-0 2. Riverside 5-2 3. Steel Valley 5-0 4. South Side Beaver 6-1 5. Shady Side Academy 3-3 Class A 1. California 8-0 2. Western …
Steel Valley’s Morrison battles back after Tommy John surgery
By Mark Kaboly
Like others, Derek Morrison was told that pitchers who undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction — better known as Tommy John surgery — often are better …
Hempfield baseball players battling weather
By Alex Oltmanns
It can certainly be challenging for a high school baseball team to improve early in the season when it is confined to practicing in a gymnasium. But that’s exactly what the Hempfield baseball team — along with many other local squads — have been faced with so far this spring …
Monessen collapses late against Canevin
By Donnie Tasser
Monessen baseball coach Bill Matush didn’t have much of an explanation after Bishop Canevin (3-1, 1-0) blew open a 2-2 game with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win a big early season Section 2 A showdown, 11-2. “We had a runner on first and then …
Steel Valley baseball routs Greensburg Central Catholic to extend unbeaten start
By Mark Kaboly
Tim Vickers went with the one-game-at-a-time approach when it came to his Steel Valley baseball team a year ago, and it resulted in the program’s …
Jeannette baseball looking for first section win
By Dave Moio
Too bad it wasn’t the other way around last week for Jeannette baseball. The Jayhawks won one and lost one, but the win was a …
Missed opportunities sink Charleroi
By Jeff Oliver
If Charleroi baseball coach Luke Mollis had a tough time sleeping Wednesday night, it would be understandable. That’s because earlier that day, he watched his …
California’s Luko throws no-hitter
By Donnie Tasser
Josh Luko no-hit a depleted Carmichaels lineup as California took early control of Section 1 A with Wednesday’s 14-0 five-inning victory. The Trojans (8-0, 3-0) remain undefeated and Luko improved to 5-0. He has given up only four hits, one earned run and one walk while striking out 24 in …