T-D HS Baseball

North Star’s Tony Strasiser batted .625 during his senior season.

Strasiser headed to WVU

The recruiting process for North Star’s Tony Strasiser was anything but typical.

Bishop McCort baseball sees 3 sign with colleges

By: Cory Isenberg

Bishop McCort’s baseball team advanced to the PIAA playoffs the past three seasons, winning it all in 2011.
Three of the Crimson Crushers players reaped the benefits of the team’s achievements, announcing on Monday their plans to take their respective talents to the collegiate level.
Right-handed pitcher Justin Vardian will attend Penn State University, left-handed pitcher and outfielder Nathan Neiderhiser will head to Youngstown State and right-handed pitcher and infielder Bradley Coleman will play at Pitt-Johnstown. In the last three years, eight Crimson Crusher baseball players have moved on to play college ball.


Greater Johnstown names Kerry Pfeil baseball coach

By: Mike Mastovich

A shout out to Coach Pfeil during the upcoming Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference  baseball season might attract the attention of more than one coach.
Greater Johnstown High School hired long-time assistant baseball coach Kerry Pfeil as head coach during Tuesday night’s school board of directors meeting. Pfeil will replace Dee Dee Osborne, who retired with a 239-204 record after 25 seasons.

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Bishop McCort shortstop Brad Coleman comes up with the ball, but fails to get the out at first during the third inning of Monday’s PIAA Class A playoff game against North Star in Homer City.

Bishop McCort advances past North Star

By: Mike Mastovich

HOMER CITY — Bishop McCort followed a familiar postseason script on Monday at First Commonwealth Bank Field.
The defending state champions produced baserunners, utilized their speed and aggressiveness to move up a base or two, and then delivered a clutch hit.

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A ground ball by Alex Dirienzo, shown in a previous game, scored Michael Van Lenten to give Somerset a 3-0 lead in Monday’s PIAA Class AAA first-round playoff game in Upper St. Clair. South Park won, 7-5, to take the District 6 champions out of the playoffs.

South Park bounces Somerset in Class AAA

By: Mike Kovak

UPPER ST. CLAIR — Given the number of quality pitchers for both Somerset and South Park, logic dictated Monday’s PIAA Class AAA first-round baseball game would be a low-scoring contest.
Then, Somerset came out in the top of the first inning and chased South Park starter Randy Dobnak four batters into the game.

North Star senior Tony Strasiser has been one of the top offensive players in the PIAA this season. Strasiser is batting .639 with 41 RBI.

Class A powers Bishop McCort, North Star meet in first round of PIAA playoffs

By: Mike Mastovich

JOHNSTOWN — Defending state champion Bishop McCort and returning state semifinalist North Star have much in common entering today’s PIAA Class A playoff game at First Commonwealth Bank Field in Homer City.

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Alex Dirienzo and Somerset have scored two runs this postseason, but are in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.

Runs scarce, but wins keep coming for Somerset

By: Mike Mastovich

JOHNSTOWN — Runs and hits have been somewhat scarce for the Somerset baseball team lately.

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Bishop McCort pitcher Justin Vardian hit a key two-run single in the Crushers’ 7-6 victory over Claysburg-Kimmel on Thursday.

Vardian keys McCort rally past Claysburg-Kimmel

By: Shawn Curtis

ALTOONA — Justin Vardian stood on the mound at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Thursday night and saw the bases loaded with Claysburg-Kimmel runners.

North Star’s Dalton Rice is tagged out by Meyersdale’s Brendon Woullard during a rundown in the third inning of Thursday’s District 5 Class A championship game at Shanksville. Not much else went wrong for the undefeated Cougars, who defeated the Red Raiders, 10-0. North Star will play defending PIAA champion Bishop McCort in the first round of the PIAA playoffs on Monday with a site and time to be determined.

Supanick stifles Meyersdale as North Star claims District 5 title

By: Shawn Curtis

SHANKSVILLE — There were few statistical surprises during Thursday’s District 5 Class A baseball championship at Shanksville-Stonycreek High School.