Baseball

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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Indiana’s Charlie Manzi celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against North Catholic during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game May 29 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA Class 4A baseball championship preview: Indiana vs. Holy Ghost Prep
June 12, 2024
The PIAA baseball finals return Thursday and Friday to Penn State, the state championship host since 2011.

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Avonworth’s Brandon Sapolsky celebrates his lead-off double against Punxsutawney during their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Monday, June 10, 2024, in Homer City.
Avonworth reaches 1st PIAA championship game after fast start in state semifinal
June 10, 2024
HOMER CITY — Extra-inning wins had become Avonworth’s specialty in these playoffs, but the Antelopes weren’t waiting around this time.

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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 Monday at Slippery Rock.
Eden Christian rallies past Saegertown to head back to PIAA Class A final
Clutch hitting and a calm sophomore pitcher carried the Eden Christian baseball team back to the PIAA Class A baseball championship game.

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The Thomas Jefferson softball team leaves the field after defeating Central Mountain in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals Monday, June 10, 2024 at Mt. Aloysius College.
High school roundup for June 10, 2024: Thomas Jefferson softball, Indiana baseball make 1st PIAA finals
Morgan Aliesky hit the go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the sixth and Zoe Krizan drove in five runs to lead Thomas Jefferson to a 9-8 victory over Central Mountain in the PIAA Class 5A softball semifinals Monday.

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Avonworth’s Hunter Blackson scores against Fairview during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Slippery Rock.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for June 10, 2024: 3 area baseball, 6 softball teams set for PIAA semifinals
June 9, 2024
Welcome to semifinals Monday in the PIAA baseball and softball playoffs.

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Avonworth pitcher Carson Franc delivers against Fairview during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Slippery Rock.
Trib HSSN baseball player of the week for June 9, 2024
Trib HSSN baseball player of the week: Carson Franc

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Addy Frye and her Neshannock teammates will play Laurel in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals Monday.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of June 10, 2024
And then there were two. The final two broadcasts to wrap up the school year take place on the PIAA softball diamonds this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Burrell’s Brayden Mell celebrates after defeating Mt. Pleasant in their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Gateway.
New Lower Burrell American Legion team gets rolling
The Burrell baseball team rose from the No. 14 seed for the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs to a top-four finish while earning a PIAA tournament berth for the first time since 2010.

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Avonworth’s Jack Dolan celebrates with catcher Mason Metz after Metz caught the final out to defeat Fairview in their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Slippery Rock.
Trib HSSN Pennsylvania high school baseball rankings for June 8, 2024
June 8, 2024
The district champions that were all ranked in last week’s edition of the Trib HSSN state baseball rankings suffered from championship hangovers as many lost in the first two rounds of the PIAA playoffs.

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North Allegheny pitcher David Posey smiles after receiving his gold medal from head coach Andrew Heck after pitching a no-hitter in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Acclaimed senior class accomplished plenty for North Allegheny baseball
The worst day for any high school baseball coach is cut day, says North Allegheny’s Andrew Heck. That’s when the roster gets whittled down before the season opener.

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