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Westmoreland County baseball playoff capsules

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Sunday, June 11, 2017, 8:27 p.m.
Latrobe’s Jared Kollar (20) pitches against Montour in the top of the first inning on Monday May 22, 2017 at Hempfield.
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Latrobe’s Jared Kollar (20) pitches against Montour in the top of the first inning on Monday May 22, 2017 at Hempfield.
Latrobe’s Antonio Noble (4) hits a single against Montour  in the bottom of the fifth innign on Monday May 22, 2017 at Hempfield.
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Latrobe’s Antonio Noble (4) hits a single against Montour in the bottom of the fifth innign on Monday May 22, 2017 at Hempfield.
Latrobe’s Ryan Shawley (2) throws to first for the out against Montour in the top of the fifth innign on Monday May 22, 2017 at Hempfield.
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Latrobe’s Ryan Shawley (2) throws to first for the out against Montour in the top of the fifth innign on Monday May 22, 2017 at Hempfield.
Greensburg Central Catholic's Neal McDermott celebrates his two-run homer with Nicholas Ruggeri (19) and James Rice (1) during the third inning against Juniata Valley in PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Monday, June 5, 2017, at Mt. Aloysius College.
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Greensburg Central Catholic's Neal McDermott celebrates his two-run homer with Nicholas Ruggeri (19) and James Rice (1) during the third inning against Juniata Valley in PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Monday, June 5, 2017, at Mt. Aloysius College.
Greensburg Central Catholic players line up during the beginning of their game against Jeannette in the WPIAL Class A baseball championship at Wild Things Park, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Washington.
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Greensburg Central Catholic players line up during the beginning of their game against Jeannette in the WPIAL Class A baseball championship at Wild Things Park, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Washington.
Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Neal McDermott throws against Jeannette during the WPIAL Class A baseball championship at Wild Things Park, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Washington.
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Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Neal McDermott throws against Jeannette during the WPIAL Class A baseball championship at Wild Things Park, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Washington.

Monday's games

Class 5A

Semifinals

Latrobe (22-2) vs. Springfield (20-7)

4:30 p.m. at Green Township Park, Scotland

Winner plays: Wallenpaupack (19-2)/Whitehall (13-12) winner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Penn State for PIAA championship.

Extra bases: Senior-led Latrobe is in the semifinals for the first time since 1985, a memorable year for the school that also saw success in football and basketball. Latrobe won its 14th consecutive game to reach the state semis with a 9-4 win over West Allegheny in the quarterfinals at Wild Things Park, the site of its WPIAL championship victory. The Wildcats offense continued to produce with Dan Stas driving in three runs and Tyler Roble adding an RBI triple. Pitching is a strong suit as starters have finished complete games or left because of pitch counts. Jared Kollar, Ryan Shawley and Zach Kokoska have been effective arms in the postseason, where Latrobe has rallied late to win three of five games. ... Springfield, located just north of Philadelphia, rallied to edge past Cedar Cliff, 1-0, in 10 innings in Thursday's quarterfinals. Cedar Cliff knocked out Mars, the team Latrobe beat in the WPIAL final. Mike Smith singled home Brandon DiChiacchio with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th for the walk-off win, something Latrobe knows plenty about. Greg Tamaccio was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Coach Brian Francis said a late-season lineup change has boosted the Cougars, particularly moving outfielder Tom Quinn to the seventh spot. Quinn, first baseman Andrew Paulus, pitchers Jared Morris and Mike Smith, and catcher Andrew Todaro, were all-Central League selections.

Class A

Semifinals

Greensburg Central Catholic (14-5) vs. Clarion (20-3)

3 p.m. at North Allegheny

Winner plays: High Point (18-0)/Meyersdale (19-6) winner at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Penn State for PIAA championship.

Extra bases: Greensburg Central returns to the PIAA semifinals for the first time since 2002, the year the Centurions won their only state baseball title when they beat Schuylkill Haven, 4-1, in the Class A final. That remains the only state baseball title in Westmoreland County. Freshman Paul Rice's bases-loaded double gave GCC some insurance in a 7-2 win over Oswayo Valley in the quarterfinals. Antonio Cavallo gave up three hits in six innings and also had three hits batting. Ace Neal McDermott would be ready to pitch the semifinal. The Centurions have benefited from the return of Ohio recruit Jack Liberatore from a lower leg injury. ... District 9 runner-up Clarion advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history with a 3-0 shutout of Elk County Catholic, the team that ousted state first-timer Jeannette, in the quarters. Reed Anthony pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk. Ryan Anthony and Sterling Conner had RBIs in the win.

— Bill Beckner Jr.

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