Central Catholic, Franklin Regional and Plum finished 1-2-3 in Class AAAA Section 3 a season ago, and those three were expected to be at the head of the class again this season.
That was until Baldwin threw a curveball.
Heading into the week, Baldwin was 5-0 overall and stood alone atop the section standings with a 3-0 record. The Highlanders have already matched their win total from last season when they finished 5-12 (4-6).
Baldwin, coached by Dan Caponi, has been winning games convincingly, too. The Highlanders have outscored their three section opponents, 27-5. That includes triumphs against Franklin Regional (13-2), Plum (5-2) and McKeesport (9-1). The Highlanders own non-section wins against Penn Hills (5-3) and Mt. Lebanon (9-6).