Baseball

Latrobe reaches WCABL finals; Murrysville, Bushy Run split
August 1, 2020
For the third consecutive playoff, Latrobe found itself in a hole late in a Westmoreland County American Baseball League game.

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Norwin senior baseball player Nick Fleming committed to Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md.
Norwin’s Nick Fleming commits to Mount St. Mary’s baseball
July 31, 2020
The timing wasn’t exactly precise, not like he had envisioned, but Nick Fleming still was all smiles Friday night after deciding on his baseball future.

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Latrobe makes epic comeback in Westmoreland County summer baseball playoffs
Latrobe’s Westmoreland County American Baseball League team pulled off the improbable Friday.

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Summer Rams rally past Thomas Jefferson for berth in WPSBL quarterfinals
The Summer Rams (Highlands) baseball team stayed alive in the Western Pennsylvania Summer Baseball League playoffs Thursday evening with a come-from-behind 8-6 victory over Thomas Jefferson in a second-round game halted after six innings because of darkness.

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Irwin’s Ryan Scavnicky takes a lead off first in a WPSBL playoff game against Plum on Thursday, July 30, 2020.
Irwin Area wins 2, advances to WPSBL semifinals
The Irwin Area summer baseball team doubled its pleasure Thursday evening at Gateway High School, and it now is just two wins away from a Western Pennsylvania Baseball League tournament title.

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Hempfield’s Phil Fox practices at Hempfield Area High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
Hempfield’s Phil Fox commits to Gardner Webb
Phil Fox lost out on his junior baseball season at Hempfield because the PIAA canceled spring sports during the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Summer Rams open WPSBL playoff tournament with victory
July 30, 2020
Playing their first game in more than two weeks, the Summer Rams (Highlands) topped Bethel Park, 9-5, on Wednesday at Gateway High School in a first-round contest in the Western Pennsylvania Summer Baseball League playoff tournament.

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Bushy Run catcher Cole DeFillippo secures the ball as Young Township’s Ethan Prugh strikes out Wednesday.
Bushy Run walks off in 1st round of WCABL playoffs
July 29, 2020
Bushy Run struggled through much of Wednesday’s Westmoreland County American Baseball League playoff game against Young Township. It had trouble hitting Young Township starter Zach Harha over the first six innings.

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Yough rallies past Hempfield East to even Westmoreland County summer baseball series
July 28, 2020
Vinny Martin hit a two-run home run, Steve Manon added a two-run single, and Yough evened its best-of-three series in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League playoffs with Hempfield East with a 5-2 win at Sutersville on Tuesday.

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Top-seeded Latrobe survives scare in Westmoreland County summer baseball playoffs
July 27, 2020
Top-seed Latrobe took advantage of four Mt. Pleasant errors to score four unearned runs in a 5-3 victory on Monday in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League playoffs.

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Seneca Valley pitcher Conner Carney throws a pitch Monday against Kiski Area during the Western Pennsylvania Summer Baseball League playoffs.
Seneca Valley takes advantage of big inning to cruise past Kiski Area in WPBL playoffs
Sometimes all it takes is just one inning, and on Monday in the first round of the Western Pennsylvania Summer Baseball League playoffs, Seneca Valley took full advantage of that.

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Mt. Pleasant baseball wins, secures playoff berth for county tournament
July 26, 2020
Mt. Pleasant doubled its win total for the season Sunday in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League by playing its most complete game of the season.

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Kiksi Area baseball coach Aaron Albert meets with his team after their senior night on Friday.
Kiski Area, Freeport baseball honor senior classes with one final matchup
July 24, 2020
The Kiski Area and Freeport baseball seniors grew up playing against each other, and when the coronavirus pandemic canceled their final high school season earlier this year the two teams didn’t think they’d get an opportunity to face off again.

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Derek Hald of Kiski swings at a pitch during the opening game of the Freeport Invitational tournament Tuesday, July 21, 2020 against Mercyhurst.
Grateful for the opportunity, Kiski Area’s Derek Hald taking advantage of summer baseball
July 21, 2020
Kiski Area catcher Derek Hald is making up for lost time.

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The new baseball scoreboard at James E. Swartz Sr. Memorial Field in Freeport Borough is ready for this week’s Freeport International Baseball Invitational.
Minus international players, FIBI forges ahead with full schedule of baseball
July 20, 2020
For nearly four months, Freeport International Baseball Invitational officials closely monitored updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

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Norwin’s Nick Fleming (3) is congratulated by coach Mike Liebdzinski after hitting a three-run homer against Plum on May 3, 2019.
Norwin’s Nick Fleming catching eye of Division I baseball programs
July 17, 2020
Nick Fleming did not have a junior baseball season at Norwin because the PIAA canceled fall athletics due to health concerns over the coronavirus.

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Highlands Summer Rams suspend activities due to player testing positive for covid-19
July 11, 2020
The Highlands Summer Rams of the Western Pa. Summer Baseball League have suspended activities for two weeks after a player tested positive for covid-19.

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Latrobe rallies for ninth straight victory in Westmoreland County baseball summer league
July 9, 2020
Sometimes you win games. Sometimes you get a gift.

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Manager Jason Bush and the Latrobe Legion team take on Hempfield East on June 20, 2019, at Pitt-Greensburg.
So far, so good as Westmoreland County summer baseball league hits season’s midpoint
July 8, 2020
It’s the halfway mark for most teams in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League, and things are going as smooth as league director Jason Bush could expect.

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While the temperatures in early March were chilly for catcher Jordan Stancovich, he and other players on the Monroeville Gators summer baseball team are enjoying the chance to play Western Pennsylvania Baseball League games in the hot July weather.
Gateway players glad to compete in thriving summer baseball league
July 7, 2020
Born out of the cancellation of the spring high school season and the summer American Legion schedule, the Monroeville Gators, a group of players from Gateway and one from South Fayette, have mixed the fun of playing summer baseball with a focus on winning games in the Western Pennsylvania Baseball League.

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