Baseball: Baldwin's notable season ends

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Brad Everett profiles the Baldwin baseball team.

2014 0605 Baldwin Baseball(Photo: Baldwin's Chris Eisel pulls in a fly ball against Seneca Valley during the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game at Consol Energy Park. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"When Baldwin surpassed last season's win total six games into this season, the Highlanders showed they were much improved.

Consecutive road wins against Central Catholic and Plum -- two well-respected WPIAL baseball programs -- midway through the season showed they were for real.

Winning the Section 3-AAAA title showed they were very special.

When the Highlanders reached the WPIAL championship game for the first time, the accomplishment placed the group among the best in school history."


Baseball: Baldwin closes season with PIAA loss

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Baldwin had one of the best seasons in school history this spring, but a season filled with notable feats came to an end Monday after a 10-3 loss to District 9 champion DuBois in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round playoff game at Brockway High School.

Just as they did in a 5-2 loss to Seneca Valley in the WPIAL title game, the Highlanders raced to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, only to go on to lose. DuBois scored five runs in the bottom of the first to flip the game upside down. Baldwin trailed, 6-3, after three innings, and DuBois scored three runs in the fourth to take full control.

Nick Bernick led Baldwin offensively with three hits, but Bernick was hit hard, allowing eight runs and 10 hits. Chris Eisel homered, while Tom McCarthy and Jordan Gitzen added RBIs.

A year after finishing 5-12, Baldwin (16-4) won its first section title since 2006, earned its first playoff win since 2005, and reached a pair of milestones for the first time – advancing to the WPIAL final and qualifying for the PIAA playoffs.


Track: Baldwin’s Smorey gets silver

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Last season, Baldwin’s Luke Smorey won the WPIAL Class AAA title in the javelin before finishing third in the state.

This year, after repeating as the district champion, Smorey moved up one place at state meet.

Smorey’s throw of 203 feet was good for second at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Saturday in Shippensburg.


Baseball: Baldwin to face "Cinderella" Seneca Valley in WPIAL final

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When Baldwin takes the field Wednesday night at Consol Energy Park, the Highlanders will be making their first appearance in a WPIAL championship game.

The Highlanders will be taking on a team that is wildly unique in at least two ways.

Baldwin (16-2), the No. 2 seed, will play Seneca Valley in the Class AAAA title game at 5 p.m.

Seneca Valley is the No. 16 seed and has an overall record of 9-11. Yes, you read that correctly. The Raiders could be the only known team to win the title with a losing record.