Baseball

Luke Padezan, a former baseball standout at both Elizabeth Forward and Penn State Greater Allegheny, was hired Jan. 29, 2024, as the new Gateway head baseball coach.
Elizabeth Forward grad Luke Padezan takes reins as Gateway’s new baseball coach
February 4, 2024
Luke Padezan is ready to get going as Gateway’s new head baseball coach.

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Chartiers Valley baseball players warm up before a game last season at Thomas Jefferson.
After more than 3 decades as an assistant, new coach takes reins of Chartiers Valley baseball
January 21, 2024
High school baseball is in Bill Priddy’s DNA.

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The Mt. Lebanon baseball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North Allegheny in the Class 6A final on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Wild Things Park to host WPIAL baseball finals through 2027
January 5, 2024
Wild Things Park will remain as host of the WPIAL baseball finals through at least the 2027 season.

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Central Catholic’s Andres Hurksman breaks up a double play as Hempfield’s Dylan Firmstone throws to first last season.
Hempfield’s Dylan Firmstone commits to Penn State baseball
December 20, 2023
A good summer playing baseball for Flood City Elite helped Hempfield junior Dylan Firmstone get seen and receive a scholarship offer from Penn State.

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Penn-Trafford baseball boosters
                                The Penn-Trafford baseball team won the 2023 West Penn Fall League championship.
Penn-Trafford baseball making strides in offseason, wins fall league title
December 10, 2023
With the graduation of the team’s top two pitchers, Nolan Marasti and Dylan Grabowski, Penn-Trafford baseball coach Lou Cortazzo knew he had to get some younger pitchers some work.

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WPIAL rules North Catholic baseball player ineligible after transfer
November 2, 2023
The WPIAL ruled North Catholic junior Jake McKee ineligible for the upcoming baseball season after transferring from New Brighton.

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Gateway pitcher Taili Thompson throws against Franklin Regional on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
While awaiting head coach, Gateway baseball team prepares for ’24 season
October 8, 2023
The process to hire a new varsity baseball coach at Gateway continues this month, but the program’s players, under the direction of several assistants from last spring, haven’t stopped gathering for workouts and fall games to stay sharp and on the same page with the 2024 season on their minds.

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Freeport junior Michael Hanz has verbally committed to play baseball at West Virginia.
Recruiting process takes Freeport pitcher Michael Hanz to the place he belongs
August 21, 2023
Michael Hanz first made contact with the West Virginia baseball program a couple of summers ago.

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Norwin’s Justin Weaver hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Hempfield last season.
Norwin notebook: Former Knights baseball standout wins Palomino World Series
August 19, 2023
Summer baseball is more fun when it comes with some hardware.

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The 2023 Pony League World Series is Aug. 11-16, in Washington, Pa.
PONY League World Series begins in Washington County
August 11, 2023
Welcome to the 2023 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series! Be a part of Washington County tradition by watching as the world comes to Washington for an exciting baseball tournament.

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The Willner brothers, Garrett and Brett, pose for a picture.
Younger brother is best friend, inspiration to Chartiers Valley assistant baseball coach
July 23, 2023
Brett Willner is a young assistant baseball coach at Chartiers Valley after an impressive playing career at South Fayette.

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Ray Altmeyer was a member of Bethel Park baseball’s accomplished Class of 2023.
Senior class leaves unprecedented mark on Bethel Park baseball program
July 22, 2023
It was a tremendous three-year run for the Bethel Park baseball program, particularly for the seniors on the 2023 club.

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Plum catcher Carson Svidron celebrates with pitcher Colin Watson after getting out of a jam during their game against Franklin Regional on May 4.
Rule change would allow high school catchers to receive signs from bench via device
July 20, 2023
Fox Chapel catcher Mitchell Epstein hopes to hear voices during his senior season on the diamond.

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Norwin junior Aiden Kwiecinski takes a rip duing batting practice at the first Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association baseball showcase Monday at Westmoreland County Community College.
Inaugural WCCA baseball showcase draws larger turnout than expected
July 17, 2023
When the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association approached Mike Draghi about hosting a baseball showcase, he didn’t hesitate in saying yes.

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Sewickley Academy 3-sport athlete eager to fill expanded role on diamond next season
July 15, 2023
Jordan Smith is filled with inspiration for his 2023-24 senior year at Sewickley Academy.

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The Shaler Area baseball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Strath Haven in the PIAA Class 5A final on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
PIAA expands competitive-balance rule to include baseball, softball, soccer and other sports
July 14, 2023
The PIAA competitive-balance rule that now targets only football and basketball is expanding to include more team sports and some individual ones.

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Oakland A’s select Brownsville outfielder Derrick Tarpley in MLB Draft
July 11, 2023
Brownsville maybe isn’t a familiar stop for some MLB scouts, but the Oakland A’s visited multiple times this spring to see senior outfielder Derrick Tarpley.

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Shaler’s Miguel Hugas celebrates his home run with teammates during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Strath Haven on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
2023 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year: Shaler’s Miguel Hugas
July 1, 2023
The Strath Haven students behind the third base dugout decided to taunt Miguel Hugas with chants of “overrated.”

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Seton LaSalle’s DiMaggio LoNero celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Serra Catholic in the Class 2A final on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
2023 TribLive HSSN Baseball All-Stars
June 28, 2023
This was a historic spring for WPIAL baseball teams, starting with Riverside’s undefeated run to a state championship, something no other WPIAL team had ever accomplished.

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Chartiers Valley’s Owen Taylor celebrates his double against West Mifflin on May 1.
Strong senior class left mark on Chartiers Valley baseball program with section title
June 25, 2023
Success is measured in various ways. All WPIAL baseball programs would love to do what Riverside did and win every game played, but various victories and achievements are what determine the success of a season when all is said and done.

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