Ryan Riordan profiles the Sewickley Academy baseball team.
"When Andrew Heck took over the Sewickley Academy baseball team in 2013, the Panthers were coming off a 5-9 season and hadn't made the postseason since 2006.
This week, Sewickley played its first PIAA tournament game in school history.
The Panthers (10-7) beat Riverview, 9-8 in nine innings, last week in the WPIAL Class A consolation game to qualify for the state tournament, where it fell to Elk County Catholic, 3-2, Monday.
"It was more about changing the mentality than anything else," said Heck, a North Hills High School grad who played college baseball at Duquesne and Oklahoma State and then played with the Washington Wild Things. "The talent was there; they just needed to expect to win every game. Before, however, they expected to get crushed by the best teams and beat up on the worst teams. You need to play, compete and expect to beat the best teams.""