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Trib Cup: Greensburg Central Catholic celebrates WPIAL title

By Alex Oltmanns
Collin Liberatore’s 12th strikeout Tuesday night proved to be a memorable one. The moments after the Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher struck out California’s Aaron Previsky in the WPIAL Class A championship will not be ones that Centurions players and coaches will forget any time soon. Holding onto a 6-4 lead, Liberatore ...

Central Catholic knocks off Norwin to win 1st WPIAL baseball title
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic coach Frank LaCava joked that he wanted to wrap his hands around his pitcher’s neck at times this season. Not anymore. Instead, ...
Knoch senior ejected from WPIAL title game for wild slide
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Knoch finally experienced the clarity of absolute triumph by winning their first WPIAL baseball championship, but it took a few exhales first. The second-seeded Knights ...
Gorman: Central’s DeRenzo catches a shutout
By Kevin Gorman
Central Catholic’s first WPIAL baseball champions will be best remembered for blanking a Norwin team that held every playoff opponent scoreless. The box score will ...
Knoch wins 1st WPIAL title by beating defending champ West Allegheny
By Doug Gulasy 6:22 p.m.
In keeping with its team philosophy, Knoch treated Wednesday night’s game against West Allegheny like any other during the season. But this one will mean a ...
Juniata Valley holds off Blairsville for District 6 baseball title
By Paul Schofield
ALTOONA — Juniata Valley baseball players had a wristband displaying the words “Why Not Us” made before the season. “That’s been the theme all season, and ...
High school roundup: Montour edges CV in 9th to earn PIAA berth
By Staff Reports
Adam Check’s RBI single in the top of the ninth provided the winning run as Montour earned a 3-2 victory over Chartiers Valley in the ...
Seton-La Salle baseball’s outlook good for next season
By Ray Fisher
The Seton-La Salle baseball team qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs for a third consecutive season in 2015. The Rebels lost to Quaker ...
Mustangs point to several positives from 2015 season
By Michael Love
Plum varsity baseball head coach Carl Vollmer said last week’s 1-0 loss to Shaler in the WPIAL Quad-A quarterfinals stung a great deal, but after a few days separated from the contest, he provided a positive perspective on the season as a whole and the players that made it successful. “We ...
Norwin baseball looking for respect during playoff run
By Nathan Smith
The Norwin baseball team heard a lot of things this season – it would struggle to get into the playoffs, other teams have more talent, ...
Plenty of highlights for Fox Chapel baseball
By Marty Stewart
Although their season ended last week with a loss to Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals, it was a highly successful campaign for ...
Greensburg Central Catholic downs defending champs California to win title
By Paul Schofield
Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Collin Liberatore was shaky over the first four innings Tuesday in the WPIAL Class A championship game at Consol Energy Park. No. ...
Neshannock shuts out Quaker Valley to capture WPIAL championship
By Chris Harlan
Before he took the mound, Frank Fraschetti took the mic. Neshannock’s starting pitcher, on the team’s bus headed to Washington’s Consol Energy Park, had something ...
Gorman: Neshannock’s hero at the hot corner
By Kevin Gorman
After Frank Fraschetti struck out with the bases loaded, he turned to see Jason Swope in the on-deck circle. “I saw Jason coming up and ...
Errors costly for Trojans in WPIAL title game
By Jeremy Sellew
Down but not out. That’s the mantra for the California Area baseball team after losing the WPIAL Class A championship Tuesday to Greensburg Central Catholic. The Trojans ...
Steel Valley uses late rally to beat Keystone Oaks, advance to PIAA playoffs
By Kevin Lohman
Steel Valley rallied for three runs in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s WPIAL Class AA consolation game to gain a 3-2 victory over rival Keystone Oaks. Eagles ace Nick Riggle, who earned two wins during the regular season against Steel Valley (12-6), kept the defending Class AA champs’ bats quiet through ...
Knoch’s Bradley uses lessons learned to lead baseball team
By Doug Gulasy
When George Bradley took the Knoch baseball job in 2011, he noticed various people in the community wearing blue Knoch baseball caps, the same ones ...
McCombs tosses 1-hitter to lead Serra to PIAA tournament
By Kevin Lohman
Working fast and efficient, Serra Catholic’s Cole McCombs tossed a one-hitter to help his team defeat Bishop Canevin, 9-2, in the WPIAL Class A consolation game Tuesday at Washington & Jefferson’s Ross Memorial Park. The sophomore left-hander got ahead in the count consistently throughout the game, finishing with eight strikeouts ...
A-K Valley baseball championship capsule
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL Class AAA championship West Allegheny vs. Knoch 8 p.m.* Wednesday, Consol Energy Park *UPDATE: Game will now start 30 minutes after medal presentation of Quad-A game, which begins at 5 p.m. No. 5 West Allegheny (16-5) Coach: Bryan Cornell No. Name Pos. Yr. 18 Brandon Pouch C Sr. 23 Nick Wiethorn LF Sr. 25 Michael Cummings CF Sr. 20 Colin Claus DH Sr. 4 Chasen Claus 1B So. 22 Jake Cunningham 3B Jr. 2 Nick ...
Previewing the the 2015 WPIAL baseball championships
By Chris Harlan
Breaking down the 2015 WPIAL baseball championships: CLASS AAAA Norwin vs. Central Catholic 5 p.m. Wednesday, Consol Energy Park No. ...
Trojans, Centurions battle for Class A crown
By Jeremy Sellew
As the WPIAL baseball season wore on, it became clear that California Area and Greensburg Central Catholic were putting some distance between themselves and the ...
WPIAL finalist Knoch baseball team playing head games at plate
By William Whalen
Hang around the Knoch baseball team’s dugout long enough, and you will start to pick up on coach George Bradley’s coaching philosophy and begin to ...
Serra Catholic baseball team tries to keep season alive
By Devon Moore
The Serra Catholic baseball team had many of its young players on the big stage for the first time in its 6-4 loss to No. ...
Steel Valley baseball gets another chance to advance
By Kevin Lohman
The Steel Valley baseball team was denied a chance to defend its WPIAL Class AA title after losing to Neshannock in the semifinal round, 10-2. Yet, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any goals left for the Ironmen to accomplish. With the disappointment of being ousted from the playoffs still lingering ...
Knoch baseball not content with WPIAL finals berth
By Doug Gulasy
Catcher Asa Adams puts it simply: Each time the Knoch baseball team wins, it gets a little hungrier. Few teams have been as ravenous as the ...
Redbank Valley falls in District 9 quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Redbank Valley’s 122-mile road trip didn’t have a win at the end of it. Brandon Brabham pitched the complete game and struck out eight to send ...
After capturing 3rd straight section title, Hempfield baseball falls short in opening round
By Alex Oltmanns
As the 2015 WPIAL postseason began, the Hempfield baseball team was hoping a repeat performance of last season was not in its future. But unfortunately, after ...
Back to ‘A’ title game for California
By Bill Hughes
The California Area Trojans are headed back to familiar territory. Wednesday at Ross Memorial Park in Washington in a WPIAL Class A semifinal, the Trojans downed ...
Junior Stobert helps No. 2 Knoch reach WPIAL title game for 1st time
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL’s new baseball playoff format forced Knoch to use No. 2 pitcher Alex Stobert in its WPIAL semifinal game Wednesday. Then again, with the ...
BV Area leads 2-AAA All-Section list
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area made a late charge to get into the WPIAL baseball playoffs. And judging by the results of the Section 2 AAA All-Section Team, chances of the Leopards being in the playoff chase the next couple of years look pretty good. That’s because BVA placed seven players on the team ...
Pitt-bound Cyphert leads Cranberry into District 9 finals
By Jerin Steele
Karns City had seen Cranberry’s Dylan Cyphert before, but that was when the Berries were in Class A. With Cranberry (13-4) moving up to Class AA this year, the Gremlins knew they would have a tough battle on their hands facing the standout senior pitcher in the playoffs. Not only was Cyphert ...
Serra Catholic baseball team falls to Cal in WPIAL Class A semifinals
By Bill Hughes
California is headed back to familiar territory. The Trojans downed Serra Catholic, 6-4, on Wednesday to make it to their second consecutive WPIAL Class A title game, where they will try to win a second straight title. “This was a good game,” Cal coach Nick Damico said before turning his attention to ...
Knoch’s baseball success story years in the making
By George Guido
The Knoch Knights are the WPIAL’s newest baseball powerhouse, starting the playoffs as a No. 2 seed, winning a semifinal game for the first time in their baseball history Wednesday and preparing for an initial championship game appearance next week. But Knoch is anything but an overnight sensation. The title-game drive took ...
Norwin posts 3rd straight shutout, reaches WPIAL finals
By Chris Harlan
Add seven more to Norwin’s scoreless innings streak. With a three-hitter from senior starter Nick Amendola, the Knights shut out a third straight playoff opponent ...
GCC baseball team wins, reaches WPIAL Class A title game
By Nathan Smith
For most of its WPIAL Class A semifinal showdown with Bishop Canevin, the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team’s bats were silent. But when it mattered, ...
Neshannock pulls past Steel Valley, reaches WPIAL baseball finals
By Kevin Lohman
For the first time since 2012, Neshannock will be playing for the WPIAL Class AA championship. It was a team performance for the Lancers (15-5), with eight of the team’s nine batters recording hits and seven players chalking up an RBI to defeat defending champ Steel Valley, 10-2, in the semifinals ...