Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hillers history

Trinity advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA baseball championship with a 1-0 victory over Moon today at the Burkett Complex, my home away from home.

Alex Frey pitched a two-hit shutout. Frey and Tyler Schrader have pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings for the Hillers, who have not allowed a run since the first inning of the first round and now own shutouts over the No. 2 (Hampton) and No. 3 (Moon) seeds in the bracket.

Talked to a few Trinity people before and after the game. No one is certain on when Trinity last played for a WPIAL championship. A couple people believe it happened in the 1950s, others say the 1940s. Let's just say record keeping in the small-revenue WPIAL sports wasn't very strong before the Internet.

If anyone has this information, please share with the Varsity Letters.

Congratulations to Carmichaels, which advanced to the WPIAL Class A championship again with a 7-3 win over No. 2 seed Serra Catholic. This marks the Mikes third title game appearance since 2004. In a classification where private schools have an advantage, Carmichaels consistently wins.

And congratulations to Peters Township, which defeated North Allegheny 4-3 to earn a second straight appearance in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. Defending a baseball championship is one of the toughest things to do in high school sports. The Indians will if they defeat Plum next week.

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