Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Teams playing 1-run thrillers
Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 9:01 AM
Westmoreland County games have not lacked late-inning drama lately.
Take last Wednesday. If you didn’t walk it off, you probably didn’t win.
There were four one-run games that day.
• Canon-McMillan slipped past Norwin, 2-1, as Andrew Koan hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh, while Greensburg Central Catholic edged Monessen, 7-6, as Max Kallock ripped a pair of doubles.
On Monday, the thrills continued — at least in Alverton.
Kaiden Keefer hit a sacrifice fly to score Anthony Govern in the bottom of the seventh for a 2-1 victory over Charleroi. Govern doubled to set the table for the upstart Scotties.
May 12 is the final day for teams to complete section play. The top four teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, which could begin the week of May 16.
The top three WPIAL finishers in Class 4A, 3A and A, the top four in 5A and 2A and the top two in 6A will advance to the PIAA playoffs.
Who’s in first?
Latrobe is quietly sitting atop Section 1-5A, winners of nine of 10 games.
Nobody is catching the section champs, either.
The teams will meet May 2-3 with Game 1 of the series at Latrobe.
Derry remained at No. 5 in Class 3A.
Scotties, Cougars for first?
Southmoreland has never won a section title in baseball. Yough shared a section title with Greensburg Salem in 2019.
Helping his cause
Suvak pitched four innings of shutout baseball against the Tigers, who clipped Penn-Trafford on Monday, 4-2. He also homered for one of the Panthers’ 18 hits.
Latrobe’s Jake Albaugh also helped himself out with a homer in a 17-3 win over Kiski Area. He struck out six and allowed four hits in the win.
And Dylan Grabowski of Penn-Trafford ripped a double and drove in two to coincide with a 10-strikeout performance in a 10-0 win over McKeesport.
Monday’s schedule is packed with key section games that are, in turn, packed with playoff implications and significance in the standings.
The top matchups, which will then flip sites for Tuesday’s matchups, include Norwin at Hempfield, Kiski Area at Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford at Latrobe, Belle Vernon at Greensburg Salem, Mt. Pleasant at Ligonier Valley, Southmoreland at Yough and Greensburg Central Catholic at West Greene.
Word of mouth
“It’s pretty neat. He’s a special player. He’s the first to make it here. I am very proud.” — Norwin coach Mike Liebdzinski on his former star hitter, JJ Matijevic, getting called up to the majors with the Houston Astros
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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