By Dave Mackall
On a day when the Pirates secured home field for the National League wild-card game, a sizable group of aspiring young baseball players not far from PNC Park worked on the game’s fundamentals.
Perhaps one of those athletes someday will be part of the Hunt for October, a coined phrase that ...
W.Pa. Fall Baseball League continues growth ahead of annual showcase By Dave Mackall
In 2007, the Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League began operating with six teams. Since then, membership has swelled to 72.
“I’m really proud of it,” said longtime Serra Catholic baseball coach Brian Dzurenda, a league founder. “There’s nothing I can find that even comes close to approaching our size around here. ...
Florida trip a learning curve for West Mifflin’s Saus By Dave Mackall
When Cory Saus arrived at the Florida Baseball Academy in Jacksonville on a two-month stint to play for its 18U showcase team, it didn’t take long to feel homesick.
Talk about the ultimate distraction.
“It surprised me how much I missed home,” said Saus, who will be entering his senior year at ...
Elizabeth Forward pitcher Martell builds momentum as prospect By Dave Mackall
First there was J.J. Hoover. Then came Dan Altavilla.
Could Garrett Martell be the next Elizabeth Forward pitcher to move up in the ranks?
“Of all the players I’ve coached, I’ve seen the biggest transformation in him,” said Frank Champ, who has coached all three players during his 10 seasons as Warriors ...
Ringgold still looking for girls basketball, baseball, softball coaches By Jeff Oliver
The “Help Wanted” sign for coaches at Ringgold is getting dusted off yet again and is on display as the district is still seeking new coaches for girls’ basketball, baseball and softball.
The district will be advertising for a third time to find a girls’ basketball coach to replace Laura ...
Mt. Pleasant baseball coach Hudzema resigns By Jason Black
Tom Hudzema, who coached the Mt. Pleasant baseball team since 2009, resigned the position over the weekend.
Hudzema coached the Vikings for seven seasons, compiled a record of 68-67 and led the team to playoff appearances in 2010 and ‘12.
“It’s time,” Hudzema said. “My wife has put up with ...
Spisak hired to coach Yough baseball By Paul Schofield
Craig Spisak has been around youth baseball for most of his life.
He spent the past 16 years as an assistant baseball coach at Yough (13 years), Belle Vernon (1 year) and Mt. Pleasant (2 years). He also coached football at Yough.
Now the 46-year-old West Newton resident, a trooper with the ...
Gorman: Knoch baseball believed in Bucko By Kevin Gorman
UNIVERSITY PARK — Cole Shinsky couldn’t believe his eyes when he watched Knoch centerfielder Dominick Bucko dive for a ball only to see it bounce ...
PIAA Class AAA baseball championship notebook: Long wait over for Knoch assistant By Doug Gulasy and George Guido
UNIVERSITY PARK — Knoch assistant coach Steve Hall was part of the school’s first baseball team in 1990 as a player.
Now he has a championship team as a coach.
That inaugural team finished 9-7.
Knoch had three players taken in the MLB Draft before the school even sponsored a team.
The program ...
Mars baseball team ready to reload By Joe Sager
The WPIAL Class AAA baseball playoff brackets have not been kind to Mars lately.
Two years ago, the Fightin’ Planets fell to Blackhawk and ace ...
Title-hopeful Knoch baseball sticks to plan By Doug Gulasy
One of Knoch’s season-long mantras reached a necessary conclusion Wednesday.
All season long, the Knights preached the value of focusing on the next game — whether ...
Quaker Valley baseball team credits attitude, experience for strong finsih By Kevin Ritchart
The Quaker Valley baseball team hasn’t gotten this far by looking back. Since he took over the team three years ago, coach Todd Roble has implemented a philosophy of forward thinking that has resulted in both regular-season and playoff success.
“We move on from every game,” Roble said. “We talk about ...
Shaler baseball falls in PIAA semifinals By Staff Report
Shaler pitcher Jake Potock allowed just three hits in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal baseball game Tuesday at Greene Township Park in Scotland.
The last of those hits, however, proved to be a big one. Mike Christy belted a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to give ...
Games featuring Knoch baseball, Hempfield softball teams postponed again By Tribune-Review
The Knoch baseball team and Hempfield softball team had their PIAA semifinal games postponed for the second straight day.
Knoch (21-2) will play District 3’s Donegal (23-5) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Aloysius College in Cresson.
Hempfield (20-2) will play District 3’s Cumberland Valley (23-4) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, also ...
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