May 2012

Article | Posted 2012/05/31 - 9:59pm
Coach Bob Amalia's nerves have got to be frazzled as the Blackhawk Cougars won their first WPIAL baseball championship since 2004 with a 1-0 victory over the Belle Vernon Leopards at Consol Energy Field on Thursday night. The Cougars have won three straight 1-0 games on their run to the title, defeating Char Valley in the quarterfinals and Thomas Jefferson in nine innings in the semis.The Cougars have now won eight straight games, five of which by shutout. Blackhawk has not allowed a run in 37 consecutive innings. Amalia said he has never been a part of three straight 1-0 wins, thru his...
Article | Posted 2012/05/31 - 4:20pm
In unlikely fashion, the Deer Lakers Lancers rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and a run in the eighth to claim their first ever Class AA Softball championship with a 3-2 eight inning win over the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions.Becca Babincak bunted to lead off the inning and stole second, after one out, Candace Scanga hit a grounder to first that Alie Perz could not handle, putting runners at first and third. Greensburg Central Catholic brought the outfield in with Siera Sarver at the plate, she drove a deep fly ball to right center over the head of...
Article | Posted 2012/05/31 - 2:08pm
In another classic in the Class A softball championship game at California University's Lilley Field, the Chartiers-Houston rallied in the bottom of the ninth to claim back to back titles with a walk-off win. With two outs and trailing 2 to 1, Piper McLaughlin tripled past centerfielder Megan Bayles to bring home both the tying and winning runs to give the Buccaneers their ninth WPIAL championship.Carmichaels had taken the lead in the top of the ninth when Morgan Berardi reached on a error and scored on Lindsey Osborne double with two outs. Kelli Dufresne singled to lead off the...
Article | Posted 2012/05/30 - 11:56pm
Back to back was the story of the night as the Seneca Valley Raiders repeated as Quad-A  baseball champions with a 5-3 win over Mount Lebanon on Wednesday night at Consol Energy Park. It's the third WPIAL championship for the Raiders. Matt Smith picked up his second straight championship victory. He allowed seven hits and struck out ten. Carson Kessler went 2 for 3 for the Raiders, he drove in a pair of runs.Mount Lebanon had a golden opportunity to take the lead before the defending champs came to bat, Luke Hagy led off with a single, Ian Happ walked with one out, then the pair...
Article | Posted 2012/05/30 - 9:08pm
The Neshannock Lancers claimed their second consecutive WPIAL Class A title with a 5-0 victory over the previously unbeaten California Trojans at Consol Energy Park on Wednesday night. It's the fifth baseball championship for Neshannock and the fourth since Class A was founded in 1999.Senior pitcher Alex Strittmatter was again superb, going the distance on a five-hitter, he fanned nine, including the final two batters. He also got the job done at the plate, going 2 for 4. Strittmatter was the winning pitcher in last year's title victory over Chartiers-Houston.It was a...
Article | Posted 2012/05/30 - 7:24pm
In the midst of all of the WPIAL baseball and softball championship games are five contests on Wednesday with the postseason future of ten district teams up for grabs. Three softball consolation games at California University of Pennsylvania and a pair of baseball consolation games at the Washington & Jefferson Sports Complex were broadcast on The Network with the five winners earning a berth in the PIAA state playoffs that begin next week. Here are the recaps from those games....
Article | Posted 2012/05/30 - 6:22pm
The Ellwood City Wolverines claimed their fifth WPIAL championship with a 9-7 victory over their cross town rival Riverside Panthers at Consol Energy Field on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore catcher Zach Mathias led the way, going 3 for 3 in the number nine spot in the batting order.Ellwood City got out to a lead in the top of the first, Matt Germanowski led the game off with a single, was moved to second on a Seth Mley bunt. With two outs, Anthony Carusone singled to left, Germanowski scored, the throw in was cut off by pitcher Rob Hardy, who threw the ball into deep center field trying to...
Article | Posted 2012/05/30 - 12:25pm
The WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Tuesday the 2012 winners of its annual Players, Pitchers and Coaches of the Year Awards. Players, Pitchers and Coaches of the Year were selected in Classes AAAA, AAA, AA and A based on regular season performance by a vote of WPIAL head baseball coaches.  The winners will be honored at an Awards Banquet on June 8 at the Airport Marriott.  Winners of the Player of the Year Awards are: Class AAAA J.J. Matijevic of Norwin High School Class AAA Zarley Zalewski of Valley High School Class AA Ben Hartz of Shady Side...
Article | Posted 2012/05/29 - 3:50pm
Plenty of Diamond Gold will be up for grabs post holiday this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have EXCLUSIVE coverage of all eight 2012 WPIAL Baseball and Softball Championship Games and all five WPIAL baseball and softball consolation games along with a pair of District 6 Softball Championship Games, plus news from the world of auto racing with Rappin on Racin, pro baseball featuring the Class AA Eastern League's Altoona Curve and the Frontier League's Washington Wild Things and women's pro football ...
Article | Posted 2012/05/28 - 8:29pm
The baseball season begins to wind down in Western Pennsylvania as four champions will be crowned over the next two days. Stay with the MSA Sports Network for complete pre-game, game and post-game coverage from Consol Energy Park from the first pitch until the final gold medal has been handed out.Here are previews of all four title game:CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP:  ELLWOOD CITY WOLVERINES (20-2) VS. RIVERSIDE PANTHERS (18-5)  WEDNESDAY AT 3:00 PM on WBVP 1230-AM/WMBA 1460-AM...

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