Baseball

New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina celebrates after the final out in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on June 2.
Trib 10: 4 WPIAL teams win state gold, top final power rankings
June 24, 2021
A record 10 WPIAL baseball and softball teams advanced to Penn State last week to play for a PIAA championship.

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Bethel Park starting pitcher Eric Chalus holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after beating Red Land to win the PIAA Class 5A baseball championship June 17 at Medlar Field in State College.
Trib HSSN Final State Baseball Rankings for June 23, 2021
June 23, 2021
Six teams have been crowned state champion as the 2021 high school baseball season is now in the books.

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New Castle coaches and players pose for photographers on the field after defeating Wyoming Area in the PIAA Class 4A baseball championship game Friday at Penn State.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for June 21, 2021
June 21, 2021
New Castle finished the regular season 10-9 overall with its longest winning streak being two victories in a row, twice.

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Bethel Park’s Cody Geddes tags out Shaler’s Bryan Rincon during the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals May 21.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for June 21, 2021
Bethel Park used the one-two punch of senior lefty Eric Chalus and sophomore righty Evan Holewinski all season in route to a Section 4-5A title, a runner-up trophy in the WPIAL playoffs and the Black Hawks’ first state baseball championship in 33 years.

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Carlynton baseball team looks forward to future
June 20, 2021
It’s better to walk before you run.

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Plum Bulldogs rising junior Griffin Oresic returns to baseball this year after three seasons away.
Plum baseball team eager to tackle summer tournament schedule
June 19, 2021
The Plum Bulldogs baseball team members are no strangers to each other.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Treloar celebrates as he scores to defeat Bethel Park, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning of WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Franklin Regional baseball team looks back on memorable season
Franklin Regional coach Bobby Saddler did not ride the team bus, instead driving separately to what turned out to be his team’s final baseball game of the 2021 season.

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La Salle College celebrates as North Allegheny’s Cole Young walks off the diamond after losing in the PIAA Class 6A baseball championship game Friday, June 18, 2021 at Penn State.
La Salle College starter shuts down North Allegheny in Class 6A finals
June 18, 2021
Sometimes, it’s not a pitcher’s fastball velocity that makes him unhittable. La Salle College starter Ryan Marler proved that true Friday night.

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New Castle coach Bill Cook and pitcher Rocco Bernadina celebrate together on the field after defeating Wyoming Area in the PIAA Class 4A championship game Friday, June 18, 2021 at Penn State.
New Castle earns school’s 1st state baseball title
UNIVERSITY PARK — With little more than a quick Internet search, a few conversations with a couple of coaches and the eye test of watching Wyoming Area go through infield-outfield drills prior to the start of the game, New Castle didn’t know much about its PIAA Class 4A championship game opponent Friday afternoon.

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Shenango’s Cre Calabria is out at first by Schuylkill Haven’s Jacob Houtz (14) during the PIAA Class 2A baseball championship Friday, June 18, 2021, at Penn State University in State College.
Shenango’s rally falls 1 run short in PIAA Class 2A championship
UNIVERSITY PARK – At 67, Shenango coach Larry Kelly was four years younger than his state championship counterpart in the other dugout Friday.

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Shenango’s Gabrial Yanssens drives in the winning run against Seton LaSalle during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on June 2.
PIAA Class 2A baseball championship preview: Shenango vs. Schuylkill Haven
June 17, 2021
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina visits with the student section while waiting on deck during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on June 2.
PIAA Class 4A baseball championship preview: New Castle vs. Wyoming Area
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates after defeating Hempfield, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on June 1.
PIAA Class 6A baseball championship preview: North Allegheny vs. La Salle College
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Bethel Park celebrates after beating Red Land to win the PIAA Class 5A baseball championship Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Medlar Field in State College.
Clutch pitching carries Bethel Park past star-studded Red Land to PIAA baseball title
UNIVERSITY PARK — Red Land has a future MLB first-rounder batting leadoff and some ex-Little League World Series stars behind him. So, Bethel Park staked its title hopes on an old adage that good pitching beats good hitting.

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Halifax’s Carson Buffington is hit by the ball as he slides into second against Eden Christian Academy in the first inning during the PIAA Class A baseball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Slow start dooms Eden Christian baseball in 1st PIAA finals appearance
UNIVERSITY PARK — As a first-time state finalist, Eden Christian will remember Thursday’s game for years to come, even if they’d like to forget the first two innings.

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Bethel Park’s Zack Sackett drives in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against West Allegheny on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
PIAA Class 5A baseball championship preview: Bethel Park vs. Red Land
June 16, 2021
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends a record 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Eden Christian pitcher Jacob Fisher delivers against Kennedy Catholic during a PIAA Class A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
PIAA Class A baseball championship preview: Eden Christian vs. Halifax
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends a record 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Red Land’s Benny Montgomery (right) and Cooper Artley score in a 8-0 win over Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A baseball semifinals June 14, 2021.
Future 1st-round MLB Draft pick awaits Bethel Park in PIAA final vs. Red Land
At around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Bethel Park pitcher Eric Chalus will take the mound for the PIAA Class 5A championship at Penn State’s Medlar Field and face Red Land’s leadoff hitter.

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Shenango’s Shane Cato pitches against Serra Catholic during a PIAA semifinal game against Serra Catholic on June 14, 2021, at Neshannock.
Shenango shuts out Serra Catholic, advances to 1st PIAA championship game
June 14, 2021
Shenango senior Shane Cato led his team with his arm and his bat. Now the Wildcats’ Path to Penn State is complete.

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West Greene coach Bill Simms checks his notes as players look on during the PIAA Class A semifinal June 14, 2021, at Slippery Rock.
High school roundup for June 14, 2021: West Greene rolls past DuBois C.C. in PIAA semifinals
For the fourth time in six years, West Greene softball will play for a state title after ousting Dubois Central Catholic, 12-1, in the PIAA Class A semifinals Monday afternoon at Slippery Rock University.

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