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Baseball: Minor League Update - Blake Lalli (Pine-Richland)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Over the next two weeks, Sports Town will feature updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

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Blake Lalli made an improbable rise to the major leagues. Now, he is trying get back.

The catcher and Pine-Richland High School graduate is playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Class AAA Reno farm club in the Pacific Coast League. In 55 games, the 31-year-old is hitting .267 with one home runs and 14 RBIs.

Lalli signed with the Diamondbacks last October as he elected free agency while being designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers. Lalli played in 16 games with the Brewers last season after making his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2012.

In 22 major-league games, he hit .128 with four RBIs.

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Baseball: Major League Update - Neil Walker (Pine-Richland)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Over the next two weeks, Sports Town will feature updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

Walker
Neil Walker is close to returning to the Pirates' active roster and hopes to continue what has been his best season in the major leagues so far.

The second baseman underwent an appendectomy June 9 and was placed on the disabled list. He is expected to be activated Tuesday, the first day he is eligible, and play that night against the Tampa Bay Rays at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Walker, a Pine-Richland High School graduate, began a rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Bradenton in the Florida State League and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a walk in the Marauders' 6-3 loss to West Palm.

Walker has hit .276 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs for the Pirates in 62 games this season.

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Baseball: Pine-Richland grads finish on high note at Xavier

Written by Sean Hammond on .

Sean Hammond profiles Pine-Richland graduates Vinny Nittoli and Mitch Elliott, who helped Xavier win the Big East baseball championship.

"The plan for Vinny Nittoli was always to play college football.

A quarterback at Pine-Richland, he had received some interest from colleges prior to his senior season in 2008. But an ankle injury in the Rams' first game that fall cut his season short and scared away college recruiters.

That's when his focus turned from throwing touchdowns to throwing strikes.

Five years later, things seemed to have worked out for the best. After a successful pitching career at Xavier, Nittoli, a 6-foot-2 right-hander, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft last week."

 

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Track: Rams’ Quigley impresses at states

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Pine-Richland’s Kat Quigley capped an impressive season with a great state meet.

The Rams junior placed second in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 100 hurdles at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships at Shippensburg last weekend.

In the 300 hurdles, Quigley ran a 43.95, 1.22 seconds behind the winner, Maddie Holmberg of Hempfield.

In the 10 hurdles, Quigley crossed the line at 14.55 seconds, which was the fastest time of any WPIAL runner. Ciara Leonard of Cheltenham won the competition with a time of 13.89. 

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Baseball: Berezo, Pine-Richland have plans

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Drew Karpen profiles Pine-Richland baseball star Daane Berezo.

"Pine-Richland has a rich history of baseball players making it to the next level, none bigger than Neil Walker.

Blake Lalli, Walker's teammate in high school, has also made it to "The Show" and is currently in the Arizona Diamondbacks system.

Soon enough, that list might expand thanks to one family.

The current star at Pine-Richland is senior Daane Berezo. Berezo and the Rams played Seneca Valley Wednesday night in the Class AAAA WPIAL semifinals at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler."