Baseball

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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Manager Bob Kovalcin led Latrobe to the 2008 WPIAL championship and came out of retirement this year to lead the Wildcats again.
PIAA’s spring sports cancellation especially tough for new softball, baseball coaches
June 6, 2020
Bob Kovalcin did not coach a game this season at Latrobe, but the man who came out of retirement to lead the Wildcats softball team has spent the last couple of weeks conducting exit meetings with his players.

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With statewide American Legion season called off, another local league hoping to start soon
June 5, 2020
Another area group is planning to hold a season for teams that would have normally played American Legion baseball this summer in Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette and Allegheny counties.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dan Boehme scores on a wild pitch past Serra Catholic pitcher Patrick Brennan during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Senior Spotlight: Seton LaSalle’s Boehme will never forget championship performance
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Riverside’s Kolby Wolf scores the winning run past Neshannock catcher Brandon Scheidemantle in the bottom of the ninth inning in the WPIAL Class AA championship game May 31, 2016 at Consol Energy Park.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Baseball No. 4
June 3, 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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South Park’s Brenden Gray hits a two-run home run against Quaker Valley during a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game May 15, 2019 at Seneca Valley.
Senior Spotlight: After lights-out junior year, South Park pitcher Brenden Gray excited to head to Seton Hill
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pine-Richland’s Neil Walker vs. Chartiers Valley’s T.J. McConnell
Trib HSSN May Madness: Neil Walker, Pine-Richland vs. T.J. McConnell, Chartiers Valley
Over a month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Jeannette’s Michael Pompei, left, Brendt Billeck, Eric Hall, and Blaze Tran hoist the WPIAL Class A trophy after defeating Greensburg Central Catholic in the championship game at Consol Energy Park on May 31, 2017.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Baseball No. 5
June 1, 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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Union shortstop Nate Meeks waits for a pitch during a game in his junior year. Union shortstop Nate Meeks waits for a pitch during a game in his junior year.
Senior Spotlight: After two runner-up finishes, Union’s Nate Meeks was thinking championship
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tampa Bay Rays’ Brendan McKay walks through the dugout after hitting a pinch-hit, solo home run during the ninth inning against Boston on Sept. 22, 2019.
Rising star Brendan McKay of the Tampa Bay Rays talks winning WPIAL gold, the coach opponents love to hate
Trib HSSN has been fortunate to cover a lot of great athletes these last two decades. While the “Best of the Century” contest continues, we now feature some of the brightest high school stars from the last two decades twice a week on Monday and Thursday on the Rebel Yell podcast.

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Iowa becomes 1st state to resume high school sports with baseball, softball
While Pennsylvania debates the future of fall sports, Monday was the first day of baseball and softball season for high schools in Iowa.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Joe Shrum pitches against Ringgold on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in the WPIAL Class 4A first round high school baseball playoff game at Seton Hill University.
Senior Spotlight: Mt. Pleasant’s Shrum found sanctuary on mound
May 29, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jeannette’s Terrelle Pryor vs. Beaver Falls’ Lance Jeter
Trib HSSN May Madness: Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette vs. Lance Jeter, Beaver Falls
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Steel Valley pitcher Andre Good celebrates with catcher Brady Miller after the final out in a 5-4 win over Hopewell in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game May 28, 2019 at Wild Things Park.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Baseball No. 6
May 28, 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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Trinity catcher Jax Banco gets set to receive a pitch during a game. Banco committed to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Thursday morning.
Senior Spotlight: Trinity baseball standout ready to take to the sky
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kiski Area’s Ryne Wallace runs the bases during practice at Kiski Area High School.
After year at Kiski School, Ryne Wallace finds college home at Old Dominion
Former Kiski Area standout Ryne Wallace always knew he had what it takes to play baseball at the Division I level. He just needed to find the right program.

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Upper St. Clair’s Sean Lee vs. Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy
Trib HSSN May Madness: Sean Lee, Upper St. Clair vs. Luke Hagy, Mt. Lebanon
Over the course of a month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay is tackled by catcher Matt Emge after defeating Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game May 31, 2012.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Baseball No. 7
May 27, 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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