It was not so much a WPIAL title hangover that did Mount Pleasant in, but rather too little, too late as the Vikings were unable to overcome a deficit in their PIAA first-round game. Four days after winning its first WPIAL title, Mount Pleasant was held to five hits in a 3-2 loss to District 6 champion Bellefonte. Bellefonte was up 3-1 before the Vikings tacked one run on in the bottom of the fifth inning but was unable to come up with the equalizer. Mount Pleasant pitcher Meadow Uncapher had an RBI single in the game. The Vikings finished the season with a 13-6 record.
The Seton Hill baseball program picked up two more honors this week as two of its players have earned All American honors. Senior first baseman Zac Heide was named a third team ABCA All American while senior designated hitter Chris Miller was named an honorable mention All American by the D2CCA. It's the first time Heide has been named an All American.
Last season, Miller was a third team Daktronics All American and an NCBWA All American honorable mention selection. Both were named to the All Region and All PSAC Teams this season.
Heide, a Mount Pleasant graduate, led the Griffins in nearly all offensive categories. He had a team leading batting average of .402. He also has a team leading 74 hits, 3 triples, 16 homers and 63 RBI. He scored 59 runs and added 16 doubles. Heide finished with a .783 slugging percentage and a .522 on base percentage.
(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)
Mount Pleasant and West Allegheny face each other in the WPIAL AAA Championship, Friday, June 3, 2016 at California University. Mount Pleasant shut out West Allegheny in 5 innings to win the Championship 10-0.
Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service
In one of only two meeting of district champions in the PIAA Class AAA first round, WPIAL champion Mount Pleasant will play District 6 champion Bellefonte on Monday at 4 p.m. at North Allegheny High School. The only other first-round champion vs. champion matchup is on the eastern side of the bracket where District 4 champion Jersey Shore plays District 11 champion Bangor.
It has already been a playoff run for the ages for the Vikings. They finished 9-5 in the regular season and were 8-4 in Section 4-AAA to finish behind Yough and Southmoreland. It was Mount Pleasant's third consecutive year finishing third in the section. But this season the No. 12-seeded Vikings would finally get beyond the first round. They upset Indiana, 3-2, in the first round and upended section rival Southmoreland, 9-5, in the quarterfinals. Mount Pleasant won, 7-3, against Thomas Jefferson to reach the WPIAL final for the first time in school history. In the semifinals, Meadow Uncapher was the winning pitcher and she was 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs scored.
Mount Pleasant has never been to the WPIAL championship game before. It was one step away from it against Thomas Jefferson, a one-loss No. 1 seed who had just won the WPIAL crown in 2014. The lofty ranking, impressive record and recent championship experience was not enough to thwart the Vikings, who knocked off the Jaguars, 7-3, in the semifinals to clinch the program's first berth in a WPIAL title game.
Mount Pleasant used a five-run fourth inning to surprise the Jaguars. Pitcher Meadow Uncapher helped her own cause with a 3 for 4 performance, scoring two runs. Despite never being in the WPIAL final before, Mount Pleasant need not worry about how to get there. The win over Thomas Jefferson was at California University, the host of the WPIAL title game.
Mount Pleasant will play another WPIAL title game debutante in the final when it meets No. 3 West Allegheny (19-1) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at California University. The Vikings (12-5) were the No. 5 seed in the WPIAL Class AAA playoff field.