Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Franklin Regional off to hot start in Section 1
Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 2:54 PM
Only one Westmoreland County baseball team is situated among the top teams in the Trib top-5 rankings.
Franklin Regional remains third in this week’s Class 5A rankings.
The victory broke a six-game skid.
Brayden Luttner and Gavin Holemeyer went a combined 6 for 6, with each delivering a pair of doubles and one RBI for the Jayhawks (1-6, 1-3 Section 3-2A).
Southmoreland followed suit, defeating Brownsville, 6-1, to end a 10-game losing streak. Cole Teets had a double and three RBIs, and Ty Keffer had two hits and drove in a pair for the Scotties (1-7, 1-5 Section4- 3A).
Quietly, Latrobe is making an early push for the top spot in Section 2-4A.
The Wildcats (5-3, 3-1) are bringing out the Barbie car and championship belt — their winning mementos — with some regularity.
Golden Lions streaking
The Golden Lions moved to 8-1, for the best record in the county by midweek.
The Rams (6-2, 5-1) are averaging 9.4 runs during their winning streak.
Senior Haden Sierocky, a Seton Hill commit, is hitting .607, with 17 hits, four doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .667, his slugging .964, and his OPS, 1.631.
Sport No. 3
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Tyree Turner had career seasons in football and basketball.
Now, he is trying to make the baseball team a winner, too.
Turner has played in the outfield, but has been seeing time at third base for the Centurions.
“Basketball is my favorite of the three (sports),” he said. “Football is the hardest, and the most work. Baseball is more loose and fun. There isn’t as much pressure on you.”
Hempfield junior Carson Shuglie started the season slow, but kept revisiting the batting cage for more reps.
Shuglie played varsity since he was a freshman. The Spartans made the WPIAL championship game in his first season.
“I am just trusting my approach,” Shuglie said. “We have had some great players here that I have looked up to. I am following what they did and how they worked.”
Section 4-4A might be headed for a logjam.
It’s very early in section play, but all six teams were tied for first heading into Tuesday’s games.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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