California baseball to meet Riverview at West Mifflin
The site for California's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal playoff game today is set. It will be played at 4:30 p.m. at West Mifflin.
The Trojans (16-4) will meet third-seeded Riverview (15-2) in the second game of a doubleheader.
The first game at West Mifflin will pit top-seeded Serra (17-1) against Bishop Canevin (8-5) at 2 p.m. in a battle of Section 2 A rivals.
California will probably face Riverview ace hurler Anthony Malky, a top college prospect who Trojan coach Don Hartman says throws in the upper 80s and is among the WPIAL leaders in wins (six) and strikeouts (101).
“I'm sure we will see him because they didn't throw him in their first game,” Hartman said of Riverview's 9-4 win over Rochester Monday at Fox Chapel.
Malky is not only River's top hurler, he is the team's leading hitter with an average of .595. Teammate Nick DiBucci is hitting .588.
The Raiders have won five consecutive games after dropping a 9-5 verdict to North Catholic April 29.
Their other loss this season was 5-0 to Vincentian.
Tough local showing
The Trojans are the area's lone remaining baseball team in the playoffs as the other six area teams — Belle Vernon Area, Elizabeth Forward and Yough in Class AAA, Bentworth in Class AA, and Monessen and Frazier in Class A — all lost first round games.
BVA had the toughest loss, falling to Chartiers Valley, 2-1, in eight innings. The Leps held a 1-0 lead in the fifth before the Colts tied the game and then won on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth.
Strange site for a game
Monessen and California fans were none too pleased when they showed up at Burgettstown for their first round playoff games Monday.
The Burgettstown field featured an all-dirt infield and no seating at all for fans, causing many to wonder what qualified the facility to be chosen as a playoff site.
All-star games set
There will plenty of area players on the field when the WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association holds its 10th annual all-star games June 9 at the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township. The event will feature the top WPIAL players from all four classes.
Representing the Class AAA All-Stars will be Belle Vernon Area's Dom Francia and Adam Ferita, Elizabeth Forward's Mark Adams and Yough's Brad Bisko and Luke Spisak.
Representing the Class A All-Stars will be California's Brian Fisher and Frazier's Jaime Fell and Blake Herron.
An awards banquet is June 10 at the Airport Marriott. Call 412-429-0546 for tickets.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.