Norwin Stuns Plum To Win WPIAL Crown

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On Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, Norwin did something no one else had done all season, beat the Plum Mustangs. The Knights knocked off the previously unbeaten Mustangs, 7-3, to win their first WPIAL title since 1960.

The 14th-seeded Knights used a five-run first inning to stun the top-seeded Mustangs. Jonathan Pingree had the big hit in the inning with a three-run triple. Norwin chased Plum ace Alex Kirilloff, a Liberty University recruit, in the second inning and added another run for a 6-0 lead. Despite being battered on the bump, Kirilloff launched a two-run homer in the third inning to cut the Norwin lead to 6-2.

In the fourth, Michael Anderson delivered an RBI single for Plum to trim the deficit to 6-3, but the Mustangs could come no closer. Norwin’s Chad Coles pitched a complete game and struck out eight batters to earn the victory.

Norwin improves to 16-7 on the season while Plum falls to 22-1. Both teams will participate in the PIAA playoffs which begin on Monday.