Baseball: Surprise, surprise -- Baldwin turning heads

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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).


Alumni Update - AJ Kavinsky (Saint Vincent)

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A last-inning rally in game one fell short, but the Bearcats responded in game two, earning a doubleheaderKavinsky SVC split in Presidents' Athletic Conference play.  

Waynesburg escaped with a 6-5 win in the opener, while SVC won the second game, 6-2.

AJ Kavinsky led off the bottom of the first with a single, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Vince Murphy. A Ben Webb groundout moved Kavinsky to third, and a single by Greg Martin drove home the first run of the game.

Kavinsky, a Baldwin graduate, went 4-for-4 and scored three runs.

In game two, Kavinsky reached base to start the game for the 10th time in 15 games in the leadoff spot, getting hit by a pitch.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Alumni Update - Abbey Suhoski (Seton Hill)

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The Griffin softball team continued its hot start with two more victories on Saturday morning at the WVSuhoski SHU Wesleyan Tournament in Salem, VA.  Seton Hill defeated former WVIAC foe Davis & Elkins 11-3 in their first contest of the day.  The Griffins then improved to 4-0 in the tournament with a 6-3 victory over Franklin Pierce.  SHU is now 9-2 on the season.

Abbey Suhoski, a Baldwin graduate, was 2-3 in the game including a homer.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Hockey: Baldwin wins title

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Baldwin had to wait an extra few days, but the Highlanders were crowned champions Wednesday night.

Baldwin got two goals and an assist apiece from Anthony Alaimo and Brian Dee and defeated Harbor Creek, 7-4, to win the Open Cup championship.

The game was originally scheduled for Sunday night, but was postponed due to weather.

It is the fourth hockey title in school history, and the first since Baldwin won the Class AAA championship in 1988.

The Highlanders finished the season 22-1-1 and broke the Open Class record for goals per game in the regular season at 9.8.


Hockey: Baldwin junior scoring at will

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles Baldwin hockey player Brian Dee. Click here to read his story.

"Brian Dee, a junior who plays for the Baldwin High School hockey team, missed five games early in the season because of obligations to his amateur travel team, the 18U Esmark Stars of the North American Prospects Hockey League.

That missed time may have been what kept Dee out of the PIHL Open Division All-Star Game, because it's pretty hard to come up with another explanation for how the player who is second in the league in points per game wasn't selected to the classification's showcase event.

"It's voted on by the coaches, and it's voted early on in the season and Brian missed five games," Baldwin assistant coach Craig Albert said. "I think some of the coaches may not have seen him play."

Dee wasn't the only Highlander who could have had a gripe with the selections, as only Anthony Alaimo was selected to the game from Baldwin despite the fact that the team has only one loss this season and went on to set an Open Class regular-season record for goals per game at 9.8."