Baseball

Burrell head baseball coach Mark Spohn prepares his team for the 2020 season March 5, 2020.
Burrell baseball seeks to extend WPIAL postseason express
March 7, 2020
After making the WPIAL baseball playoffs 21 of the past 22 seasons, Burrell does not plan to slow down the postseason express anytime soon.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Connor Helm delivers against Cathedral Prep during a PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game Monday, June 3, 2019, at Neshannock High School. Franklin Regional won, 13-4.
After winning section title a year ago, Franklin Regional baseball has bigger goals
The Franklin Regional baseball team sailed into uncharted waters in 2019.

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Derry senior Austin Siko during baseball practice at Derry Area High School in Derry Township on Thursday, March 6, 2020.
Derry baseball team expects progress after challenging seasons
March 6, 2020
Batting .350 and receiving all-section honors would be nice, but a section championship is at the top of Austin Siko’s wish list.

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Apollo-Ridge baseball team looks to bounce back
Apollo-Ridge’s baseball team got off to a positive start last spring when the Vikings won their season opener at Leechburg, 6-4.

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New look, attitude for Belle Vernon baseball
March 5, 2020
Belle Vernon is a fixture in the WPIAL baseball playoffs, missing the postseason once (2014) the past nine years. Regularly qualifying for the playoffs is a source of pride for the program.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Maclean Maund delivers against Upper St. Clair during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Penn-Trafford SADD fundraiser to purchase memorial bench for Maclean Maund
February 28, 2020
Penn-Trafford is renovating its baseball field in Harrison City and the project includes artificial turf for the infield.

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Maclean Maund shown as he delivered a pitch last May for Penn-Trafford against Upper St. Clair during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal
Former Penn-Trafford baseball star who died in Penn Township crash remembered
January 26, 2020
A star baseball player died Saturday as a result of injuries he suffered when his car collided with a pickup in Penn Township, authorities said.

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Norwin’s Alex Gabauer jumps over Penn-Trafford’s Bobby Lane during a run-down in the second inning Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin baseball loaded again
January 25, 2020
Expectations always are high in the Norwin baseball program, and that’s before the college commitments start rolling in.

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Jeannette’s Toby Cline drives past Serra Catholic defenders during their game Jan. 14. The Jayhawks moved up to No. 2, and Serra remained at No. 5 in this weeks Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings.
Trib WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 25, 2020
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Neshannock coach Mike Kirkwood celebrates his team’s win against Quaker Valley during the WPIAL Class AA Championship on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Consol Energy Park in Washington. Neshannock won 4-0.
Longtime Neshannock baseball coach Mike Kirkwood resigns
January 18, 2020
After 32 years, baseball is about to look very different in Lawrence County.

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West Allegheny senior baseball player Austin Hendrick practices Jan. 13, 2020, at West Allegheny.
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick next WPIAL standout who could join MLB ranks
January 15, 2020
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick tells a story about hitting baseballs two years ago with Neil Walker, the former Pine-Richland player and first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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West Allegheny senior baseball player Austin Hendrick is projeced by one mock draft to go to the Pirates with the No. 7 overall pick this summer.
Will Pirates use 1st-round pick on West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick?
January 13, 2020
West Allegheny baseball star Austin Hendrick, ranked as the top high school bat in the country, is expected to hear his name called early in this summer’s MLB Draft.

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South Fayette’s Eli Snider (right) celebrates with Nolan Lutz after a touchdown against New Castle. Snider, who also plays baseball, will compete at the Under Armour All-American Preseason baseball Tournament over the weekend of Jan. 18 in Mesa, Ariz.
Seton Hill-bound South Fayette senior set for prestigious All-American baseball event
January 10, 2020
Baseball has always been Eli Snider’s first love.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Weather slows work on Penn-Trafford baseball field
January 4, 2020
Look to the right while cruising up the driveway to Penn-Trafford High School, and it is clear change is happening at the baseball field.

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Serra’s Alex Glumac (left) celebrates with Mark Black after hitting out the first pitch of the game against Seton LaSalle Tuesday, June 11, 2019, during the PIAA Class 2A baseball semifinals at West Mifflin Area High School.
Top 19 of ’19: Trib HSSN breaks down the top stories of the year — No. 14
December 18, 2019
The 2019 high school sports season is nearly in the books.

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Latrobe’s Michael Noonan and Norwin’s Jayden Walker fight for a rebound Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Norwin standout Walker to miss 1st month of basketball season
November 24, 2019
Norwin junior Jayden Walker is expected to miss the first month of basketball season as he recovers from surgery on his left labrum.

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New coach promises change for Penn Hills baseball program
November 14, 2019
Rodney Stubbs, who has been involved with Penn Hills baseball for the past four seasons, is looking to change the program’s culture as he takes over as head coach this coming spring.

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Freeport starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman went 9-2 with a 0.67 ERA last season.
Standout Freeport pitcher Jarrett Heilman gives verbal commitment to Mercyhurst
November 11, 2019
Jarrett Heilman is busy preparing for his final high school baseball season with a Freeport, which returns numerous starters and key contributors from last spring’s run to a Section 1-3A title and the PIAA playoffs.

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Yough softball coaching job reopens
November 2, 2019
Yough is looking for a softball coach — again.

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Coach Dennis Reist (left) has organized a “Day with the Pitt Panthers” as GCC will partner with Pitt to take 80 children from the Shadyside and LaRosa Boys and Girls Clubs to the Panthers’ men’s basketball game Feb. 9 against North Carolina State at Petersen Events Center
Former coach leaves, new coach named in GCC baseball program
November 1, 2019
There has been a change at the top of the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team.

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