Baseball

Penn Hills’ Josh Zambito celebrates with Josh Gerken (right) against Riverview on March 17, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
TribLive High School Sports Network broadcasts: Week of April 5, 2021
April 4, 2021
No need to hunt here and there for outstanding high school sports coverage, just check out the basket of video and audio treats this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Penn Hills senior captains for 2021 are, from left, Anthony Sciulli, Josh Zambito and Josh Gerken.
Penn Hills baseball team follows 2-sport captains into battle
A trio of co-captains who play two sports but excel on the diamond — Josh Zambito, Anthony Sciulli and Josh Gerken — will lead the Penn Hills baseball team into this season.

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High school roundup for April 3, 2021: Tanner Singh delivers walkoff win for Pine-Richland
April 3, 2021
Tanner Singh hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Pine-Richland to a 9-8 victory over Hempfield in a nonsection slugfest Saturday afternoon.

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Franklin Regional’s Tim Quinn celebrates with coach Bobby Saddler after hitting a three-run home against Hempfield in a non-section game March 26.
Franklin Regional baseball sets tone with strong start to season
They say the first game of the season can be a good or bad omen for baseball teams. It can set the tone for what lies ahead.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 3, 2021: Section rivals play 2
April 2, 2021
“It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame. Let’s play two.”

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Senior John Luke Balley has helped the Valley baseball team win three of its first four games this season.
Valley baseball builds momentum with experienced lineup
When looking for silver linings in what was an otherwise frustrating turn of events with the sudden cancellation of high school sports last spring, Valley baseball coach Jim Basilone knew that he would have nine players returning with varsity experience gained in either 2018 or ’19.

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Yough pitcher Vinny Martin delivers during a scrimmage against Norwin on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Drop in classification could benefit youthful Yough baseball team
Yough opened the 2021 baseball season with consecutive losses to Upper St. Clair and Mt. Pleasant.

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Senior Hayden Mallin is a captain for the 2021 St. Joseph baseball team.
St. Joseph baseball ready to cut loose after canceled season
April 1, 2021
Only one senior was lost from the 2019 St. Joseph baseball team that finished 8-8 overall and suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Union in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs.

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Southmoreland’s Mason Basinger fields a grounder during practice in 2019.
Southmoreland baseball driven to turn close losses into wins, playoff berth
When the Southmoreland baseball team began preparing for a return to the diamond following last season’s covid-related layoff, coach Al Govern privately asked each player to come up with a goal.

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High school roundup for March 31, 2021: Pine-Richland sophomore throws no-hitter in 1st varsity start
March 31, 2021
Pine-Richland sophomore Jacob McGuire’s first varsity start was one he won’t soon forget.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 1, 2021: South Hills neighbors meet on diamond
We aren’t trying to fool you as we touch on some of the scholastic events to watch here on this first day of April.

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Penn-Trafford baseball has no varsity experience returning
When Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller talked in the offseason about his team being young and inexperienced, he wasn’t kidding.

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Springdale’s Brandon John rounds the bases against Carrick on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Springdale baseball eager to ‘meet any challenge’
After winning just two games in 2019, the Springdale baseball team had high hopes to move up the ladder last year with an experienced group.

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High school roundup for March 30, 2021: Beaver’s Payton List fans 15 in no-hitter
Payton List pitched a gem Tuesday afternoon, throwing a complete-game no-hitter with 15 strikeouts to lead Beaver (1-0, 1-0) to a 5-0 Section 3-4A victory over New Castle (0-3, 0-1). Anna Blum went 3 for 3 with four stolen bases for the Bobcats.

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Mt. Pleasant baseball players wave to Yough after their 5-2 victory on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant stops Yough, sees room for improvement
March 30, 2021
Pete Billey had just finished a 2-for-3 day at the plate. He had two doubles and drove in two runs as the Vikings improved to 2-0.

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Norwin’s Jake Kendro works out during a scrimmage against Yough on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin baseball team looks like the total package
It looks like a classic case of expectation vs. execution for Norwin this baseball season.

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Southmoreland’s Emily Eutsey rounds second base against Greensburg Salem on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Greensburg Salem High School.
High school roundup for March 29, 2021: Avonworth’s McAleer no-hits Freedom
Sean McAleer threw a five-inning no hitter, striking out eight, to lead Avonworth to a 10-0 nonsection baseball win over Freedom (0-2) on Monday afternoon. Jon Bodnar had two hits and drove in three runs for the Antelopes (1-0). Jonah Summers also had two hits.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 30, 2021: Ranked softball squads meet
March 29, 2021
In the 2017 WPIAL Class 6A baseball semifinals, North Allegheny defeated Canon-McMillan, 5-3.

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Mt. Pleasant senior baseball players (back row, from left) include Pete Billey, Jonas King, Asher O’Connor, (front, from left) Jared Yester and Steve Brown.
Mt. Pleasant’s multi-sport seniors bring power, athleticism to diamond
Mt. Pleasant’s six-man senior baseball class will likely not be sending anyone to play at the college level. But that doesn’t mean the Vikings will lack talent specific to the sport.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Dylan Sebek returns for his senior season.
2021 WPIAL Class A baseball preseason breakdown
WPIAL baseball players have been waiting nearly two seasons to get back on the field of play after the coronavirus pandemic forced officials to cancel the entire 2020 campaign.

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