Baseball

Penn Hills baseball works from ground up
February 17, 2018
Penn Hills athletic director Stephanie Strauss stressed the importance of rejuvenating the secondary sports at Penn Hills when she was hired in May. Strauss believes

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Highlands hires Campbell as new baseball coach
January 9, 2018
Highlands has a new baseball coach. Former assistant Jeff Campbell will take over for Brett Burger, who resigned after one season to take over the

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Jeannette, Hempfield baseball players to compete in All-American tournament
January 3, 2018
Three high school baseball players from Westmoreland County have been invited to participate in the 2018 Under Armour All-American Pre-Season tournament at Sloan Park, the

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Burrell boys come up short in another close game
January 2, 2018
The Burrell boys basketball team was involved in a number of close games in December. The Bucs lost three games by two points or less

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Burger hired as Springdale baseball coach
November 20, 2017
Brett Burger has come home. The Allegheny Valley School Board on Monday hired the Springdale graduate as the Dynamos' next baseball coach. Burger makes the

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Plum players gain experience during fall baseball season
November 6, 2017
Plum was a win short of defending its Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League title, losing 3-2 to Central Catholic in the championship. But outside of

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wiederstein lands Michigan scholarship before pitching for Hempfield varsity
October 10, 2017
Tyler Wiederstein did not throw a single pitch at the varsity level last season for Hempfield baseball, but the sophomore right-hander has a scholarship to

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network
September 3, 2017
While the summer unofficially comes to an end with the Labor Day Weekend, we continue to mix summer pro sports with fall scholastic sports this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The 2017 WPIAL football season continues with Week Two and The Network has 23 WPIAL and five District 6 and District 9 Week One high […]

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network
August 28, 2017
We officially raise the curtain on a new high school football season as August melts into September this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The 2017 WPIAL football season kicks off with 23 WPIAL and five District 6 and District 9 Week One high school football games for Week One starting Friday with the WPIAL Pregame Show […]

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network
August 22, 2017
We continue to prepare for the upcoming high school football season, including the unofficial start to the 2017 campaign as well as our continued coverage of Frontier League pro baseball this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Our 2017 Countdown to Kickoff continues with a month long daily previews of the 2017 WPIAL football season, plus […]

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Fox Chapel baseball gets its guy in new coach Hastings
August 16, 2017
Jim Hastings went without a baseball coaching job for a couple of months when he resigned from Springdale shortly after the Dynamos' season ended in

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Franklin Regional freshman Harper commits to Virginia Tech
Bryce Harper gets teased about his name all the time. A murmur from the stands usually begins during the starting lineups or during his initial

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2017 Diamond Studs Baseball All-Stars
June 24, 2017
Latrobe was the only team from the WPIAL to win a state championship in baseball this season - and Latrobe is the only team with two players on this year's MSA Diamond Studs all-star team. The Diamond Studs consists of the top 12 players in the entire WPIAL, regardless of position. It is picked by the MSA staff. The team has some players who made big impacts as two-way players - pitchers/position players. The team also includes five players who have committed to Division I colleges, including two who chose Virginia Tech. Seton Hill, a Division II school, has two recruits on the Diamond Studs team. Four of the players on this year's all-star team are juniors and the rest are seniors.

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Coaches Corner – Mike Kirkwood
In this feature titled "Coaches Corner", I will be interviewing a different coach every week and asking them questions about their personal life and about coaching. Hopefully their answers will not only shed some light on how they coach their respective teams, but also allow readers to get to know the men behind the fields/courts. This week features head baseball coach Mike Kirkwood of the Neshannock Lancers. Coach Kirkwood jus wrapped up his 14th season as head coach of the Lancers. In his tenure as coach, he has only finished under .500 once and has led his team to 6 WPIAL championship games, winning four of them. He has also captured PIAA gold twice in 2004 and 2015. Let's take a look inside Coach Kirkwood's corner:  

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Dallas King of the PIAA 4-A Mountain With Win Over South Park
June 16, 2017
Many strange things happen in the game of baseball. Although the sacrifice bunt may usually lead to a run or two for a team, it was 2 sacrifice bunt plays that South Park failed to defend that opened the door and eventually led to the Dallas Mountaineers capturing their first state baseball championship with a 5-0 win over the Eagles at Medlar Field at Penn State University.

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Latrobe Greater Than Whitehall to Win PIAA 5-A Gold
June 15, 2017
After a playoff run that featured multiple come-from-behind victories, Greater Latrobe left no doubt in the state title game. The Wildcats cruised to a 7-0 rain-shortened win against District 11 champion Whitehall to claim the first PIAA 5A Championship at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The game was called after more than an hour delay in the top of the sixth, and with no end in sight for the steady downpour. The rain did not dampen the celebration, though, as the Wildcats savored their first state title, just weeks after securing the team's first WPIAL crown.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Sam Mersing
June 5, 2017
As the spring sports season nears a conclusion, the WPIAL Alum Q&A takes a look back at a former Montour star who just concluded a successful baseball career at the University of Pittsburgh. Sam Mersing is this week's feature for the final spotlight for the 2016-17 school year. Mersing began his varsity career with the Spartans as a freshman in 2010, and helped the team qualify for the postseason, following a three-year absence. That campaign, Montour went 15-7, defeating Greensburg Salem in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs, but then falling to Hopewell in the semifinals.

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Pine-Richland Sweeps Past North Allegheny for First 6-A Baseball Title
June 1, 2017
For the third time this year, the Pine Richland Rams defeated the North Allegheny Tigers.  This win came at Wild Things Park and resulted in their 5th WPIAL title and the first-ever 6-A WPIAL Baseball Championship.  The Rams got a sterling pitching performance by Ryan Okuda, who got the win the first two times these two teams met as well.

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Latrobe Wins First WPIAL Baseball Title With Win Over Mars
May 31, 2017
The last time the Latrobe Wildcats played in a WPIAL Championship baseball game, things were much different than they are now, in 2017. On May 30, 1985, Latrobe lost to Bethel Park in the Class AAA title game. Gas was $1.20 per gallon, Ronald Reagan was the President and there were only two classifications in the WPIAL. On May 31, 2017, Latrobe won its first ever baseball crown by defeating another team looking for its first championship, in its first championship appearance, Mars, by a final of 6-2. Coming into the game, both coaches, Matt Basciano of Latrobe and Andy Bednar of Mars, emphasized the importance of their team getting and holding an early lead.

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Jeannette Stuns Rival Greensburg CC for 1A Baseball Gold
On Wednesday, May 31, 2017 history was made for the Jeannette High School baseball program. The Jayhawks won their first WPIAL Championship in program history defeating the Greensburg Central Centurions 7-3. Greensburg Central Catholic struck first in the bottom of the 3rd inning scoring two runs. Centurion Nicholas Ruggeri led off the inning by walking and working his way to second on a stolen base. Neal McDermott scored Ruggeri from second with a RBI triple and later scored on a throwing error. Jeannette would strike next in the top of the 4th inning. Eric Hall tallied a one-out single and Blaze Tran followed suit notching a single to advance Hall from first to third. Seth Howard drove in Hall from third with a RBI single.

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