Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The high school baseball post season begins with a WPIAL playoff game Wednesday.
The outlook appears good for the Raiders. When it comes to the top seeds in the WPIAL Class AAAA baseball playoffs, Seneca Valley is ranked first, North Allegheny second, Hempfield third and Pine-Richland fourth. Out of the four, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette predicts that Seneca Valley will be the winner as the Raiders are the two-time defending champions and have seven players who were regulars on last year's team, playoff experience that is very helpful. Since the WPIAL started crowning champions in 1914, the P-G reports only two teams have won three in a row so the odds are stacked against SV. The newspaper also notes that North Allegheny finished second to Seneca Valley in Section 1 and is good enough to win it all. But North Allegheny…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sam Fragale and Zach Spangler will play college ball for Kent State and Virginia Tech.
Two Seneca Valley varsity baseball players are on their way to becoming college athletes. Earlier in November, senior Zach Spangler signed a letter of intent to play ball for Kent State in Ohio. Fellow ball player Sam Fragale also signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in Virginia. A starter on the Seneca Valley team since he was a freshman, Fragale is a short stop. Baseball Coach Eric Semega describes him a staple both offensively and defensively for the team. “He is a great kid and has a tremendous work ethic,” he said. Spangler has been a pitcher on the team for three years and likely will be the no. 1 pitcher this school year, according to Semega. “Both Sam and Zach deserve everything that is going on right now because they have …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Altoona Lions defeat the Raiders by a score of 9-4.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
After claiming the WPIAL Class AAAA Championship last week, the Seneca Valley baseball team fell to the Altoona Lions in the first round of the PIAA playoffs Monday night. The Lions posted a 9-4 victory over the Raiders at Pullman Park in Butler. Seneca Valley elected not to start Matt Smith, who was the winning pitcher in the WPIAL title game, according to MSA Sports. Player Austin Bream was 3 for 4, and Zach Creedon was 2 for 3 for the Raiders, MSA Sports reports. Senior pitcher Zach Detillio took the loss for the Seneca Valley. The Raiders end their season at 18-5. With last week’s win, Seneca Valley earned back-to-back WPIAL titles. The Raiders last year came within a game of reaching the PIAA Class AAAA final.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Raiders defeat the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils Wednesday.
For the second year in a row, Seneca Valley baseball players are WPIAL champions. The Raiders posted a 5-3 victory over the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils Wednesday night in the Class AAAA Championship at Consol Energy Park in Washington. With a 18-4 overall record, the Raiders are the defending WPIAL champions. They entered this year’s tournament seeded third. Seneca Valley’s winning pitcher was senior Matt Smith. He allowed seven hits and struck out ten, according to MSA Sports Network. Carson Kessler went two for three for the Raiders, driving in a pair of runs. Both the Raiders and the Blue Devils will move on to PIAA state playoffs, which begin next week. The Raiders will play Altoona in the first round of the playoffs Monday. This is Seneca…
Many of this year's teams made it to the WPIAL playoffs and beyond.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Much like last year, Seneca Valley is having another super season when it comes to spring sports. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on in Raider Nation. The team held the number two spot in the WPIAL rankings for the entire season and was listed in the top three spots in the PIAA for the majority of the season. The squad defeated North Allegheny in their second section meeting and has brought home a share of the section championship. The team entered this year's WPIAL championship tournament as the number two seed. On Tuesday, they lost 3-2 to Chambersburg in the first round of the PIAA state championships. In addition to an outstanding season, the boys volleyball team also posted several players to the all-section team. These players …
Friday, July 22, 2011
One-on-one skills camp for the MLSWPA players this weekend.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place and no one is more excited than the players of The Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania (MLSWPA). This weekend, 40 lucky MLSWPA players will get to play ball with some of those #1 Buccos and coaches at the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Fantasy Fun Camp for Kids. “We can’t say which Pirates will be there right now, but we are definitely going to have some of our guys and coaches out there,” said Chaz Kellem, manager of diversity initiatives for the Pirates. Along with the players and coaches will be everyone’s favorite – the Pirate Parrot. The Pirates are hosting the camp at the MLSWPA Pirates Charities Miracle League Field located in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Sportsplex at Graham Park in …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Conestoga defeats Raiders, 11-1.
Seneca Valley High School’s memorable spring sports season ended Monday when the Raiders baseball team came up a game short or reaching the PIAA Class AAAA final. The WPIAL champion Raiders finished the season with an 18-4 record following an 11-1 loss to Conestoga in a state semifinal matchup Monday night at Chambersburg. Seneca Valley won nine of its final 10 games. “Sometimes, you just get beat and you have to give them credit,” Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega said. “They were the better team today.” Seneca Valley led 1-0 in the first inning on sophomore Brad Gresock’s single and senior Kyle Gorniak’s RBI double. The Raiders put two more runners on base in the second inning, but Conestoga winning pitcher Austin Little pitched out of the…
Friday, June 10, 2011
The Raiders advance to the PIAA semifinals.
Seneca Valley High School starting pitcher Matt Smith picked up right where he left off in the WPIAL Championship. Smith mixed his curve and fastball to defeat Peters Township, 6-4, in a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal Thursday at North Allegheny. The game was a rematch of the WPIAL title game, but not much changed. Same teams. Same Seneca Valley starting pitcher. Same result. Smith and the Raiders won the WPIAL title last week by a 15-4 margin, but this time it was closer. “We figured our best chance to beat Peters Township was the man (Smith) on the mound,” Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega said. Peters Township averaged 10 runs per game against WPIAL opponents this season, but Smith moved to 10-1 overall including four consecutive playoff …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The Raiders advance to next round. The SV girls softball team also lost to McDowell on Monday.
It wasn’t fireworks night, it only seemed like it during the six-run third inning. Seneca Valley High School’s WPIAL Championship baseball team opened the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs with another strong performance at the plate, knocking out Erie McDowell (20-3) with an 8-5 victory late Monday afternoon at Butler. Seneca Valley moved to 17-3, and set up a rematch of the WPIAL title game against Peters Township (20-3) in the second round of the state playoffs on Thursday. The Raiders defeated Peters Township, 15-4, last week in Washington. Erie McDowell, the District 10 champ, built an early 3-0 lead, but Seneca Valley got the bats moving with a run in the bottom of the second and added six more in the third inning. Senior outfielder Christian…
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Raiders baseball team hasn't won a WPIAL title since 1994.
Seneca Valley junior starting pitcher Matt Smith looked up and down the Peters Township battling lineup and couldn’t identify an easy out prior to last night’s WPIAL Class AAAA baseball championship. “That’s a great hitting team,” Smith said. “I’ve played with some of Peters Township’s top hitters. They just rip the ball. I knew I had to be on my game.” With Pitt recruit Justin Bianco (.559) batting third followed by University of Hartford recruit Brady Sheetz (.482) in the cleanup spot, Peters Township had averaged over 10 runs per game against WPIAL opponents this season while racking up 19 overall victories. However, good pitching beat good hitting once again. Smith relied on a wicked curveball to keep the Indians off balance for a 15-4…