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Softball: South Feature Athlete - Jaime Schleicher, Baldwin

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Name: Jaime Schleicher
High School: Baldwin
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Last season as a sophomore, Baldwin's Jaime Schleicher was named to the all-section team as a third baseman. This season her team would need her in a different, more important capacity. The Highlands lost returning all-section pitcher Ana Hale for the season due to a knee injury. They turned to Schleicher, moving the junior from third to pitcher.

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Softball: Baldwin adapts, wins share of section title

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Baldwin softball team.

2015 0508 Baldwin Softball(Photo: Baldwin's Mallory O'Brien delivers a two-run hit against Upper St. Claire in a Class AAAA matchup at the Boyce-Mayview Complex last month. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"In the third game of the season Baldwin lost its returning all-section pitcher, junior Ana Hale, for the season due to a knee injury.

The Highlanders did not panic, they simply turned to their other returning all-section junior, third baseman Jaime Schleicher.

Schleicher moved to pitcher, sophomore designated player Samantha Wampler moved to third base and Baldwin never skipped a beat. Before Thursday's non-section, regular-season finale, Baldwin was 11-3 and 10-2 in Section 4-AAAA with a WPIAL playoff berth already clinched. A 2-0 victory against Bethel Park earned the Highlanders a share of the Section 4-AAAA title along with the Black Hawks.

"Jaime went from third to pitcher and Samantha from DP to third base, just a couple of moves and it ended up working really well," coach Samantha Kuharic said."

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Softball: Baldwin replaces one all-section player with another

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In the third game of the season Baldwin lost its returning all-section pitcher, junior Ana Hale, for the season due to a knee injury. The Highlanders did not panic, they simply turned to their other returning all-section junior, third baseman Jaime Schleicher.

Schleicher moved to pitcher, sophomore designated player Samantha Wampler moved to third base and Baldwin never skipped a beat. Entering the final week of the season Baldwin was 10-3 and 9-2 in Section 4-AAAA with a playoff berth already clinched.

"Jaime went from third to pitcher and Samantha DP to third base, just a couple of moves and it ended up working really well," coach Samantha Kuharic said.

It will be the third consecutive playoff appearance for the nucleus of the team, a group of seven three-year starting juniors. The Class of 2016 arrived two years ago and made an immediate impact. The group has enjoyed plenty of regular-season success but knows only postseason disappointment. They have lost one-run games in the WPIAL first round each of the last year's two years. They fell to McKeesport 11-10 in 2013 and 4-3 to Plum in 2014.

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Softball: Baldwin pitcher helps her own cause in win at Peters Township

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Baldwin's Jaime Schleicher was at her best when her team needed her the most. With a chance to all but ensure a playoff spot in the hotly-contested Section 4-AAAA, Schleicher was strong in the pitching circle and strong at the plate. Schleicher went 2 for 3, scoring two runs and driving in five runs while also earning the win as the Highlanders went on the road and won 7-3 at Peters Township. Trailing Bethel Park (10-3, 9-1) and Canon-McMillan (8-2, 6-1) in the section standings, the win was crucial for Baldwin (8-2, 7-2) as it separated itself from fourth-place Peters Township (8-6, 4-5) by three games. Baldwin closes its section schedule with three remaining games, Upper St. Clair, Canon-McMillan and Bethel Park.

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Boys Volleyball: Surprise returnees helping Baldwin

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Baldwin boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Baldwin High School boys volleyball coach Eric Falcione received a pleasant surprise during the offseason.

"We had two players return to the team after taking a year off," Falcione said. "It was a welcome surpise."

Alex Suchy, a 6-foot-2 senior left-handed setter, and Peter Wright, a 6-2 junior opposite, have rejoined the team.

"Alex was a member of our varsity as a sophomore and saw some playing time," Falcione said. "He's also a golfer. He decided to focus on golf last spring. The resurgence of our girls team [which won a WPIAL Class AAA title] played a part in his decision to come back. He attended all the girls matches and missed playing volleyball.