Westmoreland WPIAL baseball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, May 20, 2024

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WPIAL baseball playoffs

Class 6A

Quarterfinals

4-Hempfield (14-6) vs. 5-Seneca Valley (11-8-1)

7 p.m. Monday at Plum

Winner plays: Winner of 1-Mt. Lebanon (16-4)/8-Butler (6-12) on Tuesday (time, site TBD) in semifinals

Players to watch: Carson Shuglie, Hempfield; Nick Parrotto, Seneca Valley.

Extra bases: The Spartans held off a late surge from Norwin to finish second in the section. … Shuglie batted .400 with four home runs and 20 RBIs, and Dylan Firmstone hit .400 with two home runs and 17 RBIs. … Chase Sikorski, Adam Hess and Jack Kurdziel had four wins each. … Hempfield and Seneca Valley did not play this season. … Parrotto is 4-1 with a 2.69 ERA. He also is batting .360 with 18 hits — all singles — and 10 RBIs. … Mike Delduca is hitting .322 with a team-high 19 hits, including four doubles and two triples, and 11 RBIs. … Creed Erdos has a team-high 15 RBIs.

6-Norwin (11-9) vs. 3-North Allegheny (14-6)

7 p.m. Monday at Boyce Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair

Winner plays: Winner of 2-Pine-Richland (16-4)/7-Central Catholic (10-10) on Tuesday (time, site TBD) in semifinals

Players to watch: Keegan Carr, Norwin; Owen Schall, North Allegheny

Extra bases: The Knights played better down the stretch and challenged Hempfield for second place in the section. … Carr batted .407 with 20 runs and 18 RBIs. … Nate Silberman batted .392 with 12 RBIs. … Matt Rivera is 4-2-1 with an ERA of 2.67, and Ethen Culbertson is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.778. … Schall, a senior infielder, is hitting .431 with 25 hits and 20 RBIs. … David Posey is 4-0 with a 3.64 ERA. … Matthew Parreaguirre hit .379 with 22 hits and 12 RBIs. … North Allegheny defeated Norwin, 5-4, on March 28.

Class 5A

7-Penn-Trafford (17-3) vs. 2-Fox Chapel (14-6)

7 p.m. Monday at Gateway

Winner plays: Winner of 6-Franklin Regional/3-North Hills on Tuesday (time, site TBD) in semifinals

Players to watch: Tyler Freas, Penn-Trafford; Jeremy Haigh, Fox Chapel

Extra bases: The teams split a two-game series on March 25-26. The Foxes won in eight innings 4-3 and then the Warriors rallied for a 3-2 win. … Penn-Trafford opened the playoffs with an 8-2 win against Moon. … Freas led the offense with two hits, and Brandon Roher was the winning pitcher. … Second baseman Brayden Stone is batting .404. … Ethan Septak has 20 RBIs, and Chuck Fontana has 27 hits. … Haigh is batting .436 with two home runs, 17 RBIs and 16 runs. He also is 3-1 with a 1.05 ERA. … Antonio LeDonne is hitting .355 with 19 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and 10 RBIs. … Christian Wilkinson is 1-0 with five saves. He has 19 strikeouts in 17 innings.

6-Franklin Regional (13-7) vs. 3-North Hills (12-4-1)

4:30 p.m. Monday at Fox Chapel

Winner plays: Winner of 7-Penn-Trafford/2-Fox Chapel on Tuesday (time, site TBD) in semifinals

Players to watch: Blake Bertucci, Franklin Regional; Jake Pollaro, North Hills

Extra bases: The Panthers survived a scare against No. 11 Connellsville, winning 2-1 in the opening round of the playoffs. … Darren Deriggi is the Panthers’ leading hitter with a .487 average. He has 15 RBIs. … Bertucci is hitting .368 with 21 hits and 16 RBIs. … NJ Ramchandran is hitting .396 with 19 hits. … Max Bernadowski is 5-1 with a 3.33 ERA. … For North Hills, Pollaro is hitting .402 with 16 RBIs. He also has 45 strikeouts in 25 innings. … Tristin Weimann is hitting .381 with 18 RBIs. … Ben Barr has struck out 48 in 38 innings, and Austin Bakowski has fanned 21 in 15 innings. … North Hills had a first-round bye.

Class 4A

5-Latrobe (18-3) vs. 4-Montour (13-6)

2 p.m. Monday at West Mifflin

Winner plays: Winner of 16-Blackhawk (8-10)/9-Indiana (10-9) on Tuesday (time, site TBD) in semifinals

Players to watch: Riley Smith; Jake Robinson, Montour

Extra bases: The Wildcats defeated Hopewell, 3-2, with a walk-off walk in the first round. The teams met in the 4A WPIAL finals last year, with Hopewell winning 4-3. … Riley Smith is 4-0 for the Wildcats. … Mason Leonard and Jake Cramer lead Latrobe with a .348 batting average. … For Montour, Robinson is 5-1 with 60 strikeouts and a 2.12 ERA. He also carries a .382 batting average with four home runs and 22 RBIs. … Maddox Tarquino is hitting .366 with three home runs and 19 RBIs. … Matteo Weber is 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA and is hitting .377 with 19 runs scored. … Montour defeated Uniontown, 3-1, to open the playoffs.

Class 2A

5-Greensburg Central Catholic (12-5) vs. 4-Burgettstown (12-3-1)

7 p.m. Monday at Peterswood Park, McMurray

Winner plays: Winner of 1-Serra Catholic (15-1)/8-Laurel (11-8) on Tuesday (time, site TBD) in semifinals

Players to watch: Anthony Grippo, Greensburg Central; Brady Kuzior, Burgettstown

Extra bases: Tyler Samide drove in two runs and scored a run as the Centurions edged Washington, 3-2, to open the playoffs. … Sophomores Grippo and Ian Shipley are hitting .540 and .376. Grippo has four doubles and 15 RBIs, and Shipley three doubles, a triple, a home run and 17 runs scored. … Pitcher Ethan Brody is 5-1 with an ERA of 1.14, and Samide is 5-2 with an ERA of 2.30. Samide is batting .372, and Tyree Turner is hitting .395 with 12 RBIs. … Burgettstown defeated Jeannette, 10-3, in the first round. … Kuzior is 4-1 with 75 strikeouts for Burgettstown. He also is hitting .447 with 19 runs scored and 24 RBIs. … Eric Kovach is 4-1 and hitting .326, and Matt Bredel is hitting .440 with 16 RBIs and 18 runs scored. … Burgettstown coach Doug Tunno was an all-NCAA D-II outfielder at Cal. (Pa.) in 1980.

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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