Baseball

Shaler’s Nick Rispoli (8), Colton Scott (11) and Justin DeSabato (20) celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Laurel Highlands in the WPIAL Class 5A final Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Shaler rolls past Laurel Highlands to win 5th WPIAL baseball championship
May 28, 2019
Prince sang about partying like it was 1999. The Shaler baseball team is going to take his advice.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for games of May 20-25
May 27, 2019
The Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week is Beaver senior Mason Rose, who used his arm and his bat to help the Bobcats reach the WPIAL finals for the first time in six years.

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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.
WPIAL Class 6A baseball final preview: Penn-Trafford vs. Pine-Richland
WPIAL baseball championships

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco (center) celebrates his two-run home run with teammates during the third inning of their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Westmoreland baseball/softball preview capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 28
Tuesday’s games

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Penn-Trafford catcher Cade Patterson tags out North Allegheny’s Nate Campbell at home plate during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball gets boost from former pro Dana Williams
Like most championship baseball teams, Penn-Trafford relies heavily on its pitching and defense.

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WPIAL Class A baseball final preview: California vs. Union
WPIAL Class A baseball championship

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Freeport catcher Jarrett Heilman takes a late throw as Steel Valley’s Josh Fossick scores the go-ahead run during the fourth inning of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL Class 3A baseball final preview: Steel Valley vs. Hopewell
WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship

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Shaler pitcher Hunter Boyan (10) competes against Gateway during a WPIAL 5A quarterfinal game May 21, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
WPIAL Class 5A baseball final preview: Shaler vs. Laurel Highlands
WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for games of May 20-25
May 26, 2019
California, which is in the WPIAL baseball finals for the fifth time this decade and the fourth time in the last six years, is the Trib HSSN Team of the Week.

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Shaler’s Justin DeSabato (right) and the Titans will play Laurel Highlands for the WPIAL 5A baseball title at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The TribLive High School Sports Network will have exclusive coverage of the WPIAL baseball and softball championship games.
TribLive High School Sports Network broadcasts for week of May 27, 2019
Twenty-four teams are ready to battle for district diamond gold this week only here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Four WPIAL teams enter Trib HSSN state baseball rankings
May 24, 2019
The weekly Trib HSSN PIAA baseball rankings looked more like the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace after a busy week of district postseason play this past week.

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Gateway’s Jaired Lehman tags out Shaler’s Nick Rispoli during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game May 21.
Despite loss in WPIAL quarterfinals, Gateway baseball celebrates successful season
There are 20 baseball teams in WPIAL Class 5A, and if all but one those teams measured success by winning a championship, there wouldn’t be much to play for.

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Playoff losses shift Trib HSSN baseball, softball power rankings
This past week’s quarterfinals and semifinals shuffled the deck with major changes in the Trib HSSN Power Rankings.

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Shaler’s Zach Hernon (14) competes against Gateway during a WPIAL 5A quarterfinal game May 21, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Shaler baseball continues school’s drought-snapping year
May 23, 2019
Senior Justin DeSabato and the Shaler Area senior class aren’t ready to quit knocking down barriers.

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Dates, times and locations set for WPIAL baseball championship and third-place games
The WPIAL baseball championship games, as well as the third-place consolation matchups, have been finalized with dates, times and locations.

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WPIAL baseball playoffs roundup for May 22, 2019: Shaler beats rival Mars in semifinals
May 22, 2019
Shaler advanced to a WPIAL baseball championship for the first time since 2003 with an 8-2 win over Section 2 rival Mars (12-9) in the Class 5A semifinals Wednesday at Pullman Park in Butler.

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Hopewell baseball players step to the first-base line for the national anthem before their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against Keystone Oaks on May 22, 2019, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
No. 2 Hopewell topples Keystone Oaks to reach WPIAL championship
After falling in the Final Four the last two years, the third time was a charm for Hopewell as the No. 2 Vikings defeated No. 3 Keystone Oaks, 6-1, in a WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Wednesday at Boyce-Mayview Park.

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Penn-Trafford’s Luke Fabac celebrates his RBI triple during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against North Allegheny at Fox Chapel.
Late surge lifts No. 1 Penn-Trafford past North Allegheny in WPIAL baseball semifinals
The Penn-Trafford baseball team is one win away from its first WPIAL championship.

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Yough’s Michael Bell competes against Beaver in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals May 22, 2019, at Washington & Jefferson.
Beaver baseball rallies in 7th inning to defeat No. 2 Yough
The Yough baseball team was three outs away from earning its first trip to the WPIAL finals Wednesday afternoon.

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Laurel Highlands upsets No. 2 Franklin Regional in WPIAL semifinals
If Scott DeBerry thought he might be dreaming Wednesday afternoon, the ice-water bath that drenched the Laurel Highlands baseball coach surely felt real following the Mustangs’ 4-1 upset of Franklin Regional in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals at West Mifflin.

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