Baseball

Pitt’s Phil Fox, a Hempfield grad, pitches against No. 8 Florida State during the 2024 season.
Hempfield grad, Pitt pitcher Phil Fox drafted by White Sox in 7th round
July 15, 2024
Hempfield graduate Phil Fox can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to pitch in professional baseball.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields prepares to pitch against Hempfield on Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Mt. Lebanon.
Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields picked by Royals in 2nd round of MLB Draft
July 14, 2024
Kansas City Royals scouts came to Mt. Lebanon in April to watch David Shields pitch and stayed around to talk after he struck out 13 batters in a complete-game win.

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Franklin Regional designated hitter Darren DeRiggi lays down a bunt single against West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game May 29.
Franklin Regional designated hitter emerges as all-state performer
Surprised wasn’t the right word, but Darren DeRiggi did not fully expect to have all-state honors arrive on his doorstep at the conclusion of high school baseball season.

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Murrysville shortstop Max Bernadowski rips a double in the first inning of a District 31 American Legion playoff game last year.
Murrysville American Legion baseball hungry to finish season strong
July 8, 2024
Through the heat of the summer season, it was so far so good for the Murrysville American Legion baseball team.

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Hempfield’s Maggie Howard was named to the first team in Class 6A by the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.
High school notebook: Westmoreland players included in all-state softball, baseball selections
July 6, 2024
Westmoreland County had impressive representation on the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association All-State teams.

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Jordan Perry was hired to lead the St. Joseph baseball team on June 28, 2024.
1st-time head coach Perry intent on turning around St. Joseph baseball team
July 4, 2024
After a 4-10 season this spring, the St. Joseph baseball team was in search of a new coach to lead the program. Athletic director Sally Ackerman and her staff believe they have found their man in Jordan Perry.

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Bishop Canevin’s Tyler Maddix hits an RBI triple against Eden Christian during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
2024 Pa. State Baseball Coaches Association all-state team includes 44 players from WPIAL, City League
July 1, 2024
More than 40 WPIAL and City League baseball players earned all-state recognition Monday as chosen by the Pennsylvania State Baseball Coaches Association.

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Participants of the 2024 summer youth baseball camp conducted by Sewickley Academy coach Andrew Petruska pose for a group photo.
Sewickley Academy baseball overcomes obstacles to earn playoff berth
June 30, 2024
The Sewickley Academy baseball team produced a successful squeeze play in 2024 at the end of its section schedule.

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Eden Christian’s Caleb Emswiler caps memorable season with Class A player of the year honors
Caleb Emswiler capped an outstanding baseball career at Eden Christian Academy with a top individual honor.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields prepares to pitch against Hempfield on Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Mt. Lebanon.
2024 TribLive HSSN Baseball Player of the Year: Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields
June 29, 2024
David Shields will likely hear his name called at the MLB Draft in a couple of weeks, but the Mt. Lebanon senior isn’t counting the days. Instead, he’s in South Florida getting a start on his college education at Miami.

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North Allegheny pitcher David Posey delivers against Mt. Lebanon during the sixth inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game May 29 at Wild Things Park.
2024 TribLive HSSN Terrific 10 Baseball All-Stars
June 27, 2024
Here’s a look at the TribLive HSSN baseball all-stars for the 2024 season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Ryan McKula, shown batting practice at the 2023 Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association baseball showcase, was part of the Vikings’ section champion this spring.
With 1st-year coach, Mt. Pleasant American Legion baseball looks to build on solid foundation
June 24, 2024
After the Mt. Pleasant high school baseball team took first place in Section 4-3A with an 11-1 record this past season, the Mt. Pleasant American Legion baseball team, sponsored by Legion Post 446, is looking to build off of that success in District 31 play.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alec Warden celebrates with Noah Kaszer after scoring against West Mifflin on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at West Mifflin.
Thomas Jefferson baseball team reflects on 2024 season
June 23, 2024
Thomas Jefferson’s baseball team started out 12-0 this year and ended the regular season with a 17-2 overall record.

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Riverside pitcher Zach Hare delivers against North Catholic on Friday, Apr. 26, 2024, in North Sewickley.
2024 Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Baseball Player and Coach of the Year for each classification
June 22, 2024
This spring, those sitting at head of the baseball class had a chance to see two repeat district champions, an unexpected title run in a marathon WPIAL 3A championship game and another no-hitter in the Class 6A finals.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Ian Temple shows the umpire the ball after tagging out Fox Chapel’s Logan Hoffman at home plate during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford’s Ian Temple tabbed Tribune-Review Westmoreland Baseball Player of the Year
Player of the Year

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Springdale’s John Hughes hit .558 with three homers, three doubles, two triples and had 16 RBIs in 2024.
Springdale’s John Hughes again named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of Year
John Hughes had a season to remember at Springdale in 2023, winning the WPIAL batting title to go with 78 strikeouts on the mound.

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Eden Christian’s Brady Hull receives his silver medal from coach Mark Feldman after the PIAA Class A championship game.
Eden Christian baseball team reflects on silver season
The Eden Christian Academy baseball program was wrapped in silver this season.

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Bethel Park’s Noah Lejeune celebrates with Kaden Flambard (2) and Ethan Stanhoff after defeating Trinity, 11-1, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
Bethel Park baseball continues program’s tradition of deep postseason runs
Bethel Park advanced to the WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship round riding a five-game winning streak and with a 9-2 record in the second half of the regular season.

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Avonworth pitcher Carson Franc delivers during the first inning of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Neumann-Goretti on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Penn State.
Trib 10: State finalists, champs top final baseball, softball power rankings
June 20, 2024
Only two district teams won state diamond gold this spring, and both were on the softball field at Penn State.

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Avonworth’s Hunter Blackson receives his silver medal from head coach Jeff Bywalksi after the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Neumann-Goretti on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Penn State.
Trib HSSN Pennsylvania high school baseball rankings for June 19, 2024
June 19, 2024
It’s the final edition of the Trib HSSN state baseball rankings for the 2024 season.

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