Baseball: Seton-LaSalle gets its offensive mojo back

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Seton-LaSalle's offense had been humming right along until the Rebels were limited to just one run in consecutive losses to against Steel Valley and Keystone Oaks.

It turns out that a pair of games against a quality foe was exactly what the Rebels needed to get out of their funk.

The Seton-LaSalle bats resurfaced in back-to-back wins against South Allegheny. The Rebels beat the Gladiators, 12-0, Apr. 18. The two met again last Friday, and this time the Rebels had their biggest offensive outburst of the season, throttling the Gladiators, 20-10.

Junior Liam Sweeney had a huge performance in the 20-10 victory, going 4-4 with three triples, one walk, five RBIs and five runs. Sweeney is batting .592 (16 of 27) on the season, putting him among the WPIAL leaders.


Softball: South Feature Athlete - Lexi Wagner, Seton-LaSalle

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Name: Lexi Wagner
School: Seton-LaSalle
Grade: 9
Sport: Softball

Background: Sometimes a freshman will show signs of Division I potential. Not often does a freshman show more than just potential, but also an actual commitment. Seton-LaSalle freshman right fielder Lexi Wagner has already made a verbal commitment to play at Pitt. It is easy to see why the Panthers were eager to receive a commitment. Wagner is batting .353 in her first year of high school ball.


Softball: Seton-LaSalle nearly perfect through eight games

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Through eight games Seton-LaSalle still has nothing to show in the loss column. And the Rebels have nearly been perfect defensively, too. They have a goose egg to show in the loss column and nearly have one in the runs allowed column, too. Seton-LaSalle is 8-0 with six shutouts. It has allowed only three runs all year, two to South Allegheny and one to East Allegheny. Seton-LaSalle shutout South Park 5-0, Steel Valley 2-0 and 6-0, Shady Side Academy 12-0 and 4-0 and Brentwood 6-0.

"Some of those games may have added a few extra ticks to my heartbeat," coach Jay Krull joked. "But it has been very good for us. In past years we were beating up on some teams and then in the playoffs you start playing all good teams and it becomes a surprise when you are in a competitive game. Hopefully these games so far are preparing us for what is ahead."

Krull hopes another deep postseason run is ahead for his team. Last year Seton-LaSalle finished 13-4 with a 9-1 record in Section 1-AA. It reached the WPIAL semifinals but lost to Deer Lakes. It also qualified for the PIAA playoffs by virtue of winning the third-place consolation game. Seven starters are back from that team headlined by senior pitcher Lauren Zola.

"It is always nice having a lot of returning starters," Krull said. "And we have been pretty fortunate to have a few freshmen come in, they are really nice ball players."


Softball: Seton-LaSalle has a winning formula

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Seton-LaSalle softball team.

"Through Tuesday's district high school softball schedule, Seton-LaSalle had only been able to play seven games, but the Rebels made sure the games counted, literally and figuratively.

All the games were meaningful section games and all the results were wins.

Seton-LaSalle started the season 7-0 but it has been anything but a cake walk through Section 4-AA.

Many of those seven victories have been close games."