Westmoreland County baseball notebook: 3-game series on horizon for Hempfield, Norwin
Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 9:01 AM
Teams are still adjusting to playing two-game series on back-to-back days, but the WPIAL is switching to a new format next season.
There will be three-game series in the largest classification, which fields the fewest teams.
Class 6A will play three games in a row against each section opponent, a measure the WPIAL took after coaches took the idea and made it a formal request.
The games will be played Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Schools will host the first and third games one year and then host Game 2 the next year of the two-year cycle.
All other classifications will continue playing the two-game format.
The WPIAL standings will look different next year with the start of a new two-year enrollment cycle.
Nick of time
Beitel delivered a walk-off single with two outs and the bases loaded in a 7-6 victory at Ligonier.
Beitel went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs in the victory.
Ty fly ball
Senior Jake Kendro added a double, home run and two RBIs.
They were 8 for 10 with six runs, three doubles and 10 RBIs, and they combined to pitch seven innings and strike out nine.
Senior first baseman Jack Sacco went 3 for 4 with seven RBIs and picked up a pitching win, and freshman catcher R.J. DiEugenio went 5 for 6 with two doubles, six runs and three RBIs. He also pitched and earned a save, striking out four.
DiEugenio added an unassisted double play in the second game.
Monessen (2-4, 2-2) won by scores of 12-2 and 11-1.
Big game hunting
Monday looks like a key section date for a number of teams in the section pennant races. The teams will meet again Tuesday — weather permitting — at the other team’s field.
Save the date
The WPIAL baseball championships will be May 31 and June 1 at Wild Things Park in Washington.
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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