A regular contender in Class AA, Quaker Valley's baseball team is off to another impressive start this season. Listed No. 2 in the Post-Gazette's Class AA baseball rankings last week, the Quakers opened the season with seven straight wins, including three shutout victories. They also surrendered just 12 runs during that span.
Two years ago, Quaker Valley won all 18 of its regular-season games before eventually losing in the WPIAL title game. Last season, they lost in the semifinals.
Nevertheless, head coach Todd Goble appears to have another competitive ballclub. Quaker Valley (7-0, 6-0) emerged as a dominant frontrunner in Section 1-AA by winning its first six section games. Just last week, the Quakers picked up section wins over Avonworth, Fort Cherry, Burgettstown and South Side Beaver, respectively.
The Quakers picked up their first section win April 1 with a 4-3 decision against New Brighton. Tyler Garbee, an Akron recruit, gave up just one hit in five innings, while Adam Pilewicz knocked in a run and added two hits. Pilewicz, a senior infielder, also jacked a two-run homer last week against Avonworth. Two days later against Fort Cherry, sophomore Jack Hendricks tossed six innings to help guide Quaker Valley to a 7-4 win.