Baseball

Pritts, Wilkins led Yough to victory in Region 7 Legion tournament
July 17, 2021
Kam Pritts hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, Nate Wilkins tossed a three-hit shutout and Yough defeated host St. Michael, 2-0, on Saturday in the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 tournament at Forest Hills High School in Sidman.

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Bethel Park starting pitcher Eric Chalus celebrates after shutting down Red Land High School in the sixth inning during the PIAA Class 5A Baseball Championship on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Medlar Field in State College, Pa.
Bethel Park’s Chalus brothers relish final high school season together
The Chalus brothers can almost be considered mirror images.

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Bushy Run Legion resumes play Saturday morning in the Region 6 Tournament.
Bushy Run resumes Region 6 play Saturday; Region 7 starts
July 16, 2021
Bushy Run, playing in the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Region 6 tournament, had its game suspended Friday in the top of the third inning.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Trevor Wilson delivers against Norwin on April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford’s Trevor Wilson headed for Gardner-Webb
Trevor Wilson was born in Charlotte, N.C., and eventually made his way to Penn-Trafford where he developed into a talented baseball pitcher.

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Ben Anderson (left) and Vinny Amatucci display the championship trophy after Latrobe won the District 31 American Legion title.
Latrobe Legion ends drought, wins District 31 title
July 14, 2021
It had been 12 years since the Latrobe American Legion baseball team had won the District 31 playoff title.

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Yough rallies to sweep Bushy Run in District 31 semifinals
July 12, 2021
Yough pitcher Allen Novacek got off to a shaky start in Monday’s District 31 American Legion semifinal against Bushy Run.

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Latrobe advances to American Legion District 31 finals
July 11, 2021
Latrobe American Legion baseball used a different method to defeat Young Township on Sunday in Game 2 of the District 31 playoffs.

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Bradish tosses no-hitter to lead Latrobe in opener of District 31 Legion semifinals
July 10, 2021
Jake Bradish has pitched in big games all season for the Latrobe American Legion team, and he has had some great games.

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Hempfield shortstop Christian Zilli turns a double play against Central Catholic during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on May 22.
Westmoreland County Boys Athlete of the Year: Christian Zilli, Hempfield
It’s a rare feat when an athlete from a large high school excels in three sports.

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Penn Hills’ Anthony Sciulli bats against Riverview on March 17 at Wild Things Park.
Pittsburgh Hardball Academy provides travel ball opportunity for Penn Hills players
Playing for the Pittsburgh Hardball Academy provided Anthony Sciulli with a chance to play travel baseball he may not have otherwise had.

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Young Township’s Brady Yard pitches during the American Legion Baseball District 31 playoff game against Murrysville at Haymaker Park in Murrysville on Thursday.
District 31 American Legion baseball semifinals set
July 9, 2021
Young Township finished Friday what it started the day before, defeating Murrysville, 7-2, in a District 31 American Legion playoff game.

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Seton LaSalle’s Brett Wagner makes a catch during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Shenango on June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Seton LaSalle baseball standout, coach’s son Brett Wagner transferring to IMG Academy
July 8, 2021
Seton LaSalle baseball coach Mike Wagner is losing his favorite player to IMG Academy in Florida, but he’s 100% on board with the kid’s decision.

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Young Township’s Ethan Prugh swings at a pitch during the American Legion Baseball District 31 playoff game against Murrysville at Haymaker Park in Murrysville on July 8, 2021.
Young Township jumps on Murrysville in American Legion playoffs
Young Township struck for seven runs in the fourth inning, and then lightning struck.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates after defeating Hempfield, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
North Allegheny’s Cole Young picked for all-star baseball game at Coors Field
North Allegheny shortstop Cole Young, who could be a future MLB Draft pick, is headed to the site of this year’s baseball all-star game.

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Latrobe American Legion baseball players, from left, Logan Bradish, Dante Basciano, and Mason Krinock, watch their teammates play against Derry in the dugouts on Saturday, July 3, 2021, during the Fourth of July celebrations at Legion Keener Park and Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Latrobe, Yough, Bushy Run advance in District 31 American Legion playoffs
July 7, 2021
Top-seeded Latrobe combined the four-hit shutout pitching of Payton Henry and a 12-hit attack to defeat Hempfield East, 11-0, in the District 31 American Legion opening round Wednesday.

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District 31 American Legion roundup: Yough rallies to defeat Unity
July 6, 2021
Nate Wilkins didn’t let a shaky start bother him Tuesday during Game 1 of the District 31 American Legion playoffs against Unity.

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Brentwood senior Riley Brendel competes against Eden Christian on March 26.
Brentwood’s Brendel makes impact on diamond, court, classroom
July 4, 2021
Riley Brendel was not just an outstanding dual-sport athlete at Brentwood. The recent graduate also hit the books with passion.

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Union pitcher Jake Vitale delivers during the WPIAL Class A championship game against Riverview on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Baseball Player and Coach of the Year for each classification
July 3, 2021
Whether their school had students in the classroom or virtually this spring, there is a special seat up front reserved for these standout performers and coaches in the return to the baseball field.

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Burrell’s Mark Dzanaj (15) recieves congratulations from coach Mark Spohn Thursday, June 7, 2001, after hitting a two-run home run against Shady Side Academy. The Bucs claimed an 8-6 victory to advance to the PIAA semifinals.
George Guido: Remembering a wild Burrell baseball run
The 2001 Burrell baseball season had a little of everything.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski delivers during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against Shaler on May 21.
State championship might be just the beginning for Bethel Park baseball
Eric Chalus, the winning pitcher in the 2021 PIAA Class 5A championship game, was one of three seniors in Bethel Park’s starting lineup along with center fielder Shane Hamel and first baseman Zack Sackett.

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