Baseball

Norwin pitcher Noah Czajkowski delivers against Penn-Trafford on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Norwin’s Noah Czajkowski commits to St. Bonaventure
August 7, 2021
As his control improved through the spring and summer, Noah Czajkowski amped up his pitching during the travel season and began to draw interest from NCAA Division I programs.

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North Allegheny’s Spencer Barnett celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run against Hempfield during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
North Allegheny AD Bozzuto pitches regular season baseball tournaments in PIAA board debut
High school baseball players can play dozens and dozens of AAU games each summer, at times more than one per day and often multiple days in a row.

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Scott DeBerry of Uniontown, who has been Laurel Highlands High School’s baseball coach for the past eight years, died July 31, 2021, of complications from metastatic stomach cancer.
Laurel Highlands baseball coach DeBerry dies following stomach cancer diagnosis
August 5, 2021
A few years ago, Scott DeBerry of Uniontown needed a French drain around his home, but there really wasn’t room to bring a backhoe in to do the digging.

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Valley’s Joe Lang tags out Highlands’ DJ Loveland during a Western Pennsylvania Summer Baseball League game last year.
Created out of pandemic necessity, league plays ball for a 2nd summer
August 4, 2021
The Western Pennsylvania Summer Baseball League’s second season didn’t have the same number of teams as the inaugural version last summer in the midst of the covid pandemic, but for programs such as Highlands, Fox Chapel and Kiski Area, the on-field experience held just as much weight.

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Latrobe’s Ryan Miele (left) and Aiden Kammerer qualified for the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Tournament this weekend in Baltimore.
Westmoreland notebook: WPIAL champs head to PNC Park; lacrosse players hit big stage
July 31, 2021
A pair of WPIAL championship teams will be honored Sunday at PNC Park. The Franklin Regional baseball team and Mt. Pleasant softball team will be recognized, along with 10 other WPIAL champions, when the Pirates host the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 p.m.

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North Allegheny’s Aaron Posey celebrates after defeating Hempfield in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
North Allegheny catcher Aaron Posey commits to Division I Kennesaw State
As a catcher named Posey who wears No. 28, North Allegheny’s Aaron Posey sometimes jokes that he’s related to a National League MVP.

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Hampton center fielder Adam Dembowski, who will be a senior this fall, is batting .380 this summer for the US Elite Mid-Atlantic travel baseball team.
Traveling summer baseball teams keep Hampton players sharp
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Hampton graduate Tyler Bischke is a shortstop on the 2021 Murray State College baseball team.
Hampton grad Tyler Bischke picks New Orleans
Former Hampton infielder Tyler Bischke has committed to Division I New Orleans after excelling during his lone season at a tiny junior college in Oklahoma.

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Longtime Latrobe manager Jason Bush is going into the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame July 26, 2019.
Bush hired as baseball coach at Ligonier Valley
July 29, 2021
When Ligonier Valley athletic director Wesley Siko looked at Jason Bush’s resume, he knew he found the school’s next baseball coach.

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Penn-Trafford captured the 2021 Junior Legion title on July 28, 2021, in Berwick.
Penn-Trafford Junior Legion team wins 1st state title
July 28, 2021
Mission accomplished.

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Penn-Trafford Junior Legion loses but still will play for championship
July 27, 2021
BERWICK — Walks derailed the Penn-Trafford Juniors at the Pennsylvania American Legion Youth State Baseball Championship on Tuesday.

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Pine-Richland’s Tyler Armstrong, left, and Knoch’s Eli Sutton helped Team Pennsylvania top Maryland in a best-of-three series at the Big 26 Baseball Classic on Friday and Saturday in Harrisburg.
WPIAL products help Team Pennsylvania top Maryland in Big 26 Baseball Classic series
July 26, 2021
With four catchers on the Team Pennsylvania roster for its Big 26 Classic series with Maryland last Friday and Saturday, each one knew that playing time was a valuable commodity.

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Members of the 2021 Penn-Trafford Warriors Junior Legion team include, in front, from left, Jason Sabol, Drew Sherwin, Carmen Metcalfe, Brandon Long, Hunter Brown, Eric Biroscak; in middle, coach Jim Sherwin, Chuckie Fontana, Evan Gross, Jonny Lovre, Ethan Septak, Brandon Roher, Brody Hoffmann, Tyler Freas, Ian Temple, coach Chuck Fontana; and back, coach Alan Hoffmann and manager Steve Freas. The team also includes Owen Demeri, Carl Heller, Travis Kovarik, Anthony Monroe and coach Gary Sabol.
Penn-Trafford Junior Legion puts it together, rolls into state tournament
July 24, 2021
Talk about putting everything together at the right time.

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Knoch catcher Eli Sutton
Knoch’s Sutton part of Team Pennsylvania in upcoming Big 26 Classic
July 22, 2021
Eli Sutton has one year of high school baseball remaining.

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Yough comes up short in Legion Region 7 tournament
July 20, 2021
SIDMAN – Yough reached the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 tournament for the second consecutive season. And while the run to the semifinals was fun, the results were the same as 2020: Yough came up short.

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The PONY World Series will return to Washington this summer after being canceled by the pandemic last year.
Excitement builds for return of PONY League World Series
In another indication that pre-pandemic normalcy is making its return, directors of PONY League baseball unveiled plans Tuesday for the organization’s 69th World Series.

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The baseball scoreboard at James E. Swartz Sr. Memorial Field in Freeport Borough will be lit up often for next week’s Freeport International Baseball Invitational.
Fifth field added for Freeport International Baseball Invitational, which expects 20 teams
Excitement continues to build for next week’s Freeport International Baseball Invitational, with 20 teams, five area fields and close to 60 games scheduled over five days.

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Yough coach Craig Spisak talks to his team after a loss at Forest Hills High School on Monday, July 19, 2021.
Yough reaches semis; Latrobe, Young Township eliminated
July 19, 2021
SIDMAN – Yough put itself in good position by winning its first two games of the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 tournament.

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Latrobe, Yough pick up wins at the American Legion Region 7 tournament
July 18, 2021
It’s win or go home Monday for Latrobe and Young Township at the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 tournament.

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Members of the 2021 Penn-Trafford Warriors Junior Legion team include, in front, from left, Jason Sabol, Drew Sherwin, Carmen Metcalfe, Brandon Long, Hunter Brown, Eric Biroscak; in middle, coach Jim Sherwin, Chuckie Fontana, Evan Gross, Jonny Lovre, Ethan Septak, Brandon Roher, Brody Hoffmann, Tyler Freas, Ian Temple, coach Chuck Fontana; and back, coach Alan Hoffmann and manager Steve Freas. The team also includes Owen Demeri, Carl Heller, Travis Kovarik, Anthony Monroe and coach Gary Sabol.
Penn-Trafford Junior Legion team captures Westmoreland league title
The Penn-Trafford area baseball community continues to find success.

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