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Baseball: Post-Gazette 2016 WPIAL baseball players of the year

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Post-Gazette baseball players of the year.

"A couple times during Riverside's historic postseason shutout streak, coach Dan Oliastro insisted ace pitcher Michael Boswell didn't even have his 'A' game.

"I'm just telling you, he's been better," Oliastro would say.

Or something like, "That was not his best performance — he's better than that — but he gutted it out and did what he had to."

To be fair, Boswell turned in a senior season so impressive that he raised his coach's expectations. For that, the driving force behind Riverside's WPIAL championship season is the Post-Gazette's Class AA baseball player of the year."

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Softball: Post-Gazette 2016 WPIAL softball players of the year

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Post-Gazette softball players of the year.

"Long before Morgan Ryan ever took the field for a high school game, she and her dad would talk about how great it would be if she one day helped her team win a state championship.

It's memories of those conversations that made her junior season so bittersweet.

Ryan, the Post-Gazette's Class AAAA softball player of the year for the second year in a row, was outstanding on the mound and at the plate while helping Hempfield win its second PIAA title and repeat as WPIAL Class AAAA champion.

The Spartans' on-field success resulted in them dropping only two games, but Ryan suffered a gigantic loss off the field when her father, Jeff, passed away April 9 after a battle with cancer. Ryan, though, persevered and continued to show why she is one of the best pitchers in Pennsylvania, while unquestionably making her father very proud."

 

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Baseball: 2016 All-Section Teams

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(Selected by the Post-Gazette scholastic sports staff, based on voting by WPIAL coaches)

WPIAL CLASS AAAA

SECTION 1
Name - School - Pos. - Yr.
Dan McCauley - North Allegheny - C - Sr.
Brendan Burke - North Hills - IF - Sr.
Anthony Ruggieri - North Hills - IF - Jr.
Tim Laylock - Pine-Richland - IF - Sr.
Steven Miller - North Hills - IF - So.
Dallas Hays - Butler - OF - Jr.
Nick Leise - North Hills - OF - Sr.
Maxx Harpalani - Pine-Richland - OF - Jr.
Jake Fischbaugh - North Allegheny - P - Sr.
Cade Negley - Butler - P - Jr.

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Softball: 2016 All-Section Teams

Written by Post-Gazette on .

(Selected by the Post-Gazette scholastic sports staff, based on voting by WPIAL coaches)

WPIAL CLASS AAAA

SECTION 1
Name - School - Pos. - Yr.
Madi Stoner - Hempfield - C - Jr.
Jenna Osikowicz - Hempfield - IF - Jr.
Alexa Pastor - Hempfield - IF - Sr.
Christiana Skrabak - Norwin - IF - Sr.
Breanna Ginther - Penn-Trafford - IF - Jr.
Taylor Blevins - Hempfield - OF - Sr.
Taylor Hoffman - Hempfield - OF - Sr.
Sarah Koscho - Penn-Trafford - OF - Jr.
Hannah Dobrinick - Penn-Trafford - DP - Jr.
Mia Burd - Connellsville - P - Fr.
Morgan Ryan - Hempfield - P - Jr.
Meredith Carr - Latrobe - P - Jr.