Baseball

Bethel Park’s Jason Nuttridge drives in a run against Fox Chapel on Monday, April 26, 2021, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL reveals updated postseason plans for baseball, softball playoffs
May 10, 2021
The WPIAL will stay with its traditional qualifying format for baseball and softball playoffs, limiting the postseason to the top four teams from each section and any unbreakable ties for fourth place.

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This week on Trib HSSN: Week of May 10, 2021
May 9, 2021
The spring sports regular season concludes as we set the stage for the postseason this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Caden Norcutt and his Plum teammates face Fox Chapel today in a showdown of the top two teams in Section 2-5A.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 10, 2021
The final week of the WPIAL baseball and softball regular season could use some good weather after a week of washouts pushed some teams to the brink of make-up games.

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New Castle’s Anthony Miller celebrates his RBI double against Quaker Valley on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Esmark Field.
WPIAL baseball playoff clinchings through May 9, 2021
While some WPIAL baseball teams are done with section play, most still have section games remaining.

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Sewickley Academy sophomore Adin Zorn (8) bumps fists with Sewickley Academy coach Andrew Petruska during a game this season.
Sophomore Adin Zorn helps lead Sewickley Academy to baseball playoffs for 1st time since ’16
Before the coronavirus pandemic canceled Sewickley Academy’s baseball season last year, Panthers coach Anthony Garofalo saw then-freshman Adin Zorn hitting in the cage and knew he would play a big part in the team’s future.

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South Fayette coach Ken Morgan makes a lineup change with the home plate umpire during a game against Upper St. Clair on April 15, 2021, at Boyce Mayview Park.
South Fayette baseball coach makes clutch catch
In his days as a baseball player and now as the head coach at South Fayette, Ken Morgan delivered plenty of big hits, clutch plays and some winning lineups.

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High school roundup for May 8, 2021: Big wins for Hempfield, Bethel Park
May 8, 2021
Christian Zilli hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning, sparking Hempfield to a 4-1 victory over Norwin on Saturday, giving the Spartans a share of the Section 2-6A baseball title.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Norwin during the first innining Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL baseball rankings | May 8, 2021
Class 6A

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Franklin Regional starting pitcher Brian Pirone throws against Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Pirone, Treloar form strong 1-2 punch for Franklin Regional rotation
When baseball season began, Franklin Regional coach Bobby Saddler referenced pitching depth and how it could relate to covid shutdowns for WPIAL teams.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Dante DiMatteo throws during a game at Hampton High School on April 19, 2021.
Fox Chapel’s Dante DiMatteo throws 2 no-hitters in 5-day span
Not many WPIAL pitchers have been as hot as Fox Chapel’s Dante DiMatteo.

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Bethel Park baseball players hold a conference on the mound against Baldwin on April 9, 2021, at Bethel Park’s Purkey Field.
Strong pitching, clutch hitting bolsters Bethel Park baseball
Bethel Park’s baseball squad ended the month of April with an exclamation point.

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Norwin’s Ryan Scavnicky celebrates his walk-off base hit in the bottom of the seventh innining to defeat North Allegheny, 7-6, on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin baseball finds ways to finish the job
Close games aren’t always a bad thing, especially when you find ways to win them.

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Franklin Regional starting pitcher Brian Pirone throws against Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Pirone, Treloar form strong 1-2 punch for Franklin Regional rotation
When baseball season began, Franklin Regional coach Bobby Saddler referenced pitching depth and how it could relate to covid shutdowns for WPIAL teams.

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High school roundup for May 7, 2021: Chartiers Valley’s Mangan rips walk-off 3-run homer
May 7, 2021
Zoe Mangan hit a walk-off three-run home run to lift Chartiers Valley to an 8-6 victory over South Fayette in Section 4-5A softball Friday.

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High school roundup for May 6, 2021: Latrobe freshman throws 2 no-hitters in 1 day
May 6, 2021
Freshman Kayla Williams threw two no-hitters in the same day, striking out 12 in each game of a doubleheader as Latrobe swept Gateway (0-10, 0-7) in Section 2-5A softball Thursday.

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Bethel Park catcher Sandra Soltes hits against Shaler on March 26.
Trib 10: Teams solidifying positions in baseball, softball power rankings
There were no changes from last week’s Trib 10 baseball and softball power rankings.

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Seneca Valley’s Alex Mortier tags out Butler’s Brady Gavula at second base on Tuesday.
WPIAL clinched for May 6, 2021: Baseball teams making last pitch for playoff spot
Some WPIAL baseball teams are done while most others still have some section series games remaining.

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Norwin and Upper St. Clair square off Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Upper St. Clair baseball clinches playoff spot with gutsy win over Norwin
Senior Max Mandler pitched the final two innings and delivered a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning as Upper St. Clair came back twice to beat Norwin, 6-5, and finally clinch a WPIAL baseball playoff berth.

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Latrobe’s Drew Clair is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded during the first inning against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Harrison City.
Latrobe baseball team makes most out of few chances in win over Penn-Trafford
Latrobe’s offense took a break Thursday, but the Wildcats baseball team still managed to beat Penn-Trafford for a second consecutive day.

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Freeport freshman Matt Corfield throws a pitch during a game against Burrell on April 26, 2021.
A-K Valley baseball notebook: Freeport rallies past Highlands for first section win
The Freeport Yellowjackets haven’t had too many bright spots this season, but at times, coach Ed Carr’s team has shown exactly what it might be capable of in the future.

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