Name: Jon Hill
High School: Beaver Area
Name: Jon Hill
Post-Gazette writer Craig Meyer covered Friday’s PIAA Class A baseball championship game between Beaver and Loyalsock. Click here to read his story.
"UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For a brief moment, it looked as if Beaver had escaped.
One out from elimination, the Bobcats got an RBI single that tied the score and gave them some momentum.
For good measure, the song "Stayin' Alive" played on the Lubrano Park loudspeakers as the team looked to send the game to extra innings.
But just as quickly as Beaver extended its season, it ended.
Bailey Young drove a single to right in the bottom of the seventh to bring home Robbie Kline and give Loyalsock Township a walkoff, 5-4 victory against Beaver in the PIAA Class AA baseball championship Friday."
(Photo: Beaver starting pitcher Austin Ross delivers against Loyalsock in the PIAA Class AA baseball championship Friday. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)
Post-Gazette writer Mike White previews the PIAA Class AA baseball championship game between Beaver and Loyalsock. Click here to read his story.
"In terms of high school baseball experience, if seniors are old, then the PIAA Class AA championship is a matchup of grandpas vs. kids.
(Photo: Beaver’s Austin Ross pitches against Quaker Valley in the WPIAL class AA championship. Ross will be on the mound today when Beaver faces Loyalsock in the PIAA championship. Photo by Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Beaver High School advanced to the PIAA Class AA baseball title game. Click here to read John D'Abruzzo's story.
"The first inning of a ballgame is typically rough for Austin Ross.
A right-handed ace pitcher for the Beaver Area High School baseball team, Ross can't help but anxiously await the Bobcats' offense to come through with those first few hits.
"Even if we don't score runs right away, once I see we're hitting the ball, I know we're going to be OK that day," said Ross, who lives in Brighton Township. "As a pitcher, I'm able to get comfortable and concentrate because I know my teammates are going to come through for me.""
(Photo: Beaver's Austin Logan pitched a 7-0 shutout against Quaker Valley in the PIAA semifinals on June 10. Photo by Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
While the Beaver Area pitching staff is shutting down opponents throughout the playoffs, the Beaver offense is slowing just a tad against the tougher competition. In its seven game playoff winning streak, the Bobcats are averaging 6 ½ runs per game.
Only once has Beaver been held to less than six runs – a 1-0 win over Mount Union on Saturday when senior Ben Herstine drove home Austin Logan for the game’s only run in the third inning. The Bobcats have used a balanced attack throughout the playoffs – number seven hitter Jon Hill had three runs batted in in the WPIAL title game, for example.