Baseball

Mt. Pleasant’s Nathan Kubasky anticipates a pitch from teammate Hunter Tate while stepping off base to make a run during team practice as head coach Chris Firmstone observes Thursday, March 12, 2020 at baseball practice at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant baseball hopes to use hard-nosed approach to earn another playoff bid
March 16, 2020
Like many teams, Mt. Pleasant baseball is not sure when it will play its first game, but at any rate, coach Chris Firmstone likes the makeup of his team.

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Knoch infielder Dathan Gillis competes during a scrimmage game against Slippery Rock High March 12, 2020.
No guarantee spring sports are played, but WPIAL discusses ‘what if’ scenarios
The WPIAL board discussed contingency plans for spring sports season behind closed doors Monday, but “anything at this point is uncertain,” associate executive director Amy Scheuneman said.

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Leechburg baseball not satisfied with just WPIAL playoff spot
March 15, 2020
After making the WPIAL baseball playoffs each of the past two seasons, Leechburg would like to break out of the 2-0 mold.

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Monessen’s Cam Frolo led the baseball team in batting average (.533) and hits (32) last season.
Despite turnover, Monessen baseball expect to keep playoff streak intact
Youth will be relied upon to supplement the few veteran bats remaining for the Monessen baseball team after losing a nine-player senior cast last season.

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Nick Wilson participates in baseball practice at Sewickley Academy on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Sewickley Academy baseball team looks to build on experience
Sewickley Academy’s baseball team continues to grow.

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Knoch’s baseball team warms up before a scrimmage game against Slippery Rock High March 12, 2020.
Young Knoch baseball team looks to gain experience as season progresses
March 14, 2020
As seasons carry on, teams start to gain experience, learn from mistakes and reach their full potential when the postseason approaches.

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Ligonier Valley sophomore Connor Tunstall delivers a pitch during an intrasquad scrimmage Friday, March 13, 2020, at Ligonier Valley High School.
Ligonier Valley baseball has holes to fill in lineup if it wants to chase Heritage title
In its final tuneup before joining the WPIAL next season, the Ligonier Valley baseball team will attempt to exit District 6 this spring with a second consecutive Heritage Conference championship and fifth overall.

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Gateway outfielder Luke Jackson prepares for the 2020 season March, 10, 2020.
Memory of playoff loss motivates Gateway baseball
Gateway’s baseball team is not letting the taste of bitter defeat leave its memory.

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Pine-Richland pitcher Tommy Beam (22) competes against Penn-Trafford April 2, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland baseball program has no plans to lower bar
March 13, 2020
The defending WPIAL Class 6A champion Pine-Richland baseball team is entering the season fully aware of how others may perceive them.

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Latrobe’s Alex Wilson during baseball practice at Greater Latrobe High School in Unity Township on Wednesday, March 6, 2020.
Latrobe looking to rebound with young squad
It’s been three years since the Latrobe Wildcats were baseball champions in the WPIAL and PIAA in 2017.

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Hampton infielder Tanner Gill takes a late throw during a scrimmage game against Butler March 12, 2020.
Future of spring sports season will be considered Monday by WPIAL board
The PIAA already postponed the end of winter sports season, but now spring sports might also be in danger.

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Kiski Area outfielder Billy Perroz plays long toss with a teammate on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Kiski Area baseball looking to build on confidence developed last season
In his first year at the helm of the Kiski Area baseball program, coach Aaron Albert led the Cavaliers to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. In year No. 2, they are looking to take another big step.

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Jeannette’s Alex Vickers takes a throw from a teammate at baseball practice Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Vickers is Jeannette’s top pitcher.
Young, small roster has Jeannette baseball facing new challenges
March 11, 2020
Three years ago, Jeannette was celebrating its first WPIAL baseball title.

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Highlands baseball player Tanner Nulph player works out during Tuesday’ practice.
Highlands baseball putting in work, desires deeper playoff run
Highlands wasn’t halfway through its Sunday baseball practice, and sophomore Tanner Nulph already was talking to teammates about staying late.

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Hempfield’s Phil Fox during baseball practice at Hempfield Area High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
Hempfield baseball to lean on pitching depth, work ethic
March 10, 2020
Hempfield could take some time to find its identity on the baseball diamond, and 13th-year coach Tim Buzzard is in no hurry to see that happen.

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Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman puts a tag down during practice for the 2020 season March 5, 2020.
With Heilman on hill, Freeport has shot at another special season
Last season, Freeport baseball coach Ed Carr watched a team that consisted mainly of juniors grow up on the fly and exceed expectations.

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Putt, during baseball practice at Greensburg Salem High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
Opportunity knocks for Greensburg Salem’s new-look baseball roster
March 9, 2020
Greensburg Salem faces a major overhaul of its baseball roster after a season that sent the Golden Lions into the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs as a No. 1 seed.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Dante DiMatteo delivers during a scrimmage against Moon Monday, Mar. 9, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Fox Chapel baseball optimistic despite heavy turnover from last season
Fox Chapel will have to replace 11 seniors, six of their starting nine and most of the pitching staff from a team that went 10-8 and made the WPIAL playoffs, but Foxes coach Jim Hastings has some pieces returning and others coming through the pipeline to help offset the losses.

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Greensburg Central Catholic baseball turns focus to fundamentals under new coach
March 8, 2020
Last season for the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team ended earlier than expected.

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Deer Lakes Trey Darrah prepares for the 2020 season March 7, 2020.
Deer Lakes baseball wants to carry bigger bats into season
It all starts at the plate.

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