Winning PIAA championships in baseball is becoming more and more difficult for WPIAL teams.
Only two teams from the district reached the championship sport at Penn State, and neither Beaver nor Serra Catholic turned into able to capture the gold medal.
For the first time considering the fact that 2014, the WPIAL didn’t have a winner. In truth, no WPIAL crew made it to the national finals in 2014.
In 2018, the WPIAL had 4 teams attain the national finals, and 3 of them — Canon-McMillan (6A), Ringgold (4A) and Vincentian (A) — have been winners.
This year, Beaver, the comeback youngsters, especially in the WPIAL semifinals against Yough, fell to Selinsgrove, 7-four.
Serra suffered a hard, 3-2 loss to Devon Prep.
Here are some highlights from the 2019 season:
Class 6A: Souderton 6, Central Bucks South 3
Class 5A: Red Land eight, Lampeter Strasburg 3
Class 4A: Selinsgrove 7, Beaver four
Class 3A: Mt. Union 9, Notre Dame-Green Pond 1
Class 2A: Devon Prep three, Serra 2
Class A: West Middlesex 2, Greenwood 1
Class 6A: Pine-Richland
Class 5A: Shaler
Class 4A: Beaver
Class 3A: Steel Valley
Class 2A: Seton LaSalle
Class A: California
Class 6A: Section 1: Pine-Richland; 2. Penn-Trafford; three. Bethel Park.
Class 5A: Section 1. Franklin Regional; 2. Hampton; three. West Allegheny.
Class 4A: Section 1. Greensburg Salem and Yough; 2. Blackhawk; three. Thomas Jefferson and Ringgold.
Class 3A: Section 1. Freeport; 2. Hopewell; three. Keystone Oaks.
Class 2A: Section 1. Carmichaels and Chartiers-Houston; 2. Shenango and Neshannock; 3. Serra and Seton LaSalle; 4. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Avonworth.
Class A: Section 1. Union; 2. California; 3. Vincentian.
*New Castle sophomore Rocco Bernadina led the Red Hurricane into the PIAA Class 4A playoffs. He turned into brilliant in defeating Elizabeth Forward, Greensburg Salem and Yough. He out-dueled Yough left-hander Jarett Bach inside the 0.33-location recreation.
*Laurel Highlands amazed many by using scary Franklin Regional within the Class 5A playoffs and achieving the WPIAL finals for the first time. It was additionally the primary time the Mustangs reached the PIAA tournament. The Mustangs fell to Shaler in the finals.
*California gained some other WPIAL Class A championship, defeating Union, 9-6, inside the finals. The Trojans have won 4 titles, three considering that 2014.
*Pine-Richland defeated Penn-Trafford, 7-2, for its 2nd Class 6A title in the past three seasons. The Rams were seeded 2nd within the match; Penn-Trafford turned into No. 1.
*Steel Valley used a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory to stun Hopewell in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs. Hopewell had a big lead earlier than the Ironmen rallied late.
*Serra catcher Mark Black changed into named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper High School All-American team.
*After 35 years of coaching, the dean of excessive school baseball within the WPIAL, Peters Township instruct Joe Maize, retired.
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