Sports Town will review the 2012-13 school year during July. Today we are visiting the baseball season.
South Park made history in 2013, becoming just the fifth team to win a WPIAL title with an undefeated record since the league expanded to more than one class in baseball in 1979.
Here's a look back at South Park's sensational spring, as well as some other highlights from the South area this past season.
Canon-McMillan won its final five section games to come out on top in what was a spirited race for the Class AAAA Section 5 title. The Big Macs were knocked out of the WPIAL playoffs by Hempfield in the quarterfinals. Also falling in the quarterfinals was Bethel Park, which lost to Seneca Valley. Mt. Lebanon was defeated in the first round.
The South made its mark in Class AAA with five teams making it to the WPIAL quarterfinals. Among them was Section 4 champion South Park, which defeated Hopewell, 4-3, in nine innings to win the championship. That improved South Park's record to 24-0. The Eagles lost to Keystone Oaks in the PIAA quarterfinals. Keystone Oaks had lost to South Park in the WPIAL semifinals, but won the third-place consolation and went on to the PIAA semifinals, where the Golden Eagles lost to Upper Moreland, 3-1. Thomas Jefferson, Chartiers Valley and Trinity also advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals. Chartiers Valley and Keystone Oaks had been co-champions of Section 3. South Fayette lost in the first round.
In Class AA, the South didn't have as much luck. Washington was the Section 2 co-champion and Steel Valley captured the Section 4 title, but only one South team won a playoff game. Chartiers-Houston won its first-round game, but lost to Shady Side Academy in the quarterfinals. Washington, Steel Valley, Seton-LaSalle and Bentworth all lost in the first round.
In Class A, Serra Catholic claimed the Section 2 title and received the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Western Beaver, 5-1. Bishop Canevin was defeated by Serra in the quarterfinals, and Monessen lost in the first round.
Individually, the area's best players were South Park senior Nick Yobbi and Keystone Oaks senior Jared Skolnicki. Other standouts included Mt. Lebanon senior Zack Bahm, Belle Vernon senior Dom Francia, Seton-LaSalle junior David Boehme and Serra senior Dylan Kugler.