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Plum fall baseball team captures league title

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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Members of the Plum varsity fall baseball team are all smiles after capturing the WPFBL title on Oct. 19, 2013.

The skies were cloudy and rain started to fall as the day wore on, but the Plum varsity fall baseball team didn't mind as they won two games Oct. 19 to claim the Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League varsity title.

The Mustangs beat Fox Chapel, 5-3, in the semifinals and then topped Moon, 10-4, in the finals.

Both games were played on the turf at Woodland Hills High School.

“Everyone played in the same conditions,” Plum head coach Carl Vollmer said.

“It was cold and damp, but it was a lot of fun.”

The two wins capped a 14-0-2 season for Plum, which fielded three teams, including a pair of JV squads.

“We don't necessarily start out the fall looking to win a championship,” Vollmer said.

“We do set out to win every game and play well. The fall is about evaluating the team and some new players.”

Vollmer said he was impressed with the way his players responded to challenges each week.

“There were weeks when we had everyone at games and other weeks where we were missing several guys,” Vollmer said.

“We were able to plug guys in each week, and it showed the level of competition within our team. We had a lot of quality depth, and that is a positive step.

“It's a long way to get to where we want to go and that is to win a WPIAL championship in May. Hopefully, this allows us to gain some momentum going into the offseason workouts.”

Team members on the varsity team this fall were seniors Alex Tishko, Brandon Hoener, Dante Palmieri, Eric Bellisario, Matt Gunsallus, Nick Stotler, Will Kirkpatrick and Zach Sansonetti; juniors Adam Valvo, Anthony Lagnese, Austen Carney, Brandon Williams, Brian Albert, Chris Conte, Jake Mitolo, Michael Raggiunti, Nick DePastino and Nick Satovich; and sophomores Ethan Winesburgh, Taylor Vivino and Alex Kiriloff.

Vollmer also credited coaches Larry Wayman, Mark Flemm, Troy Besterci, Dan Stell, Clint White, Sam Balshioum and Mike Cinefra for their efforts with all three teams this season.

“The fall was so much fun,” Vollmer said. “The players and coaches were so much fun to be around.”

One of Plum's JV teams made the finals of the JV playoffs on Oct. 12. The junior Mustangs beat Fox Chapel, 6-0, before falling to eventual champion Norwin, 2-1, in the semifinals.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com

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