Baseball

Bethel Park’s Kevin Kogler was an all-section infielder last season.
Senior spotlight: Future is full of possibilities for Bethel Park infielder
April 3, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Latrobe’s Logan Gustafson during baseball practice at Greater Latrobe High School in Unity Township on Wednesday, March 6, 2020.
PIAA extends postponement of spring sports, winter championships
March 23, 2020
There’s still hope for high school sports to be held this spring.

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Norwin’s Alex Gabauer (top) and Penn-Trafford’s Bobby Lane are two of the local players trying to stay sharp during the PIAA-mandated shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Local ballplayers trying to stay sharp during coronavirus’ spring shutdown
March 21, 2020
Max McDowell was set to begin his sixth season in the minor leagues.

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Maclean Maund helped Penn-Trafford to a runner-up finish in WPIAL Class 6A last season.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Penn-Trafford baseball honoring Maclean Maund
The late Maclean Maund was the ace of the Penn-Trafford pitching staff last season.

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Quaker Valley’s Nick Merriman pitches during a scrimmage against Cornell on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Esmark Field in Bell Acres.
Depth fuels Quaker Valley baseball team after reaching playoffs last season
March 20, 2020
No nametags are needed this year for Quaker Valley’s baseball team.

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Michael Bell went 6-1 last year and will step in as Yough’s top pitcher.
Senior-heavy Yough baseball hopes to make run toward WPIAL title
Yough baseball is carrying a secret.

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Valley shortstop Shane Demharter prepares for the 2019 season March 19, 2019 at Valley High
After down year, the Valley Vikings are looking to return to the playoffs
The Valley baseball team didn’t have one senior on the roster last season, and coach Jim Basilone and his underclassmen took some lumps, winning only five games.

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Chartiers Valley pitcher Ryan Sharp is among the team’s top returning players.
Chartiers Valley, Carlynton, Bishop Canevin baseball teams hitting pause
With the spread of coronavirus putting all levels of sports on hold across the globe, Chartiers Valley baseball coach Curt Cairns summed it up best when asked what his players are doing to get ready for the season — if it happens.

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Penn Hills’ Cole Yeager hit .302 during his junior season in 2019.
Penn Hills baseball turns to Stubbs for new direction
March 19, 2020
With a new coach and a focus on the fundamentals, the Penn Hills baseball team has its sights on the WPIAL playoffs after only winning three games last season.

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St. Joseph catcher Dom Fellowes batted .512 last season.
St. Joseph baseball looks to build off breakout 2019 season
The St. Joseph baseball team is coming off a breakout season as it qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2000 and scored an upset victory in the opening round.

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Jeannette’s Zack Berginc scores past Southmoreland catcher Brok Potoka during their game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Jeannette.
Govern sees improvement in Southmoreland baseball team
Southmoreland baseball coach Al Govern calls himself old school.

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Runners compete in the boys 300-meter hurdles during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock University.
Coronavirus outbreak could leave 6-figure dent in WPIAL budget
March 18, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak already has spring sports on hold indefinitely, but the WPIAL is bracing for off-the-field impacts as well from the unfolding pandemic.

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Penn-Trafford baseball stays hungry amid uncertainty
When Penn-Trafford baseball players and coaches left practice Friday — their final practice as a group until March 30 at the earliest and maybe their last workout together ever — players were given baseballs to take home.

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Springdale first baseman Garrett Apuzzo batted .367 last season.
Springdale baseball searching for arms after 2-win season
Springdale players, led by third-year coach Brett Burger, are looking to shift the current trends of the Dynamo baseball team.

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Hempfield’s Christian Zilli during baseball practice at Hempfield Area High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
WPIAL baseball, softball teams bag southern trips over coronavirus pandemic
Knowing the feedback he would get, Aaron Albert could hardly break the news to his players without getting emotional.

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers talks with the home plate umpire about her gold cloth during a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell Thursday, June 6, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
PIAA suspends chapter meetings for game officials until state reopens schools
March 17, 2020
The PIAA Officials Council has suspended all chapter meetings until Gov. Tom Wolf reopens schools, the PIAA announced in an email to Pennsylvania high school sports officials.

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Norwin’s Justin Turcovski races to first, during the game against Yough at Norwin High School in on Thursday, March 6, 2020.
Norwin baseball team has talent to contend for titles
(Editor’s note: The PIAA has postponed the start of the spring sports season because of concerns over the covid-19 pandemic.)

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Riverview’s Mark McClelland tries to score during a 2019 practice at Riverview High School in Oakmont.
Riverview aims to contend in challenging Section 3-2A
(Editor’s note: The PIAA has postponed the start of the spring sports season because of concerns over the covid-19 pandemic.)

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates after defeating Mars in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Time to open the vault for daily HSSN Classics archive video streams
March 16, 2020
While high school sports and sports in general are on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, the TribLive High School Sports Network misses the action as much as the readers and viewers.

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Plum senior Jared Hoener waits for a pitch during practice on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Plum baseball motivated to return to playoffs after down year
Over the past decade and a half, the Plum baseball team has been a mainstay in the WPIAL playoffs.

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