Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Playoff picture coming into focus
Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 11:01 AM
With a week to play in the regular season, the Westmoreland County baseball playoff field is just about set.
The WPIAL will announce seedings and opening-round pairings next Friday, and games could start the following Monday.
All games will be played at neutral sites.
The championships will be May 30-31 at Wild Things Park in Washington.
The top four teams in each section qualify for the postseason.
Mt. Pleasant, though, was hanging around in fifth place in that section, a game behind Waynesburg. Those teams still had to play each other twice.
Yough was set to play McGuffey in an important two-game series in 3A. Those games were bumped to Thursday at Wild Things Park and Friday at Yough.
Some key games to watch next week could be thick with section title and playoff implications.
Franklin Regional jumped one spot to No. 4 in the Trib Class 5A rankings, while Latrobe joined the top five in 4A, at No. 5.
Greensburg Salem remained No. 5 in 3A.
Belle Vernon senior Jake Wessel signed to play baseball at Penn State Behrend, but he won’t be in the hitting cage or on the field year round.
That is because Wessel, who has a 4.9 grade-point average, also plans to swim for the Lions.
“It means a lot to me just to continue doing what I love,” Wessel told the Mon Valley Independent. “(The sports) are both so different in their own way and I feel as though they’re two different parts of myself. I love that I don’t have to pick who I want to be in the sense of only fitting into one group.”
Wessel was hitting .366 with a team-high 15 hits, and nine runs scored for the Leopards. His swimming events are the 50- and 100-yard breaststrokes, and the 50 and 100 freestyles.
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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