Baseball

Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: Elizabeth Forward’s Jacob Schmidt
April 14, 2019
Jacob Schmidt

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale hits a grand slam during the fifth inning against Hempfield Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
High school sports broadcasts on tap this week on Trib HSSN
Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter and another great week of high school sports coverage is on its way on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 15, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:

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High school roundup for April 13, 2019: Seneca Valley tops North Allegheny
Josh McLean hit a solo home-run, walked and scored two runs to lead Seneca Valley to a 6-3 win over North Allegheny (5-4, 2-1) in a Section 1-6A baseball game Saturday.

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A-K Valley notebook: No rest for No. 3 Leechburg softball
April 13, 2019
What’s a softball team to do after an 18-run victory that requires just three innings to complete?

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker celebrates his double during a game against Latrobe Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL baseball rankings for week of April 14, 2019
Baseball rankings

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Serra Catholic’s Mark Black hits against Brentwood during their game April 13, 2019.
Serra Catholic baseball strong everywhere in win over Brentwood
Serra Catholic graduated all of its top pitchers from last year’s section-championship team. While the names have changed, the results have not.

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High school roundup for April 12, 2019: Central Catholic takes down Butler
April 12, 2019
Top-ranked Central Catholic scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to help secure a 5-2 victory over Butler in a Section 1-6A baseball game Friday night at Kelly Automotive Park.

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10 teams make debut in Trib HSSN state baseball rankings
There were big changes to the weekly Trib HSSN PIAA baseball rankings with 10 teams falling out of the Top 5 from a week ago.

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Leechburg’s Mario Leonard scores past Springdale catcher Brandon John during their game Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Springdale High School.
High school roundup for April 11, 2019: No. 3 North Allegheny beats No. 1 Seneca Valley
April 11, 2019
The North Allegheny softball team stayed undefeated Thursday afternoon with a key, early-season victory.

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Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
                                Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Westmoreland baseball, softball teams strive to maintain perfect records
Undefeated Island has been a crowded place. While the population dwindled some this week, those remaining don’t want to leave.

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West Allegheny baseball, North Allegheny softball lead Trib 10 power rankings
April 10, 2019
Big changes took place in the TribLive High School Sports Network weekly Power Rankings in both baseball and softball.

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High school baseball roundup for April 10, 2019: No. 2 Mars tops No. 5 South Fayette
Teddy Ruffner homered and had two RBIs, and Tyler Kowalski and Alex Heavner also knocked in a pair of runs as No. 2-ranked Mars defeated No. 5 South Fayette, 7-3, in a Section 2-5A baseball game Wednesday afternoon.

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Penn-Trafford’s Anthony Sherwin scores on a single by Luke Fabac in the first inning against Hempfield on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.
Maund pitches No. 2 Penn-Trafford to Section 2-6A shutout over rival Hempfield
Maclean Maund said his go-to pitches weren’t working for him. The fastball wasn’t popping and his curve missed its spots.

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Big 6th innings lifts Deer Lakes baseball past No. 4 Burrell
In a game that featured a number of strange plays and extra-base hits, a key was a single that traveled five feet.

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High school roundup: Upper St. Clair edges Baldwin in Section 3-6A
April 9, 2019
Grant Walnoha and Joe Pulit each went 3 for 4 to help Upper St. Clair earn a 7-6 victory over Baldwin in a Section 3-6A baseball game Tuesday afternoon.

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Franklin Regional’s Mike Klingensmith scores on a wild pitch past Fox Chapel pitcher Noah Marks next to Tommy Kegerreis during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
‘Instant offense’ sparks Franklin Regional baseball to 6-1 start
There’s a new after-school work program for Franklin Regional high school students. Once the final bell rings and classes let out, 15 students head to the ball field and start swinging bats at the aluminum factory.

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Jeannette’s Zack Berginc scores past Southmoreland catcher Brok Potoka on Tuesday.
Jeannette shows toughness in nonsection win over Southmoreland
Baseball coaches will tell you it never hurts to have a little dog in their team.

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Fox Chapel’s Jacob Gruden during batting practice April 4, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
With arm surgeries behind him, Fox Chapel’s Gruden again playing at high level
A year ago at this time, every one of Jacob Gruden’s throws ended the same way: with the ball going straight down to the ground. He wondered if the same was happening to his once-promising baseball career.

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Norwin’s Alexandra Dillner smiles as she rounds the bases after her second home run during a game against Pine-Richland Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
High school roundup for April 8, 2019: No. 5 Pine-Richland tops No. 3 Seneca Valley
April 8, 2019
Josh Johnson went 3 for 3, including a two-run double in the sixth, as No. 5 Pine-Richland went on the road to defeat No. 3 Seneca Valley, 3-1, in a Section 1-6A baseball game Monday afternoon.

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