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Serra’s Eli Kite (13) and Pat Brennan celebrates with catcher Mark Black after beating Seton LaSalle Tuesday, June 11, 2019 during PIAA 2-AA baseball semifinals at West Mifflin Area High School.
Serra Catholic avenges WPIAL loss to Seton LaSalle, earns 4th trip to PIAA finals
June 11, 2019
The game began with Mark Black’s haymaker on the first pitch and ended with Pat Brennan’s web gem on the last as Serra Catholic defeated Seton LaSalle, 4-3, Tuesday in a PIAA Class 2A semifinal at West Mifflin.

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Beaver’s Michael Champ is greeted at home plate by teammates after hitting a home run against Blackhawk during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA postpones all baseball, softball semifinals involving WPIAL teams
June 10, 2019
The PIAA postponed many of Monday’s baseball and softball semifinals because of weather to Tuesday, including all involving WPIAL teams.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week
June 9, 2019
The Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week is Serra Catholic junior pitcher Alex Glumac, who won twice last week in the first two rounds of the state playoffs.

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Final 4 (plus 1) in penultimate Trib HSSN PIAA baseball rankings
June 8, 2019
Halfway through the state baseball playoffs, we present the next-to-last edition of the Trib HSSN PIAA baseball rankings.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso celebrates his RBI base hit during the third inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Pine-Richland Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Penn-Trafford baseball reflects on historic season of success
Five years ago, Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller went through an interview process with the message that the Warriors were three to five years away from competing for a WPIAL title. Miller wasn’t lying.

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Seton LaSalle pitcher Drew Lafferty delivers against Serra Catholic during the WPIAL Class 2A final Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Baseball semifinal sites, times: WPIAL Class 2A finalists rematch at West Mifflin
June 7, 2019
Twelve days after Seton LaSalle defeated Serra Catholic in the WPIAL championship, the section rivals will rematch in the state semifinals.

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North Allegheny’s J.T. Montross (left) celebrates with Joey Colella after scoring next to Pine-Richland pitcher Tommy Beam during their PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal Thursday, June 6, 2019, at La Roche University.
North Allegheny capitalizes on errors to defeat rival Pine-Richland
June 6, 2019
Twelve errors in three games will eventually catch up to any baseball team, even a talented WPIAL champion.

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Serra Catholic starter Alex Glumac delivers to the plate in the second inning against Neshannock on June 6, 2019, at Shaler.
Brennan powers Serra Catholic past Neshannock in PIAA quarterfinals
With teams intentionally walking standout catcher Mark Black regularly in the playoffs, Serra Catholic baseball coach Brian Dzurenda decided to move him from third in the order to the leadoff spot, which put Pat Brennan in Black’s old spot.

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Franklin Regional baseball eliminated in PIAA quarterfinals
GREENE TOWNSHIP — Franklin Regional’s dream baseball season came to an end in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal round as it lost to Lampeter-Strasburg, 7-2, at Greene Township Park in Scotland on Thursday.

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Beaver offense again shines in PIAA quarterfinal win over New Castle
The Beaver Bobcats couldn’t have picked a better time to put their offense in high gear.

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Seton LaSalle’s Drew Lafferty bats against Laurel in the PIAA quarterfinals June 6, 2019, at Shaler.
Lafferty fans 12 as Seton LaSalle edges Laurel in PIAA quarterfinals
Seton LaSalle freshman Drew Lafferty is not a big strikeout pitcher. Entering the Rebels’ PIAA quarterfinal game against Laurel, he had 44 punch outs in just over 42 innings pitched.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Seaman (17) high-fives Mathew Fitzmaurice after they scored against Cathedral Prep during their PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game Monday, June 3, 2019, at Neshannock High School. Franklin Regional won, 13-4.
Franklin Regional ‘revved up’ for PIAA quarterfinal matchup
June 5, 2019
Michael Klingensmith led off first base after drawing a walk in the top of the first inning in Monday’s PIAA first- round game when Cathedral Prep pitcher Colin Kelly made a pick-off throw to first.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dan Boehme celebrates his home run with Drew Lafferty during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Serra Catholic Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL Class 2A baseball teams find success in PIAA tournament
In Class 2A of the 2019 PIAA baseball playoffs, five letters provide the answer to how the west was won.

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers celebrates one of her strikeouts with Hanna Pavsek (2) and Jessica Persin during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against North Allegheny.
PIAA softball/baseball capsules for games of Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thursday’s games

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WPIAL duo selected for all-star baseball classic
Freeport junior Jarrett Heilman and South Fayette sophomore Ryan McGuire will represent the WPIAL on the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 26 Baseball Classic on July 25-28 in Harrisburg.

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Freeport’s Coulton Stewart makes a catch on the warning track on a ball hit by Franklin’s Connor Rakow during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Trip to PIAA playoffs a major boost for Freeport baseball program
June 4, 2019
In the hours after Freeport baseball’s 3-2 PIAA Class 3A first-round loss to Franklin on Monday at Slippery Rock University, one in which the Knights rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Yellowjackets players and coaches received dozens of calls, texts, emails and Twitter messages of support in the midst of what were feelings of heartbreak over the outcome.

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Pine-Richland’s Matt Wood celebrates his triple with head coach Kurt Wolfe against Penn-Trafford during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Baseball sites, times: North Allegheny, Pine-Richland rematch in quarterfinals
Section rivals Pine-Richland and North Allegheny will rematch Thursday in a PIAA Class 6A baseball quarterfinal at LaRoche College.

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WPIAL teams pile up offense in first round of PIAA playoffs
WPIAL teams didn’t skimp on the offense in the opening round of the PIAA baseball and softball playoffs.

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Pine-Richland’s Matt Schietroma (7) hoists the WPIAL Class 6A championship trophy with his teammates.
Pine-Richland defeats Penn-Trafford to claim 6th WPIAL baseball title
With Wild Things Park stuck under a layer of rain clouds, Penn-Trafford and Pine-Richland waited an extra day to play their WPIAL baseball championship.

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4 days after winning WPIAL baseball title, Shaler’s emotional postseason run ends
June 3, 2019
When Shaler’s championship season ended abruptly Monday, baseball coach Brian Junker gathered his players in right field and simply told them “thank you.”

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