Mike White profiles the Knoch baseball team.
"It wasn't the way it was supposed to play out for the Knoch baseball team. Lose one-third of the regular-season games, finish second in the section and get a No. 10 seed for the playoffs.
This wasn't what anyone could have predicted from a defending WPIAL and state championship team that had two undefeated pitchers returning from a year ago. But the team with all the great expectations at the start of the season is suddenly close to reaching some of them.
While Knoch stumbled at times in the regular season, there is no knocking Knoch in the postseason. The WPIAL baseball semifinals are Monday and Knoch is present again – for the second consecutive season and only the second time in school history. The Knights face Blackhawk (7 p.m.) at the Burkett Complex in Robinson.
It's not that Knoch has done an about-face in the postseason, but this was a team that was only 12-6 in the regular season and gave up four runs a game. In the 2015 regular season, Knoch allowed only two runs a game in the regular season. The Knights were ranked No. 1 in WPIAL Class AAA at the start of this season."