Baseball

Greensburg Salem’s Matt Wicker (11), during baseball practice at Greensburg Salem High School, on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Trib HSSN preseason baseball rankings for week of March 24, 2019
March 23, 2019
Trib HSSN preseason rankings

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Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy looking for improvement this season
Count Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley among the baseball teams aiming for bounce-back seasons.

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Valley coach Jim Basilone prepares his team for the 2019 season March 19, 2019 at Valley High
Young Valley lineup looks to maintain momentum from trip to quarterfinals
March 22, 2019
Valley coach Jim Basilone trotted his Vikings off Washington & Jefferson’s Ross Memorial baseball field following a gut-wrenching, 6-5 loss to Brownsville in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals and delivered his most important speech of the season.

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Hampton pitcher Tyler Bischke prepares for the 2019 season March 18, 2019.
Hampton baseball to rely on small, talented senior class
March 21, 2019
When first-year coach Kellen Wheeler sat down his five baseball seniors after he accepted the job last winter, he had a message: They’re going to play, and they’re all going to lead.

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St.Joseph pitcher Hayden Mallin works out during a recent practice March 19, 2019, at Swartz Field in Freeport.
St. Joseph baseball team motivated to reach postseason
The smallest margin possible kept St. Joseph from reaching the WPIAL baseball playoffs last season, an excruciating result for a program that last reached the postseason at the turn of the millennium.

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The Vincentian baseball team celebrates after defeating Southern Fulton, 5-3, in the PIAA Class A state championship Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
WPIAL Class A baseball preseason breakdown
In the world of Class A baseball in 2018, the Royals were kings.

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Senior Sullivan Schueltz, during baseball practice at Ligonier Valley High School in Ligonier, on Monday, March 18, 2019.
Pieces in place for Ligonier Valley baseball
There are batters at the top of the order with speed who regularly get on base and cause problems.

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Brownsville catcher D.J. Zimcosky hoists pitcher Dylan Brosky, as the Falcons celebrate after the final out in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Avonworth Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL Class 2A baseball preseason breakdown
March 20, 2019
The largest classification numbers-wise in WPIAL baseball has grown out of its three-section shell.

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Yough assistant coach Tyler Dillinger talks to players about hitting during practice March 18, 2019, at Yough.
Pitt recruit Bach hopes to lead Yough baseball to postseason
Yough’s baseball team made a late run to end the 2018 season, and that carried over to a successful American Legion season in the summer.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dom Giallonardo works on hitting drills while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Giallonardo invited to be Wild Things’ special guest
March 19, 2019
Dom Giallonardo could be in for a “Wild” night.

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Springdale’s Isaac Kern connects on a pitch during a scrimmage against Quigley Catholic Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at Springdale High School.
Springdale baseball to lean on young lineup during rebuilding season
After each practice, Springdale baseball coach Brett Burger tells his team to “be better tomorrow than they were today.”

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Senior Garrett Ansell keeps an eye on the ball during batting practice with the Southmoreland varsity baseball team on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland baseball looks to change direction under new coach
Southmoreland baseball will be “governed” differently from now on.

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Freeport pitcher Jarrett Heilman prepares for the upcoming 2019 season at practice March 8, 2019, in Freeport.
WPIAL Class 3A baseball preseason breakdown
Much like Class 4A, a new champion will be crowned in Class 3A after 2018 champion Brownsville fell to Class 2A with district realignment.

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Riverview’s Mark McClelland tries to score during practice at Riverview High School in Oakmont.
Riverview baseball raises expectations, targets playoffs
March 18, 2019
Riverview baseball coach Bill Gras asked his players during practice to write down one personal goal and one team goal on a note card and give it back to him.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Tyler Horvat prepares for the 2019 season March 18, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford baseball sets sights on winning section championship
There isn’t any question that Penn-Trafford baseball lost some talented players to graduation with all five departed seniors going on to play in college.

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Greensburg Salem’s Matt Wicker (11) takes part in baseball practice at Greensburg Salem High School, on Monday, March 11, 2019.
WPIAL Class 4A baseball preseason breakdown
There will be a new champion crowned in WPIAL Class 4A after realignment bumped 2018 winner South Fayette up to Class 5A.

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Mars pitcher Will Bednar
WPIAL Class 5A baseball preseason breakdown
March 17, 2019
While Mars has been golden on the boys basketball court the last two years, the Fightin’ Planets are tired of seeing the silver lining on the diamond.

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Plum baseball coach Carl Vollmer works with his team as catcher Brody Simmons looks on Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at Plum High School.
Despite losses of key players, Plum baseball aims to contend again
During his tenure as Plum’s baseball coach, Carl Vollmer has aimed to perpetuate his team’s culture.

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker works out in the batting cages Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at the Baseball Academy of Norwin.
Norwin baseball team loaded with experience
Experience should be on the Norwin baseball team’s side this season.

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Pine-Richland head baseball coach Curt Wolfe prepares his team for the 2019 season March 12, 2019, at Pine-Richland.
WPIAL Class 6A baseball preseason breakdown
March 16, 2019
Baseball teams in WPIAL Class 6A in 2018 could not deal with the Big Mac attack.

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