Baseball

Scholastic Notebook – 11/06/2015
November 6, 2015
The WPIAL football playoffs start Friday night. Does that mean the Tri-County South Conference turns into the Tri-County Sour bunch once again? The Tri-County South in Class A hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2010 season. Since then, Tri-County South teams are 0-16 in the postseason. But maybe there is hope to end the postseason drought this year. Frazier finished the regular season with a 9-0 record and the Commodores were given the No. 4 seed. Frazier led the entire WPIAL in fewest points allowed this season and it plays host to South Side in a first-round game.

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PIAA Approves 6 Classes for Football, Hoops, Baseball & Softball
October 8, 2015
Are you ready for six classifications in Pennsylvania high school football? And boys basketball? And girls basketball? And baseball? And softball? Six classifications in all of those sports will be a reality in the 2016-17 school year. That was the gigantic news that came out of a PIAA board of directors meeting Wednes day in Mechanicsburg. Heading into the meeting, the main topic on the agenda was supposed to be a final vote on the expansion of classifications in football from four to six. The PIAA had already passed that in two other votes, and needed only to pass one more vote before going into effect for the 2016-17 season. That proposal easily passed by a 26-4 vote. But there was more big news to come.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 09/01/2015
September 1, 2015
The summer calm is over and now the autumn storm is upon us as we kck off the 2015-2016 scholastic sports season this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We begin a new season of high school football with 27 WPIAL opening weekend contests along with eight District 6 and District 9 high school football games. We also have high school golf and the final week of the Washington Wild Things season, plus another edition of Rappin' on Racin' to go along with the season premieres of This Week in the WPIAL and The Indiana County Coaches Show ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, August 31st: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/25/2015
August 25, 2015
Our annual August ritual known as Countdown to Kickoff continues as we inch closer to September and the start of the 2015 high school football season this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Every day in August, we have something new on our website to prepare you for a new season kicking off on 9/4/15. We also have Frontier League baseball with the Washington Wild Things visiting Traverse City this week before hosting the Evansville Otters at CONSOL Energy Field, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, August 24th:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/16/2015
August 16, 2015
Our annual August ritual known as Countdown to Kickoff continues as we inch closer to the 2015 high school football season this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Every day in August, we have something new on our website to prepare you for a new season kicking off on 9/4/15. We also have Frontier League baseball with the Washington Wild Things hosting the Windy City Thunderbolts and the Gateway Grizzlies in six games at CONSOL Energy Field, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, August 17th:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/09/2015
August 9, 2015
Our annual August ritual known as Countdown to Kickoff continues as we prepare you for the 2015 high school football season this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Every day in August, we have something new on our website to prepare you for n new season kicking off on 9/4/15. We also have Frontier League baseball with the Washington Wild Things hosting the Frontier Greys before hitting the road this weekend against the Normal Cornbelters while the Pennsylvania Rebellion conclude their 2015 Pro Fast Pitch season against Akron, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/04/2015
August 4, 2015
Our annual August ritual known as Countdown to Kickoff is in full force as we prepare you for the 2015 high school football season this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Every day in August, we have something new to prepare you for 9/4/15, including our annual back-to-back shows coming Wednesday from Kennywood Park. We also have Frontier League baseball with the Washington Wild Things on the road against Traverse City and Schaumburg while the Pennsylvania Rebellion host Akron at CONSOL Energy Field, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, August 3rd:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/28/2015
July 28, 2015
The heat is rising as we begin our yearly Countdown to Kickoff for the 2015 high school football season as July melts into August this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Frontier League baseball with the Washington Wild Things at home against River City and Florence while the Pennsylvania Rebellion host Dallas before hitting the road to Akron and Chicago, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, July 27th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/21/2015
July 21, 2015
We are inching closer to August and our annual Countdown to Kickoff for high school football, but for now we focus on pro baseball and pro softball action in the final full week of July here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Frontier League baseball with the Washington Wild Things at home against Lake Erie before hitting the road this weekend in Evansville while the Pennsylvania Rebellion conclude a long road trip as they visit USSSA Pride, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, July 20th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/15/2015
July 15, 2015
With the Frontier League taking time off for the all-star break, there is still plenty of pro softball and the resumption of the 2015 pro baseball campaign this week here on the MSA Sports Network. After a four day break, the Frontier League kicks off its second half this weekend with the Washington Wild Things at home at CONSOL Energy Park while the Pennsylvania Rebellion are home at CONSOL Energy Field early in the week with pro fast pitch softball action against the Dallas Charge before hitting the road over the weekend against the USSSA Pride, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, July 13th:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/08/2015
July 8, 2015
Our summer professional diamond coverage continues this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Frontier League as the Washington Wild Things hit the road for series in Win dy City and Rockford while the Pennsylvania Rebellion return home to CONSOL Energy Field with pro fast pitch softball action against the USSSA Pride and the Dallas Charge, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, July 6th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net Fast Pitch Pro Softball - Pennsylvania Rebellion vs Chicago Bandits at 8:05pm on MSAsports.net

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 01/30/2015
June 30, 2015
What better way to celebrate our great country's birthday than with a heaping helping of pro baseball and softball for the holidays this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The diamonds are red hot with pro baseball as the Washington Wild Things return home to CONSOL Energy Field and pro fast pitch softball with the Pennsylvania Rebellion as they hit the road for a week of diamond action, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, June 29th: No Broadcasts Tuesday, June 30th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 01/23/2015
June 23, 2015
The first full week of the Summer of '15 brings plenty of pro baseball and pro softball action coming your way this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The diamonds are red hot with  pro baseball with the Washington Wild Things and pro fast pitch softball with the Pennsylvania Rebellion along with another high school football all-star game, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, June 22nd: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net Tuesday, June 23rd: No Broadcasts Wednesday, June 24th:

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2015 MSA Sports Diamond Studs
June 19, 2015
The MSA Sports Diamond Studs all-star team is well-armed. The team is made up of the top 10 players in the WPIAL, regardless of position. More than past years, the 2015 team is extremely heavy on pitchers. Some might play other positions also, but eight of the 10 players on this year’s team made big impacts as pitchers. This year’s team has six seniors, three juniors and a sophomore. It also includes six players who have either signed or made verbal commitments to Division I colleges. Two of those six are non-seniors, including a sophomore who has already committed to a national powerhouse college program. Here is a look at the Diamond Studs and the Player of the Year. PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

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2015 PIAA BASEBALL PLAYOFFS – Recap
June 14, 2015
Knoch began the season with a very small postseason resume. In fact in school history, the Knights had only won ONE playoff game. That all changed here in 2015 as Knoch finished a perfect 8-0 in the playoffs and captured not only a first ever WPIAL championship, but now they've added a PIAA state crown as well after a victory over Abington Heights in the Class AAA title game. Shortly thereafter at Penn State, Neshannock overwhelmed Neumann-Goretti to win a second PIAA title and the first state championship in eleven years as Frank Fraschetti picked up his 5th postseason victory and 4th playoff shutout in the AA finals. Here are ALL the final results from the 2015 PIAA Baseball Playoffs.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 01/14/2015
While the high school sports season is over, tell your Dandy Dad that there is plenty of pro baseball and pro softball coming his way this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Instead of another boring tie, point Dad to www.msasports.net for plenty of pro baseball with the Washington Wild Things and pro fast pitch softball with the Pennsylvania Rebellion along with another high school football all-star game, plus he can find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, June 15th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net Tuesday, June 16th:

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Neshannock Blanks Neumann-Goretti for 2nd PIAA Baseball Crown
June 12, 2015
Frank Fraschetti pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout, leading Neshannock (20-5) to a 9-0 PIAA AA Championship victory over Neumann-Goretti (20-5) on Friday evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College. The win gives Neshannock their second baseball state championship in school history and first since 2004. The victory also caps a golden spring for Neshannock, which also won the WPIAL AA Championship in May, a game in which Fraschetti also pitched a complete game shutout in a 4-0 win over Quaker Valley. The Lancers pounded out eleven hits, but their first three runs were scored unconventionally, as two errors and a fielder’s choice factored into the plating of Neshannock’s early scoring.

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Knoch Finishes Perfect Postseason With PIAA AAA Baseball Title
Coming into 2015, the Knoch High School postseason resume was nearly empty with only one baseball playoff victory in the history of the program. That all changed big time this spring as the Knights capped off a perfect 8-0 postseason with a 7-5 victory Friday over Abington Heights in the PIAA Class AAA title game at Penn State University. The win gave the Knights the first state championship in school history in any sport. The victory culminated what has been a storybook season for Knoch who can now boast a double fist full of gold as they won both the WPIAL and PIAA Championships this year.

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WPIAL Players/Alum Selected in 2015 Major League Baseball Draft
There may not be many WPIAL high school seniors or alums selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, but there was one taken on Day One of the three day event. As expected, a former Mount Lebanon standout went in the first round. Here are the four alums and one current player taken in this years three day draft, the 50th anniversary of the MLB event. *  IAN HAPP - 1st Round: 9th Overall Pick by Chicago Cubs Mount Lebanon High School and University of Cincinnati OF, Junior, Switch Hitter, Throws Right, 6'0, 225, 21-years old

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PIAA Baseball & Softball Semifinals Wednesday Recaps
June 10, 2015
After being postponed twice over the previous 48 hours, Knoch baseball and Hempfield softball were finally able to hit the field, both playing at Mount Aloysius College with mixed results. WPIAL AAA baseball champion Knoch used an offensive explosion for the first time this postseason to advance to their first state title game while WPIAL AAAA softball champion had very little offense as their dreams of state gold came to an end. Here are recaps from the final two PIAA Semifinals contests played on Wednesday afternoon in Cambria County. A special thanks to Josh Rowntree and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL:

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