A-K Valley WPIAL playoff baseball preview capsules for May 19, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 5:20 PM
WPIAL baseball playoffs
1-Hopewell (14-6) vs. 8-Deer Lakes (10-11)
6:30 p.m. Thursday at Burkett Field
Winner plays: Winner of 4-Mohawk (14-4) vs. 5-Yough (11-7) on Monday in semifinals (time, site TBD)
Players to watch: Anthony LaSala, Hopewell; Justin Brannagan, Deer Lakes
Extra bases: Justin Brannagan doubled in a run and tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in leading the Lancers to a 1-0 first-round win over McGuffey. Danny Geis and John Lisotto added two hits apiece. Deer Lakes, which tied for second in Section 3, has won four of its past six games. … Hopewell beat Deer Lakes in the WPIAL quarterfinals 5-2 last season en route to winning the WPIAL Class 3A title. Hopewell rolled past South Allegheny, 13-2, in the first round. Anthony LaSala and Couper Stala each knocked in three runs. Ty Eberhardt had two RBIs. LaSala also struck out eight and earned the win. He has a 0.64 ERA this season. First baseman/pitcher Lucas Arington is batting .448 with three home runs and 29 RBIs.
2-Union (9-4) vs. 10-Riverview (6-9)
2 p.m. Thursday at Shaler
Winner plays: Winner of 3-Rochester (9-7) vs. 6-Sewickley Academy (9-5) on Monday in semifinals (time, site TBD)
Players to watch: Mark Stanley, Union; Enzo Lio, Riverview
Extra bases: Riverview opened the playoffs with a 13-6 victory over Bishop Canevin. Johnny Bertucci was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, and Luke Migely knocked in two runs. Enzo Lio was 2 for 4 with a triple and RBI and also earned the pitching victory with 10 strikeouts. The Raiders qualified for the playoffs as the fourth-place team in Section 3. … Union, the Section 1 champion, was awarded a first-round bye and has been idle since a 3-2 loss to New Brighton on May 10. The Scotties are led by pitcher/outfielder/first baseman Mark Stanley, who hit a two-run homer against New Brighton. Tyler Staub is another key contributor on the mound and at the plate.
Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BHartlep_Trib.
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