In its last season playing in Class AAA in 2004, McKeesport went 0-15. In 2005 the WPIAL expanded to four classifications. Class AAAA had not been too kind to the Tigers either, until this season.
McKeesport overcame a late deficit to survive an eight-inning slugfest against Baldwin in the WPIAL first round to win 11-10. It was the first WPIAL Class AAAA playoff win ever for McKeesport and it helped the Tigers snap a five-game postseason losing streak.