Baseball

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
May 30, 2019
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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Freeport first baseman Matt Mitchell makes a diving catch against Deer Lakes Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport turns the page, sets sights on PIAA tournament berth
The Freeport baseball team turned to a magic elixir to help it move on from last Wednesday’s loss to section rival Steel Valley in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals.

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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
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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