W&J Baseball Hosts PAC Tourney

May 12, 2021 9:44 pm

The Presidents Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament opens Thursday at W&J’s Ross Memorial Park. The defending champion and this year’s top seed, W&J (33-1) plays at home in the PAC tourney for the fourth straight year and 12th time in the past 14 seasons.  The Presidents have advanced to the Division III College World Series twice in the past five years and are currently ranked in the top 5 nationally.  We’ll carry the W&J games in the PAC tournament on WJPA-AM (1450) or Listen Here!

Thursday, May 13
1 pm  #1 Wash & Jeff vs. #4 St. Vincent
4 pm  #2 Grove City vs. #3 Franciscan

Friday, May 13
12 n  Thursday’s winners
3 pm  Thursday’s losers
6 pm  Loser’s Bracket Final

Saturday, May 14
1 pm Championship Game
4 pm If Necessary Game

Baseball/Softball Playoff Picture

May 12, 2021 9:36 pm

Softball’s regular season ended Wednesday with playoff brackets due out mid-afternoon Thursday. Baseball’s final games are on Thursday’s schedule with the playoff pairings set to be revealed late Friday.

Ringgold’s baseball team stayed alive for a Class 4A berth with a shutout win at Uniontown. Thursday afternoon, the Rams host the Raiders needing a win to clinch a spot in the playoffs.  You can hear that game, starting at 3:50 pm on WJPA-AM (1450) or Listen Here! Wash High’s post-season baseball hopes ended with a home loss to Frazier. Though not definite, it appears McGuffey’s softball playoff chase ended with a loss at Mt. Pleasant. California lost to Charleroi, ending the Trojans’ playoff dreams.

Baseball (13 in, two still alive)
Clinched playoff berth: Canon-McMillan (6A), Peters Township (5A), McGuffey & Waynesburg (both in 3A), Bentworth, Beth-Center, Burgettstown, California, Carmichaels, Chartiers-Houston & Fort Cherry, (all in 2A), Jeff-Morgan & West Greene (both in 1A).

Alive for post-season: Ringgold (4A), currently in four-team battle for the final two berths, hosts Uniontown. The Rams qualify with a win, are eliminated with a loss. Avella is likely to qualify given Western Beaver’s COVID-19 shutdown.

Softball (12 in)
Clinched playoff berth: Canon-McMillan (6A), Trinity (5A), Waynesburg (4A), Bentworth, Burgettstown, Carmichaels, Charleroi, Chartiers-Houston & Fort Cherry (all in 2A), Jeff-Morgan, Mapletown & West Greene (each in 1A).

Softball/Baseball Tuesday Update

May 11, 2021 2:35 am

High school spring sports teams are running out of time in the regular season. WPIAL softball & baseball committees meet Thursday & Friday respectively to set the 2021 playoff brackets. We’ll have the Frazier at Wash High baseball game Wednesday at 4:05 pm on WJPA-AM (1450) or Listen Here! As of Wednesday morning, this is the playoff picture for Washington & Greene County softball & baseball teams:

Softball (12 in, one still alive)
Clinched playoff berth: Canon-McMillan (6A), Trinity (5A), Waynesburg (4A), Bentworth, Burgettstown, Carmichaels, Charleroi, Chartiers-Houston & Fort Cherry (all in 2A), Jeff-Morgan, Mapletown & West Greene (each in 1A).

Still alive for post-season: California (2A) qualifies with win over Charleroi (Wednesday)

Baseball (13 in, three still alive)
Clinched playoff berth: Canon-McMillan (6A), Peters Township (5A), McGuffey & Waynesburg (both in 3A), Bentworth, Beth-Center, Burgettstown, California, Carmichaels, Chartiers-Houston & Fort Cherry, (all in 2A), Jeff-Morgan & West Greene (both in 1A).

Alive for post-season: Ringgold (4A), currently in four-team battle for the final two berths, with two games left with Uniontown. Wash High (2A) qualifies with a home win against Frazier (Wednesday). Avella is likely to qualify given Western Beaver’s COVID-19 shutdown.

Pirates Lose To The Reds

May 12, 2021 3:53 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez combined to drive in four runs in the 10th inning as Cincinnati’s bullpen threw 5 1/3 hitless innings, and the Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1. Winker singled off reliever Duane Underwood Jr. (1-2) to lead off the 10th, scoring designated runner Nick Senzel. Nick Castellanos singled and Mike Moustakas walked ahead of Suarez, who drove a pitch into the left-center gap for a three-run double. Lucas Sims worked two perfect innings with four strikeouts to earn the win. The Cincinnati bullpen struck out nine without allowing a hit in relief of Sonny Gray.

Tatis Jr. Tests Positive For COVID-19

May 12, 2021 3:55 am

Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list, along with two teammates. Tatis leads the Padres with nine homers and 23 runs. Utilitymen Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo were added to San Diego’s injured list for contact tracing protocols.

HS Softball/Baseball Regular Season Finales

May 10, 2021 9:50 am

WPIAL committees are due to meet Thursday (softball) and Friday (baseball) to set the brackets for the upcoming playoffs. After COVID issues through the fall and winter seasons, area schools have been more hampered by bad weather, particularly over the past week.  Now, many teams have back-to-back-to-back games on their schedules this week to finish the season.  Several schools also have COVID shutdowns, leaving them to play doubleheaders twice (or more) this week.

As of now (Tuesday), here’s the playoff picture for Washington & Greene County softball & baseball teams:

Softball
6A Canon-McMillan has clinched a berth, Peters Township is eliminated.
5A Trinity has clinched, section championship still possible
4A Ringgold is elminated
3A Waynesburg is in, McGuffey is still alive but must win out and get help from Southmoreland vs. South Allegheny
2A Burgettstown & Chartiers-Houston have clinched in Section 1. Fort Cherry needs one win to clinch a berth (hosting Carlynton in doubleheader on WJPA-AM today)
Carmichaels, Charleroi & Bentworth have clinched in Section 3. California is alive, needing to beat Charleroi and have Beth-Center lose at least once (Charleroi, Carmichaels)
1A West Greene, Mapletown & Jefff-Morgan have clinched, Avella is eliminated.

Baseball
6A Canon-McMillan has clinched a berth
5A Peters Township has clinched a berth, Trinity is eliminated
4A Ringgold is alive, currently in a four-team battle for the final berth. Rams have three games left (West Mifflin, @Uniontown, vs. Uniontown)
3A McGuffey has won its first-ever section title. Waynesburg qualifies if Southmoreland or Yough sweep the doubleheader today against each other
2A Carmichaels, California, Beth-Center & Bentworth have clinched in Section 1. Wash High clinches with wins @Bentworth and over Frazier
Chartiers-Houston has clinched in Section 2. Burgettstown plays Fort Cherry today & tomorrow, each clinches a berth with a win or with a Brentwood loss to Seton-La Salle
1A Avella is alive (and likely to qualify) in Section 1. The Eagles will benefit from Western Beaver’s school shutdown, putting Avella up two games on Cornell.
Jeff-Morgan & West Greene have clinched in Section 2 while Mapletown has been eliminated.

Cincinnati Routs Pirates, 14-1

May 11, 2021 3:51 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Tyler Naquin homered and drove in four runs, Tucker Barnhart keyed a six-run fourth inning with a two-run double and the Cincinnati Reds rolled to a 14-1 victory over the skidding Pittsburgh Pirates. Naquin’s three-run shot came in the seventh inning, bounced off the right-field foul pole and made it 11-1. He also doubled home a run during the fourth-inning outburst. Barnhart’s double to left-center field was the big blow in the fourth as the Reds snapped a 1-all tie. The Pirates lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Pirates Cut Veteran Todd Frazier

May 11, 2021 3:52 am

Two-time All-Star infielder Todd Frazier has been cut by the Pittsburgh Pirates after hitting .086 in 13 games. The team designated him for assignment Monday. The 35-year-old had just three hits in 35 at-bats with no home runs and four RBIs. The Pirates signed Frazier to a minor league contract after he spent last year’s pandemic-shortened season with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets. The 11-year veteran has a .241 career average with 218 home runs.

Penguins To Face Islanders In First Round Of Playoffs

May 11, 2021 3:53 am

UNDATED (AP) -Taylor Hall scored his second goal of the game 2:53 into overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 3-2 in their home finale to clinch third place in the East Division. Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, which will face second-place Washington in the upcoming playoffs. Tuukka Rask had 16 saves. Mathew Barzal and Oliver Wahlstrom scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves before he was replaced to start the third period by Ilya Sorokin, who stopped 10 shots. New York will face East-champ Pittsburgh. Hall cut in front and beat Sorokin with a backhander for the game-winner.

Pirates Hold On, Snap Cubs Win Streak

May 10, 2021 3:53 am

CHICAGO (AP) – Tyler Anderson pitched eight solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Cubs in ninth 6-5, ending Chicago’s five-game winning streak. Wilmer Difo had three hits and drove in three runs as the Pirates won for just the third time in their last 20 games at Wrigley Field. Held to two runs and four hits by Anderson, the Cubs made it close in the ninth. Chicago scored three times before pinch-hitter Javier Baez grounded out with a runner on second to end it.