Photo Journal: Baseball PIAA AA Semifinal - Riverside vs. Bishop McCort (June 13)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Riverside faced Bishop McCort in the PIAA AA Baseball Semifinals, Monday, June 13, 2016 at Greater Latrobe High School. Bishop McCort scored the only run of the game in the sixth inning to go on to the PIAA finals.

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Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Baseball: Riverside finally yields a run, eliminated from PIAA playoffs

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko covered Monday's PIAA Class AA semifinal between Riverside and Bishop McCort.

2016 0614 Riverside Baseball(Photo: Bishop McCort first baseman Boston Bradley catches Ty Thellman off the base and picks him off early in a 1-0 win against Riverside in the PIAA Class AA semifinals Monday at Latrobe. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)

"Riverside ace Michael Boswell struggled to find the words. Coach Dan Oliastro, a 48-year veteran, didn't quite know what to tell his team either.

A six-game shutout streak in a thrilling playoff run that included a WPIAL championship, a nine-game win streak overall and a remarkable season all ended Monday for the Panthers. They were involved in another pitchers' duel, yet another shutout, but this time came out on the wrong end.

District 6 champion Bishop McCort (22-5) used a two-out infield single to snap Riverside's scoreless streak at 45⅔ innings and earn a 1-0 victory in a PIAA Class AA semifinal at Latrobe High School.

"There's not a whole lot you can say," Oliastro said. "I love this group. They've been great.""


Baseball: Riverside hopes to return to state championship

Written by Brad Everett on .

Riverside has a great track record in PIAA championship games, winning the title in each of its four appearances.

A win today would give the Panthers an opportunity to win one for the thumb.

A berth in the state state final will be on the line when Riverside (22-2) faces District 6 champion Bishop McCort (21-5) in a Class AA semifinal today at Latrobe at 5:30 p.m. The winner will take on the the Neumann-Goretti-North Schuylkill winner in Thursday's final at Penn State.

Riverside is 6-0 in the postseason and a pitching staff that has not surrendered a run during the run has been making headlines. The Panthers became the first WPIAL team in 61 years to win a WPIAL title with four shutouts. They then blanked Martinsburg Central and Moniteau in the first two rounds of the PIAA playoffs. The Panthers defeated Martinsburg Central, 2-0, in the first round, and Moniteau, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.


Baseball: Riverside pitching trio as stingy as it gets

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Riverside baseball team.

2016 0612 Riverside Baseball(Photo: Riverside's Michael Boswell pitches against Neshannock in the WPIAL Class AA championship May 31 at Consol Energy Park. Boswell threw a nine-inning shutout. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"The old baseball tradition of not talking about a no-hitter usually only lasts a handful of innings.

Riverside's pitching staff has dealt with something like that for 26 days.

With a 1-0 win Thursday against Moniteau, the Panthers notched their sixth consecutive shutout — a streak spanning the entire WPIAL playoffs and now lasting into the PIAA semifinals.

They became just the second team to win a WPIAL title with four or more shutouts — and first since 1955 — then the first to do it again to open PIAA play. It all started with a lopsided 10-0 blanking of New Brighton back on May 17, then another 10-run-rule, five-inning win against Steel Valley."


Baseball: Riverside's shutout streak continues

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Riverside won its fifth straight playoff game by shutout on Monday, defeating Martinsburg Central, 2-0. The last time a Riverside pitcher allowed a run to Class AA competition was May 2 in a 2-1 win over Beaver Falls.

Vince Loccisano became the third Panthers pitcher to record a postseason shutout and struck out six. One Martinsburg Central hitter reached base after hitting the ball but there was a lot of controversy about whether it was a hit or an error and the game will be reported as a one-hitter and a no-hitter, depending on the outlet.

Regardless on how the game is reported, it won't break any new ground for the Panthers. Earlier in the playoffs, Adam Jeannette pitched a no-hitter and Mike Boswell a one-hitter. Loccisano actually set the bar for Riverside early in the season, pitching a perfect game in the season opener against Western Beaver.

For the second straight game, senior catcher Braden Bentel had the game-winning hit, with a run scoring single in the fourth. The win was the 601st in the career of coach Dan Oliastro as the Panthers improved to 21-2 this season. The Panthers will play Moniteau next, looking to extend the scoreless streak.