Baseball

Highlands shortstop Jimmy Kunst plays against Knoch on April 6, 2022, at No Offseason Sports in Russelton.
Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst commits to play baseball at Eastern Michigan
August 24, 2022
Jimmy Kunst took an unofficial visit to the campus of Eastern Michigan a couple of months ago, and several aspects of the trip, including a tour of the Eagles baseball facilities, drew him closer to making his recent verbal commitment.

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Hampton left-hander Ryan Apaliski went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA during section play this past spring and earned first-team All-Section 2-5A honors in 2022.
Hampton’s Ryan Apaliski commits to James Madison after strong audition at summer camp
August 20, 2022
Hampton senior left-hander Ryan Apaliski needed only two innings to help secure a home for the next four years.

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Yough baseball coach Craig Spisak.
Norwin baseball job lures Craig Spisak away from Yough
August 15, 2022
Craig Spisak is a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

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Hampton’s Anthony Bucci drives in a pair of runs with a base hit against Fox Chapel on April 20 at Fox Chapel.
Hampton infielder finds pop over summer
August 13, 2022
During his first two seasons as Hampton’s starting second baseman, Anthony Bucci was known as a flashy fielder without much pop in his bat.

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Penn-Trafford Junior Legion players watch from the dugout during the regional tournament at Homer City on July 25.
Bushy Run, Penn-Trafford complete strong Legion seasons
August 7, 2022
If anything was learned about the Bushy Run American Legion and Penn-Trafford Junior American Legion programs in 2022, it’s that the future is bright and the programs remain strong.

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Kiski Area baseball coach Aaron Albert hits groundballs to his team during a 2021 practice.
Citing schedule concerns, Kiski Area baseball coach steps down after 4 seasons
July 27, 2022
Citing growth in his real estate career, particularly as it pertains to increased responsibilities in the spring housing market, Aaron Albert resigned Wednesday as Kiski Area head baseball coach after four seasons with the program.

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Hampton’s Vince Matthews drives in a run against Fox Chapel during the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Breaking down changes to the 2023-24 WPIAL baseball alignment
July 25, 2022
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.

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Bushy Run’s Gavin Good rounds third and scores on a double by Chuck Fontana during Game 1 of the District 31 semifinals July 9 at Penn-Trafford.
Strong season for Bushy Run Legion baseball ends 1 win from state tournament
July 24, 2022
When Bushy Run American Legion manager Scott Peyman talked about his team prior to the season, he did so glowingly.

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Penn Hills celebrates winning the championship of the Pony A Division of the CitiParks RBI League.
Penn Hills Pony League baseball team caps off strong season with championship
Mason Wade felt the Penn Hills Pony A team was in the middle of what would be a good run. By the time the championship game rolled around July 18 against Squirrel Hill, Wade was confident.

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Bethel Park’s David Kessler celebrates his double against Selinsgrove during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game June 17 at Penn State.
Seniors leave championship legacy with Bethel Park baseball program
July 23, 2022
The seniors on the 2022 Bethel Park championship baseball team enjoyed tremendous success in their varsity careers.

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Shaler’s Bryan Rincon was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.
Shaler’s Bryan Rincon drafted in 14th round by Phillies
July 19, 2022
Bryan Rincon made quite an impact in the two years he spent at Shaler.

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Blackhawk graduate Michael Turconi, a redshirt junior this past season with the Wake Forest baseball team, was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the MLB Draft on July 19, 2022.
Blackhawk grad Michael Turconi selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 15th round
Michael Turconi is among the latest Western Pennsylvania products to be selected in the 2022 MLB Draft.

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Queens University pitcher Tanner Jacobson, an Allderdice graduate, was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals draft former Allderdice pitcher Tanner Jacobson in 10th round
Allderdice graduate Tanner Jacobson on Monday became the first player in the short history of Queens University baseball to be picked in the MLB Draft.

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Cam Weston pitches for Michigan against Texas Tech on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
Baltimore Orioles draft former Canon-McMillan pitcher Cameron Weston
July 18, 2022
Former Canon-McMillan star Cameron Weston, who helped win WPIAL and PIAA baseball titles in 2018, was selected Monday in the eighth round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

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Penn State’s Matt Wood, a Pine-Richland grad, was selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Brewers on July 18, 2022.
‘Commander on the field,’ ex-Pine-Richland, Penn State catcher Matt Wood selected in 4th round by Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers selected former Pine-Richland and Penn State catcher Matt Wood in the fourth round of the MLB Draft on Monday, perhaps impressed by the take-charge attitude he has cultivated throughout his baseball career.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young is the sixth WPIAL player in eight years picked in the first round of the MLB Draft.
Seattle Mariners select North Allegheny’s Cole Young in 1st round of MLB Draft
July 17, 2022
Cole Young was introduced to the baseball world as an MLB Pitch, Hit & Run winner in 2014, hinting then that the 10-year-old from Franklin Park might have a bright future ahead.

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Young Township second baseman Nicholas Reeping attempts to turn a double play in the District 31 American Legion semifinals against Bushy Run.
Latrobe, Young Township, Bushy Run open Region 7 tournament Saturday
July 15, 2022
After the District 31 American Legion Championship game on Wednesday, Latrobe coach Jason Bush and Young Township coach Ryan Staats both agreed that the title game was a tune-up for what they will face Saturday in the start of the Region 7 tournament.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young is projected to go in the first round of the MLB Draft.
MLB Draft ‘starting to feel real’ for North Allegheny’s Cole Young
July 14, 2022
Rather than fly to Los Angeles, Cole Young will spend Sunday closer to home, watching the MLB Draft on television, maybe from his house in Franklin Park. The recent North Allegheny graduate was invited to attend draft festivities on the West Coast, but the likely first-round pick wasn’t lured by the bright lights.

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Dustin Coleman competes for Young Township Legion during the 2022 District 31 season.
Latrobe earns top seed in District 31 American Legion playoffs
July 4, 2022
American Legion and Junior Legion baseball playoffs in Westmoreland County get underway Tuesday with seven games.

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Sewickley Academy baseball player Adin Zorn with coach Anthony Garofalo during the 2022 season.
Penn State recruit Adin Zorn sets standard for Sewickley Academy baseball program
July 3, 2022
Adin Zorn’s baseball acumen runs the gamut, from A to Z.

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