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MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Baseball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2015 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN:

1.     MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (11-1)
(Last Week #1)

2.     PLUM MUSTANGS  (14-1)
(Last Week #2)

3.     FRANKLIN REGIONAL PANTHERS  (11-2)
(Last Week #9)

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

The final full week of section play in both District 7 baseball and softball comes your way as we say so long to a wet April and hello to a hopefully dry and warm May this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have WPIAL section play from the diamonds in both baseball and softball along with several more Hometown Softball Broadcasts while we also have WPIAL section coverage in boys volleyball and boys lacrosse, plus The WPIAL Baseball Show and the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, April 27th:

TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Baseball - Canon-McMillan vs Baldwin at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

Hometown Softball Recap for Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers

It's a shame one of these two teams had to lose. Both pitchers for Chartiers-Houston and Jefferson-Morgan pitched a gem, but it was the Rockets who walked away with the W in a tight Section 1 A softball game.

Senior Megan Kraushaar lead off for the Bucaneers, making contact with one of Maddie Ludrosky's pitches, flying out to right field. She would be the only batter to make contact until she was up again in the 4th inning, as Ludrosky struck out the next 8 straight in the lineup.

Scholastic Notebook

It opened some eyes in October when Bailey Parshall accepted a scholarship from the Penn State softball team. Parshall is a freshman and when she accepted the scholarship, she had yet to pitch an inning in high school.

But after a month of the WPIAL softball season, it has become clear why Penn State went after Parshall.

Parshall already has established herself as one of the WPIAL’s top pitchers – as a ninth-grader. In the latest WPIAL statistics published by the Post-Gazette, Parshall leads the WPIAL in strikeouts with 115 and she is tied for the WPIAL lead in wins. She has a 10-1 record. Chartiers-Houston’s Kaitlyn Dittrich also is 10-1.

Hometown Softball Recap for South Side Beaver Rams

The South Side Rams  were looking to put some breathing space between themselves and the Avonworth Antelopes for 2nd place in Class AA Section 1, and the only way they were going to make that happen was to beat the Lopes outright on its home turf, which they did 6-4 on Thursday. 

Hometown Softball Recap for Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers

The Chartiers-Houston softball team seems to have its matters in order as it works its way to the postseason.

Momentum - check. The Buccaneers won their 12th straight game with a 10-0 win over Mapletown in a Section 1-A contest Tuesday at Allison Park Elementary School during a game played amidst extremely high winds. The win improved Chartiers-Houston to 12-1, 7-0 in the section.

Offense - check. The Buccaneers (who average 10 runs a game) scored in double figures for the fifth straight game, rapping out 13 hits in the victory. Each member of the starting nine in the batting order had at least one hit.

Mars & Sewickley Duo's Win WPIAL Boys Tennis Doubles Titles

Last year, Ryan Gex of Sewickley Academy teamed with Luke Vith to win the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship. This year, he made winning gold a family thing. Ryan teamed with brother Don Gex to win the 2015 title in an all Sewickley Academy championship match with a straight set win over Panthers teammates Wyatte Geller and Neil Rana Wednesday afternoon. In Class AAA, the fourth-seed team of Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber completed their unexpected gold rush with a tough three set triumph over Jared Isaacs and Richard Hoffman of North Allegheny. Here are ALL of the results from the 2015 WPIAL Boys Tennis Doubles Championships.

WPIAL CLASS AAA BOYS TENNIS DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Softball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAAA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2015 WPIAL Softball Playoffs sponsored by Carlow University, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN:

1.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (9-0)
(Last Week #3)

2.     CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (7-1)
(Last Week #1)

3.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (7-1)
(Last Week #2)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Baseball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings...including another NEW #1 team in Class AAAA and also in Class AAA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2015 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN:

1.     MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (8-1)
(Last Week #3)

2.     PLUM MUSTANGS  (7-1)
(Last Week #8)

3.     NORWIN KNIGHTS  (6-2)
(Last Week Unranked)

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

It's another week of Mother Nature vs Spring High School Sports as we close in on the end of a wet month of April this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have WPIAL section play from the diamonds in both baseball and softball along with several more Hometown Softball Broadcasts, while we also have WPIAL section coverage in boys volleyball and boys lacrosse, plus The WPIAL Baseball Show and the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, April 20th:

TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

TALK SHOW - Carlow Sports Talk at 8:30pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Baseball - Thomas Jefferson vs Laurel Highlands at 4:00pm on WMBS-AM 590

Hometown Softball Recap for Elizabeth Forward Warriors

Keyed by a strong pitching performance and opportunistic offense, the host Elizabeth Forward Lady Warriors scored a 4-0 victory against McKeesport at William Penn Field on Saturday.

Sophomore Lauren Mathews, in her first varsity start at pitcher, tossed a complete-game shutout, limiting the Lady Tigers to just six hits. Mathews, who struck out five, showed poise by holding McKeesport scoreless despite allowing a pair of baserunners in both the second and fifth innings.

Offensively, Elizabeth Forward took an early lead by capitalizing on the control issues of Tigers’ hurler Sam Arthrell. Three Warriors walked in the opening frame, including Lauren Cain, who drew a free pass with the bases loaded to score Lexi Ribarchak.

Hometown Softball Recap for Baldwin Highlanders

It was the perfect night for a softball game. Clear, calm and cool -- Arguably the demeanor of the junior pitcher for Baldwin, Jaimie Schleicher. Although Peters Township did score a run in the 7th inning, the late rally wasn't enough as the Highlanders defeated the Indians 2-1 at Baldwin High School.

Schleicher started the game perfect through 3 and two-thirds innings with 5 strikeouts. She also helped offensively in the bottom of the 3rd, hitting an RBI-single, allowing freshman Taylor Dadig to score after she singled and stole a base.

Scholastic Notebook

Life in Section 1 of WPIAL Class AAAA baseball is full of close calls.

The WPIAL season is a little less than a month old and it’s remarkable how many close games there are in Section 1. Heading into Friday’s action, there have been 12 games played in the section. Two-thirds were decided by two runs or less and five had been decided by one run.

The close games certainly reflect the balance of the section. But they also reflect the strength of the section.

This should tell you the strength of Section 1: It includes four teams – Moon, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland and Seneca Valley – that have made 17 WPIAL championship appearances in either Class AAAA or AAA over the past 11 years. The other members of the section are North Hills and Butler.

Lamenza Named to Lead Blackhawk Football Program

The Blackhawk Cougars have settled on the coach that will follow Joe Hamilton. Current Mohawk head coach Joe Lamenza, was tabbed to lead the Cougars on Thursday night.

Lamenza was 7-29 in four years at Mohawk, he has also served as the head coach at West Mifflin and Slippery Rock and was an assistant at Ellwood City, Riverside and Beaver, along with Robert Morris University.

The new coach knows something about competition, Mohawk has played in the Midwestern Conference under Lamenza, he goes now to the Parkway Conference, where Blackhawk has struggled the past few seasons. The Cougars have not won a playoff game since 2008, a winning record since 2011 and missed the playoffs in both 2013 and 2014.

Hometown Softball Recap for Baldwin Highlanders

Rachel Hankin and Rachel Albert hit back-to-back solo home runs in the 6th inning, lifting Bethel Park (5-3, 4-1) to a 2-1 win over Baldwin (5-1, 4-1) on Wednesday night at Baldwin High School.

The blasts were the lone blemishes for Highlanders' pitcher and Pitt-Greensburg recruit Jamie Schleicher, who allowed just four hits and struck out eleven batters in the complete game loss.

Schleicher would retire the first eight Bethel Park batters, give up a single to Hankin in the 4th inning and then retire eight more batters in a row, before Hankin, the nine-hitter in the Blackhawks' lineup, would launch a ball over the right field wall. Moments later, Bethel Park's leadoff hitter, Albert, would follow up with a shot of her own over the center field fence.

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