Baseball

Monsignor Bonner knocks Bethel Park out of PIAA baseball playoffs
June 7, 2024
The total of WPIAL baseball teams left in the PIAA playoffs fell to three Friday afternoon when Monsignor Bonner knocked Bethel Park out of the Class 5A bracket for the second consecutive season with a 6-4 win in Mechanicsburg.

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Penn-Trafford left fielder Carmen Metcalfe celebrates an RBI double during Thursday’s PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal against Hollidaysburg.
Penn-Trafford comes up short; future still bright
All of the Penn-Trafford baseball team’s goals were met this season except for one: advancing further in the PIAA playoffs and, maybe, playing for a PIAA title.

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Broadcaster and former Pirates player Neil Walker watches as players bat at a showcase Friday.
Neil Walker WPIAL Baseball Showcase gives athletes chance to shine
Norwin rising junior Jakob Howard toed the rubber Friday morning at No Offseason Sports in Russelton and fired 10 to 12 pitches in front of more than 40 local and regional college coaches.

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North Allegheny’s James Meeker and Brandon Bergstrom celebrate after the Tigers defeated Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Wednesday May 29, 2013 at Consol Energy Field.
Former WPIAL, Wild Things player James Meeker gets MLB call-up from Brewers
Former WPIAL baseball player James Meeker, a North Allegheny graduate who got his professional start with the Washington Wild Things, was called up to the major leagues Friday for the first time.

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Avonworth’s Alex Rowe makes a running catch in right field against Fairview during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Slippery Rock.
PIAA releases semifinal sites, times for 2024 state baseball playoffs
WPIAL baseball teams Avonworth, Eden Christian and Indiana learned the site and time of their state semifinal games when the PIAA released the schedule Friday.

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Thomas Jefferson pitcher Aubrey Shaffer celebrates after defeating North Hills in the WPIAL playoffs May 15.
High school roundup for June 6, 2024: Thomas Jefferson softball rallies for PIAA quarterfinal win
June 6, 2024
Adalina Bracco hit a tie-breaking two-run double in the sixth inning to lead WPIAL runner-up Thomas Jefferson to a 3-1 victory over District 1 runner-up West Chester East in the PIAA Class 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday in Chambersburg.

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Penn-Trafford second baseman Brayden Stone turns a double play, forcing Hollidaysburg’s Keagan Hockey, during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal Thursday, June 6, 2024.
After controversial call in 7th inning, Penn-Trafford’s PIAA playoff run ends with loss to Hollidaysburg
JOHNSTOWN — This wasn’t the way the Penn-Trafford baseball team wanted to end its season, especially on a questionable call in the top of the seventh inning.

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Eden Chrsitian’s Brady Hull pitches to Avella’s Bryce Wright in the PIAA Class A semifinals Thursday.
With surprise starter stifling Avella, Eden Christian rolls into PIAA Class A semifinals
When Eden Christian Academy coach Mark Feldman named his starting pitcher for the PIAA Class A baseball quarterfinals, he threw a curve at Avella.

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Avonworth catcher Mason Metz hugs pitcher Carson Franc after defeating Fairview in their PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal on Thursday at Slippery Rock University.
Unlikely hero pitches unsinkable Avonworth to another extra-innings win
Carson Franc kept working on his pitches and believing his time on the mound could come, despite having thrown very few innings all season.

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Avonworth’s Mason Metz scores the go-ahead run against Riverside during the 14th inning of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game May 28 at Wild Things Park.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 6, 2024: Survivors of rough 1st round back in action in PIAA quarterfinals
June 5, 2024
Welcome to quarterfinals Thursday in the PIAA diamond playoffs.

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Penn-Trafford third baseman Tyler Freas tag outs Lower Dauphin’s Casey Westerberg during their PIAA Class 5A state playoff game Monday.
PIAA Class 5A baseball quarterfinals preview: Penn-Trafford vs. Hollidaysburg
PIAA baseball playoffs

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Freas celebrates his double against Lower Dauphin during their PIAA Class 5A state playoff game on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Plum.
Penn-Trafford baseball team enjoying PIAA playoff ride
June 4, 2024
The Road Warriors are ready for their next excursion.

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Bethel Park’s Noah Lejeune celebrates with Kaden Flambard (2) and Ethan Stanhoff after defeating Trinity, 11-1, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
PIAA announces quarterfinal sites, times for 2024 state baseball playoffs
The PIAA has announced sites and times for the next round of the state baseball playoffs with only eight WPIAL teams having survived to reach the quarterfinals.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields delivers against North Allegheny during the first inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Mt. Lebanon senior David Shields named Gatorade Pa. Baseball Player of the Year
Mt. Lebanon senior David Shields, a talented left-handed pitcher and outfielder, was named Monday as the Gatorade Pennsylvania Baseball Player of the Year.

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Bishop Canevin pitcher Jackson Maddix delivers against Saegertown during their PIAA Class A state playoff game on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Plum.
High school roundup for June 3, 2024: On a tough day for WPIAL champs, Avonworth prevails
June 3, 2024
Cooper Scharding allowed one run over six innings and Carson Franc had a double and a pair of RBIs to lead WPIAL champ Avonworth to a 6-1 victory over Martinsburg Central (16-8) in a PIAA Class 3A first-round baseball game Monday.

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Seton LaSalle’s Aric White hits against Moniteau in the PIAA Class 2A first round Monday.
Another WPIAL champ falls as Moniteau trips up Seton LaSalle
On Wednesday, Seton LaSalle played a complete game in all facets and blanked Serra Catholic to win a second straight WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship.

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Wilson starting pitcher Matt VanOstenbridge celebrates after the last out after a one-hit effort to beat North Allegheny during PIAA 6A first round baseball play off action Monday, June 3, 2024 at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny pins PIAA loss on tough Wilson lefty, not ‘WPIAL hangover’
North Allegheny coach Andrew Heck could’ve blamed his team’s state playoff loss on the dreaded WPIAL hangover, but instead credited the craftiness of a left-hander who threw a one-hitter.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ian Temple smiles after driving in the go-ahead run against Lower Dauphin during their PIAA Class 5A state playoff game on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Plum.
Penn-Trafford baseball warms up in time to win PIAA opener
Maybe Penn-Trafford expected a slow start in the PIAA baseball playoffs.

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Franklin Regional coach Bob Saddler addresses the team after a loss in the PIAA Class 5A playoffs Monday, June 3, 2024, at Hollidaysburg.
Franklin Regional’s season ends with loss to Hollidaysburg in PIAA playoffs
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Missed opportunities by one team and timely hitting by the other was the difference in a PIAA Class 5A first-round baseball game Monday.

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Burrell baseball battles in PIAA 1st round loss to Fairview
The Burrell baseball team went down swinging in the seventh inning of Monday’s PIAA Class 3A first-round game against District 10 champion Fairview at Mercyhurst.

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