Keith Barnes profiles the Steel Valley baseball team.
"Steel Valley coach Tim Vickers was understandably upset after his Ironmen were routed, 13-3, in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals by WPIAL champion Neshannock.
That was until the reality set in as to what exactly his team accomplished this season.
"I was pretty much calmed down when we got home from the game and, when you start putting things into perspective and you realize that these kids accomplished every single thing that they possibly could this year," Vickers said. "Neshannock may have knocked us out at the end of the year twice, but I'm not sure if we were up to playing them."
Even though Steel Valley was the defending WPIAL Class AA champion, this was not the same team that was the No. 3 seed and knocked off Seton-LaSalle, 6-5, in the 2014 championship game. The Ironmen lost almost their entire starting lineup to graduation and had to start over almost from scratch, with a squad built around senior pitcher Brandon Donovan."