Entering this week trailing Knoch by one game in Section 5-AAA, the Mars Area varsity baseball team was inching closer to securing a berth into the WPIAL playoffs.
The Fighting Planets (8-5, 6-2), who are traditionally regular contenders, picked up three key section victories last week. They started with a 6-1 win over Valley before shutting out Hampton, 4-0, and completed the week with a 17-12 slugfest against Hampton.
Senior pitcher Ryan Leshinsky and senior catcher Jake Swiatek both hit long balls against Deer Lakes. The Planets also have seen some steady offensive production from senior Luke Rouda, senior Matt Derouin, junior Zarek Simkovich and senior infielder Ty Reginelli, who is a Wofford recruit.
Mars will wrap up its section schedule this week against Valley, Freeport, Highlands and Knoch.