Hempfield grad Phil Fox taken in 7th round of MLB Draft

Hempfield grad and former Pitt Panther Phil Fox was taken in the seventh round of the MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox. Fox was the 199th overall pick.

Fox is the first player who graduated from Hempfield to be drafted since 2013 when Andy Haines was selected and the third player to formerly play in the Big 56 drafted in the 2024 MLB Draft.

After Hempfield, Fox attended Gardner-Webb before getting injured a few months into being on the team. He had Tommy-John surgery and had to sit out the 2022 season.

In 2023, Fox returned and made the Big South All-Freshman team pitching 30 1/3 innings, picking up three saves and a 4.71 ERA. Fox transferred to Pitt for the 2024 season where he threw 36 2/3 innings, striking out 45 and only walking three guys. He had a 3-2 record with a 1.47 ERA and eight saves for the Panthers. Fox was named a third team All-American and second team All-ACC.

Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields goes 41st overall to the Kansas City Royals in the MLB Draft

Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields got his named called in the MLB Draft last night as he was selected in the 2nd round going 41st overall to the Kansas City Royals.

Shields is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound left handed pitcher who is currently committed to Miami (FL). His senior year, Shields went 5-1 with a 0.96 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 35 innings. When he wasn’t pitching, Shields patrolled center field and hit .383 at the plate.

Shields was named the Pennsylvania Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. He was also named the TribLive HSSN Player of the Year.

Shields is the second Mt. Lebanon player taken in the first two rounds since 2015 when the Chicago Cubs took Ian Happ with the ninth overall pick.

Shields was also the second player who played in the Big 56 drafted in the 2024 MLB Draft as Mars grad JJ Wetherholt who played his college baseball at West Virginia went seventh overall to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Shields was the fifth high school pitcher taken in the draft and 14th high school player overall.

10 Big 56 Players named to Baseball all-state team

The Pennsylvania State Baseball Coaches Association released the all-state baseball teams yesterday. The Big 56 had 10 players represented including six on the first team. The teams are listed below, Big 56 players are bolded:


First Team

Brody Gebhard – Landisville Hempfield – P

Connor Lawrence – Red Lion – P

Nate Payne – Central Dauphin – P

David Shields – Mt. Lebanon – P

Drew Turner – Downingtown West – P

Gavin Kelly – Central Catholic – C

Jay Slater – Downingtown West – C

Ben Farley – North Penn – INF

Nick Flores – Spring-Ford – INF

Matt Gannon – La Salle College – INF

Chase Harlan – Central Bucks East – INF

Mason Haupt – Northampton – INF

Carson Shuglie – Hempfield – INF

Nick Fiorini – Wilson – OF

Chris Florentino – Hazelton – OF

Brayden Hostetter – Landisville Hempfield – OF

David Lillis – Kennett – OF

Jacob Rivera – Liberty – OF

Matthew Marsten – Quakertown – UTIL

Cooper Natisin – Quakertown – UTIL

Second Team

Jimmy Boyle – Haverford – P

Damian Frayne – Central Bucks East – P

Noah Gyauch-Quirk – Liberty – P

Matt Van Ostenbridge – Liberty – P

Van Willner – Lower Merion – P

Creed Erdos – Seneca Valley – C

Brandt Johnson – Northeastern – C

James Bottger – Wilkes Barre – INF

Aimon Chandler – La Salle College – INF

Louis Inserra – Parkland – INF

Will McCoach – St. Joseph’s Prep – INF

Reece Moody – Central Bucks East – INF

Kaden Schoenly – Cumberland Valley – INF

Aidan Autovino – Perkiomen Valley – OF

Braylen Gonzalez – Liberty – OF

Dante Larocco – Altoona – OF

Jack Mislan – Central Bucks East – OF

Sebastian Rhoades – State College – UTIL

Tanner Stroup – Altoona – UTIL


First Team

Austin Dahl – Upper Dublin – P

Luke D’Ancona – Stath Haven – P

Ethan Grim – Governor Mifflin – P

A.J. Levandowski – West Scranton – P

Reese Young – Mechanicsburg – P

Manny Cartagena – Susquehannock – C

Hunter Strohm – Lower Dauphin – C

Aidan Crochier – Upper St. Clair – INF

Bryce Detwiler – Governor Mifflin – INF

Jeff Lougee – Mechanicsburg – INF

Carson Kensinger – Hollidaysburg – INF

Mason Richter – Selinsgrove – INF

Matthew Robaugh – Trinity – INF

Brady Alexander – Shaler – INF

Colby Dealing – South Western – OF

Chad Helwich – Obama Academy – OF

Alex Kelsey – Exeter Township – OF

Tucker Teats – Selingsgrove – OF

Josh Domaracki – Selingsgrove – UTIL

Travis Jenkins – Governor Mifflin – UTIL

Second Team

Adam Horvath – Pocono Mountain East – P

Tegan Kuhns – Gettysburg – P

Jake Lenahan – Abington Heights – P

Danny Nelson – Hershey – P

Luca Urdaneta – Unionville – P

Troy Chamberin – Shippensburg – C

Trey Wingard – DuBois Area – C

Nick Diehl – Unionville – INF

Rocco DelGiudice – Pocono Mountain East – INF

Darren Deriggi – Franklin Regional – INF

Silvio Giardina – Pittston Area – INF

Ryan Petras – Bethel Park – INF

Chaz Wright – Crestwood – INF

Ben Gearhart – Selingsgrove – OF

Jake Hileman – Hollidaysburg – OF

Kye Watson – Manheim Central – OF

Eli Wittman – Carrick – OF

Ryland Yinger – Northern York – OF

Wil Gubba – West Allegheny – UTIL

M.J. Vottero – West York – UTIL

Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields named 2024 TribLive HSSN Baseball Player of the Year

by: Don Rebel

David Shields is likely to hear his name called in 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.

For complete story and interview, click here.

2023-2024 WPIAL Champions


CLASS 6A – North Allegheny (2 in a row)

CLASS 5A – Peters Township


CLASS 4A – Norwin


CLASS 4A – Fox Chapel


CLASS 4A – North Allegheny


CLASS 6A – Upper St. Clair

CLASS 5A – Moon


CLASS 6A – Norwin

CLASS 5A – South Fayette (3 in a row)


CLASS 6A – North Allegheny

CLASS 5A – Penn-Trafford


CLASS 6A – Seneca Valley

CLASS 5A – Armstrong

Five named to Trib HSSN Terrific 10 Baseball Team

Photo Credit: North Allegheny Sports Network

Half of the Trib HSSN Terrific 10 baseball team were Big 56 representatives.

David Posey – North Allegheny – P/1B

7-0 record, 2.39 ERA, 53 strikeouts, 38 innings

.395 on base pct., 15 RBIs

Gavin Kelly – Central Catholic – C

.490 average, .643 on base pct., 10 extra base hits, 14 runs, 16 RBIs, 2 homeruns

Graham Keen – Mt. Lebanon – P/1B

.355 average, 6 homeruns, 24 RBIs

6-1 record, 44 1/3 innings, 1.10 ERA, 53 strikeouts

David Shields – Mt. Lebanon – P/OF

5-1 record, 35 innings, 2 earned runs allowed, 63 strikeouts, 4 walks

.383 average, 16 runs, 18 RBIs

Ryan Petras – Bethel Park – SS

.452 average, 1 homerun, 27 runs scored, 17 RBIs, .565 on base pct., 20 stolen bases

.973 fielding pct.

Trib HSSN names WPIAL Baseball Player, Coaches of the Year


David Shields – Mt. Lebanon

2nd straight season winning WPIAL Player of the Year.

5-1 record, 35 innings, 2 earned runs allowed, 63 strikeouts, 4 walks

.383 average, 16 runs scored, 18 RBIs

Committed to Miami, projected to go 2nd-3rd round of MLB Draft


Andrew Heck – North Allegheny

17-7 record, WPIAL Champions (2nd title in 4 years), 6 championship appearances in 8 years


Ryan Petras – Bethel Park

.452 average, 1 home run, 27 runs scored, 17 RBIs, .565 on base percentage, .575 slugging percentage, 1.141 OPS

.973 fielding percentage

Committed to play baseball at Northwestern


Lou Cortazzo – Penn-Trafford

Section 1-5A champions, led Penn-Trafford to 1st WPIAL title in program history, finished with a 21-4 record

Recap: PIAA Quarterfinals, Day 1



(1-3) North Penn 4, (7-1) Seneca Valley 0

Seneca Valley (22-2)

Lexie Hames – 6 innings, 12 strikeouts

Abby Kalkowski – Double

Anna Kalkowski – Double


(6-1) Central Mountain 4, (7-1) Armstrong 1

Armstrong (19-4)

Emma Paul – Double

Lily Gutherie – 2 for 3

Natalie Zeigler – RBI

Madison Baker – 6 innings, 5 strikeouts

(7-2) Thomas Jefferson 3, (1-2) West Chester East 1

Thomas Jefferson (14-8)

Adelina Bracco – 2-run double in 6th

Hannah Alonso – 3 for 3, RBI

Morgan Alisesky – 2 for 3

Aubrey Shaffer – 7 innings, 1 run allowed, 7 strikeouts

*will face District 6 champion Central Mountain on Monday in the state semifinals



(6-1) Hollidaysburg 3, (7-1) Penn-Trafford 2

After controversial call in 7th inning, Penn-Trafford’s PIAA playoff run ends with loss to Hollidaysburg

What’s coming up: 6/6/24

by: Don Rebel


Hollidaysburg (15-5) won the District 6 Class 5A baseball championship this season, beating Central Mountain in the D-6 finals, 9-1, and then they shut down City League champion Obama Academy in a 5A state preliminary round game, 5-1.

In the opening round of the PIAA playoffs, Hollidaysburg (15-5) defeated Franklin Regional, 4-2.

Now the Golden Tigers try to knock off a third straight area team when they battle WPIAL champion Penn-Trafford (21-3) at Point Stadium in Johnstown at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Warriors were led by Ian Temple and Carmen Metcalfe, who each had two hits and an RBI in P-T’s first round win over Lower Dauphin, 3-2.

On Friday, WPIAL runner-up Bethel Park (16-7) will take on District 12 champion Monsignor Bonner (18-8) at Cumberland Valley at 2 p.m.

These same two teams met in the state quarterfinals last year as Kevin McGonigle was 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBI as the Friars eliminated the two-time defending PIAA champion Black Hawks, 3-1.


The WPIAL Class 6A softball champions were in fine form Monday, whitewashing District 10 champion McDowell in Erie, 11-0.

Anna Kalkowski was 3 for 4 with a triple for the Raiders while start pitcher Lexie Hames struck out 12 Trojans in five innings.

It was the 12th time Seneca Valley had blanked its opponents, but it was only the second shutout in the Raiders’ last 10 games.

Seneca Valley (22-1) will take on the No. 3 team out of District 1, North Penn (22-3), at Chambersburg at 4 p.m.


The two teams that played for WPIAL 5A softball gold enjoyed an offensive bonanza in the opening round of the PIAA postseason as Armstrong and Thomas Jefferson combined to score 30 runs Monday.

Shelby Cloak, Jessie Pugh, Jordyn Klingensmith and Lily Guthrie reached base three times as the WPIAL champion River Hawks rolled past Latrobe, 13-2.

Zoe Krizan and Allie Chalovich combined for five hits and nine RBIs in leading the Jaguars past District 3 runner-up Solanco, 17-4.

The two District 7 teams must win one more game before a district title game rematch is set in the state semifinals.

Armstrong (19-3) will go up against District 6 champion Central Mountain (15-5) at Heindl Park in DuBois at 1:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson (13-8) next takes on District 1 runner-up West Chester East (16-8) at Chambersburg at 2 p.m.

PIAA announces sites and times for Baseball/Softball Quarterfinals

The PIAA has announced sites and times for both the baseball and softball quarterfinals. All quarterfinal games will happen on Thursday except for Monsignor Bonner/Bethel Park that will take place on Friday.



Thursday, June 6

7-1 Penn-Trafford (21-3) vs. 6-1 Hollidaysburg (15-5) – Sargents Field at Point Stadium, Johnstown – 4 pm

Friday, June 7

12-1 Monsignor Bonner (18-8) vs. 7-2 Bethel Park (16-7-1) – Cumberland Valley HS, Mechanicsburg – 2 pm



Thursday, June 6

1-3 North Penn (22-3) vs. 7-1 Seneca Valley (22-1) – Norlo Park Softball Complex, Chambersburg – 2:30 pm


Thursday, June 6

6-1 Central Mountain (15-5) vs. 7-1 Armstrong (19-3) – Heindl Memorial Field, Dubois – 1:30 pm

1-2 West Chester East (16-8) vs. 7-2 Thomas Jefferson (13-8) – Norlo Park Softball Complex, Chambersburg – Noon