From the very start of season, Avonworth's varsity baseball team showed some promise. The Antelopes opened their schedule with a pair of shutout wins, toppling Quigley Catholic, 10-0, before beating Fort Cherry, 10-0. They, however, went on to lose three of their next five games.
Nevertheless, Avonworth (10-4, 9-4) rebounded during the month of April and remained in contention for a spot in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. The Antelopes entered this week riding a three-game winning streak and had won five of their last six games. Senior Chris O'Malley came up with a clutch game last week against Burgettstown. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound pitcher/infielder went 5 for 5 with a home run during Avonworth's 16-5 Section 1-AA victory. Senior Jay Knable also added some offensive support by going 4 for 5 at the plate, while freshman Alex Osbourne went 3 for 4.
The Antelopes kept their postseason chances alive last week by knocking off top-ranked Quaker Valley, 4-3. They also picked up another key section win May 4 with an 11-3 decision against Northgate. That win, along with the fact that South Side Beaver lost to Quaker Valley, should had been enough to secure a spot in the WPIAL's Class AA bracket. Avonworth is scheduled to close out its Section 1-AA schedule May 6 at New Brighton.