Baseball

North Allegheny pinch hitter Michael Hershberger bats on March 28.
Pinch hitter comes through in extra innings to send North Allegheny past Pine-Richland in WPIAL semifinals
May 22, 2024
North Allegheny’s Michael Hershberger is a hitter always eager for opportunities, said his coach, who called on the junior in a big spot Tuesday night.

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Bethel Park’s Noah Lejeune celebrates with Kaden Flambard (2) and Ethan Stanhoff after defeating Trinity, 11-1, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Tuesday at Boyce-Mayview Park.
High school roundup for May 21, 2024: Bethel Park, West Allegheny advance in 5A bracket
May 21, 2024
Ethan Stanhoff and Dylan Paul each drove in three runs and Michael Bruckner knocked in a pair to lead No. 5 Bethel Park to an 11-1 victory over No. 12 Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A baseball quarterfinals Tuesday.

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Avonworth celebrates with Jack Dolan after his walk-off hit in the bottom of the eight inning to beat Burrell during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Tuesday at North Allegheny High School.
Avonworth sophomore delivers walk-off hit against Burrell in Class 3A semifinals
Sophomore third baseman Jack Dolan was the hero for Avonworth on Tuesday in its WPIAL Class 3A baseball semifinal game against Burrell at North Allegheny.

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Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields celebrates his RBI triple against Seneca Valley during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
Mt. Lebanon digs out of hole, beats Seneca Valley in WPIAL Class 6A semifinals
Last season, Mt. Lebanon fell into a deep crevice after losing its first eight games of the season.

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Penn-Trafford players celebrate their win over Franklin Regional in the WPIAL Class 5A baseball semifinals Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Gateway.
Big inning carries Penn-Trafford past Franklin Regional to WPIAL championship game
This game came down to which team took advantage of its opportunities.

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Neshannock’s Dom Cubellis makes a running catch on a ball hit by Burrell’s AJ McLafferty during the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Monday at Seneca Valley.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 21, 2024: It’s a quick turnaround for baseball semifinalists
May 20, 2024
Welcome to Semifinals Tuesday in the WPIAL baseball, softball and boys volleyball playoffs.

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Bishop Canevin’s Quentin White celebrates after walking off Western Beaver, 10-0 in six innings, in their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal on Monday at Gateway.
High school roundup for May 20, 2024: Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields, North Allegheny’s David Posey pitch teams into semifinals
David Shields threw a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts to lead No. 1 Mt. Lebanon to a 5-0 victory over No. 8 Butler in the WPIAL Class 6A baseball quarterfinals Monday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Septak rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Fox Chapel during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gateway.
Westmoreland County WPIAL baseball playoff capsule for Tuesday, May 21, 2024
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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Burrell starting pitcher Stevie Hasson throws during his shutout against Neshannock in Monday’s WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal game.
Burrell wins pitchers’ duel with Neshannock in Class 3A quarterfinals
In their WPIAL Class 3A first-round games, Burrell and Neshannock scored six runs apiece and manufactured runs by stealing bases. The Bucs swiped six, and the Lancers stole five.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Hunter Brown celebrates after defeating Fox Chapel, 2-0, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford squeezes past Fox Chapel in another tight game between section rivals
After splitting a pair of one-run games in section play, the WPIAL lined up Fox Chapel and Penn-Trafford for a playoff rubber match that was almost as tight.

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Seneca Valley’s Owen Malak beats the tag of Hempfield catcher Caden Biondi during Monday’s WPIAL 6A quarterfinal-round game.
Reliever shuts down Hempfield, boosts Seneca Valley into Class 6A semifinals
Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega stunned pitcher Zach Tkatch when the coach summoned him to the mound in the third inning.

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Montour pitcher Maddox Tarquinio pumps his fist after defeating Latrobe in their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday.
Montour bounces back from rough 1st inning to top Latrobe in wild 4A quarterfinal
When things went sideways for Montour in what would become an excruciatingly long first inning, coach Bob Janeda didn’t fret.

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Franklin Regional’s Max Bernadowski pitches to North Hills in the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals Monday, May 20, 2024 at Fox Chapel.
Franklin Regional hits on all cylinders in win over North Hills in 5A quarterfinals
Franklin Regional had to scratch and claw for offense in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 5A baseball playoffs last week, coming back to edge Connellsville.

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OLSH players celebrate with Bruno Williams after his walk-off hit against Riverview in the seventh inning during a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Monday at Seneca Valley.
OLSH walks off Riverview to run win streak to 12, reach Class 2A semifinals
The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart baseball team won 11 games in a row to close the regular season.

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Mt. Pleasant senior Brady Painter
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Mt. Pleasant’s Brady Painter
The regular season for Mt. Pleasant’s baseball team was, by all standards, impressive.

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Burrell senior AJ McLafferty
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Burrell’s AJ McLafferty
Stealing bases is a small chess match in the middle of a baseball game between the pitcher and the runner.

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Sawyer Klasnick and his Mt. Lebanon teammates had to wait 13 days for their playoff opener.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 20, 2024: Baseball quarterfinals on tap
May 19, 2024
Welcome to quarterfinals Monday in the 2024 WPIAL baseball playoffs.

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Aubrey Schaffer and her Thomas Jefferson teammates will face Latrobe in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Wednesday.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of May 20, 2024
The 2024 WPIAL spring sports postseason kicks into full gear with quarterfinals and semifinals contests on the diamonds, the courts and the stadiums around the district leading up to a holiday weekend this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Blackhawk pitcher Dylan Smith earned the victory against No. 1 Belle Vernon on May 15, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
Trib HSSN baseball player of the week for May 19, 2024
Trib HSSN baseball player of the week — Dylan Smith

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Penn-Trafford’s Chuck Fontana celebrates his RBI triple against Moon during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game.
Westmoreland baseball notebook: Section 1-5A provides intrigue
Section 1-5A was an anomaly.

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