Baseball

Mt. Pleasant’s Ryan McKula, shown batting practice at the 2023 Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association baseball showcase, was part of the Vikings’ section champion this spring.
With 1st-year coach, Mt. Pleasant American Legion baseball looks to build on solid foundation
June 24, 2024
After the Mt. Pleasant high school baseball team took first place in Section 4-3A with an 11-1 record this past season, the Mt. Pleasant American Legion baseball team, sponsored by Legion Post 446, is looking to build off of that success in District 31 play.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alec Warden celebrates with Noah Kaszer after scoring against West Mifflin on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at West Mifflin.
Thomas Jefferson baseball team reflects on 2024 season
June 23, 2024
Thomas Jefferson’s baseball team started out 12-0 this year and ended the regular season with a 17-2 overall record.

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Riverside pitcher Zach Hare delivers against North Catholic on Friday, Apr. 26, 2024, in North Sewickley.
2024 Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Baseball Player and Coach of the Year for each classification
June 22, 2024
This spring, those sitting at head of the baseball class had a chance to see two repeat district champions, an unexpected title run in a marathon WPIAL 3A championship game and another no-hitter in the Class 6A finals.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Ian Temple shows the umpire the ball after tagging out Fox Chapel’s Logan Hoffman at home plate during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford’s Ian Temple tabbed Tribune-Review Westmoreland Baseball Player of the Year
Player of the Year

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Springdale’s John Hughes hit .558 with three homers, three doubles, two triples and had 16 RBIs in 2024.
Springdale’s John Hughes again named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of Year
John Hughes had a season to remember at Springdale in 2023, winning the WPIAL batting title to go with 78 strikeouts on the mound.

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Eden Christian’s Brady Hull receives his silver medal from coach Mark Feldman after the PIAA Class A championship game.
Eden Christian baseball team reflects on silver season
The Eden Christian Academy baseball program was wrapped in silver this season.

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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, May 21, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
Bethel Park baseball continues program’s tradition of deep postseason runs
Bethel Park advanced to the WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship round riding a five-game winning streak and with a 9-2 record in the second half of the regular season.

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Avonworth pitcher Carson Franc delivers during the first inning of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Neumann-Goretti on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Penn State.
Trib 10: State finalists, champs top final baseball, softball power rankings
June 20, 2024
Only two district teams won state diamond gold this spring, and both were on the softball field at Penn State.

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Avonworth’s Hunter Blackson receives his silver medal from head coach Jeff Bywalksi after the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Neumann-Goretti on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Penn State.
Trib HSSN Pennsylvania high school baseball rankings for June 19, 2024
June 19, 2024
It’s the final edition of the Trib HSSN state baseball rankings for the 2024 season.

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Indiana’s Ben Ryan celebrates his home run during the first inning of the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Holy Ghost on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at Penn State.
Trib HSSN baseball player of the week for June 18, 2024
June 18, 2024
Trib HSSN baseball player of the week: Ben Ryan

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Grayson Willis is one of Hempfield East’s returning standouts this summer.
Hempfield East Legion looking to build on historic season
June 17, 2024
Hempfield East comes into the Westmoreland County American Legion baseball season looking to continue its winning ways after a tremendous finish in last year’s playoffs.

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Haden Brink is one of the Young Township Legion team’s top returning pitchers.
Young Township seeking return to American Legion league regionals
The Young Township Renegades are off to a solid start in District 31 American Legion baseball. Starting the season with a 3-2-1 record, they could be on track to compete for a postseason berth. However, Young Township is not just hoping to make the playoffs.

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Catcher Nino Ninemire of the Monroeville Junion American Legion baseball team plays against Murrysville on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.
Monroeville Junior Legion team working toward strong finish to season
June 16, 2024
The Monroeville Junior Legion baseball team concluded the 2023 season in the Pennsylvania state playoffs, capping a successful summer that saw them win 19 of 30 games.

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Eden Christian pitcher Noah Emswiler lays down a bunt single in the third inning of a PIAA Class A semifinal against Saegertown on June 10 at Slippery Rock.
‘Courage and grit’ propel Eden Christian to baseball season to remember
The Eden Christian Academy baseball season escalated from outstanding status to an awesome experience June 6 with the Warriors’ 11-4 playoff win over Avella in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals at Ross Memorial Park at the Washington & Jefferson Sports Complex.

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Plum’s Cameron Napierkowski slides under the tag to score against Charleroi during Junior American Legion action Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at Plum High School.
Junior Legion players show Plum pride during busy summer of baseball
Members of the Plum Junior League baseball team are playing a lot this month between their community team and travel baseball.

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Avonworth head coach Jeff Bywalski pleads his case with the home plate umpire after Neumann-Goretti first baseman Anthony Coppola bobbled a throw during the fourth inning of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Penn State.
Avonworth says disputed call in PIAA finals shifted momentum in 12-0 loss to Neumann-Goretti
June 14, 2024
STATE COLLEGE — Every bit of momentum was on Neumann-Goretti’s side when Andrew Dankanich bounced a game-ending grand slam off the left-field foul pole, handing Avonworth a 12-0 loss in five innings.

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Eden Christian senior Carter Cropper accepts the state runner-up trophy after the PIAA Class A state championship game against Faith Christian on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Penn State.
Eden Christian falls to undefeated Faith Christian in PIAA Class A final
STATE COLLEGE — One imperfect inning dashed Eden Christian’s thoughts of playing the spoiler.

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Indiana’s Trevor Smith walks from the field as Holy Ghost players celebrate their walk-off win in the PIAA Class 4A championship game Thursday at Penn State.
Indiana’s 1st appearance in PIAA baseball finals ends with walk-off loss to Holy Ghost Prep
June 13, 2024
STATE COLLEGE — Indiana reached the state finals for the first time, but like the WPIAL championship two weeks earlier, the Little Indians again watched someone else celebrate.

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Eden Christian’s Brady Hull rounds third and heads home on an RBI double by Caleb Emswiler in a PIAA Class A semifinal against Saegertown on Monday at Slippery Rock.
PIAA Class A baseball championship preview: Eden Christian vs. Faith Christian
The PIAA baseball championships return Thursday and Friday to Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, where the games have been held since 2011.

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Avonworth’s Brandon Sapolsky doubles against Punxsutawney during the first inning of their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Monday, June 10, 2024, in Homer City.
PIAA Class 3A baseball championship preview: Avonworth vs. Neumann-Goretti
The PIAA baseball championships return Thursday and Friday to Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, where the games have been held since 2011.

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