Baseball

This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/31/2016
July 31, 2016
The start of August means one thing for high school football fans...the start of Countdown to Kickoff 2016 this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We are live from Kennywood Park on Wednesday with the annual presentation of arrows during the MSA Sports/Kennywood Park Preseason All-Star Team Awards Show preceded by a special season preview during This Week in the WPIAL.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/28/2016
July 28, 2016
The action on the pro baseball diamond continues to sizzle as we close out the scorching month of July this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We are the only place to turn for audio and video coverage of the Washington Wild Things, as the week begins with a series at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington against the Normal Cornbelters before the team hits the road this weekend against the Florence Freedom in Frontier League pro baseball, plus we have another great edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, July 25th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/21/2016
July 21, 2016
The action on the diamond for both the pro's and the youth heat up (and we really mean HEAT up) this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We are the only place to turn for audio and video coverage of the Washington Wild Things, as this week they begin with a series at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington against the River City Rascals before hitting the road this weekend against the Southern Illinois Miners in Frontier League pro baseball. We also have youth baseball with the start of the Pennsylvania American Legion Western Regional Playoffs, plus we have another great edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 06/15/2016
July 15, 2016
It is the quietest seven days in the entire calendar year as the Frontier League hits its all-star break this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We are the only place to turn for audio and video coverage of the Washington Wild Things, as they return to action after the break at CONSOL Energy Field in Washington to host the Southern Illinois Miners, plus another edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, July 11th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net Tuesday, July 12th: No Broadcasts

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – Sewickley Kings of Single-A Again
July 12, 2016
Sewickley Academy is once again on top of the Class A standings in the chase for the MSA Sports Cup after leapfrogging defending champ Greensburg Central Catholic. In fact, the Panthers and Centurions have been tagging in for titles the last five years with GCC winning in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 and SA claiming the Cup in 201--2011, 2013-2014 and now in 2015-2016.  The championship for Sewickley Academy is the schools 9th in 13 years of the competition and was aided greatly by district and state championships in boys golf and boys tennis along with WPIAL crowns in boys cross-country and boys soccer.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – A New Champ Wins Double-A
July 9, 2016
For only the fifth time in the thirteen years of the MSA Sports Cup Class AA chase, the torch has been passed to a new champion. Greensburg Central Catholic won the first three years, followed by a five year run by Shady Side Academy and three of the last four years the AA Cup has gone to Quaker Valley with a one year run at the top by Seton-LaSalle two years ago. Now the AA crown is coming to Beaver County thanks to Beaver High School. After a couple of close calls in recent years, the Bobcats were lifted to the top spot in part because of district championships won in each season...girls tennis in the fall, ice hockey in the winter and a second straight WPIAL title in girls track & field in the spring.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – SF Three-peats in Triple-A
July 7, 2016
In the first ten years of the MSA Sports Cup, while there were a couple of dominating schools in the other three classifications, the chase for the Class AAA Cup had been up for grabs with eight different schools earning The Cup. However in the last three years of the season long competition, Triple-A has become the pride of the Lions. After finishing as the runner-up in 2012-2013, South Fayette has staked its claim on top in Class AAA as the Lions are the first school in this classification to win a third consecutive MSA Sports Cup.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – NA Remains Perfect in Quad-A
July 6, 2016
Another school year is in the books and another MSA Sports Cup in Class AAAA is headed to North Allegheny High School. NA captured the schools 13th Cup in 13 years since the MSA Sports Network started this school year long competition to determine the top sports programs in each classification. There are 20 sports in which schools can earn points in the competition and the Tigers earned points in 18 of them. While it was not the highest point total or largest margin of victory, North Allegheny still cruised to their final Quad-A Sports Cup as they will move up to 6-A starting this fall. The second place school finished 430 points behind NA.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/05/2016
July 5, 2016
As we come off the celebration of the United States of America's 240th birthday, we turn our attention to pro baseball this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We are the only place to turn for audio and video coverage of the Washington Wild Things, as this week they hit the road at Joliet against the Slammers during the week before returning home to CONSOL Energy Field in Washington to host the Schaumburg Boomers in Frontier League action this weekend, plus a star-spangled edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, July 4th: HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!

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2015-2016 MSA SPORTS MALE ATHLETE of the YEAR
June 30, 2016
There is a reason why Erick Taylor has that “K” at the end of his name. His father had a best friend who was shot and killed many years ago, and the friend spelled his first name “Erick.” So Garth Taylor decided to give his son the same name in memory of his friend. Almost two decades later, the name Erick Taylor meant something special around WPIAL sports. It defined supreme athlete. Taylor has been named the MSA Sports Athlete of the Year for boys sports in the WPIAL in the 2015-16 school year. The award is selected by the MSA Sports staff.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 06/27/2016
June 27, 2016
As the month of June melts into the month of July, we turn our attention to pro baseball this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We are the only place to turn for audio and video coverage of the Washington Wild Things, as this week they return home to CONSOL Energy Field in Washington to host the Gateway Grizzlies and the Florence Freedom in Frontier League action, plus the final high school football all-star game of the summer and a star-spangled edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, June 27th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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2016 MSA SPORTS DIAMOND STUDS
June 24, 2016
A first-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft, one of the winningest pitchers in WPIAL history, another pitcher who rarely gave up a run and a hitter who had one of the highest batting averages in WPIAL history. Those are a few of the players who highlight the MSA Sports Diamond Studs all-star team. The Diamond Studs are the top 10 players in the WPIAL, regardless of position. They are picked by the MSA Sports staff.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 06/24/2016
With another fantastic high school sports school year in the rear view mirror, we turn our attention to pro baseball this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We are the only place to turn for audio and video coverage of the Washington Wild Things, as this week they hit the road to Traverse City and Schaumburg for Frontier League action, plus its another edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, June 20th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net Tuesday, June 21st:

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Vincentian Victory Gives Royals First PIAA Baseball Crown
June 17, 2016
On May 17th, Vincentian Academy defeated Bentworth after three errors in the seventh inning continued play into the ninth before a bases loaded walk scored the winning run, advancing the Royals to the second round of the WPIAL playoffs. Exactly one month later, that same Vincentian team, that barely survived their first playoff game, are PIAA Class A state baseball champions after a 5-2 victory over District 5’s Meyersdale Red Raiders on Friday at Penn State University's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

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Plum Settles for Silver Again
June 16, 2016
The Plum Mustangs lost just two games all season long. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the two losses came in championship contests, including on Thursday in the PIAA Quad-A Championship. Boyertown, of District 1, claimed gold with a 4-1 victory at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at Penn State University. With the victory, Boyertown notched its third PIAA title, and first since 1991. Bears pitcher Pat Hohlfeld recorded the compete-game win, knocking off the Mustangs in their first ever state final appearance.

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PIAA Baseball and Softball Recaps for Semifinals on Monday
June 13, 2016
The final step toward a happy place, specifically Happy Valley, the site of the 2016 PIAA baseball and softball championship games. Round Three was held Monday with four baseball and four softball teams from the WPIAL halfway to a state championship. Plum and Vincentian Academy baseball and Hempfield, Yough and West Greene softball are now one win from a state crown, while Riverside and Serra Catholic baseball and South Park softball see their dreams and seasons come to an end on Monday. Here are recaps from the State Semifinals games, all of which were heard here on MSA Sports. A special thanks to Todd Brown, Mike Azadian, James Dotson, Lou Rood, Jason Tennant and Sean Meyers for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL:

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2016 PIAA BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Plum was undeated in the regular season and remained perfect until an upset loss in the WPIAL Quad-A Finals when they were stunned by Norwin. The Mustangs bounced back though with three straight wins in the state postseason until they fell for a second time Thursday in the PIAA championship game in Happy Valley. District 1 Boyertown and District 12 Neuman-Goretti captured state crowns. Here are ALL of the results through two of the state championship games from Thursday in the 2016 PIAA Baseball Playoffs along with the times for the Class A and Class AAA title games at Penn State on Friday. 2016 PIAA CLASS AAAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Boyertown Bears 4 - PLUM MUSTANGS 1  (MSA)

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Scholastic Notebook – 06/12/2016
June 12, 2016
Remember back two years ago when Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay’s scoreless streak was one of the biggest stories ever in WPIAL high school baseball? Well, the scoreless streak of Mike Boswell isn’t close to McKay’s, but Boswell’s also belongs as one of the most impressive in WPIAL history. Boswell is a 6-foot, 190-pound senior at Riverside who has played a huge role in getting the Panthers to the PIAA Class AA semifinals tomorrow [Monday]. He has not given up a run in four postseason victories and his scoreless streak, going back to the regular season, now stands at 41 innings. McKay’s streak was 72 1/3 innings, which tied for the second-longest in U.S. high school baseball history.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 06/12/2016
With the celebration of another Stanley Cup for the City of Champions still going strong, we get closer to celebrating state baseball and softball gold in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We continue to wind down the 2015-2016 high school season as we conclude the PIAA baseball and Softball state playoffs with Semifinals and Championship action along with another full week of Washington Wild Things pro baseball at CONSOL Energy Park, plus its another edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, June 13th:

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PIAA Baseball and Softball Recaps for Quarterfinals on Thursday
June 9, 2016
On a day when many fan had Stanley Cup dancing in their heads, six WPIAL baseball and softball teams were thinking about just taking a second step toward state gold. While eight of those teams were successful and will play more ball next week, four saw their season end on Thursday, including previously unbeaten Riverside in softball and defending state AA champ Neshannock in baseball. Here are the recaps from the PIAA Quarterfinals in both baseball and softball on Thursday. A special thanks to Lee Mohn, Sean Meyers, Mike Azadian, Mark Schaas, Todd Brown, Bob Gregg, Jason Tennant and Jake Holmes for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: PIAA CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

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