Baseball

Shaler’s Peyton Planz scores against Butler’s Coleton Welter and Andrew Slaugenhoup during their match Tuesday. Shaler won, 3-0.
High school roundup for April 2, 2024: Canon-McMillan boys volleyball outlasts Moon
April 2, 2024
Luke Bockius had 15 kills and 14 digs and Justin Peters recorded six kills and 16 assists to lead Canon-McMillan to a 3-2 victory over Moon in Section 1-3A boys volleyball Tuesday night.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Minerva scores against Central Catholic last season.
High school roundup for April 1, 2024: Hempfield beats Central Catholic to go 5-0
April 1, 2024
Ethan Minerva singled, doubled, tripled and drove in two runs to lead Hempfield to a 13-2 victory over Central Catholic in Section 2-6A baseball Monday.

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This week on Trib HSSN for week of April 1, 2024
March 31, 2024
With all of the egg hunts complete, we go hippity-hoppin’ toward a full week of spring sports…weather permitting of course, as we begin April action this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Veteran lineup looks to lead Quaker Valley baseball back to playoffs
The Quaker Valley baseball team is looking for a return to the postseason.

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Pine-Richland’s Peyton Ford looks to the dugout after stealing second base against Seneca Valley last season.
Deep, experienced Pine-Richland baseball roster hunting another section title
The last couple of years, a young core of Pine-Richland baseball players helped contribute to back-to-back section championships.

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North Allegheny pitcher J.D. Costanzo delivers against Norwin on Thursday, March 28, 2024, in McCandless.
TribLive H.S. baseball rankings for March 30, 2024
March 30, 2024
Class 6A

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Norwin notebook: Baseball team wins opener
Jackson Huss went 2 for 3 and drove in four runs to pace the Norwin baseball team to a 9-4 victory on the road at Pine-Richland.

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Riverview senior Jack Loughren practices at Riverside Park.
Riverview baseball leans on experienced lineup, starts 3-0
Riverview senior pitcher and infielder Jack Loughren is an island unto himself in that he’s the only senior on a youthful Raiders baseball team.

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High school roundup for March 2024: Plum softball rallies to win in 7th
March 29, 2024
Jaiden Gentile singled and scored on a Liana Yusko sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning as Plum rallied for a 9-8 victory over Highlands in nonsection softball Friday.

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North Allegheny’s J.J. Mancuso celebrates his two-run homer run with teammates during their game against Norwin on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2024, in McCandless.
High school roundup for March 28, 2024: Freshman homers in 1st at-bat to boost North Allegheny past Norwin
March 28, 2024
Freshman J.J. Mancuso homered in his first varsity at-bat, hitting a two-run shot to lead North Allegheny to a 5-4 victory over Norwin in nonsection baseball Thursday.

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Penn-Trafford and Hempfield softball players and coaches gather for a pregame meeting on Thursday at Robert D. Kalp Field.
No. 1 Hempfield fends off challenge from hard-hitting Penn-Trafford
With the scoreboard on the fritz, a temporary display panel was used Thursday at Hempfield’s Robert D. Kalp Field.

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Valley baseball coach Jim Basilone speaks to the team, which was to play Burrell on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at Valley High School. The game was postponed.
Experienced Valley baseball team ready to bloom
It’s a season that Valley baseball coach Jim Basilone and his players have been building for.

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Latrobe coach Matt Basciano watches from the third base box during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Hopewell last season.
Westmoreland County high school baseball notebook: Latrobe heads west for opener
Tradition never graduates, as the saying goes.

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High school roundup for March 27, 2024: Derry takes down Freeport in extra innings
March 27, 2024
Collin Barkley was 2 for 5 and hit the go-ahead two-run double in the ninth inning as Derry outlasted Freeport, 5-2, in extra innings to complete a Section 3-3A baseball sweep.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Nolan Smith celebrates as he scores against Manheim Township during their PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game on Monday, June 5, 2023, at Boyce Mayview Park.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for March 28, 2024: Rivals Mt. Lebanon, USC to meet
Two years ago, rivals collided on the district’s biggest stage, playing for WPIAL baseball gold.

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Penn-Trafford’s Hunter Brown hoists Eric Biroscak into the air after Biroscak drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Fox Chapel Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2024, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford baseball avenges tight loss to Fox Chapel by walking it off in rematch
One walk-off win deserves another.

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Fox Chapel catcher Mitchell Epstein catches a pop-up against Plum last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 27, 2024: After rainout, Fox Chapel goes for section sweep
March 26, 2024
Its back to work for WPIAL baseball and softball teams Wednesday after a washout Tuesday thanks to all-day precipitation.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Heinbaugh scores over Bethel Park defenders during their match on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2024, at Bethel Park.
High school roundup for March 26, 2024: Penn-Trafford sweeps Bethel Park
Brad Heinbaugh had 10 kills and Keith Otto added eight kills and four aces to lead Penn-Trafford to a sweep of Bethel Park in nonsection boys volleyball Tuesday night. Game scores were 25-16, 26-24, 25-20. Owen Gisi had five kills and Nathaniel Rugh dished out 35 assists for the Warriors.

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High school roundup for March 25, 2024: Fox Chapel wins section opener in walk-off fashion
March 25, 2024
Joe Geller doubled and scored on a Mitchell Epstein sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning as Fox Chapel got past Penn-Trafford, 4-3, in Section 1-5A baseball Monday.

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Valley pitcher Jake Staraniec delivers against Highlands last season.
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Valley’s Jacob Staraniec
Valley baseball senior pitcher Jacob Staraniec is a team captain and one of the leaders on the Vikings pitching staff.

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