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Photo Journal: Softball WPIAL AAAA Championship - Baldwin vs. Hempfield (June 3)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Baldwin and Hempfield meet in the WPIAL AAAA Championship, Friday, June 3, 2016 at California University's Lilly Field. Hempfield wins the championship by shutting out Baldwin 2-0.

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Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Alumni Update - Zach Murray (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - The Penn State Behrend baseball team announced their team awards Wednesday, after finishing theirMurray PSUB season runners-up in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships with a 30-18 overall record.

Zach Murray, a Baldwin graduate, was voted the Most Improved Player. Murray stepped into the backup catching spot during his second season with the club and provide a big spark in the lineup. He posted a .296 batting average with 20 runs scored and 14 runs batted in. In 108 chances behind the plate, he recorded a .963 fielding percentage and gunned down two runners trying to steal.

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)

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Softball: Baldwin to face District 8 champion in PIAA first round

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Baldwin took its best shot at Hempfield in the WPIAL title game last week. Now in the state playoffs, the WPIAL runner-up Highlanders will play District 8 champion McDowell on Monday at 5 p.m. at Penn State-Behrend. Baldwin (13-4) is in the PIAA playoffs after defeating Peters Township and Latrobe to reach the WPIAL title game. Against Hempfield, Baldwin was shut out, 2-0. It was the first time Baldwin has been shutout this season. In the WPIAL playoffs, Ana Hale fired a four-hitter with nine strikeouts while also driving in a run in Baldwin's 2-1 win over Peters Township. Samantha Wampler had two hits and two RBIs for Baldwin against Latrobe.

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Track: Wicks coming on strong for Baldwin

Written by Brad Everett on .

A Wicks was on fire at the WPIAL Class AA southern qualifier last Thursday. A similar performance could lead to a big day at Thursday's championships.

Baldwin junior Jasmine Wicks posted the best throws in the shot put and discus at the qualifier, and will now shoot to do the same in the championship meet which will be held at her home track. Wicks had a top throw of 38-5 ¼ in the shot put and 117-3 in the discus. They were her best tosses of the season.

Wicks will enter the championships as the No. 1 seed in the shot put. Among her chief competition will include Uniontown's Sarah Wozniak, Hempfield's Samantha Orie and Gateway's Kristen Greggerson. Wicks is the No. 6 seed in the discus. Greta Brooks of Woodland Hills threw 123-8 at the central qualifier and is the No. 1 seed.

A few other Baldwin performers who could have lots of success at WPIALs are Alaina Stahl (100, 400), Kaden Hinish (100 hurdles), Amanda Shiflet (high jump), Gabby Loeffler (pole vault), Casey Conboy (3,200), Branden Badstinbner (discus) and Nick Lachut (pole vault).

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Softball: Baldwin wins out to share section title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The margin for error in Section 4-AAAA is always small. That margin gets even smaller when you lose two of four section games in mid-April. That is exactly what happened to Baldwin this season. After winning its first three section games going away, the Highlanders stumbled at Bethel Park, losing 9-8 and then lost 5-1 to Canon-McMillan. Their playoff hopes, let alone their section title hopes were in danger. But Baldwin responded. It won 11-1 versus Peters Township, 12-0 at Mt. Lebanon and 14-0 versus Upper St. Clair to set up a rematch with the Big Macs. They blasted Canon-McMillan, this time on the road at North Strabane Field, 11-2. That win created a tie atop the section that would never be broken. Baldwin avenged its other section loss of the season with an 8-1 win over Bethel Park to make the co-section championship official.