Westmoreland baseball notebook: Yough inches closer to 2nd straight section title
Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 4:29 PM
The Cougars moved to 11-3 overall and 8-0 in Section 4-3A with their fourth straight win.
It also marked their fourth two-game sweep of the season in the section.
Latrobe captured its second straight section title.
The WPIAL baseball committee will unveil playoff brackets May 12.
Freshman pitcher Nate Bell moved to 4-0 for Yough, Milan Aujay drove in four runs and Carson Pasinski had two hits and two runs for the Cougars in the playoff-clinching win.
The Cougars are a game up on Greensburg Salem, which also is playoff-bound, as they look to capture back-to-back section titles for the first time in school history.
Yough is 4-0 at home.
The title race in Section 1-5A is tightening as the season winds into its final week-plus of action.
The top four qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.
Greensburg Central Catholic welcomed back senior slugger Max Kallock from a back injury.
The IUP commit missed the first six games of the season before returning to play in the Brentwood series last week.
Kallock is returning to form quickly. Through four games, he was hitting .500 with seven runs, a triple and a home run.
“It’s good to have Max back, and Max is glad to be back,” GCC first-year coach John Boyle said. “He’s been a big pick-me-up for the team. The boys are thrilled he’s back.
“Max is willing to play anywhere in the field, and we’ve needed him at first base and left field due to some injuries. His speed extends our lineup speed at the top of the order and puts lots of pressure on defenses. His bat is as great as it’s always been.”
A trio of local teams made this week’s Trib Live HSSN rankings.
The game lasted 11 innings with the score tied 6-6 and had to be called because of darkness.
Noah Lawson had three hits, including a double, and Levi Moser also doubled for the Rams.
If the shoe fits
Greensburg Salem was led to believe it could wear metal cleats to its game against McGuffey last week at Wild Things Park.
When the Golden Lions arrived in Washington, though, rules told a different story.
“We could only wear rubber cleats,” coach Anthony Manley said. “They had a box of shoes there, so a few of our guys had to change spikes.”
Four starters had to pull shoes out of a “goodwill” box, as a coach put it, and some of them had to wear different-sized shoes.
“That’s not why we lost,” Manley said of a 5-2 setback — the Golden Lions earned a split with a 7-3 win three days later. “We made due. I guess next time, we’ll know.”
Best for last
Franklin Regional and Armstrong took a pitchers’ duel into extra innings Tuesday before the Panthers erupted.
They scored six times in the top of the ninth, led by Chase Lemke, who delivered a triple and three RBIs.
Max Bernadowski worked 72⁄3 innings and struck out 15 but gave way to Narayan Ramchandran, who pitched the final 11⁄3 to earn the win.
The River Hawks used three pitchers.
“It was an unreal game,” Panthers coach Bobby Saddler said. “Some great defensive plays and, obviously, excellent pitching.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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