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After rough 2014, Clairton baseball team hoping for better season

By Dave Mackall
Ted Ulmer is doing his part to keep the Clairton baseball program alive. The Bears, who have not finished above .500 since 1999, Ulmer’s senior year, were on life support in 2014 in his first year as coach, winning just two games and getting badly outscored. Their lineup, at times, was makeshift, ...

Cal Area overwhelms Charleroi
By Jeff Oliver
If California Area baseball coach Nick Damico had one wish, it might be that the Trojans’ first four games of the season were section contests. On ...
High school roundup: Homers highlight Canon-McMillan’s win over Bethel Park
By Staff Reports
Brittney Crawford homered twice and drove in five runs, as Canon-McMillan outlasted Bethel Park, 12-10, in Section 4-AAAA softball Monday. Crawford, Kayla Hopkins and Kirsten ...
Greensburg high school roundup: Greensburg Salem edges Mt. Pleasant
By Staff Reports
Greensburg Salem scored two runs on two hits in the top of the seventh inning and outlasted Mt. Pleasant, 4-3, in a Section 2-AAA baseball ...
New coach looking for improved results from Carlynton baseball
By Nathan Smith
While Pat McPherson is in his first season as the coach for the Carlynton baseball team, things are already looking up for the program. The Cougars have 24 players on the roster. While the team will only dress 18 to 20 for varsity games, it will allow the program to field ...
California: What will Trojans do for an encore?
By Jeff Oliver
Nick Damico will have to come up with one heck of an encore in his second season as baseball coach at California Area. A year ago ...
Return of 5 starters boosts prospects of Frazier baseball team
By Dave Stofcheck
The weather might not be cooperating as much as Craig Kordich would like, but he and his Frazier baseball squad are making the best of it. “We’re a hard-working bunch, and right now the kids are really receptive,” Kordich said. “We’re hoping to go at it full tilt once we get ...
Fun in the sun for Rams; others cold & wet
By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Belle Vernon Area baseball team is 0-for-5 so far this spring. Those numbers don’t reflect wins and losses, but the number of scheduled exhibition games ...
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 ...
Young Belle Vernon Area baseball team could start 7 sophomores
By Jeff Oliver
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 ...