Looking for the best-kept secret in WPIAL baseball? Then, take a gander at Canon-McMillan.
At 7-0, the Big Macs, who compete in Section 3-AAAA, are tied with Class A Serra Catholic for the best record in the WPIAL. No other Quad-A club owns more than five wins.
Canon-McMillan beefed up its record by winning five games during a trip to North Carolina and South Carolina. Since returning, wins came against Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon for a 2-0 start to section play.
So far, the Big Macs are getting great pitching from Chris Dittmar and Matt Pierpont, whom head coach Steve Bucci refers to as 1 and 1A. Dittmar is coming off a week where he hit two home runs and drove in six.
Last year was Bucci's first with the Big Macs after a very successful stint at South Park. Canon-McMillan reached the playoffs and were led by ace Brian Muransky, currently at Xavier University. Muransky may have been the best pitcher in the WPIAL a year ago.
The Big Macs play three important games this week. The first comes Monday against Baldwin, followed by Wednesday at Bethel Park and Friday at home against unbeaten Peters Township.
Should Canon-McMillan win all three, or even two of three, it's a safe bet that talk of a section title will intensify. At this rate, Canon-McMillan will not remain a secret much longer.