Baseball

Yough softball sweeps Southmoreland in doubleheader
May 11, 2021
It’s been a wild baseball season for the Yough and Southmoreland baseball teams. Weather and the coronavirus have postponed or canceled games and forced players to sit.

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Derry pitcher Josh Ulery celebrates after the final out in a 2-1 win over Deer Lakes on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Deer Lakes High School.
Derry captures first section title since 1992 with a 2-1 victory over Deer Lakes
The last time Derry won a section title in baseball, current coach John Flickinger was a senior in high school.

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Baldwin’s Fletcher Hindman (4) celebrates his home run with Colton Brain during their game against Mt. Lebanon on April 27, 2021, in Baldwin.
South Hills notebook: Injuries pile up for Baldwin baseball
Baldwin’s baseball team has been stung hard by the injury bug this season.

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Fox Chapel’s Tommy Fravel steps on the bag for an out against Plum on Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 11, 2021: Baseball, softball showdowns at crunch time
No more rain. No more wet fields. No more excuses. For those teams healthy enough to play, there are only a few days left to get section games in before the softball brackets are released Thursday.

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High school roundup for May 10, 2021: New Castle pitcher throws no-hitter but loses to Blackhawk, 1-0
May 10, 2021
Rocco Bernadina threw a no-hitter but ended up as the losing pitcher as Blackhawk defeated New Castle 1-0 in Section 2-4A baseball Monday afternoon.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for May 10, 2021
The Laurel Highlands baseball team is once again enjoying success on the diamond. Coming into the final week of the regular season, the Mustangs have clinched a Class 4A playoff spot and have won 10 of their 14 games.

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North Allegheny’s Spencer Barnett scores during a game against Seneca Valley on April 7.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for May 10, 2021
Playing in his first varsity high school baseball season, sophomore Spencer Barnett is either tied or in second place behind junior Cole Young for the lead in most of North Allegheny’s offensive categories.

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Fox Chapel’s Dante DiMatteo celebrates his RBI double next to Plum’s Christian Brown during the fifth inning of their game on Monday, May 10, 2021, at Fox Chapel High School.
Fox Chapel upends Plum and keeps section title hopes alive
For four innings Monday, the Fox Chapel baseball team couldn’t find a way to produce a run.

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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 spring sports playoffs
If covid-related cancellations leave section standings unsettled, the WPIAL will have its steering committees determine which teams make the playoffs this spring.

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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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