Seton-LaSalle is one of the hottest teams in the WPIAL right now. After starting the season 2-2, the Rebels (10-2, 9-1) have not lost since. They are riding an eight-game winning streak that propelled them to a Class 2A Section 1 title. That winning streak has included two shutouts and run outputs of 16, 17, 11 and 10 twice. Seton-LaSalle has two regular-season games remaining. As nice as it would be to ride a 10-game winning streak into the playoffs, that is not likely and not really the goal considering Seton-LaSalle's upcoming schedule. The Class 2A Rebels will be put the test with a pair of road trips this week. They will visit Class 6A Seneca Valley on Monday at 4 p.m. and Class 4A Central Valley on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Both the Raiders and Warriors are playoff-bound in their respective classifications.
GREENSBURG, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend baseball team took on Pitt-Greensburg Friday afternoon, falling twice with a 4-3 and 6-5 walk-off loss.
In game one, David Boehme, a Seton-LaSalle graduate, went 2 for 2 in game one with one RBI and one run scored.
(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)
Seton-LaSalle has qualified for the postseason four years in a row, but if the Rebels don't get their act together quickly, they could be on the outside looking when the playoffs get underway next month.
It's been a rough start for Seton-LaSalle, which owns just one win. The Rebels are 1-4 overall and have scored only 14 runs, nine coming in their four losses. They are 0-4 in Class 3A Section 3.
Their lone win came in the season opener at Ambridge, 5-2. Since then, the Rebels have lost games to Waynesburg (4-3), Charleroi (9-3), Mount Pleasant (3-0) and Brownsville (4-3).
This will be a big week for Seton-LaSalle, which has a manageable schedule that could allow the Rebels to turn their fortunes around. They travel to Southmoreland today and host Washington Wednesday. Southmoreland (0-6, 0-4) and Washington (2-5, 1-3) are also in the bottom three of the section.
Heading into Monday's game with a 4-2 record, the Seton-LaSalle girls lacrosse team has had more than its share of close calls.
The Rebels opened the season with a 12-9 Class 2A Section 2 victory over Moon. Then came an 8-5 non-section loss to Bethel Park and a 15-6 section victory over 2016 WPIAL Division 1 finalist Chartiers Valley.
The Rebels' two most recent games were enough to give coach Brian Klisavage some gray hairs as the Rebels first edged 2016 WPIAL Division 2 champion Blackhawk, 7-6 in overtime, and then suffered a heart-stopping 10-9 double-overtime loss to unbeaten Quaker Valley.
Following this past Monday's 14-1 victory over section rival South Fayette, the Rebels are idle until Monday's game against visiting Trinity. Later this week, the Rebels host non-section rival Ellis School on Thursday before heading to York County on Saturday for two games with Susquehannock and Red Lion. Those two games likely will give the Rebels a good look at how the game is played by schools in Eastern Pa.
Craig Meyer profiles Seton-LaSalle graduate Nico Popa, who now plays baseball at Pitt.
"Most any college baseball player has that moment, the one when the stakes of their situation become real, when they realize they're no longer in high school.
Nico Popa's unsettling epiphany came early, in his first intra-squad game last fall. Facing junior pitcher Josh Mitchell, the Pitt freshman outfielder stepped into the batter's box, stood and gazed as three strikes passed by him in what felt like a blur.
"I was like 'Wow, that was quick,'" Popa said.
Every time he takes the field now, that same out-of-place, overwhelmed feeling doesn't engulf Popa. About one month into the season, he feels like he belongs, even if most every day comes with a different lesson about the next level, however small it may be."