Baseball

Plum’s A.J. Collins drives in a pair of runs with a base-loaded single during the fifth inning against Independent Players on Monday, June 29, 2020, at Valley High School in New Kensington.
Plum bats stay dangerous in WPBL victory
June 29, 2020
A six-run fifth inning turned out to be the difference for Plum in an 11-7 victory over the Independent Players in Western Pennsylvania Baseball League action Monday at Valley High School.

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Plum’s Denny Ayres slides into third base with an RBI triple next to Independent Players third baseman Dylan Geibel on Monday, June 29, 2020, at Valley High School in New Kensington.
Getting chance to play is great, but Plum’s WPBL team gunning for a title, too
Denny Ayres is getting ready to attend West Virginia with a mechanical and aerospace engineering course of study.

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Kiski starting pitcher Ryan Rametta throws against the Indpendent Players on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Valley High School.
Kiski Area taking advantage of opportunities provided by WPBL
Kiski Area baseball coach Aaron Albert and the Cavaliers were excited for the 2020 baseball season.

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West Allegheny baseball player Austin Hendrick
Report: West A’s Austin Hendrick signs $4 million contract with Cincinnati Reds
June 26, 2020
Former West Allegheny star Austin Hendrick signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

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Summer Rams pitcher Jett Slepak throws to the Independent Players’ Phillip Walsh (Burrell) in the second inning of a Western Pennsylvania Baseball League game June 24, 2020, at Valley High School.
Western Pa. Baseball League gives Summer Rams seniors last chance to take field together
Highlands baseball coach Jeff Campbell was heartbroken knowing his players were not going to have their high school season when schools were shut down in late March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz eyes an outside pitch that he takes to right field for a second-inning, three-run triple against the Independent Players in WPBL action Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Valley High School.
Golden Cavs hold off late surge to start WPBL season 2-0
June 25, 2020
When the Kiski Area Golden Cavs took on Gateway last Thursday in the Western Pennsylvania Baseball League, they didn’t score until the fourth inning.

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Valley’s Issac Kelley can’t get to a ball hit by Highlands’ Dom Fellows in the sixth inning Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Valley High School.
Mix-and-match Independent Players are ready for busy summer
The Independent Players summer baseball team looks like it is going to have a busy summer.

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Seth Helgert scores the Summer Rams’ first run in the top of the first of a Western Pennsylvania Baseball League game against the Independent Players on June 24, 2020, at Valley High School.
Tanner Nulph, Summer Rams prevail in WPBL opener
June 24, 2020
Tanner Nulph first helped the Summer Rams at the plate in Wednesday evening’s Western Pennsylvania Baseball League game at Valley High School.

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Plum’s Denny Ayres hits a three-run double against Jeannette on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Buster Clarkson Field in Jeannette.
Plum comes out swinging, rolls past Jeannette in Western Pa. Baseball League opener
June 23, 2020
Plum and Jeannette didn’t let the threat of rain spoil their Western Pennsylvania Summer Baseball League opener Tuesday evening at Buster Clarkson Field in Jeannette.

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Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee vs. Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy
Trib HSSN June Madness semifinals: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional vs. Luke Hagy, Mt. Lebanon
June 18, 2020
Over the course of the next week, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Mark Black celebrates with Serra’s Alex Glumac (5) after hitting a home run June 11, 2019.
Serra baseball star Mark Black commits to juco that produced Jose Bautista, Russell Martin
June 14, 2020
Serra Catholic baseball star Mark Black had his future mapped out way in advance, committing to St. John’s before his sophomore year, until the coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down.

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Yough’s Kam Pritts tags out West Hempfield’s Anthony Terzolino at third base during their American Legion game Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Lint Field.
Yough rallies for win against West Hempfield in summer baseball opener
June 13, 2020
It was opening day for the Westmoreland County American League baseball season Saturday, and players from Yough and West Hempfield couldn’t have been happier.

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Pine-Richland’s Neil Walker vs. Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Neil Walker, Pine-Richland vs. Luke Hagy, Mt. Lebanon
June 12, 2020
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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West Allegheny’s Mike Cummings dives onto his teammates as the Indians celebrate winning the WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Blackhawk on May 29, 2014.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Baseball No. 1
June 11, 2020
While it almost became a theme to repeat in WPIAL softball this past decade, it was nearly an impossible dream for district baseball teams.

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Will Shaffer throws a pitch during his junior year at Laurel. Shaffer is heading to Youngstown State next year to play baseball. Will Shaffer throws a pitch during his junior year at Laurel. Shaffer is heading to Youngstown State next year to play baseball
Senior Spotlight: Laurel’s Will Shaffer capitalized on 2019 playoff run
June 10, 2020
Editor’s note: Trib HSSN is spotlighting WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Austin Hendrick
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick selected 12th overall by Cincinnati Reds in MLB Draft
With a quick left-handed swing that packs plenty of pop, West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick was naturally a Ken Griffey Jr. fan as a kid.

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Gateway coach Mark Wardzinski talks to the players on his high school team March 10.
Western Pennsylvania Baseball League sets plans for season with 20 teams on board
Bob Johnston was trying to find a league where Gateway high school players could play this summer.

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North Hills first base coach Jake Miller celebrates with Joseph Pusateri after Pusateri drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat Mars in the 2018 WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Baseball No. 2
June 9, 2020
While it almost became a theme to repeat in WPIAL softball this past decade, it was nearly an impossible dream for district baseball teams.

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Austin Hendrick
Will Austin Hendrick trade West Allegheny red for Cincinnati Reds in MLB draft?
Hot dogs with Skyline Chili and evenings at Great American Ball Park could be in Austin Hendrick’s future, if draft experts are correct.

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South Park’s Randy Dobnak (00) is mobbed by teammates after getting the final out during the ninth inning of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Hopewell Tuesday May 28, 2013 at Consol Energy Field.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Baseball No. 3
June 7, 2020
While it almost became a theme to repeat in WPIAL softball this past decade, it was nearly an impossible dream for district baseball teams.

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