Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Baldwin softball team.
(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."