Baseball

Freeport senior Evan McCrea holds up Darlene in celebration of a run scored during a home game last month.
Freeport baseball hopes unofficial mascot keeps hanging around
June 2, 2019
After delivering the winning hit in last Wednesday’s 1-0 PIAA-clinching victory over Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game, Freeport junior Bradyn Clark came back to the dugout and rubbed Darlene’s ears for continued good fortune.

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Freeport-Franklin state playoff game holds unique draw for husband, wife
When Tom and Ericca Haynes attend Monday’s PIAA Class 3A first-round baseball game between Franklin and Freeport, they will have familiarity to both sides of the proceedings.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week
June 1, 2019
The Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week is Seton LaSalle junior Daniel Boehme, who put together one of the best offensive performances in WPIAL championship history.

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District champions highlighted in Trib HSSN baseball, softball power rankings
May 31, 2019
A golden week has produced changes throughout the Trib HSSN baseball and softball power rankings, including a new No. 1 in softball following the 2019 WPIAL championships.

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Pine-Richland’s Matt Schietroma celebrates with JD Armstrong after defeating Penn-Trafford in the WPIAL Class 6A final Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Baseball sites, times: PIAA schedules tripleheaders at Latrobe, Butler
Pullman Park in Butler and Latrobe high school will host tripleheaders Monday in the first round of the state baseball playoffs.

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Hampton catcher Burke Camper (15) points upward after hitting a two-run home run against Moon April 16, 2019 at Hampton.
Despite early exit, seniors led Hampton baseball this season
May 30, 2019
When Hampton baseball players look back on this season, they will remember it as one of the most consistent and successful in recent memory.

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Shaler pitcher Nick Rispoli celebrates with catcher Jake Pollak after defeating Laurel Highlands in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Shaler baseball team comes up big in WPIAL title game
Six straight Shaler Area players came to the batter’s box and were sent back to the dugout in an orderly fashion by Laurel Highlands pitcher Andio Vecchiolla.

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Pine-Richland’s Matt Schietroma (7) hoists the championship trophy with his teammates after defeating Penn-Trafford in the WPIAL Class 6A final Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Pine-Richland defeats Penn-Trafford to claim 6th WPIAL baseball title
With Wild Things Park stuck under a layer of rain clouds, Penn-Trafford and Pine-Richland waited an extra day to play their WPIAL baseball championship.

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Freeport’s Bradyn Clark (left) drove in the only run of the WPIAL Class 3A consolation game against Keystone Oaks on Wednesday.
Freeport baseball set for 1st state playoff berth in 21 years
When Garrett Ben made contact with an offering from Keystone Oaks pitcher Sammy Tortorella in the second inning of Wednesday’s WPIAL 3A third-place game at Washington & Jefferson, he wasn’t sure what would become of the blooper near the foul line in shallow right field.

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Freeport baseball reaches PIAA playoffs for 1st time since 1998
May 29, 2019
For the first time since 1998, a Freeport baseball team has earned a spot in the PIAA playoffs.

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Beaver’s Zach Hansen (right) joins the celebration after the Bobcats defeated Blackhawk, 13-2, in the WPIAL Class 4A final Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Beaver rolls past section rival Blackhawk for 4th WPIAL baseball title
Six runs was the unofficial goal, but Beaver reached that by the fourth inning and the number just kept going higher.

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Vincentian Academy edges Quigley Catholic in Class A consolation game
Eric Ford belted an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give No. 2 Vincentian Academy a 2-1 walk-off victory over No. 4 Quigley Catholic in the WPIAL Class A consolation baseball game Wednesday night at Washington & Jefferson’s Ross Memorial Park.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dan Boehme celebrates his RBI triple with head coach Mike Wagner during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Serra Catholic Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Boehme hits for cycle as Seton LaSalle takes down Serra Catholic in WPIAL Class 2A final
Seton LaSalle first baseman Dan Boehme knew he had a good day, but he was unaware it was a historic one until he got back into the dugout after crushing a two-run homer over the left field fence.

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Blackhawk’s Raymond Knallay is mobbed by teammates after his walk-off hit defeated Mt. Pleasant, 7-6, in their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game Monday, May 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL Class 4A baseball final preview: Blackhawk vs. Beaver
WPIAL Class 4A baseball championship

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Steel Valley’s Nick Harhai sprays water on Joe Kraft, after Kraft scored the winning run during the eighth inning against Hopewell in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Steel Valley captures 2nd WPIAL baseball title with comeback victory over Hopewell
May 28, 2019
Steel Valley has a knack for championship comebacks.

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North Allegheny shortstop Cole Young makes a play against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 6A consolation game May 28, 2019, at W&J.
North Allegheny blanks Bethel Park to reach PIAA baseball playoffs
Ryan Partridge allowed one hit over five innings to lead No. 4-seeded North Allegheny to a 3-0 victory over No. 3 Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A consolation baseball game Tuesday night at Washington & Jefferson’s Ross Memorial Park.

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Serra Catholic’s Jayden Mertz (5) and Mark Black (9) return to the dugout following Black’s two-run home run to open the scoring in a win over Avonworth on May 20, 2019, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
WPIAL Class 2A baseball final preview: Seton LaSalle vs. Serra Catholic
WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship

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Franklin Regional ends long drought, advances to state playoffs
Franklin Regional ended a long streak Tuesday evening.

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California’s Jordan Kearns scores on a sqeeze bunt past Union catcher Bryce Smith during the WPIAL Class A championship game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Top-seeded California defeats Union for 6th WPIAL baseball title
The second time around was bittersweet for California baseball coach Lou Pasquale, who first experienced a WPIAL championship as a Trojans assistant in 2017 before leading the team to a title Tuesday as its head coach.

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New Castle’s Rocco Bernadina pitches against Yough in the WPIAL Class 4A consolation game May 28, 2019, at W&J.
New Castle, Bernadina top Yough in WPIAL Class 4A consolation game
There weren’t many scoring chances in Tuesday’s WPIAL Classs 4A third-place consolation baseball game.

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