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MOON BASEBALL 2009 ARCHIVED PAGE

THE most recognized, respected and honored UNOFFICIAL Homepage of the Moon Area H.S. Baseball Program.

THE 2009 WPIAL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONS !!!!

The 2005 WPIAL Class AAA SILVER MEDALISTS and The 2001 and 2002 PIAA Class AAA STATE CHAMPIONS

Keep informed and up to date here on the Moon Baseball Homepage -- MOON BASEBALL -- Welcome back to The Moon Tiger Tales 2010 Update ..... The 2009 WPIAL CLASS AAA Champions ...... ..... NEXT UP !!! The MASD to honor the 2009 WPIAL Class AAA Championship team at halftime of the January 5th Boy's Basketball game ..... You can't hide that TIGER PRIDE ..... We'll be B-A-A-C-C-K in 2010 to bring you another great and exciting season of Tiger baseball !!! TIGER BASEBALL and TIGER PRIDE Go Hand in Hand:    Keep tuned here for more NEWS about Our Moon Tigers in 2009. You are at the home of THE 2009 WPIAL Class AAA Champions.

MOON AREA : HOME OF THE 2009 WPIAL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONS !!!!



I've waited 36 years to say this : Moon Area Tigers are the WPIAL Class AAA Champions.

OH HOW SWEET IT IS!


Phil Bondi III was named to the 2009 Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association (PHSBCA) Large School (AAA/AAAA) All-State Baseball Team at shortstop. Congratulations to him on such an outstanding and prestigeous honor. We are very proud of him here. Phil is the son of Phil Jr. and Brenda Bondi.


Congratulations to the Moon Township Little League 12 year old team for winning the PA State Little League championship this past weekend in Dunmore, PA. The Moon Township 12U Little League team won both its games over Media, PA, (a town just 5 minutes from me here in Delaware County, 3-1 and 12-5. The win on Saturday featured home runs by Kyle Bondi (2)(brother of Phil), Matt Capo, Justin Tambellini, and Mason Prickett (Grandslam). Josh Bogast was the winning pitcher, going 5 1/3 innings.

The team is 14-0 in Little League Tournament Play, and heading for Bristol CT. Their first game will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday August 8th versus a team from New Jersey. We wish Coach Volak and the boys the best of luck in Bristol. Take care and God Bless!!!! Here is an article on the games from the Beaver County Times :

Beaver/Allegheny County Times: Article on Moon's 12 yr old Little League team winning the state championship (8/2/09)


Congratulations also to the 10 & 11 year old Moon Twp. Little League team on advancing to the PA State Championship round. Though they were defeated this past weekend in Beech Creek, PA. They should be proud of their accomplishments in making to this level.


The Moon Area H.S. Baseball program had their moment in the sun last night (Wednesday) as they were honored for their acheivements. The Varsity team recieved their WPIAL Championship Rings as well as Allegheny County citations. The major awards went out to Scott Liller who won the batting title bat. Liller, along with Phil Bondi III, Nico Marocco, and Paul Pitaro were inducted into the 100/300 Club.

A special induction into the 100/300 Club was 2008 grad alumni, Brian Walsh. Walsh qualified for the honor playing only in his freshman and sophomore seasons. His commitment to basketball led him away from participating his junior and senior years.


THE 2009 PIAA ClASS AAA QUARTERFINAL ROUND GAME

FRIDAY JUNE 5th - BELLEFONTE ...... 7 - MOON AREA ..... 2 (PLAYOFF) (AWAY)

Hello everyone! Sorry for the long awaited update after Moon's tough 7-2 loss to Bellefonte in the PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals last Friday in Indiana, PA. The boys were roping the ball but right at Bellefonte's defense. That combined with the fact the Tigers couldn't get a key hit with runners in scoring position almost every inning didn't help matters. Moon starting pitcher, Brad Schnelle had a fateful first and fourth innings, allowing three runs in each, giving up 9 hits in five innings of work. He struckout five anf walked 3, two were intentional.

The Tigers' offense garnered seven hits, five of them for extra bases, but the bottom line was they always came with two outs and nobody on. The timely hitting that was with the Tigers most of the year, was non-existant. Phil Bondi (DOUB, TRIP) and Paul Pitaro (DOUB) each had two hits

The Tigers end their great season as WPIAL Class AAA Champions with an overall record of 19 wins and 5 losses. The Tigers will lose five senior starters to graduation: Phil Bondi, Scott Liller, Paul Pitaro, Nico Marocco and Alex Knox. Also they lose seniors Stephen Karaffa, Patrick Baer and Michael Quinn.

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Beaver/Allegheny County Times article about the Moon Area/Bellefonte game by Bill Utterback :

Beaver/Allegheny County Times: Article written by Bill Utterback about our in the PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal Round game against Bellefonte (6/7/09)

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review :

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Article by Paul Schofield about the Moon Area/Bellefonte game (6/6/09)

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Next up on the Tiger's schedule will be the 15th Annual MAPHC's Moon Area H.S. Baseball Banquet on Wednesday July 29th at 6:00 PM at Pittsburgh Airport Embassy Suites Hotel. The MAPHC is selling tickets to this event for $20 per person (players and coaches attend free). You can download the invitation at this link to a .PDF file :

MAPHC's Official Moon Area H.S. Baseball Website: Invitation application to the 15th Annual MAPHC's MAHS Baseball Banquet (6/4/09).

If you want to torture yourself, and re-listen to the PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal loss, you can click this link :

MSA Sports Network: MSA Sports Network's coverage of the 2009 PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal Round game between Moon Area and Bellefonte (6/4/09).

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Winning Pitcher : Robert Gummo (7 IP's) 5 strikeouts, 4 walks. Losing Pitcher : Brad Schnelle (5 IP's) 5 strikeouts, 3 walks. 2B's : Zak Schmidt (MA), Phil Bondi (MA), Brett Hoffman (MA), Paul Pitaro (MA), Seth Tressler (B), Matt Fisher (B). 3B's : Phil Bondi (MA). HR's : Brandon Quay (B). Two or more hits : Phil Bondi (MA), Paul Pitaro (MA), Brandon Quay (B), Bryant James (B), Frank Parkes (B).


THE 2009 PIAA ClASS AAA FIRST ROUND GAME

MONDAY JUNE 1st - MOON AREA ...... 11 - PERRY TRAD. ACADEMY ..... 0* (PLAYOFF) (HOME) (5 innings/10 run rule)

The Tigers (19-4) sent 14 players to the plate in the first inning and scored 10 runs to bury the Commodores, 11-0 in five innings via the 10 run rule. Phil Bondi, Brett Hoffman, and Nico Morrocco hit back-to-back-to-back triples to shellshock Perry pitcher, Jerome Snyder in the first inning. Both Bondi and Hoffman drove in three RBI's and had two hits. Brad Schnelle also had two hits.

Mike Jeffreys got the win for Moon Area. he only went 3 innings but struckout three. Alex Knox and Brian Flannery each pitched an inning in relief.

Coach Dom Santefemio emptied his bench starting in the second inning with an 11-0 lead. He sent up nine straight pinch hitters over the last three innings to politely call off the dogs over a very under-manned Commodore lineup. They only had 11 players.

The Tigers will now wait to find out their next opponent, Bellefonte (18-6) on Thursday June 4th in the PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal Round at a site and time to be determined later this week.

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In other PIAA Class AAA First Round action from Monday June 1st :

Chartiers Valley Colts (14-7) ..... 8 - Punxsutawney Chucks (14-7) ..... 3

Grove City Eagles (18-5) ..... 3 - Trinity Hillers (19-5) ..... 2

Bellefonte Red Raiders ..... 8 - Donegal Indians ..... 4

Twin Valley Raiders ..... 7 - Selinsgrove Seals ..... 5

Neumann-Goretti Saints ..... 8 - Blue Mountain Eagles ..... 4

Upper Merion Vikings ..... 4 - Palmyra Cougars ..... 3

Abington Heights Comets ..... 10 - Manheim Central Barons ..... 0

PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal Playoff schedules for Thur. June 4th

Moon Area Tigers vs Bellefonte Red Raiders at Keystone Rehab Field/White Twp. Park in Indiana, PA - 4:00 PM

Chartiers Valley Colts vs Grove City Eagles at Lyndora's High Field in Butler - 3:00 PM

Twin Valley Raiders vs Neumann-Goretti Saints at Balliet Stadium in Coplay, PA - 2:30 PM

Upper Merion Vikings vs Abington Heights Comets at Spring Ford H.S. Field in Royersford, PA - 12 NOON

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The PIAA has a website that posts all the scores from today's game across the state. Here is that link and I've added a link to the PIAA Class AAA bracket from that site :

PIAA Website: Complete updated scores from Monday's games in all classifications(6/1/09).

PIAA Website: 2009 PIAA Class AAA playoff bracket (6/1/09).

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Winning Pitcher : Mike Jeffreys (3 IP's) 3 strikeouts, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher : Jerome Snyder (4 IP's) 5 strikeout, 2 walks. 2B's : Brett Hoffman (MA). 3B's : Phil Bondi (MA), Brett Hoffman (MA), Nico Morrocco (MA). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Brad Schnelle (MA) , Brett Hoffman (MA), Phil Bondi (MA).

Beaver/Allegheny County Times article about the Moon Area/Perry game by Bill Utterback :

Beaver/Allegheny County Times: Article written by Bill Utterback about our in the PIAA Class AAA First Round game against Perry playoffs (6/2/09)


Good morning everyone! The Tigers will begin their quest to win another PIAA Championship on Monday. They face the Pittsburgh City League's (D-8) Class AAA representative, Perry Traditional Academy (5-11). The Commodores finished third in the PCL, losing to the eventual champs, Allderdice, 16-1 in the PCL semifinals. The game is scheduled for 3:00 at W&J's Ross Memorial Field. It is part of a PIAA doubleheader there. The nitecap game is the PIAA Quad A game between Allderdice and Pine Richland.

Guys, please do not take Perry lightly, their 5-11 record is decieving. You've all heard the story of David and Goliath, let's not be Goliath in that story. Let's not let the PIAA WPIAL Champion Jinx come to pass. Play them like this was another WPIAL Championship game.

Good Luck Tigers !!!! Keep the dream alive! BTW, Congratulations and thank you again for finally bring home a WPIAL championship trophy to Moon Area. God Bless !!!!

Article in today's Beaver County/Allegheny Times by Bill Utterback discussing the upcoming PIAA Playoffs :

Beaver/Allegheny County Times: Article written by Bill Utterback about our upcoming trip to the PIAA Class AAA playoffs (6/1/09)

Hey, the fine folks at MSA Sports Network are going to be broadcasting this game live and streaming on the internet. MSA Sports Mike Azadian and Greg Warnock have the call from Ross Memorial Field at the Washington and Jefferson College Sports Complex of this 2009 PIAA Class AAA First Round state playoff game as the WPIAL champion Tigers battle the Commodores. Just click the link and follow the instructions.

MSA Sports Network: MSA Sports Network's coverage of the 2009 PIAA Class AAA First Round game between Moon Area and Perry (6/1/09).


THE 2009 WPIAL ClASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

FRIDAY MAY 29th - MOON AREA ...... 3 - CHARTIERS VALLEY ..... 2 (PLAYOFF) (HOME)

What more can you say about a great win and great game at W&J College in Washington, PA today! With the game tied at 2-2 in the sixth inning, Scott Liller's RBI single scoring Brad Schnelle gave the Tigers a one-run lead. In the top of the seventh, CV loaded the bases with one out. Relief pitcher, Phil Bondi, then got the No.5 and No.6 batters to pop out and ground out to bring home the first WPIAL Class AAA Championship in Moon Area H.S. Baseball history.

Phil Bondi got the win working the last 1 1/3 innings. Scott Liller, Zak Schmidt, and Brett Hoffman each had two hits. I will back later to put up the official line scores.

Moon Area (18-4) will now play Pittsburgh City League's (District 8) Perry Traditional Academy (5-11) on Monday June 1st at 3:00 PM at Washington & Jefferson College's Ross Memorial Field in Washington, PA.

In the WPIAL Class AAA consolation game that was suspended on Thursday with Hopewell winning 2-0. The Vikings, without being able to bring back senior ace pitcher, Max Vogel, sent Brad Kubis to the mound. Kubis could not hold down the Hillers, as Trinity scored 3 runs in the seventh inning to advance to the PIAA Class AAA playoffs against Grove City, the PIAA District 10 champion. This game will be at Slippery Rock University at 6:00 PM on Monday.

WPIAL Class AAA runner-up, Chartiers Valley will be off to Brockway, PA (north of DuBois)on Monday to meet the Punxsutawney Chucks, the PIAA District 9 Champs.

Here is what they are saying :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Article by Mike White about our Tigers winning the WPIAL Class AAA Championship (5/30/09)

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review :

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Article by Dan Stefano about our Tigers winning the WPIAL Class AAA Championship (5/30/09)

Beaver/Allegheny County Times :

Beaver/Allegheny County Times: Article written by Bill Utterback about our Tigers winning the WPIAL Class AAA Championship (5/30/09)

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Winning Pitcher : Phil Bondi (1 1/3 IP's) 1 strikeouts, 1 walks. Losing Pitcher : Dan Colavencenzo (5 2/3 IP's) 2 strikeouts, 3 walks. 2B's : Dom DeAngelis (MA), John O'Neill (CV). 3B's : NONE. HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Scott Liller (MA), Brett Hoffman (MA), Zak Schmidt (MA), Rodavich (CV), John O'Neill (CV), Andy McIntyre (CV).


I just want to take some time to offer condolences to a very dear friend of Kelley's and I. Nancy Cariello passed away Wednesday evening. She was loike a second mom to Kelley and she helped mr get acclimated to Philly. Our prayers and love go out to her husband, Fran and daughter, Anna, and son, Joe. She will be dearly missed by us.


Good day everyone! Well they will wind them and set them down again today (Friday) in an attempt to get in the WPIAL Class AAA Championship game between our Moon Area Tigers and the Chartiers Valley Colts. The venue has changed, the game is now at the Washington & Jefferson College Sports Complex at Ross Memorial Field. Game time is set approximately for 3:00 PM. One note, the only way this one gets cancelled is if it storms. W&J's field is a synthetic surface.

Moon will play for only the third time in the school's baseball history, for the WPIAL Class AAA Championship. I wish our team the best of luck and may God Bless them on their journey.

The Tigers and the Colts are not strangers to each other. On April 8th, the Tigers worked over CV starter Dan Colavencenzo, 9-4. They tagged him for 11 hits. In the April 27th game, the Colts exacted some revenge as they tagged Tiger pitching for 15 hits in an 11-3 win. Rob Lamonde was the winner in this contest. In today's contest, look for either Ken Terpack or Colavencenzo to be on the hill for CV. For the Tigers, either Mike Jeffreys or the re-emerging Brad Schnelle to take to the rubber for Coach Santeufemio.

I hope all of you can get down there for the big game and help root out our boys on. However, if you can't get there, (like me :( ), the next best thing is curl up next to you favorite laptop or desktop computer and catch the live on the internet. MSA Sports Network's Mark Schaas, Jonathan Whaley and Lee Mohn will have the call on KQV-AM 1410 and at MSASportsNetwork.com from WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE's ROSS MEMORIAL FIELD in Washington, PA, of this 2009 WPIAL Class AAA Championship Game as the Tigers battle the Colts. Just click on this handy link, then the listen to the game link and be teleported right to the game.

MSA Sports Network: MSA Sports Network's coverage of the 2009 WPIAL Class AAA Championship game between Moon Area and Chartiers Valley (5/29/09).

Here is another article about our Tigers in Thursday's Post Gazette :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Article on our Tigers and their playoff run (5/28/09)


It's always a great day when you wake up and you have another game to play and this one is the WPIAL Class AAA Championship. The Tigers will now prepare for that big game which is coming up on Tuesday. However the buzz continues over the marathon game from Tuesday. It took almost 5 hours to end up with the tie, but only 20 minutes to dispatch the Vikings for the win on Thursday afternoon. Five hours of some of the greatest baseball you'll get to see in your lifetime.

It was a shame to see any team lose this one. Moon will now meet another Section 3-AAA rival, Chartiers Valley (13-6), coming up this Tuesday May 26th, in the WPIAL Class AAA Championship Game at Wahington, PA's Consol Field. This will be only the third time that Moon has ever made it to a WPIAL title game. They were there in 1986 and 2005. It is a great day for Coach Santeufemio and his boys. Congratulations Tigers and Good Luck!!!!

It is only proper to also congratulate Coach Joe Colella and the Vikings on the great season they had. They had beat Moon twice and convincingly during the regular season. Coach Colella has been coaching baseball at Hopewell for 46 years and we hope to see him continue on. God Bless you !!!!

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On a special note ! I just want to wish my mother, Olive Joan Marek, the happiest of birthdays. God Bless you!

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You can listen to the archived re-broadcast of the epic marathon on the MSA Sports Network at this link.

MSA Sports Network: MSA Sports Network's coverage of the resumption of the Moon Area vs. Hopewell WPIAL Class AAA Semifinal game (5/21/09).

Post Gazette article on the Moon/Hopewell - WPIAL Class AAA Semifinal playoff game suspended after 13 innings. It lasted 4 hours and 40 minutes

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Article on the Moon Area/Hopewell suspended 13 inning suspended game (5/20/09)


WPIAL ClASS AAA SEMIFINAL ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

TUESDAY MAY 19th & THURSDAY MAY 21st - MOON AREA ...... 15 - HOPEWELL ..... 13 (PLAYOFF) (AWAY) (14 innings)

As I could sum it up, what a game!!!! The heavily favored Vikings had to battle from a five-run deficit in the bottom of the 13th inning to tie the gane with the Tigers. Hopewell's senior pitching ace, Max Vogel went into the ninth inning, throwing over 155 pitches, before the Tigers scored the go ahead run to make it 9-8. Moon starter, Mike Jeffreys got chased in the second inning when the Vikes scored 5 runs off him and reliever Brad Schnelle.

Trailing 7-2, the Tigers began chipping away at Hopewell's lead. Scoring a pair of runs in both the third and fifth innings. This combined with some great relief work from Schnelle who pitched 7 1/3 innings, K'ed 10 Vikings. However, he got chased in the ninth inning when Hopewell managed to tie the game with two outs. Phil Bondi came in and settled things down until the 13th. Alex Knox was called to closed the door but the Vikings scored five to tie the game and had runners on second and third base with one out when he got a strikeout and comebacker to end the game tied at 13.

The continuation : The Tigers (17-4) finally beat the Hopewell Vikings (20-2) as the third time is the charm, 15-13 in 14 innings. The game was resumed after 13 innings tied at 8-8. The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the 14th as Dom DeAngelis led the inning off with a walk. Scott Liller singled. With one out and runners on 1st & 3rd, Tyler Miller hit Phil Bondi with a pitch. Then Brett Hoffman singled home DeAngelis and Liller with the go-ahead and winning runs.

Brian Flannery, one of last year's top pitchers who struggled all season with tendonitis, was called upon to pitch the 14th. Flannery got the Viking's 2-3-4 batters, 1-2-3 in the inning, a popout to second, a grounder back to first, and another popup to second.

Moon will now meet another Section 3-AAA rival, Chartiers Valley (13-6), coming up this Tuesday May 26th, in the WPIAL Class AAA Championship Game at Wahington, PA's Consol Field. This will be only the third time that Moon has ever made it to a WPIAL title game. They were there in 1986 and 2005. It is a great day for Coach Santeufemio and his boys. Congratulations Tigers and Good Luck!!!!

This truly was a game for the ages as both teams battled for over 4 hours and 40 minutes on Tuesday, but only 20 minutes to finish on Thursday. Five hours of some of the greatest baseball you'll get to see in your lifetime

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Winning Pitcher : Alex Knox (1 inning) 2 strikeouts, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher :. Tyler Miller (1 inning) 3 strikeouts, 1 walks, 1 HBP. 2B's : Dom DeAngelis (MA), Phil Bondi (MA), Brad Schnelle (MA), Tom Lewis (H) 2, Tyler George (H), Scott Dierdorf (H) . 3B's : Nico Morrocco (MA), Max Vogel (H). HR's : . Two or more hits : . Brad Kubis (H) 4, Tyler Miller (H) 3, Tom Lewis (H) 3, Nico Morrocco (MA) 3, Brad Schnelle (MA), Scott Liller (MA), Brett Hoffman (MA), Phil Bondi (MA), Dom DeAngelis (MA), Scott Dierdorf (H), Max Vogel (H), Brad Kubis (H).


In WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinal playoff action on Friday, Chartiers Valley (12-6) became the third Section 3-AAA team to advance to the semis, as they upset highly favored Blackhawk (18-3), 11-5. The Colt's Junior pitcher, Ken Terpack, got rattled for 4 runs early, but settled down and let his teammates score the next 11 runs. Andy McIntyre had three hits for the Colts. Char. Valley will now play Trinity (18-3) on Tuesday at North Allegheny H.S. Field at 4:00 PM.

MSA Sports Networks will cover/carry this WPIAL Class AAA Semifinal between our Tigers and Vikings, as well as the CV/Trinity game today. MSA Sports Bob Orkwis and Sam Hall have the call from the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township.

MSA Sports Network: MSA Sports Network's coverage of the Moon Area vs. Hopewell WPIAL Class AAA Semifinal game (5/14/09).


WPIAL ClASS AAA QUARTERFINAL ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

THURSDAY MAY 14th - MOON AREA ...... 17 - LAUREL HIGHLANDS ..... 7 (PLAYOFF) (HOME) (6 Innings/10 Run Rule)

Phil Bondi hit a two run home run and a three run triple and four total hits to pace the Tigers to a 17-7 win in six innings via the 10 run rule. Brad Schnelle started and worked five innings to get the win, his sixth of the season. Moon used a 6-run first to overcome an early 2-0 deficit in the top half of the first.

With a 7-4 lead, in the fifth, the Tigers added a five spot and another five-spot in the sixth to end the Mustang season. Schnelle, Brett Hoffman and Scott Liller (double, 4 RBI's) also added two hits each.

Moon will now advance to the WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinals against Hopewell, the No.1 seed, at Marko Field in the Burkett Complex in Robinson Twp.. The Vikings snuffed out the Bridgers, 10-0 in five innings on Thursday. Max Vogel shut them down, allowing only two hits and striking out 11. In other WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinal action : Trinity beat West Allegheny, 5-4.

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Winning Pitcher : Brad Schnelle (5 IP's) 3 strikeouts, 2 walks. Losing Pitcher : (2 IP's) Dylan Clifford (2/3 IP's) 0 strikeouts, 3 walks. 2B's : Carmen Congilio (LH) 2, Phil Bondi (MA), Scott Liller (MA), Ethan Mildren (LH). 3B's : NONE. HR's : Phil Bondi (MA), Mason Tupta (LH). Two or more hits : Phil Bondi (MA) 4, Brad Schnelle (MA), Brett Hoffman (MA), Scott Liller (MA), Mason Tupta (LH), Joe Eper-Jesi (LH), Carmen Congilio (LH), Ethan Mildren (LH).


WPIAL ClASS AAA FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

TUESDAY MAY 12th - MOON AREA ...... 7 - NEW CASTLE ..... 4 (PLAYOFF) (HOME)

Good morning ! The Moon Area Tigers survived the Red Hurricane of New Castle (8-10) on Tuesday at Chippewa Park in the First Round of the WPIAL Class AAA Playoffs. The Tigers scored six runs in the fifth inning and sent ten batters to the plate as they came from behind a four run deficit and won the game, 7-4. Mike Jeffreys got the win going 5 innings. Schnelle threw two scoreless innings of relief to get the save. Moon was only able to muster up six hits offensively. Brett Hoffman had three hits, including a two-run single in the fifth inning. Scott Liller, Nico Marocco and Brad Schnelle added the other three hits. However the Tigers were able to take advantage of four Hurricane errors and four walks.

In the game important to the Tigers, Laurel Highlands (15-5) beat Hampton (8-10), 3-1 in 8 innings. The Mustangs ace, junior pitcher, Ethan Mildren, went the distance striking out ten and walking one and allowing only four hits. John Boskovich's two-run single in the eighth was the winning shot. The Tigers will meet the Mustangs at Gateway H.S. Field at 4:00 PM on Thursday. The game will be broadcast over the internet on the MSA Sports Network via WMBS-AM 590. WMBS's Brian Mroziak and Steve Superick have all the action

MSA Sports Network: WMBS's broadcast of the Moon Area vs. Laurel Highlands (5/14/09).

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Other WPIAL Class AAA playoff scores, Chartiers Valley beat Greensburg-Salem, 3-0. As Tyler Mroz laced a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the third inning, and Dan Colavencenzo pitched a four-hitter,striking out four, walking two and hitting two batters.

West Allegheny beat Indiana, 3-1.

Trinity stopped Knoch, 7-2 as Dustin Norris went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Evan Bukowski improved to 5-0 as the Hillers (17-3) beat the Knights (7-12) at Chippewa Park.

Blackhawk's high powered offense ran into a wall, but still managed to edge Elizabeth Forward (11-9), 1-0: The No. 3 seeded Cougars (18-2) were averaging 10.4 runs per game. Ben Rawding pitched a one-hitter, retiring the final 10 batters in a row, striking out nine and walking three. It was Rawding's ninth win against no losses.

The Bridger's Zach Nichi had a key two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Scott McGee's Ambridge to a 2-0 victory over West Mifflin. Sophomore pitcher Luke Burton allowed only three hits to get the win. He struck out nine and walked three in the seven innings of work

As for the WPIAL Class AAA seedings, Hopewell was given the No. 1 seed and a bye in the first round. In the other First Round games on Tuesday :

Ambridge ...... 2 - West Mifflin ...... 0

Laurel Highlands ...... 3 - Hampton ...... 1

Trinty ...... 7 - Knoch ...... 0

West Allegheny ...... 3 - Indiana ...... 1

Blackhawk ...... 1 - Elizabeth Forward ...... 0

Chartiers Valley ...... 3 - Greensburg Salem ...... 0

WPIAL CLASS AAA QUARTERFINAL GAMES (Thursday May 14th)

Hopewell Vikings (19-1) vs Ambridge Bridgers (12-7) at the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township on Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 PM

Laurel Highlands Mustangs (16-4) vs Moon Area Tigers (15-4) at Gateway H.S. Field at 4:00 PM

Trinity Hillers (16-2) vs West Allegheny Indians (14-6) at the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township on Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 PM

Blackhawk Cougars (18-2) vs Chartiers Valley Colts (11-6) at the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township on Friday, May 15th at 6:30 PM

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Winning Pitcher : Mike Jeffreys (5 IP's) 2 strikeouts, 3 walks. Losing Pitcher : (2 IP's) G.J. Senchak (1 2/3 IP's) 0 strikeouts, 2 walks. 2B's : NONE. 3B's : NONE. HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Brett Hoffman (MA) 3.


SATURDAY MAY 9th - MOON AREA ...... 10 - NESHANNOCK ..... 8 (EXHIBITION) (HOME)

The Tigers (14-4) met the Neshannock Lancers (10-0, 17-3) at McCormick Field on Saturday. The Lancers are the Section 3-A Champions that came in to the exhibition game riding a 16 game winning streak. They left Moon with a 10-8 loss and were threatening right to the end. I will have more details on this contest soon.

A bit of Tiger trivia : Moon Area has qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, ten of the last 12 years. This is the fifth year in a row. Way to go Coach Santeufemio and his boys.

The WPIAL Baseball Steering committee is scheduled to meet Monday to set the pairings and seeds for this year's playoffs. The WPIAL extended the season due to the poor weather we have been dealing with over the past 2 weeks.

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Here is a nice article on the boys in the Post Gazette West on Thursday :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Article written by PPG's Nicholas Tolomeo about the Moon Area H.S. varsity baseball team (5/8/09).

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NESHANNOCK

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1

8

12

1

MOON AREA

1

1

2

4

1

1

X

10

15

2

Winning Pitcher : Brad Schnelle (3 IP's) 1 strikeout, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher : Sean Van Der Wal (2 IP's) 3 strikeouts, 1 walks. 2B's : Scott Liller (MA), Brett Hoffman (MA), Brad Schnelle (MA), John Sansone (N). 3B's : Phil Bondi (MA). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : John Sansone (N) 3, Brett Hoffman (MA) 3, Brad Schnelle (MA), Scott Liller (MA), Phil Bondi (MA), Nico Morrocco (MA), Jordan Senchak (N), Anthony Mott (N), and Benny Bechtol (N) .


In WPIAL Section 3-AAA action on Thursday, West Allegheny staved off elimination as they beat Chartiers Valley, 11-8. The win allowed them to tie the Colts for third place. Since both teams tied, and split their regular season match-ups, they both qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. In the only other game, Keystone Oaks defeated Montour, 9-3.


WEDNESDAY MAY 6th - HOPEWELL ...... 10 - MOON AREA ..... 3 (SECTION) (AWAY)

Good morning! The Tigers ended their regular season on a sour note as they lost to Hopewell on Wednesday, 10-3. Here is the information from the Allegheny/Beaver County Times :

Tyler Miller, who hit two home runs Monday, hit a home run and two singles as the Vikings finished their Section 3-AAA season with a 12-0 record and a 19-1 mark overall. Brad Kubis, Garrett Covalt and Dylan Schwegler also hit home runs for the Vikings, while Nico Moracco and Brad Schnelle hit home runs for the Tigers. Max Vogel pitched a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks.

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The CV/WA game was tied at 8-8 after five innings. The game was suspended by rain and will be either replayed or picked up in the top of the sixth inning with the Colts coming to bat. West A. tied the game in the bottom of the fifth but the go-ahead runner, Ethan Thompson was thrown out at the plate trying to score. His out ended the inning and the rain ended the game.

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MOON AREA

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

3

7

1

HOPEWELL

2

4

1

2

1

0

X

10

12

2

Winning Pitcher : Max Vogel (7 IP's) strikeouts, walks. Losing Pitcher : Nick Grace (2 2/3 IP's) strikeouts, walks. 2B's : Matt Boronsky (H). 3B's : NONE. HR's : Nico Morrocco (MA), Brad Schnelle (MA), Garrett Covalt (H), Brad Kubis (H), Tyler Miller (H), Dylan Schwegler (H). Two or more hits : .


Nathan Nery has been promoted to the Baltimore Orioles High Class A team in the Carolina League, the Frederick (MD) Keys. You may already know that this is the same league that Brian Holliday is playing in for the Pirate's affiliate, Lynchburg (VA) HillCats. Nathan is scheduled to start for the Keys on Thursday (TONIGHT). Good luck to Nathan !!!!


The Tigers defeated Montour on Tuesday, 4-0. It was Moon's Senior Recognition game hosted by The Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club (MAPHC). Mike Jeffreys fired a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 batters as the Tigers improved to 9-2, 13-3. With the win, Moon clinched second place.

The Tigers travel to Hopewell on Wednesday in the regular season finale. They will look to avenge the earlier shut out loss. The Vikings under Head Coach, Joe Colella, in his 46th year at the helm, are unbeaten in Section 3-AAA with an 11-0 record, 18-1 overall.

In other Section 3-AAA action on Tuesday, West Allegheny (6-5, 12-6) defeated Keystone Oaks, 3-1 to stay alive for the last playoff spot battle with Chartiers Valley. The Colts (7-4, 8-4) kept pace with a 9-3 win over McGuffey. West Allegheny hosts CV on Wednesday. A Colt win clinches the last playoff spot. A West A. win would allow them to tie for third place and in the tie-breaker criteria, earn a playoff spot as well.

All other league were washed out on Monday with the exception of an exhibition game in which Hopewell crushed Center, 20-4.


TUESDAY MAY 5th - MOON AREA ...... 4 - MONTOUR ..... 0 (SECTION) (HOME)

The Tigers played host to the Montour Spartans and held their Senior Recognition on Tuesday at McCormick Field. This was the last regular season home game. The Tigers used a three-run sixth inning and a very outstanding three-hit pitching performance from Mike Jeffreys to thwart a valiant pitching effort from the Spartan's Paul Indrihovic. Indrihovic limited the Tigers to five hits, two of them from Brad Schnelle. Jeffreys struck out 11 and walked none as the Tigers improved to 9-2 in Section 3-AAA (13-3 overall).

In other Section 3-AAA action on Tuesday, West Allegheny defeated Keystone Oaks, 3-1 to stay alive for the last playoff spot battle with Chartiers Valley. The Colts kept pace with a 9-3 win over McGuffey

The Moon Area 2009 senior ballplayers were honored before the game by the Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club. You can check out the names of the seniors here :

(By roster number :) Nico Morrocco, Scott Liller, Sam Karaffa, Pat Baer, Paul Pitaro, Phil Bondi, Michael Quinn, Alex Knox

(Alphabetically :) Pat Baer, Phil Bondi, Sam Karaffa, Alex Knox, Scott Liller, Nico Morrocco, Paul Pitaro, and Michael Quinn.

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MONTOUR

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

MOON AREA

0

1

0

0

3

0

X

4

5

1

Winning Pitcher :Mike Jeffreys (7 IP's) 11 strikeouts, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher : Paul Indrihovic (6 IP's) 8 strikeouts, 4 walks. 2B's : Alex Knox (MA), Tom Birko (MON). 3B's : NONE. HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Brad Schnelle (MA), Tom Birko (MON).


SATURDAY MAY 2nd - MOON AREA ...... 13 - WEST ALLEGHENY ..... 8 (SECTION) (AWAY)

The Tigers got a big win on Saturday over West Allegheny, 13-8. The win clinched a playoff spot for Moon. Nico Morrocco was the big gun in this game as he went 4-5 and hit a grand slam in the Tiger's five run second inning. Zak Schmidt (3-5) added a three run homer and Alex Knox tacked on a two-run homer. Phil Bondi added a triple off the fence. Brett Hoffman had a double.

Brad Schnelle started and got the win. He went 5 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two walks. Phil Bondi worked the last 1 1/3 innings.

In other Section 3-AAA action, Montour eliminated Keystone Oaks from any playoff possibilities, winning 2-1.

There was only one Section 3-AAA game played on Friday, Hopewell defeated Montour, 3-1. With the win, the Vikings clinched the Section 3-AAA title.

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MOON AREA

2

5

0

0

2

2

0

13

18

2

WEST ALLEGHENY

7

0

0

0

0

0

1

8

10

3

Winning Pitcher :Brad Schnelle (5 2/3 IP's) 3 strikeouts, 2 walks. Losing Pitcher : Ethan Thompson (1 2/3 IP's) 0 strikeouts, 0 walks. 2B's : Brett Hoffman (MA). 3B's : Phil Bondi (MA). HR's : Nico Morrocco (MA), Alex Knox (MA), Zak Schmidt (MA). Two or more hits : Nico Morrocco (MA) 4, Zak Schmidt (MA) 3, Scott Liller (MA) 3 .


In WPIAL Section 3-AAA action from Thursday, Keystone Oaks (3-6, 4-6) continued to add to McGuffey's woes, beating the Highlanders (0-11, 1-15), 5-2


WEDNESDAY APRIL 29th - MOON AREA ...... 17 - MCGUFFEY ..... 7* (SECTION) (HOME) (* - 6 Innings/10 Run Rule)

The Moon Area Tigers (7-2, 11-3) found their offense on Wednesday afternoon at McCormick Field. They beat up McGuffey, 17-7. While, the Highlanders (0-10, 1-14) lost to the Tigers for the second time, hopefully the offensive outburst has kickstarted them for the rest of the season. Moon will need that offense when they travel to West Allegheny (5-4, 11-5) on Friday. I will have more on this contest on Thursday.

In other Section 3-AAA action on Wednesday (April 29th), Hopewell (10-0, 16-1) stayed unbeaten and clinched a playoff spot with a 10-5 win over West A. Kevin Welsh had a three run home run, Tom Lewis a 2-run homer, and Dylan Schwegler added a solo homer. Chartiers Valley (5-4, 8-5) continue to improve and moved into a tie with WA for third place as they downed Keystone Oaks (2-6, 3-6), 8-2.

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McGUFFEY

1

0

2

0

4

0

7

9

5

MOON AREA

2

6

7

0

0

2

17

11

2

Winning Pitcher : Alex Knox (4 IP's) 1 strikeouts, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher : Schnelzer (2 1/3 IP's) 0 strikeouts, 5 walks. 2B's : Brett Hoffman (MA), Alex Knox (MA), Dylan Crawford (MCG), Matt Czulewicz (MCG) . 3B's : Scott Liller (MA). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Scott Liller (MA) 3.


MONDAY APRIL 27th - CHARTIERS VALLEY ..... 11 - MOON AREA ...... 3 (SECTION)(HOME)

The Tigers' offense was absent for the second straight game after winning 10 in row. CV's Rob Lamonde, kept the Moon bats off they're normal average of 10 runs a game. Alex Knox had two of the six Tiger hits. Mike Jeffreys suffered his first loss, lasting only two innings.

In other Section 3-AAA action from Monday, West Allegheny outlasted Montour, 12-11, Ken Cool had three RBIs, but the run he got home in the eighth was the game-winner. Cool’s two-out fly ball was mishandled by a Montour outfielder, allowing Derek Zeroski to score and West Allegheny (11-4, 5-3).

Hopewell eliminated McGuffey from any playoff chances, 14-2. Scott Dierdorf, the Viking catcher, pitched five innings and recorded nine strikeouts and no walks. Max Vogel and Tom Lewis hit home runs as Hopewell pushed its winning streak to 11 games. Moon returns to action on Wednesday (April 29th) when they host McGuffey at McCormick.

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CHARTIERS VALLEY

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1

6

0

2

0

0

11

15

2

MOON AREA

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

3

6

5

Winning Pitcher : Rob Lamonde (4 IP's) 2 strikeouts, 5 walks. Losing Pitcher : Mike Jeffreys (2 IP's) 1 strikeout, 3 walks. 2B's : Scott Liller (MA), Alex Knox (MA), Phil Bondi (MA), Dan Colavencenzo (CV) . 3B's : Brian Rodavich (CV). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Brian Rodavich (CV) 3, Andy McIntyre (CV) 3, Dan Colavencenzo (CV), Ken Terpack (CV), Luke Horew (CV), Alex Knox (MA).


SATURDAY APRIL 25th - HOPEWELL ..... 5 - MOON AREA ...... 0 (SECTION)(HOME)

The Moon Area Tigers offense must've still been on the prom dance floor on Saturday afternoon as they took a 5-0 loss to Hopewell. Viking senior pitcher, Max Vogel shutdown Moon's bats, in particular, the middle of the lineup. Paul Pitaro had three of Moon's six hits. Scott Liller added a double. Meanwhile, the Vikings used the long ball to tear down the temporary fences at McCormick Field. Brad Kubis' two run homer in the fourth inning. Tom Lewis added a two-run single to give the Vikes a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

In other Section 3-AAA action on Saturday, West Allegheny rebounded from a very rare two game losing streak by beating McGuffey, 9-2.

In Section 3-AAA action from Friday April 24th, Hopewell beat Chartiers Valley, 4-2 and Montour blew out McGuffey, 13-3.

The Tigers return to action on Monday (April 27th) when they host Chartiers Valley (3-4, 6-5) at McCormick Field.

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HOPEWELL

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2

0

2

0

1

0

5

8

0

MOON AREA

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0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

4

Winning Pitcher : Max Vogel (7 IP's) 7 strikeouts, 2 walks. Losing Pitcher : Brad Schnelle (5 IP's) 2 strikeouts, 7 walks. 2B's : Dylan Schwegler (HO), Scott Liller (MA). 3B's : NONE. HR's : Brad Kubis (HO). Two or more hits : Paul Pitaro (MA).


THURSDAY APRIL 24th - MOON AREA ...... 10 - KEYSTONE OAKS ..... 0* (SECTION)(HOME) (5 innings/10 Run rule

Good day! Well the rain finally let up and the sun shined on the Tigers as they clipped the wings of the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles, 10-0. Mike Jeffreys, a junior pitcher, allowed no runs and no hits in the five inning game ended by the 10-run rule. He had three K's and walked one. It is Moon's second no-hitter of the year. Nick Grace threw one in Florida against Edina, MN.

Brad Schnelle has two hits and drove in three RBI's and Zak Schmidt had three hits. Phil Bondi, Brett Hoffman, Alex Knox and Dom DeAngelis all added two hits With the win, the Tigers improve to 6-0 (10-1 overall) in Section 3-AAA and pull back into a tie for first place. It is Moon's tenth straight win.

The Tigers will host Joe Colella's high-flying Hopewell Vikings on Saturday. This contest has been washed out now twice. Moon Area and Hopewell are looking to break the tie for the Section 3-AAA lead in this contest. The game is set for a starting time at 3:00 PM. Hopewell (6-0, 12-1) are ranked No.1 in AAA according to the P-PG and were off on Thursday. They will host Chartiers Valley on Friday. The Colts were a 5-0 winner over West Allegheny on Thursday. The Vikings were to have played an exhibition game against Blackhawk on Saturday, but cancelled it.

Speaking of no-hitters, until this season, Moon hadn't had a no hitter since Scot Lee threw one against Hopewell on May 11th, 1983. Lee had 10 strikeouts in that game. Other no-hitters thrown by the Tigers include :

1964 - Edward Storey - Neville Island - 3-0 (7 strikeouts)

1969 - Tim Babish - South Fayette - 3-0 (13 strikeouts)

1974 - Tim Hogle - South Hills Catholic - 9-0 (15 strikeouts) (Perfect game, no walks, no hits, no errors)

1982 - Scott Miller (3 IP), Ron Panko (3), & Bruce Story (1) - Quaker Valley - 10-0 (Combined no hitter)

1883 - Scot Lee - Hopewell - 3-1 (10 strikeouts)

2009 - Nick Grace - Edina, MN - 10-0* (* - 5 innings)

2009 - Mike Jeffreys - Keystone Oaks 10-0* (* - 5 innings)

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KEYSTONE OAKS

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0

0

0

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0

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3

MOON AREA

1

0

4

5

X

10

15

2

Winning Pitcher : Mike Jeffreys (5 IP's) 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. Losing Pitcher : Miller (3 IP's) 1 strikeout, 1 walk. 2B's : Nico Morrocco (MA). 3B's : Phil Bondi (MA), Brad Schnelle (MA), Alex Knox (MA). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Zak Schmidt (MA) 3, Brad Schnelle (MA) , Brett Hoffman (MA), Phil Bondi (MA), Alex Knox (MA), Dom DeAngelis (MA)


SATURDAY APRIL 18th - MOON AREA ...... 15 - WEST ALLEGHENY ..... 11 (SECTION)(HOME)

The Moon Area Tigers opened their new field, McCormick in grand style as they played and won a slugfest against West Allegheny on Saturday , 15-11. It was an moment in history as this was the first time the Tigers have played a an official game on a school field other than on the original Junior High/Middle School complex field that opened in the mid-50's. Finally, after over 50 years, the Tigers have a new den to play in.

It was a Nico Marocco three run homer that ignited a ten run first inning. Phil Bondi and Brett Hoffman also each drove in three runs. The Tigers (9-1, 5-0) are now tied for the Section 3-AAA lead with Hopewell who ironically is their next opponent. The Indian's Ethan Thompson had four hits and three RBIs in the losing but valliant effort.

Brad Schnelle got the win for the Tigers in relief of starter Nick Grace. Schnelle pitched 5 1/3 innings. WA starter Mike Visloski lasted only an inning.

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WEST ALLEGHENY

5

0

0

1

0

4

1

11

14

0

MOON AREA

10

2

1

1

1

0

X

15

13

2

Winning Pitcher : Brad Schnelle (5 1/3 IP's) 1 strikeouts, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher : Mike Visloski (1 IP's) 1 strikeout, 3 walks. 2B's : Phil Bondi (MA), Brett Hoffman (MA), Paul Pitaro (MA), Alex Knox (MA), Ethan Thompson (WA) 2. 3B's : NONE. HR's : Nico Morrocco (MA). Two or more hits : Scott Liller (MA), Phil Bondi (MA), Brett Hoffman (MA), Alex Knox (MA), Ethan Thompson (WA) 4, Mike Visloski (WA) 3, Ken Cool (WA), Diskin (WA).


FRIDAY APRIL 17th - MOON AREA ...... 11 - MONTOUR ..... 1* (SECTION)(AWAY) (* - innings/10 Run Rule)

The Tigers continue to roll along as they rocketed past Montour, 11-1 on Friday. Phil Bondi hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the second inning. Mike Jeffreys pitched a three hitter, striking out four and walking two. Paul Pitaro and Brad Schnelle each had three hits as the Tigers improved 4-0 in the section and 8-1 overall. In other Section 3-AAA action from Friday, Chartiers Valley hammered McGuffey, 15-0 and West Allegheny beat Keystone Oaks in a slugfest, 19-10.

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MOON AREA

3

3

3

1

1

11

13

2

MONTOUR

0

0

0

1

0

1

3

1

Winning Pitcher : Mike Jeffreys (5 IP's) 4 strikeouts, 2 walks. Losing Pitcher : Tyler Amrhein (2 IP's) 1 strikeouts, 2 walks. 2B's : Paul Pitaro (MA), Nico Morrocco (MA). 3B's : NONE. HR's : Phil Bondi (MA), Matt Socol (MA). Two or more hits : Paul Pitaro (MA) 3, Brad Schnelle (MA) 3, Scott Liller (MA), Phil Bondi (MA).


Thursday's game was postponed due to poor field conditions. It has been rescheduled for Saturday at 2:00 PM. In other Section 3-AAA action on Thursday, Hopewell continued to roll as they wore down Montour, 15-7. The Tigers will travel to Montour High School today (Friday April 17th) to play those same Spartans (1-3, 6-5). The Tigers will face a very challenging three games in the next four days against some of the section's best.

The Tigers will hopefully finally host West Allegheny on Saturday April 18th at the OFFICIAL HOME OPENING of McCormick Field at McCormick Elementary School at 2801 Beaver Grade Road. There will be some pre-game ceremonies including the playing of the Nation Anthem and "Take Me Out To The Ballgame". The ceremonies are scheduled at 3:45 PM and game time is set for 4:00 PM. Weather and a very soggy field has kept the team in check.

One last note, due to the fact that the field has no power supply at it, the MSA Sports Network will NOT be able to broadcast the game as I had previously said they would. Apparently, it wasn't in the budget. Oh well, better luck next time.


There was one Section 3-AAA matchup on Tuesday, Keystone Oaks (1-2, 2-2) beat Chartiers Valley (1-3, 4-4), 7-5


MONDAY APRIL 13 - MOON AREA ...... 14 - McGUFFEY ..... 0* (SECTION)(AWAY)(*- 5 innings/10 Run rule)

The Tigers were to previously played this game as a home game. However, they were unsure and had swapped to play it later in the season. So the Tigers travelled to Claysville on Monday and rolled the McGuffey Highlanders, 14-0 in five innings via the ten run rule. They were led by Zak Schmidt who had a double and a grand slam and ended with five RBIs. Phil Bondi (2B) added three hits and Brett Hoffman also homered as the Tigers are now 3-0 in the section and 7-1 overall. Nick Grace started and got the win went three innings, while striking out four and walking none.

The Tigers jumped all over the Highlanders (0-4, 1-8) in the first inning as Scott Liller walked to start the game. Zak Schmidt doubled him home and Bondi doubled him home. Brett Hoffman then homered to give the boys a 4-0 lead. In the Moon third, it was Schmidt's grand slam that was the highlight of the seven run barrage and left Moon up 11-0. Moon tacked on three more in the fifth inning.

In the only other Section 3-AAA game from monday April 13th, Coach Joe Colella's Hopewell Vikings continue to impress and win. They defeated West Allegheny, 7-4. Max Vogel pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run.

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MOON AREA

4

0

7

0

3

14

10

2

McGUFFEY

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

Winning Pitcher : Nick Grace (3 IP's) 4 strikeouts, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher : McCutcheon (2 1/3 IP's) 3 strikeouts, 2 walks. 2B's : Phil Bondi (MA) 2, Zak Schmidt (MA), Brad Schnelle (MA), Steve Karaffa (MA). 3B's : NONE. HR's : Brett Hoffman (MA), Zak Schmidt (MA). Two or more hits : Phil Bondi (MA) 3, Zak Schmidt (MA).


I know that this is not a H.S. baseball story but I needed to post this on here all well as my Legion baseball sites. It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of a great man, a good friend, and mentor to me over the past thirty years. Region 6 Director, Bob Hester has passed away at the age of 68 on Monday April 13th. Our condolences to Bob's wife Cathy and his sons, Robert G., Thomas, Dennis, and Donald and their families.

Bob took over the reins of the Region 6 director's position in the early 1980's and was a strong leader and advocate of the program ever since. It was only this past summer when he announced he was stepping down from the position due to poor health. Region 6 American Legion Baseball will not be the same without his leadership, wisdom and understanding. The ALB program has lost a dear friend. May God Bless you Bob and your family. You are in our prayers and will never forgotten my friend

Those wanting to pay their respects will be received at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME at 216 4th Street in Lawrenceville. Viewing will be held on Tuesday from 7 PM -9 PM, Wednesday 2 PM -4 PM and 7 PM - 9 PM. Funeral Mass will be held in St. Joseph Church on Thursday at 1pm.


The Official Moon Area H.S. Baseball Website

Just a friendly reminder, this website you are currently viewing is NOT the OFFICIAL website of the the Moon Area H.S. baseball program.

However, you can visit the OFFICIAL (and recognized by the MASD) Moon Area High School Baseball website maintained by the Moon Area Pinch Hitter's Club (MAPHC) by clicking this link :

Moon Area High School Baseball.:The Official Site of Moon Area H.S. Baseball maintained by the MAPHC


Happy Easter everyone! Hope you are all having a beautiful and blessed day! I just wanted to pass on my condolences and prayers to my best friend, Brian Kotfis on the loss of his father this past Monday. May God Bless him and his family on their loss.

The Tigers are off until Monday when they host the Section 3-AAA newcomer, McGuffey in the official home opening game at the new McCormick Field. The team had been given the official OK now to play and practice on the new field located at McCormick Elementary School out on Beaver Grade Road. Directions to the new field are located lower on this page.

In Section 3-AAA related exhibition games from Thursday, Chartiers Valley out-lasted Bethel Park, 13-11 and West Allegheny pounded Cornell, 14-3.

In a Section 3-AAA related exhibition game from Saturday, Hopewell defeated Rochester, 3-2.


WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 - MOON AREA ...... 9 - CHARTIERS VALLEY ..... 4 (SECTION)(AWAY)

The Moon Area Tigers are off and running in the 2009 Section 3-AAA race with a very big 9-4 win over the Chartiers Valley Colts on Wednesday at Woodville Field. Brad Schnelle went six innings on the mound for the Tigers, striking out three and walking one. Phil Bondi had the big hit, a two run home run, in the five-run fifth inning, to open the game up. Brett Hoffman had three hits and Scott Liller (TRIPLE) and Dom DeAngelis added two hits each.

In other Section 3-AAA action from Wednesday April 8th, Hopewell (2-0, 8-1) shutdown McGuffey (0-3, 1-7), 8-0. The Viking's Dylan Schwegler pitched a two-hitter and struck out 13. Max Vogel had three hits, including a two-run home run in the first, and drove in three.

West Allegheny (2-0, 5-1) edged Montour (1-2, 6-4), 3-2.

Tiger Tracks : You can view the box scores for the Florida exhibition games below.

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MOON AREA

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0

5

0

0

0

9

11

2

CHARTIERS VALLEY

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1

0

0

1

0

0

4

7

2

Winning Pitcher : Brad Schnelle (6 IP's) 3 strikeouts, 1 walks. Losing Pitcher : Dan Colavencenzo (6 IP's) 6 strikeouts, 2 walks. 2B's : Zak Schmidt (MA), Brad Schnelle (MA), Paul Pitaro (MA), Luke Horew (CV). 3B's : Scott Liller (MA). HR's : Phil Bondi (MA), Tyler Mroz (CV). Two or more hits : Brett Hoffman (MA) 3, Scott Liller (MA), Dom DeAngelis(MA), Ken Terpack (CV).


MONDAY APRIL 6th - MOON AREA ...... 13 - KEYSTONE OAKS ..... 7 (SECTION)(AWAY)

Hi everyone, so sorry for the delay in updating the website today. The Tigers survived snow, wind, cold, and Keystone Oaks with a 13-7 win in their Section 3-AAA opener at Duquesne Field in GreenTree on Monday. Mike Jeffreys got the win in relief of starter Nick Grace. Nico Marocco had two two-run singles as the Tigers moved to 5-1 overall, 1-0 in Section 3-AAA.

The Tigers will travel to play Chartiers Valley on Wednesday at Woodville Field at 4:00 PM. The Colts lost to Hopewell, 8-6 on Monday. The Viking's Scott Dierdorf’s two-run double helped a five-run sixth inning. Garrett Covalt also added a two-run single to the rally. Alex Haas used a squeeze bunt to drive in a run in the seventh inning as Hopewell moved to 7-1 overall, 2-0 in Section 3-AAA.

In the only other game, Montour improved to 1-1 in the section (6-3 overall) with a 12-9 win over newcomer, McGuffey.

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MOON AREA

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2

0

0

2

4

5

13

9

2

KEYSTONE OAKS

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0

2

0

3

0

1

7

11

3

Winning Pitcher : Mike Jeffreys (3 2/3 IP's) 7 strikeouts, 2 walks. Losing Pitcher : Badzson (5 IP's) 6 strikeouts, 6 walks. 2B's : Zak Schmidt (MA), Nico Morrocco (MA), Phil Bondi (MA), Dom DeAngelis (MA), Smith (KO). 3B's : NONE. HR's : Hoover (KO), Ott (KO). Two or more hits : Scott Liller (MA) 3, Nico Morrocco (MA), Smith (KO), Schern (KO), Hoover (KO), Badzson (KO).


In WPIAL Setion 3-AAA opening day action from Saturday April 4th, Hopewell (1-0, 6-1) edged Keystone Oaks (0-1, 1-1), 6-5 and Chartiers Valley (1-0, 3-1) downed Montour (0-1, 5-2), 6-4. West Allegheny downed McGuffey 15-0 in 5 innings on a ten run rule.


The boys returned home from their 2009 Spring training trip in Orlando, Fl on Monday. The team went 4-0. They beat The Masters School, NY, 13-0, Greens Farm Academy, CT., 15-2, Edina H.S., MN, 10-0 (Nick Grace threw a perfect 5 inning no-hitter) and Georgetown Day (Wash.,D.C.), 6-2. I will hopefully have box scores and more game detail later this week.

TEAM R H E

MOON AREA

13

6

0

MASTERS SCHOOL (NY)

0

1

0

Winning Pitcher : Brad Schnelle.

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TEAM R H E

GREENS FARM ACADEMY (CT)

2

3

2

MOON AREA

15

9

3

Winning Pitcher : Mike Jeffreys.

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EDINA H.S. (MN)

0

0

0

MOON AREA

10

8

0

Winning Pitcher : Nick Grace .

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MOON AREA

6

6

1

GEORGETOWN DAY (DC)

2

4

2

Winning Pitcher : Brian Flannery.


FRIDAY MARCH 20 - PINE RICHLAND ...... 10 - MOON AREA ...... 6 (EXHIBITION)(AWAY)

The Tigers dropped their first exhibtion game of the season by a score of 10-6 against the Rams of Pine Richland last Friday. Brian Flannery got the start for Moon Area (0-1) and got a bit roughed up by the Rams. Flannery only lasted two innings, giving up 7 runs including a grand slam homer in the first inning. Brad Schnelle pitched the last four innings. Alex Knox had two hits including a home run and a double. Scott Liller and Zak Schmidt (2B) also had two hits. Schnelle added a home run also. Nico Morrocco and Dom DeAngelis also had a hit. Moon's next exhibition game will be at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando, Florida starting next Thursday.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

MOON AREA

2

0

4

0

0

0

0

6

9

4

PINE RICHLAND

4

3

0

0

0

3

X

10

12

0

Winning Pitcher : Unavailable (7 IP's) 0 strikeouts, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher : Brian Flannery (2 IP's) 2 strikeouts, 4 walks. 2B's : Zak Schmidt (MA), Alex Knox (MA). 3B's : NONE. HR's : Knox (MA), Schnelle (MA). Two or more hits : Scott Liller (MA), Schmidt (MA), Knox (MA).


The MAPHC is fundraising with "ESPN" Magazine. Click this link to get more information :

The MAPHC's MAHS Baseball website : Information regarding the ESPN Magazine fundraiser(12/18/08)


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On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Moon senior Phil Bondi signed a National Letter of Intent, accepting a full scholarship to continue his baseball career at Radford University. Bondi, a 6-foot-1, right-handed shortstop, was an all-section player and the Tigers' leader in hits, batting average and stolen bases in 2008. His play last season helped carry Moon to 17-5 record and a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals.

Radford, a member of the NCAA Division I Big South Conference, is a public school located in southwestern Virginia. In 2008, the team's first year under head coach Joe Raccuia, the Highlanders compiled a 24-32 record, a 15-win improvement on the previous season.

Tribune Review : Great article and photo by Matt Grubba on Moon Area senior Phil Bondi III (11/13/08)


Well, I was just sitting here and looking at my past season notes and stats and starting to ponder how the 2009 season will possibly look for the Tigers. We know we lost some outstanding players in Ryan Suess (C), Nick Berdine (OF), Zach Mangan (P), and Ryan Busch (1B,DH). However, Moon will be returning some very fine Varsity lettermen players as well, including infielders Phil Bondi, Brett Hoffman, Scott Liller. Outfielders Zack Schmidt, Paul Pitaro, Alex Knox and Nico Morrocco. Pitchers Brian Flannery, Brad Schnelle, and Nick Grace. The Tigers will be looking to fill the catcher's shoes of Suess with junior Dom DeAngelis.

Returning senior lettermen Grace, Pitaro, and junior newbie Corey Chamberlain had to sit out the 2008 season with injuries and will look to be fully recovered to re-stake their status of their 2007 seasons. Plus look for some outstanding players moving up from both last year's Junior Varsity and Ninth Grade programs to challenge for varsity spots. Coach Santeufemio looks to the future with a smile and knows he has the potential tools to lay a stake on a WPIAL Section 3-AAA title. However, teams like West Allegheny, Montour, Chartiers Valley, Keystone Oaks, and newcomer McGuffey (they replaced South Park) will be tough oppenents there to greet him and his boys.

I know I am looking forward to another great season of Moon Area Tiger baseball. Hopefully, the new field at McCormick Elementary School will be ready to play on. I have heard they are working very dilligently on it as I speak. However, new sod is a tough thing to take root if it doesn't have enough time in warm weather. Let's keep our fingers crossed and say a prayer !!!! Continue having a great off-season folks, the 2009 season is not that far away. BTW, the first Moon Tiger 2009 Section 3-AAA game is set to be played Monday April 6th at Keystone Oaks. The first scheduled Section 3-AAA home game ever played at McCormick is tentatively right now on Wednesday April 8th against the Chartiers Valley Colts. Get your tickets now !!! (LOL)


The Pittsburgh Post Gazette named it's 2008 All West team on Thursday and Moon Area's Phil Bondi III was named to the list. Phil was also named as Moon's only Section 3-AAA All-Section team. Congratulations on the honors. Other Section 3-AAA players named to those lists included West Allegheny's senior pitcher Zak Sinclair and senior pitcher/shortstop Derrik Zeroski (who were also named to the PG's All-Area team). Congratulations to all these young men on these honors.


I had a good time at the Moon Area H.S./MAPHC Baseball Banquet last Wednesday night at the Pittsburgh Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel. The food was good and the company I shared with all of those in attendance was great. I want to thank the Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club for inviting me and my father to the banquet. I want to personally thank Coach Dom Santeufemio, Moon Varsity scorekeeper, Joe Farquhar, MAPHC members : Steve Schmidt, Joe & Cindy DeAngelis, Phil & Brenda Bondi and the players for all they helped.

As for the 2008 Moon Area Varsity baseball awards, Freshman 3rd baseman, Brett Hoffman was named the team's Most Valuble Player by his teammates. Junior Shortstop, Phil Bondi III won the team's Batting Title, and Senior Outfielder, Nick Berdine was the lone inductee into the 100/300 Club. Senior Catcher, Ryan Suess recieved the Scholar/Athlete Scholarship Award.

The other awards presented the Vasity coaching staff : Ryan Suess (SR;Catch) - Defensive P.O.Y., Phil Bondi III (JR;SS) - Offensive P.O.Y., Scott Liller (JR;2B) - Eagle Eye Award, Brian Flannery (SO;P) - Special K Award, Zach Mangan (SR;P) - Unsung Hero Award, and Brett Hoffman (FR;3B) - Rookie Of The Year.

Some quick notes - The Moon Twp. American Legion Baseball season is underway and the team is 9-1. Get out to the ball field to see them play. Next home game is this Thursday July 3rd against Elliott at 6:00 PM.



Coach Bosetti's WESTERN PA. BASEBALL CAMP 2008

Hello, Coach Bosetti's 45th Annual WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA BASEBALL CAMP. Click this link and you will be sent to the camp's NEW and official website.

Western PA Baseball Camp: The Official Website of Coach Bosetti's summer YOUTH Baseball Camp.


The ARCHIVED 2007 Moon Area H.S. Baseball Website

You can access this page by clicking this link :

Archived 2007 Moon Area and other Section 3-AAA Game results: Here is a link for you to look at previous game results by our Tigers and the other WPIAL Section 3-AAA action


The 2008 MOON AREA JUNIOR VARSITY Team Corner

For a complete look at the JUNIOR VARSITY games to date you can go to our JV and NINTH GRADE ROSTER PAGE. Just click this handy link :

2008 JV and 9th Grade Rosters: The 2008 JV and Ninth Grade Rosters

Here is the complete up-to-date 2008 Moon Area Junior Varsity schedule :

2008 JV Schedule: The Moon Area JV schedule from the MAPHC website


The 2008 MOON AREA Ninth Grade Team Corner

For a complete look at the Ninth Grade games to date you can go to our JV and NINTH GRADE ROSTER PAGE. Just click this handy link :

2008 JV and 9th Grade Rosters: The 2008 JV and Ninth Grade Rosters

Here is the complete and up-to-date 2008 Moon Area High School Ninth Grade (Freshmen) schedule :

2008 9th Grade Schedule: The Ninth Grade schedule from the MAPHC website


The WPIAL has realigned the entire baseball league. Moon is in Section 3-AAA with the usuals including, Hopewell, Montour, Chartiers Valley, Keystone Oaks and West Allegheny. However, they have replaced South Park in our section with McGuffey

Here is the link to the WPIAL's new realignment and tenative schedules for 2008-09. You must have a PDF reader to view the link :

WPIAL: New baseball alignments for 2008-09

WPIAL: New baseball tenative section schedules for 2008-09


BTW, I'm looking to hear from some of our old player alumni. Please email and say HI. I would love to see how you're doing and what is new in your lives. Moon Baseball has a long standing great winning tradition and a wealth of great players. I have lived for this great program since the early 1970's. I have worked with so great coaches and players. Please get in touch with me. I am putting together an all-time Moon High School Varsity Baseball all-star team. This is to coordinate with the 45 years of information and stats I have on Moon Baseball. The email address is below

Well, I hope all is well for all of you back in Moon Township or where ever you may be reading this website from. I look froward to posting updates again and I am readying for the 2008 season. Stay tuned !!!!


MOOVIN' MEMORIES

BTW, do you need a great idea for a birthday/anniversary/graduation gift that will bring back memories for you and your family and friends forever. My wife and I have started a new business, called MOOVIN' MEMORIES , which if you were at this past year's baseball banquet you saw a photo slide show presentation featuring our Moon Area High School Varsity Baseball team in the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

We now offer this service to you. We can take any or all of your photos (digital, paper, slide, or 35mm film strips) and digital videos, add music of your choice and put it on a VCD or DVD for lasting and truly MOOVIN' memories. We can take your photos from wedding, family or class reunion, family, birthday, anniversary, or any occasion or activity and create a true keepsake that you and your family can cherish for generations. We recently just put together one for a friend who had a retirement party for a fellow employee and recieved nothing but praise. Maybe you would love to have a slideshow that shows your child from birth to graduation. You name it, we can do it.

You can contact us for more information and we will mail you our brochure. Mention that you saw this ad on the Moon Baseball website and save 10% off your purchase. Download our brochure (You must have an ADOBE READER to view this .PDF file) :

Moovin' Memories: Our brochure ready to view and print

PS : I also still have a few copies of the Moon Baseball 2006 and 2007 VCD slideshow available. Proceeds benefit the Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club. Contact me at the emails below for more info.

MOOVIN' MEMORIES

moovin_memories@yahoo.com
Upland, PA 19015-3044


THANK YOU FROM ME, TO THE MOON AREA H.S. and COMMUNITY BASEBALL PROGRAMS and THE MAPHC

On Friday September 1st, 2006 in the lobby of Moon Area Senior High School, the place I graduated from in 1975 and spent a good portion of my life associated with what I consider one the best baseball programs in the state. I was simply without a doubt humbled, speechless, and overwhelmed by the honor I recieved. I was surprised when I recieved a citation from the PA House Of Representatives for my years of work with the Moon Area H.S. and Moon Township Baseball Association. The citation was presented to me by State Representative and fellow classmate, T. Mark Mustio (R-44th). Mark read the citation aloud in front of friends and baseball associates.

I would love to thank again all of you that made this honor possible. Mainly, Don Liskay (past president of the MTBA and current board member) and the Moon Township Baseball Association, Frank Sorosky (former MAPHC president and current Moon Legion Manager), the current Moon Area Pinch Hitter's Club board and membership (including Joe and Cindy DeAngelis and MaryBeth and Goldbach.) Also Dom Santeufemio for allowing me to continue to bring you updates on this website and being a great friend along with his wife, Donna.

I want to also thank Bill Moore, former Moon Area Athletic Director, for his support and encouragement over the years. His "Tiger Pride" was a source of inspiration and a true spark that renewed the competitive drive in the athletic department. Thanks also to current AD, Zach Kessler for continuing in Bill's footsteps.

I also want to thank Mr. Mustio for sponsoring this citation and presenting it to me in person. I apparently threw a monkey wrench into the MAPHC's plan to present it to me at the Moon Baseball Banquet in late June by not being able to attend. I again am very sorry and thank you for trying your best to make it one of the best days in my life. I am truly grateful, touched, and honored by what you have done for me over the years. God Bless you all. I can't thank you all enough.

I also want to thank everyone who attended this presentation, Don Liskay, Dom and Donna Santeufemio, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sorosky, Bill Moore, MaryBeth and Bryce Goldbach, Mark Mustio and his wife Marianne. Also later outside by Tommy DeAngelis, Phil Bondi Jr., and Brian Walsh.

My Citation: Story regarding my PA HOR Citation presentation


THE Archived 2006 MOON AREA VARSITY BASEBALL WEBSITE

Here is where I stored the 2006 website of the Varsity team and the other Section 3-AAA results. This will help clear up some of the clutter and confusion on the main home page. Here is the link to the archived information.

2006 MHS Varsity Baseball Archives: Scores and results from earlier games from our team and the rest of the league.


SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY NEWS

SEAN HOLLIDAY WATCH !!!!

Junior pitcher Sean Holliday (2009) is currently at Slippery Rock University. Sean was 1-0 with only 16.2 IP and an ERA of 10.26. He had 11 strikeouts.

Sean will be pitching for the Prospect League's new entry, the Butler (PA) Blue Sox at the newly renovated Pullman Park. Hope all of you can get up there to see Sean pitch and check out an old gem that got a facelift, Pullman Park.

Sean played in the Cal Ripken Jr. League in Baltimore last summer.

Butler (PA) Blue Sox: Official Butler BlueSox website


BRIAN HOLLIDAY WATCH !!!!

Brian is playing for the York Revolution in the Atlantic League. He is currently 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched. he has seven strikeouts.

York Revolution:Official Website of the team where Brian Holliday is playing


NATHAN NERY WATCH !!!!

Latest news !!!!

KEYS NARROWLY LOSE TO PELICANS

Costly Error in Fourth Helps Myrtle Beach Beat Frederick

The Frederick Keys were on the right end of one-run games in the first two contests of this series, but tonight they were on the other side. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans defeated the Keys 2-1.

LHP Nate Nery got the start for Frederick. He found himself in a slight jam in the fourth. Pelican 3B Robert Marcial and RF Jason Heyward led off the inning with back-to-back singles. The next batter, 1B Freddie Freeman, hit a ground ball to first. Keys' 1B Chris Vinyard tried to turn two, but threw the ball into left field. Marcial scored to give the Pelicans an early one-run lead.That was all the Pelicans would get off of Nery. The southpaw went six strong innings, allowing just the unearned run on five hits. He walked one and struck out six, but left in position to get the loss.

Nery Notes : After going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA through his first four starts (five total appearances) with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebrids, LHP Nate Nery was promoted to the Frederick Keys. Nery was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 18th round of the 2006 draft. It took the O's two tries to get the southpaw. Baltimore drafted Nery out of high school, in the eighth round of the 2003 draft, but he opted to attend Stetson University. 2009 will be Nery's fourth season in professional baseball.

Frederick (MD) Keys: Official Frederick (MD) Key's website




Here is a great website, It is the West Penn Baseball Prospects. I was impressed by the amount of players they are pushing information out on for college/pros to look at. It reminds me a lot of the Joe Butler W.PA. Football Metro Index did for H.S. Football in our area. It is run by High School and College coaches and some local area scouts and baseball instructors. Here is the link :

West Penn Baseball Prospects: Outstanding website for local high school and amatuer baseball prospects to be looked at and look for showcases and workouts


IN MEMORY OF RICH KRANE

This is something that I wanted to do for a long time but never seemed to get around to it. In March of 1999, a dear friend of mine and Moon Baseball's passed away. It has been over eight years since that sad day. I figured I needed to dedicate a page to him so that all will know him. This eulogy was witten in March of 1999. Rich Krane Field is real and very much a great place where are children now play. Here is the link my special dedication to that man. God Bless him and his family, wife, Joyce and son, Ryan.

MEMORIAL: In Remembrance of a dear friend, the late Rich Krane


TRIBUTE TO FORMER MAHS HEAD COACH, RAY BOSETTI

A special note : A special addition to the Moon Area H.S. Baseball Homepage is my special dedication page to Former MAHS Head Baseball Coach Raymond A. Bosetti. BTW, there are some great photos of Ray. You can now view this site by clicking the link below this paragrph. I must warn the page is still UNDER CONSTRUCTION but it is up and running :

Coach Bosetti's Dedication Page: My tribute to Coach Bosetti


2004 Stat Sheet, UPDATED !!!!100/300 Club, Moon Twp. American Legion Baseball Links

The 2004 Moon Area H.S. Baseball Stat Sheet is available. Here is a link to this season's final hitting and pitching stats courtesy of Moon Varsity Scorekeeper and statistician Joe Farquhar. Also there is a link to check out the newly updated 2008 edition of the 100/300 Club.

Here are all the links I promised you :

Moon Area Varsity 2004 Stat Sheet: This season's varsity stat sheet

Moon Baseball's 100/300 Club: The 100 AB/.300 B.A. Club members

Moon Twp. Legion Baseball Home Page: Official Home of Moon Twp. Legion Baseball


The MOON AREA VARSITY BASEBALL SCORES (1963-2005)(UPDATED)

Hey, I have finlly finished posting all the Varsity baseball scores fom 1963 to present. Here is the link to view them :

2003 Moon Area H.S. Varsity Baseball Scores and Season Win/Loss Records: All the Varsity scores and W/L Records from 1963 to present


Would like to hear from our Moon Baseball Alumni

To all the alumni of Moon Area H.S. Baseball I would love to hear from and about you in the upcoming year. I would love to hear your stories, please Email me. I promise not to use your email for any commercial solicitation or massive spamming. This is a non-profit site. I do not accept any donations or draw any compensation for this website. I do however make suggestions sometimes as to where you could donate money, services, or voluntary help to. My favorite charity is the Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club (MAPHC) which you can contact the school's athletic department for information regarding them. The current officers names are listed further below on this page. This club is the main vein of revenue and support outside the Moon Area School District. In this day and age, funding is limited to our program. This club founded by some dear friends of mine and Moon Baseball has done a lot to make the program stronger and helped supplement it's on and off field success'.


PAST SEASONS IN REVIEW ......

BTW, I have completely now archived the 2006 MAHS Baseball Website to free up space on this my main page. Here is a quick link to access it. Hope you enjoy it. Other links to previous seasons are available lower on this page. Feel free to browse !!!

2006 MHS Varsity Baseball Archived Website: Scores, results and information regarding the 2006 season.

The 2005 Moon Area H.S. Baseball website is now archived, you can click here to find the scoop on last season :

MAHS Baseball 2005 ARCHIVED HOMEPAGE: Moon Area H.S. Baseball's 2005 Season Information

A quick note, the 2004 Moon Area High School Baseball season information has been archived. To VIEW it, just click this link and it will take you right to it.

MAHS Baseball 2004 ARCHIVED HOMEPAGE: Moon Area H.S. Baseball's 2004 Season Information

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The Moon Area High School Homepage for 2003 has been now archived. To review the page just click on this handy link.

2003 Moon Area H.S. Baseball Archived Homepage: Moon Area H.S. Baseball 2003 in review

2003 Moon Area H.S. Baseball Game by Game Synopsis : Moon Area H.S. Baseball 2003 game by game review

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To review the 2002 Moon Area High School Varsity Baseball Season just click the following link. I decided to start housecleaning a little sooner this time. You can also review the 2000 and 2001 seasons as well.

To view last year's 2002 Moon Area Schedule and results which includes articles and highlights through Moon's 2nd miraculous run to the PIAA Class AAA Championship game and GOLD medal just click here : The 2002 Moon Area H.S. Baseball Schedule and Results:Check out last year's 2nd run to the PIAA Class AAA Championship and Gold medal

Click here to listen to the achived rebroadcast of the 2002 PIAA Class AAA Championship game on Tuesday June 18th which was broaadcast live on NSNSports.com and WBVP/WMBA AM Radio

NSN Sports.com internet archived broadcast:Moon Area vs. Bethlehem Liberty - 2002 PIAA Class AAA Championship game

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To view 2001 Moon Area Schedule and results which includes articles and highlights through Moon's first ever run to the PIAA Class AAA Championship game and GOLD medal just click here : The 2001 Moon Area H.S. Baseball Schedule and Results:Check out Moon's run to it's first PIAA Class AAA championship


MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL RECORD BOOK ONLINE (1963- Present)

The Moon Area High School Baseball Record Book Online (1963-2004) is just an excerpt of a NHM Publication that was last released in 1992. Here you can see who holds the most important statistical records in Moon Area H.S. Baseball History. SINGLE SEASON and CAREER LEADERS in every statistical baseball department from pitching to hitting are available by just clicking the LINK right here. COMING SOON !!! A MAHS COACHING STAFF HISTORY PAGE, MOON AREA H.S. Baseball Year by Year Win-Loss Records, and hopefully this year .... A NEW !!! MOON AREA H.S. BASEBALL RECORD BOOK (1963-2004).

The Moon Area Varsity Baseball Record Book Homepage: Moon Area H.S. Varsity Baseball Records 1963-2004


THE COMPLETE LIST OF WPIAL AND PIAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONS

Just click this link (and follow the prompts) and you can see who has won every WPIAL (1944 - PRESENT) and PIAA ( 1979 - PRESENT) Baseball championship . This link is courtesy of the WPIAL Homepage .....

WPIAL Homepage: Complete list of WPIAL and PIAA Baseball Champions 1944/1979 to 2002


The 2009 Moon Area Varsity Schedule and Results as of: 6/9/2009 2009 MOON AREA Varsity Schedule as of: 6/9/2009


Date Day Time EX-LEAG Location Opponent H/A W/L Score Record

3/17/2009

Tue

3:30 PM

SCRIMMAGE

Steel Valley's Apdale Field

Steel Valley

A

---

---

0-0

3/18/2009

Wed

4:00 PM

SCRIMMAGE

McDowell Land Field

Canon McMillan

A

---

---

0-0

3/20/2009

Fri

3:30 PM

EXHIBITION

Pine Richland H.S. Field

Pine Richland

A

LOSS

10-6

0-1

3/26/2009

Thu

10:30 AM

EXHIBITION

Disney WWD Field

Masters School (NY)

A

WIN

13-0*

1-1

3/27/2009

Fri

1:00 PM

EXHIBITION

Disney WWD Field #

Green's Farm Academy, CT

A

WIN

15-2*

2-1

3/28/2009

Sat

10:30 AM

EXHIBITION

Disney WWD Field #

Edina H.S, MN

H

WIN

10-0*

3-1

3/29/2009

Sun

8:00 AM

EXHIBITION

Disney WWD Field #

Georgetown Day H.S., CT

A

WIN

6-2

4-1

4/3/2009

Fri

4:00 PM

EXHIBITION

Washington H.S. Field

Washington

A

PPD

---

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4/6/2009

Mon

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Aiken Field

Keystone Oaks

A

WIN

13-7

1-0, 5-1

4/8/2009

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

CV's Woodville Field

Chartiers Valley

A

WIN

9-4

2-0, 6-1

4/13/2009

Mon

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Claysville Field

McGuffey

A

WIN

14-0*

3-0, 7-1

4/17/2009

Fri

3:45 PM

LEAGUE

Montour H.S. Field

Montour

A

WIN

11-1

4-0, 8-1

4/18/2009

Sat

2:00 PM

LEAGUE

Moon Area's McCormick School Field

West Allegheny

H

WIN

15-11

5-0, 9-1

4/22/2009

Wed

4:00 PM

EXHIBITION

Bethel Park's Purkey Field

Bethel Park

A

PPD

---

---

4/23/2009

Thu

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Moon Area's McCormick School Field

Keystone Oaks

H

WIN

10-0*

6-0, 10-1

4/25/2009

Sat

3:30 PM

LEAGUE

Moon Area's McCormick School Field

Hopewell

H

LOSS

5-0

6-1, 10-2

4/27/2009

Mon

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Moon Area's McCormick School Field

Chartiers Valley

H

LOSS

11-3

6-2, 10-3

4/29/2009

Wed

4:15 PM

LEAGUE

Moon Area's McCormick School Field

McGuffey

H

WIN

17-7 x

7-2, 11-3

5/2/2009

Sat

2:30 PM

LEAGUE

W.A.'s Donaldson Field

West Allegheny

A

WIN

13-8

8-2, 12-3

5/2/2009

Sat

12:00 NOON

EXHIBITION

Moon Area's McCormick School Field

Seneca Valley

H

PPD

---

---

5/5/2009

Tue

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Moon Area's McCormick School Field

Montour

H

WIN

4-0

9-2, 13-3

5/6/2009

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Colella Field/Hopewell H.S. Field

Hopewell

A

LOSS

10-3

9-3, 13-4

5/9/2009

Sat

12:00 NOON

EXHIBITION

Moon Area's McCormick School Field

Neshannock

H

WIN

10-8

9-3, 14-4

5/12/2009

Tue

2:00 PM

WPIAL FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF

Chippewa Park

New Castle

H

WIN

7-4

1-0, 9-3, 15-4

5/14/2009

Thu

4:00 PM

WPIAL QUARTERFINAL ROUND PLAYOFF

Gateway H.S. Field

Laurel Highlands

H

WIN

17-7 x

2-0, 9-3, 16-4

5/19-21/2009

Tue/Thu

7:00 PM

WPIAL SEMIFINAL ROUND PLAYOFF

Marko Field/Burkett Complex

Hopewell

A

WIN

15-13 !

3-0, 9-3, 17-4

5/29/2009

Fri

3:00 PM

WPIAL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP

W&J College's Ross Mem. Field in Washington, PA

Chartiers Valley

H

WIN

3-2

4-0, 9-3, 18-4

6/1/2009

Mon

3:00 PM

PIAA CLASS AAA FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF

W&J College's Ross Mem. Field in Washington, PA

Perry Tradional Academy

H

WIN

11-0*

5-0, 9-3, 19-4

6/5/2009

Fri

4:00 PM

PIAA CLASS AAA QUARTERFINAL ROUND PLAYOFF

White Twp. Park, Indiana, PA

Bellefonte

A

LOSS

7-2

5-1, 9-3, 19-5


(#)- Denotes Senior Recognition Game (*)- 10 Run Rule. (^) - 9 innings. (+) - 8 innings. (x)- 6 innings. (!) - 14 innings.

Please note that this schedule is only tentative and highly subject to change as Coach Santeufemio solidifies it.


The FINAL 2009 WPIAL Section 3-AAA Standings 2009 WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA Standings 5/11/2009

TEAM WIN LOSS PCT GB

* Hopewell Vikings

12

0

1.000

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** MOON AREA TIGERS

9

3

.750

3.0

# Chartiers Valley Colts

7

5

.583

5.0

# West Allegheny Indians

7

5

.583

5.0

E-Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles

4

8

.333

8.0

E-Montour Spartans

3

9

.250

9.0

E-McGuffey Highlanders

0

12

.000

12.0

(*) - Section Champion , (**) - Section Runner-Up , (E) - Eliminated from playoffs , (#) - Clinched a playoff spot.