Softball: Serra Catholic with work to do entering final week

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Serra Catholic is on the outside looking in at the Section 2-A playoff race. The Eagles are staring up at co-section leaders, Jefferson-Morgan (11-2, 9-2) and Carmichaels (11-3, 9-2) along with third-place Frazier (8-4, 8-3). Sitting at 7-4 overall and 6-4 in section play, the Eagles have four games to make up space between themselves and the top three teams in the section all the while trying to hold off West Greene (6-9, 5-6) and Monessen (6-8, 4-7).

Serra still has four section games remaining, road games at California and Frazier and home games against West Green and Frazier. For the Eagles to remain alive they are going to need more offensive performances like they got in an upset of No. 4 Carmichaels last week. In that game junior infielder Alexandra Taylor, senior outfielder Morgan Willaman and senior pitcher Witney Larko had two hits apiece to fuel the 4-3 upset.


Baseball: After tough start, Serra finds groove

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Serra Catholic baseball team.

"Longtime Serra Catholic baseball coach Brian Dzurenda wasn't too sure what he was going to have to work with before this season.

After graduating just about everyone from the Eagles' 2011 state championship team during the past three years, Dzurenda knew he was going to field a young, inexperienced group.

"We have an extremely young team," he said. "In fact, this is the youngest team I've ever had during my 15 years at Serra Catholic."

A perennial small-school baseball power, Serra Catholic won back-to-back WPIAL titles in 2009 and 2010 and was the first team in PIAA history to play in three consecutive state championship games from 2009-11."



Alumni Update - Matt Loftis (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Matt Loftis hit his first career home run, and Saint Vincent took advantage of five errors, nine walks andLoftis SVC five hit batsmen en route to a 13-3 victory over Westminster College at Bearcat Ballfield.

Loftis, a Serra Catholic graduate, led the offense, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Serra Catholic's Cole McCombs

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Cole McCombs
School: Serra Catholic
Grade: 9
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: No WPIAL freshman has sparkled as much as McCombs, who has been absolutely dominant on the mound for a Serra team that is 7-3 overall and 4-0 in Class A Section 2. McCombs is 3-1 with a 0.00 ERA. The only run he has given up was an unearned run in the season opener against Allderdice. He has allowed only four hits and has struck out 43 in 24 1/3 innings.


Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Brandon Coddington, Serra

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Brandon Coddington
School: Serra Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop

Background Info: Coddington is a four-year starter and the lone senior for a Serra team that is consistently a WPIAL Class A title contender. The Eagles, who went 18-3 and reached the semifinals last season, were 0-2 prior to Monday's game against Springdale. Since 2007, the Eagles have won six section titles, two WPIAL championships and a PIAA championship.