Baseball

South Fayette’s Tyler Pitzer celebrates his RBI triple during a WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game against Franklin Regional on Tuesday at Burkett Park.
South Fayette’s Tyler Pitzer dazzles Franklin Regional with 5-inning perfect game
May 18, 2022
This outing was perfect for South Fayette pitcher Tyler Pitzer in more ways than one.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Erhard delivers against Upper St. Clair on April 5.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 18, 2022: Class 6A baseball gets going
While there aren’t as many district baseball and softball games schedule for Wednesday as there were on Super Tuesday, Mother Nature may have the final say on how many games are played as the first round concludes.

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West Allegheny catcher Will Gubbs tags out Fox Chapel’s Benny DeMotte at home plate during their WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Burkett Park.
High school roundup for May 17, 2022: West Allegheny tops Fox Chapel in pitchers’ duel
May 17, 2022
Anthony Pass pitched a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts, leading No. 3 West Allegheny to a 1-0 victory over No. 14 Fox Chapel in a Class 5A baseball first-round game Tuesday.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Warden (10) dives back ahead of the tag of Latrobe’s Logan Bradish during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game Tuesday at Hempfield.
Thomas Jefferson baseball team rallies past Latrobe for Class 5A win
Thomas Jefferson called on McClain Flinn to douse an early fire Tuesday.

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Leechburg’s Matt Curfman can’t get the tag on Greensburg Central Catholic’s Zach David in the sixth inning during a WPIAL Class A first-round game Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Plum High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic beats Leechburg for elusive 1st-round win
Last year, the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team earned the No. 2 seed for the WPIAL Class A playoffs, but the Centurions met a quick and frustrating end to the season with a first-round loss to Riverview.

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Highlands’ Zach Balog scores against Knoch on April 6, 2022, at No Offseason Sports.
A-K Valley WPIAL playoff baseball/softball capsules: Games for Wednesday, May 18, 2022
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Hempfield coach Tim Buzzard coaches third base against Upper St. Clair on April 5, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland WPIAL baseball playoff capsule: Game of Wednesday, May 18, 2022
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Yough’s Gavin Roebuck slides into home behind Mt. Pleasant catcher CJ Nestor during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Hempfield.
Yough baseball team rallies from 6-0 deficit to edge Mt. Pleasant in 8 innings
Yough baseball coach Craig Spisak isn’t a fan of seeing his team try to play from behind. But this season, it has happened so often, he knows the Cougars aren’t fazed when facing an early deficit.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith celebrates with teammates after scoring against Kiski Area on May 3.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 16, 2022: Baseball playoffs heat up with 29 clashes
May 16, 2022
Tuesday is loaded with spring sports postseason action with something for everyone on the playoff menu.

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Deer Lakes’ Danny Geis scores against Derry on April 25.
A-K Valley WPIAL baseball and softball playoff preview capsules for May 17, 2022
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Franklin Regional’s Jordan Suvak watches his two-run homer during the ninth inning against Kiski on May 3.
Westmoreland County WPIAL baseball playoff preview capsules for May 17, 2022
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Leechburg’s Tommy Burke works out with the Blue Devils varsity team during practice April 21.
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Leechburg’s Tommy Burke
Tommy Burke spent his four years in high school balancing numerous activities, including baseball, football, academics and musical theater.

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Norwin’s Kira Phipps scores behind North Allegheny catcher Sydni Junker Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Norwin Middle School .
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 16, 2022: Baseball, softball playoffs begin
May 15, 2022
Welcome to opening day of the 2022 WPIAL baseball, softball and lacrosse playoffs.

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Latrobe’s Josie Straigis (11) is mobbed by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Thomas Jefferson on April 21.
Trib HSSN broadcasts set to begin for baseball, softball, spring sports playoffs
The curtain is about to rise on the final district party of the school year. Let the games of the 2022 spring sports postseason begin this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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West Allegheny’s Cam Davis (2) celebrates next to Nate Nolan after scoring against Hopewell on May 9.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for May 15, 2022
A year after key injuries helped keep the district’s preseason top-ranked team in Class 5A baseball from reaching its potential, most of those key players were returning for what looked like a potentially dominant spring for West Allegheny.

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Knoch pitcher Angelo DeLeonardis throws to first base for an out against Highlands on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at No Offseason Sports complex in Russellton.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for May 15, 2022
Following an 8-2 start to the 2022 baseball season, Knoch hit a rut as April turned to May.

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Kent State’s Josh Johnson
Pine-Richland grad Johnson leads Kent State batters
Josh Johnson sticks to the same regimen before every game.

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Sewickley Academy’s Adin Zorn bumps fists with coach Andrew Petruska during a game last season.
Sewickley Academy baseball meets lofty expectations with solid season
The Sewickley Academy baseball team had a firm foundation to build upon this season.

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Highlands’ Jett Slepak celebrates after scoring against Knoch on April 6, 2022, at No Offseason Sports.
George Guido: Don’t pay attention to seeds in WPIAL baseball tournament
May 14, 2022
The 108th WPIAL baseball tournament is set to begin this week in all six classifications.

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Shady Side Academy overcomes injuries to make WPIAL baseball playoffs
Some baseball teams get bit by the injury bug. For the Shady Side Academy baseball team, it’s more like the injury tarantula.

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