Westmoreland WPIAL baseball playoff capsule: Game for Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | 4:36 PM

WPIAL baseball playoffs

Class 4A

First round

5-Latrobe (14-6) vs. 12-Kiski Area (9-9)

4 p.m. Wednesday at Norwin

Winner plays: Winner of 4-Chartiers Valley (13-6)/13-Central Valley (6-11) Thursday (time, site TBD) in quarterfinals

Players to watch: Anthony Massari, Latrobe; Dom DiNinno, Kiski Area

Extra bases: This all-Westmoreland County matchup in the Class 4A bracket pits familiar foes in Latrobe and Kiski Area. The Wildcats were Section 2 champions. They defeated North Catholic and Franklin Regional, two teams that beat the Cavaliers. … Kiski Area has dropped four consecutive games. The Cavaliers are led by senior Dom DiNinno with a .418 average. Senior Blake Fritz is hitting .395 and junior Nathan Witt had 19 RBIs. Junior Jacob Smith is 4-3 with 51 strikeouts, and senior Lebryn Smith is 4-1 with a 2.23 earned run average. … Junior Anthony Massari is leading the Wildcats with a .414 batting average. He has seven doubles and 16 RBIs. Senior Logan Bradish is hitting .306 with six doubles and 18 RBIs. Bradish is 6-0 on the hill with a 1.56 ERA, and Riley Smith is 4-1 with an ERA of 1.98.

Paul Schofield is a TribLive reporter covering high school and college sports and local golf. He joined the Trib in 1995 after spending 15 years at the Daily Courier in Connellsville, where he served as sports editor for 14 years. He can be reached at pschofield@triblive.com.

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