Baseball Preview: 4/3/23
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6A SECTION 1
Allderdice (1-0, 0-0) at Seneca Valley (4-0, 0-0) – 4 pm
Allderdice won their opening game of the season against Keystone Oaks, 5-1. Seneca Valley has won their first four contests. They have defeated Norwin (11-3), Bethel Park (6-3), Mt. Lebanon (5-3) and Plum (5-2).
Seneca Valley swept the season series last year beating Allderdice 14-1 and 9-2.
Butler (2-2, 0-0) at Pine-Richland (5-1, 0-0) – 4:15 pm
It has been an inconsistent start to the season for Butler as they have alternated wins and losses in their first four games. They have beaten Knoch (10-0) and Beaver (4-3) while they have fallen to Moon (6-2) and Mars (2-0). Pine-Richland won their first four games before falling to Bethel Park, 6-5. They bounced back to beat North Catholic on Thursday, 7-4.
These two teams split the season series a year ago with Butler winning the first game 7-2 and Pine-Richland winning game No. 2, 2-0.
6A SECTION 2
Hempfield (2-2, 0-0) at Central Catholic (1-1, 0-0) – 4 pm
Hempfield dropped their first two games but bounced back to win their last two contests against Bethel Park (5-3) and Latrobe (4-3). Central Catholic split their matchups in Myrtle Beach defeating St. Joseph Academy (NJ) 20-8, but then was shut out by Pennsbury 4-0.
Central Catholic defeated Hempfield last year, 11-7.
Mt. Lebanon (0-4, 0-0) at Canon-McMillan (2-1, 0-0) – 4 pm
It has been a tough start for the defending WPIAL champions as they have dropped their first four games to start the season. Canon-McMillan fell to Bethel Park, 1-0, in the opener but came back to beat Peters Township (2-0) and Upper St. Clair (9-2) in their last two games.
Mt. Lebanon swept the season series a season ago with wins of 6-2 and 7-4.
Norwin (0-4, 0-0) at Baldwin (2-1, 0-0) – 4 pm
Norwin has also struggled out of the gate dropping their first four games of the season. Baldwin went 2-1 in their trip to Myrtle Beach, defeating St. Joseph Academy (NJ) 4-0 and Berkshire (OH) 2-0. They fell to Pennsbury, 9-5.
Norwin won both games in the season series a year ago. They won a slugfest in the first game 17-14, then defeated Baldwin 8-2 in the second game.
5A SECTION 1
Armstrong (3-2, 1-1) at Penn-Trafford (3-1, 1-1) – 4 pm
Armstrong went 1-1 in non-section play before splitting with Plum in their opening section series. Armstrong then went on to fall to West Allegheny on Thursday in non-section play. Penn-Trafford won their first two games of the year before splitting their first section series against Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel (1-4, 1-1) at Penn Hills (0-2, 0-2) – 4 pm
Fox Chapel dropped their first two games of the season but got on the right foot in section play splitting their opening section series. Fox Chapel would go on to fall to Peters Township on Thursday. Penn Hills was swept by Franklin Regional in their first two games of the season which were also section games.
Fox Chapel swept the season series a year ago against Penn Hills defeating them 10-1 and 13-1.
Franklin Regional (6-0, 2-0) at Gateway (3-1, 0-0) – 7 pm
It has been a great start for Franklin Regional as they have won their first six games including sweeping Penn Hills in their initial section series. Gateway hasn’t had a terrible start either winning their first three games, they were tripped up by North Hills on Thursday, 12-6.
Franklin Regional swept the season series against Gateway last year defeating them 7-5 and 7-0.
5A SECTION 2
Peters Township (2-2, 0-0) at South Fayette (6-0, 0-0) – 4 pm
Slower start than usual for Peters Township as they have split their first four games of the season. South Fayette has been on fire to start the season winning their first six games, three of them by the 10-run rule.
Trinity (1-0, 0-0) at Connellsville (2-2, 0-0) – 4 pm
Trinity has played one game up to this point against Ringgold and shut them out 4-0. Connellsville dropped their first two games of the year but have won their last two to get back to a .500 record. They have allowed two runs in their last two games.
Connellsville swept the season series in 2022 as they defeated Trinity 5-2 and 10-7.
Bethel Park (2-3, 0-0) at Upper St. Clair (3-1, 0-0) – 7 pm
The defending state champions went 2-1 to start the season but have dropped their last two games. Upper St. Clair won their first three games of the season but fell to Canon-McMillan, 9-2 on Thursday.
Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair were scheduled to play last year on April 22 but the game was canceled due to Bethel Park needing to get a section game in.
5A SECTION 3
Mars (4-1, 0-0) at West Allegheny (4-0, 0-0) – 4 pm
It has been a great start for Mars as they have won four of their first five games. Mars’ lone loss came to Pine-Richland on March 24. West Allegheny has yet to drop a game as they have defeated Blackhawk (4-2), Steel Valley (12-0), McKeesport (4-2) and Armstrong (10-2).
Moon (2-1, 0-0) at Shaler (4-1, 0-0) – 4 pm
Moon has alternated wins and losses to start the season. They beat Butler (6-2), fell to Chartiers Valley (13-3) and defeated Ambridge (2-1). Shaler has looked good to start the year winning two in a row, falling to Franklin Regional, and then picking up two more wins.
Shaler handled Moon last year in the season series beating them 15-0 and 16-2.
New Castle (0-2, 0-0) at North Hills (4-1, 0-0) – 4 pm
New Castle has dropped their first two games of 2022 falling to Neshannock (4-0) and Beaver (5-1). North Hills has had a great start to the year with their lone loss coming in Myrtle Beach to Pickerington Central (OH).
Plum (1-3) at North Allegheny (1-0) – 7 pm – North Allegheny Sports Network
Plum is currently 0-2 against WPIAL 6A opponents coming into this game tonight. They split their opening section series with Armstrong, winning the first game 12-2, but fell in the second game 6-5. North Allegheny defeated Norwin, 10-3, in their opening contest on Thursday.
This game will be broadcasted on the North Allegheny Sports Network. You can find the broadcast link on the broadcast schedule under Multimedia.