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MOON BASEBALL 2006

A Home Page dedicated to the Moon Baseball Program, 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 Area High School Baseball Homepage -- MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-- Welcome back to Moon Tiger Tales 2006 Update ..... The 2005 WPIAL Class AAA Silver Medalists ..... HAVE A GREAT OFF-SEASON !!! ..... MEET THE COACH NIGHT was a big success in parent participation ..... Congratulations on your outstanding season ..... Seniors : Good luck in yout future endeavors ..... See everyone next year !! NEXT UP: The 2006 Season ..... You can't hide that TIGER PRIDE ..... We're B-A-A-C-C-K in 2006 to bring you another great and exciting season of Tiger baseball !!! TIGER BASEBALL and TIGER PRIDE Go Hand in Hand:  WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11th    Keep tuned here for more NEWS about Our Moon Tigers in 2006. You are at the home of The Back-to- Back 2001 and 2002 PIAA Class AAA State Champions.

MOON AREA VARSITY BASEBALL SECTION TENTATIVE 2006 SCHEDULE


Times article regarding Moon Baseball's plight of no field to play on !!

Here is the Timesonline article :

Beaver County/Allegheny Times: Article concerning H.S. Baseball program's field dilemma


MEET THE COACH NIGHT !


I ask for your prayers, my mother, Olive Joan Marek, had a stroke on Tuesday morning. She is currently stable, but on a respirator in an ICU at a Pittsburgh hospital. It has been a very rough last two and 1/2 years on her. God Bless you, mom !!! thank you for your prayers.


NEWS UPDATE/Website status!!!!

Hello everyone !!! Sorry for the long delay in updating this site. I have sort of been busy with family matters. This site is on hiatus right now. I will post any relevant news that may happen in the off-season. As to where the Tigers will be playing thier 2006 season is up in the air. The Moon Area School District Administration and School Board have not developed a new field, nor upgraded any current fields in the township/school district for the upcoming season. Thier original plan to build a field at the former McCormack Elementary School site (USAirways Training facilities) on Beaver Grade Road fell apart after the Moon Twp. Municipality stepped in and stopped the development. One can only guess what they plan for our boys this season. A program that has won two PIAA State Class AAA titles in the past 5 years, a team that lost the WPIAL Class AAA championship by one run in bottom of the last inning should not be wondering where they will be playing in 2006.

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As for the team, the 2006 season will be one of great expectations and rebuilding. The loss of players like Sean Holliday, Bobby Francis, Nick Petersen, Ben Sorosky, Paul Altmeyer, and Jeremy Barchie. But returners like, Brian and Danny Walsh, Tom DeAngelis, Bryce Goldbach, Ben Smith, Ryan Butschle, and Casey Williams give the Tigers a fighting chance. Head Coach Dom Santeufemio will have his hands full but not without some help.

Another quick note, former Tiger infielder Kevin Lovely (Class of 2002), son of former Moon Area Asst. Coach Mike Lovely, has been stationed in Iraq for a while now. I have his address over there if any one wants to send him a letter or package email me and i will be glad to email it back to you. I don't want to post it on here for security issues. My email is : joemav57@hotmail.com or just click the email link lower on this page.


The MAPHC Moon Area H.S. Baseball Banquet Review

Just a quick review of the banquet highlights. The Batting Championship Award was given to Tommy DeAngelis. The MVP Award was also given to Tommy. The Scholar/Athlete Award wa given to Ben Sorosky. The new inductees into the 100/.300 Club included Sean Holliday, Nick Peterson, and Bobby Francis.

The food from Armstrongs was outstanding. My deepest thanks and kudos to the Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club for the outstanding banquet and my invitation to it. Also thank you for the gift you gave me. I truly appreciate it, it will come in handy on my real first trip to Disney in late September. Special thanks to Frank Sorosky, Tom Smith, and Cindy and Joe DeAngelis.

Thank you to Dom Santeufemio and Joe Farquhar for helping me maintain this website and the baseball booklet.


BRIAN HOLLIDAY WATCH !!!!

Finished the 2005 Lynchburg Hillcat season on the DL. We hope Brian is recuperated and ready for the 2006 season. Keep reading here for updates !!! Here was the last report I had on him. It is a news release by the Carolina League website :

HOLLIDAY DONE: Lynchburg starter Brian Holliday isn't expected to return this season after being put on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue. He went 5-4 with a 5.40 ERA. Holliday told the Lynchburg News and Advance the Pirates' organization didn't want him to further injure himself, and that he expects to begin throwing in instructional ball in September at the Pirates' Spring Training facility in Bradenton, Fla.

Great article on Brian in Sunday October 30th's Beaver County Times by John Perrotto

Sharpless and Holliday bond in Pirates' farm system

John Perrotto - Times Staff - 10/30/2005

Josh Sharpless and Brian Holliday, the Beaver County area's contribution to the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system, took turns driving non-stop from Pittsburgh to Bradenton in September for the Florida Instructional League camp and then back last week.

The two trips each took about 14 hours.

"It was a good bonding experience," Sharpless said.

Sharpless, a right-handed reliever from Freedom High School and Allegheny College, and Holliday, a left-handed reliever from Moon Area High School, also had another reason to bond. Both were able to pitch pain-free after having their minor-league seasons cut short by injury.

Sharpless worked three innings at the end of the FIL camp after missing the final two months of the season at Class AA Altoona because of a strained elbow. Holliday pitched 12 innings in Florida after being shut down at high Class A Lynchburg for the final month because of shoulder fatigue.

"I felt great," Sharpless said. "This really gives me a good peace of mind going into the winter and getting ready for spring training . "When you don't pitch for as long as I did, you don't know what's going to happen. It really couldn't have gone better."

Feeling healthy was an even bigger thrill for Holliday than catching a shark during a fishing excursion in the Gulf of Mexico. This marked the second straight fall that Holliday was sent to the FIL to rebuild arm strength after having his minor-league season end early.

"I feel so much stronger now than I did last year," Holliday said. "My velocity was up by the end of camp and my fastball was as good as it's ever been. "It's going to be totally different this winter for me. Instead of building arm strength, I can concentrate on getting even stronger for next year."

Holliday struggled at Lynchburg this past season, going 5-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 starts, walking 54 and striking out 39 in 93 1/3 innings. Following a season of control problems, he was encouraged that he had only two walks in the FIL. "I was throwing strikes again and that was the biggest thing of all," Holliday said. "You can't walk as many guys as I did this year and consistently win."

Sharpless was consistently unhittable in 2005 before his elbow began hurting, holding opponents to a .107 batting average and striking out 59 in 36 2/3 innings. He did not allow an earned run in 17 games and 27 innings at Lynchburg, going 3-0 with five saves then was 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in seven games with Altoona.

Both Sharpless and Holliday must be protected on the Pirates' 40-man roster on Nov. 20 or be subject to being selected in the Rule 5 Draft. Sharpless would appear to be a likely candidate to be drafted if left off the roster

"I'd prefer that I be put on the 40-man because I grew up as a Pirates' fan and it's always been my dream to play for them," Sharpless said. "Hopefully, I'll go to big-league spring training with them next year."


NATHAN NERY WATCH !!!!

Nathan enters his junior season at Stetson University. We will continue to monitor his progress.


ON TODAY's SLATE

Despite the 11-1 loss to Peters Twp. on Thursday in the PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals their has to be a sense of pride and joy in what these young men accomplished. I, for one, am very proud at what they accomplished this season. I was hoping and praying they would make the WPIAL playoffs, they did that and took it to another level. When you look back at what they achieved, WPIAL Class AAA SILVER MEDALISTS, advanced to the PIAA Class AAA ELITE EIGHT. One must appreciate and embrace them for thier perserverance and efforts. God Bless you guys on a great season. As for the seniors of the Class of 2005, good luck to you as you go out into the real world to stake your claims and make your marks. To the underclassmen that return next season, take nothing for granted, work hard to achieve your goals. To all have a great summer.

At this time I want to thank Head Coach Dom Santeufemio for taking the job and preparing and motivating these young men. Coaching is not an easy venture. It takes lots of long hours with very little pay. A coach sacrifices his family and social life to make sure these children get the training and guidance they need. I thank him for allowing me to keep you posted as to how they are doing. I thank Dom for being a dear friend. I also thank his wife, Donna, for letting him be the coach. She has been letting him coach now for over twenty years.

I also want to thank Frank Sorosky and the Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club for all they do for these players and coaches during the course of the year. From commitment to fund-raising and support for the best baseball program I have ever known. I also thank Joe Farquhar for keeping me up on stats that I might not have. Last, but not least, I thank all of you, the parents, the players, the fans, the alumni, that even bother to read my rants and raves during the year. I started this website in 1998 and here it still is, despite me being 300 miles due east of Moon. Take care and God Bless you all !!!! I will hopefully be here for all of you next season. God willing and the creek don't rise !!!


Great article in Thursday's PG West edition :

PG West: Moon baseball Tigers, coach overachieved

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - By Colin Dunlap, Tri-State Sports & News Service

Perhaps this season served as one, long housewarming gift for Dom Santeufemio. In his first year as Moon's baseball coach, it isn't an understatement to say that Santeufemio was welcomed again and again by a group of kids who overachieved.

"Honestly, we were pretty much the underdogs all year," sophomore second baseman Tom DeAngelis said. "Just about everyone out there didn't think that we were going to have a good team. But we believed in ourselves and the guys on the team believed that we had what it took to make a good run. I think we definitely surprised some people."

Moon didn't reach its ultimate goals. Every team wants to win section, WPIAL and PIAA titles. Moon didn't win any of the three -- and there's no question that this season was still a success. "We knew from the start that we had a chance to be good and that we were probably going to be pretty good," senior first baseman Bill Divis said. "We didn't really care that the papers might not have picked us at the top or that we weren't getting any respect from some of the other teams. We believed within ourselves that we were going to be good, and that's what mattered."

The Tigers finished with a 16-9 record and took second in Section 3-AAA behind champion West Allegheny. Moon went on an impressive postseason run, reaching the WPIAL title game at Falconi Field in Washington before succumbing to Pine-Richland, 6-5.

"Just playing in that game and just being there is what I remember most," Divis said of the WPIAL title clash. "I don't have any one memory specifically, but it was more of just being able to play in that game and everything that surrounded it."

Peters Township ended Moon's season this past week in the PIAA quarterfinals, handing the Tigers an 11-1 loss.

What made Moon's season all the more special was that Santeufemio, a longtime assistant, was able to have success in his first season as head coach. The players said the new coach was definitely someone who was easy to play for, which might have added to the success. "He's a good coach," Divis said of Santeufemio. "I was happy to have him. I think it was a little more of a fun atmosphere, but it wasn't all that much different from before. It was like we were the same team and there was just a new guy in charge."

While Moon loses senior leadership and loads of talent in Divis, infielder Bobby Francis, outfielders Nick Peterson and Brian Schmidt and pitching ace/first baseman Sean Holliday, the Tigers roster is far from empty coming into next season.

DeAngelis will shore up the middle of the diamond and also has transformed into one of the top young hitters in Class AAA. In addition, junior shortstop Dan Walsh will be back along with his brother, Brian, who performed admirably as a freshman this season, undertaking the leadoff spot in the order and holding down the third base position.

Throw in junior catcher Casey Williams, who has a penchant for hitting key home runs in big situations, and the epicenter of a solid team is there. It's a team that DeAngelis believes will be tough to overlook next season. "I really think next year is going to be one of the strongest years we've had in awhile," DeAngelis said. "We have a lot of people coming back and, plus, we learned how to be leaders from some of the guys who were seniors this year.

"I just think next year we're going to even be better than we were this year."



PIAA Class AAA QUARTERFINAL ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

THURSDAY JUNE 9th AT ROBINSON TWP's BURKETT FIELD

PETERS TOWNSHIP 11, MOON AREA 1 (6 INNINGS/10 R.R) - LOSS - PLAYOFFS - AWAY - (4-1, 8-4, 16-8)

STORY REPRINTED FROM THE BEAVER COUNTY/ALLEGHENY TIMES

TIGERS ENDURE TEN RUN DEFEAT

Jim Equels Jr. - Times Sports Staff - 6/10/2005

ROBINSON TWP. - It's been said to never judge another man until you've walked a mile in his shoes.

So after his team suffered an 11-1 loss to Peters Township in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament on Thursday, Moon coach Dom Santeufemio compared the cleats he and his team were wearing to one of the Tigers' biggest rivals. "This is probably the way Blackhawk felt after our game with them," Santeufemio said, referring to Moon's victory over the second-seeded Cougars in the WPIAL playoffs. "No matter what you did all year long, there's no consoling the players. No one wants to lose in the playoffs by the 10-run rule."

Moon had its season record come to a close at 16-9, while Peters Township improved to 20-5 and advanced to the PIAA Class AAA semifinal for the second consecutive season. Peters Township was the PIAA runner-up last season. "We just weren't ready to play today," Santeufemio said. "They beat us, no excuses. That was the worst we played all year."

The game was scoreless though three innings, as Moon turned a double-play in each inning to kill potential Peters Township rallies. Peters Township put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth when winning pitcher Kevin McGuire ripped a two-run double to the fence in center field. An inning later, McGuire drove home another run with a sacrifice fly to give the Indians a 3-0 lead.

But Moon got a breath of life one batter later when center fielder Nick Peterson made the defensive play of the game, making a fully extended diving catch of a shot to the gap, ending the inning. "I think it was mostly instinct," Peterson said. "The ball was sailing away from me and I just dove and reached as far as I could and got it." "Nick made a great catch," Santeufemio said. "I thought that might spark us."

Peterson provided an offensive spark in the top of the sixth inning when he hit a double and came around to score on a single by Sean Holliday to cut Moon's deficit to 3-1.

Moon's momentum proved to be short-lived, as Peters Township sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Indians got five hits in the inning, and took advantage of three walks, two errors and a wild pitch to induce the mercy rule. "They hit the ball and we didn't," Peterson said. "We got down and fought back, but this wasn't our time."

"They outplayed us, they out hit us, they out-pitched us," Santeufemio said. "It all adds up to a long day."

Peters Township 11, Moon Area 1

MOON AREA TIGERS - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 = 1 - 5 - 4

PETERS TOWNSHIP - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 1 - 8 = 11 - 11 - 0

Winning Pitcher - Kevin McGuire (6 innings) 4 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 HBP. Losing Pitcher - Sean Holliday (5 1/3 innings) 3 strikeouts, 4 walks. 2B : Kevin McGuire (PT). 3B : None. HR : None. Two or more hits - Kevin McGuire (PT), Luke Piscarcik (PT), Aaron Maize (PT).

GAME NOTES :

Peters Township will meet Punxsutawney in the PIAA Class AAA Western Finals (PIAA Class AAA Semifinals) on Monday June 11th at Indiana's White Park Complex at 2:00 PM.

You can hear the re-broadcast of this game on MSA Sportsnet achives. Mark Uriah of WJPA handled the broadcast. Here is the link :

MSA Sports Network/WJPA-AM Broadcast: Internet broadcast of the PIAA Class AAA Baseball Quarterfinal Round playoff game between Moon Area and Peters Twp. on 6/9/05

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The Pittsburgh Post Gazette named Casey Williams thier H.S. Athlete of the Week in today's (Thursday) paper. One note though, Casey is a junior going into his senior year. The article was misqouted. Here is the link to the story :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Casey Williams named PPG's H.S. Player Of The Week

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Here is a great article on Bobby Francis and the team from Thursday's PPG West edition:

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Article on Tiger's Bobby Francis and the team

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More ink on the Tigers in today's (Thursday's) Pgh. Trib Review :

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Article on Moon Area, Peters Township and others in the PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals


PIAA Class AAA FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

MATULEVIC FIELD, SHALER, PA.

MOON AREA 13, PERRY TRAD.ACAD. 5 - WIN - PLAYOFFS - AWAY - TUESDAY JUNE 7th - (4-1, 8-4, 16-8)

It was the beginning of the fifth inning, the Tigers were trailing Pittsburgh City League's Perry Traditional Academy, 5-3 in this PIAA Class AAA First Round playoff game at Shaler's Matulevic Field. The Tigers had never lost a playoff game on this field in five games. Moon Starter Ben Sorosky, who got the call to start over Sean Holliday, was chased after 3 1/3 innings by Tiger errors. Tiger reliever and eventual winner, lefty Mike Burgunder came in and quieted the Commodores uproar in the fourth inning. He induced Brad Lotis, who had two hits, to hit into a one out, bases loaded, inning ending double play. It would be the first of two Tiger's double plays in the game. The Tiger's defense has pulled over 20 double plays this season.

It became do or die time for the Tiger offense. Do or die time for the 2005 season. Nick Peterson singled to start the fifth inning before Moon's Casey Williams hit a two-run blast that tied the game at 5-5. Williams pulled Perry pitcher Mike Schacht's full-count curveball to left-centerfield. It was his second two-run homer in the Tiger's last two game. Moon would add two more runs in the fifth and then scored six in the sixth inning to pull away and win thier ninth PIAA playoff game in score history. They are 9-1 in PIAA playoff games.

Sean Holliday had three hits for the Tigers including a double in the sixth inning uprise. Holliday will be the starting pitcher against Peters Twp. on Thursday. Peters will probably counter with junior RHP Kevin McGuire, who came in in relief in their last contest. The Indian's ace, Jason Conley, is ineligible to pitch after leading them to the 5-2 win over Grove City on Monday. Brian Walsh, Billy Divis, and Casy Williams all had two hits in the Tiger's 14-hit parade.

Moon Area 13, Perry Traditional Academy 5

MOON AREA TIGERS - 0 - 3 - 0 - 0 - 4 - 6 - 0 = 13 - 14 - 3

PERRY TRAD.ACAD. - 0 - 0 - 2 - 3 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 5 - 8 - 4

Winning Pitcher - Mike Burgunder (3 2/3 innings) 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. Losing Pitcher - Mike Schacht (5 innings) 1 strikeout, 2 walks. 2B - Brian Walsh (MA), Sean Holliday (MA). 3B - None. HR - Casey Williams (MA). Two or more hits - Sean Holliday (MA) 3, Brian Walsh (MA), Casey Williams (MA), Bill Divis (MA), Sam Vogt (PTA), Brad Lotis (PTA).

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WHAT THE NEWSPAPERS SAID : Normally I would reprint the articles on this page but instead today, I will just provide the links to them. Here are the article links fot the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Tribune Review and the Beaver/Allegheny County Times. :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Article on the PIAA Class AAA First Round game between Moon Area and Perry Trad.Acad. on 6/7/05

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Article on the PIAA Class AAA First Round game between Moon Area and Perry Trad. Acad. on 6/7/05

Beaver/Allegheny County Times : Article on the PIAA Class AAA First Round game between Moon Area and Perry Trad.Acad. on 6/7/05

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Here is the story that is running in the Wednesday June 8th edition of the Allegheny Times :

Moon survives first-round test

Dale Grdnic, Times Sports Correspondent - 6/08/2005

SHALER TWP. - When City League representative Perry took the lead with two runs in the third and three in the fourth, Moon Area High School coach Dom Santeufemio became prophetic since he said the Tigers always struggle during the opening matchup in the PIAA baseball playoffs.

But Moon was not deterred and exploded for 10 runs over the fifth and sixth innings to win going away 13-5 in a Class AAA playoff game Tuesday at Shaler High School's Matulevic Field.

The Tigers (16-8) face Peters Township (18-5) Thursday at the Burkett Sports Complex in Robinson Township at 3:00 PM. Peters beat Grove City from District 10 in its first-round game Monday.

"This is always a tough game for us,'' Santeufemio said. "Even when we won states, we barely survived this game, so it's always been a tough game. And if you don't keep your heads in the game after you've played in the WPIAL playoffs, you'll lose this game.''

It's also easy to get beaten by a solid team like Perry (10-10) when it makes some errors, and the Commodores had a few that cost them an early 3-0 lead fueled by some mistakes coupled with a two-run single in the second inning by Brian Walsh. But Perry scored twice in the third and three more times in the fourth to take the lead.

"We don't worry about stuff like that since we don't hold many leads,'' Moon first baseman Sean Holliday said. "That's been our big thing this year, but we've been hitting the ball well - one through nine - and that's made a difference. So, we don't worry about being behind, and it was still early.''

Perry's Weston White smacked a two-run single in the fourth, but one error in the third and two in the fourth keyed the rally and led to a pair of unearned runs. It also caused Santeufemio to replace hard-luck starter Ben Sorosky with reliever and eventual winning pitcher Mike Burgunder.

"We pride ourselves in being a good defensive team, but we made three errors in that inning,'' Santeufemio said. "Our pitcher deserved a better fate there, and that's why I didn't yank him right away. But I felt their lefties were hurting us, so I went with our left-hander. And he did a nice job.''

Burgunder got some breathing room in the fifth when catcher Casey Williams followed Nick Peterson's leadoff single with a booming home run to left field. The Tigers added two more runs later in the inning on a single by designated hitter Bill Divis. Williams finished with two hits and three RBIs. "The previous at bat, he threw me two curveballs in a row, and I struck out by swinging at those bad pitches,'' Williams said. "The next at bat, we went to a full count. He threw some curveballs that I fouled off, but then he hung a curve and I drove it. That was a big hit for us.

"But the whole year, everyone's been feeding off each other. Someone will have a good play here and there in the field, and then somebody else will get the big hit. But it's been that way for us all year. Someone always comes through, from one through nine, because we all can hit."

Holliday led the 14-hit Moon attack with a 3-for-4 performance and two RBIs. Leadoff hitter Walsh, Williams and Divis added two hits each, but every starter had at least one hit. Holliday didn't score after his single in the fifth, but it kept the rally alive and his hard slide helped Tom DeAngelis reach first after him. And Holliday's two-run double in the sixth made it a rout.

"With Casey hitting a home run right before me, that tied the game up in the fifth," Holliday said. "But I still had to get a hit to keep it going or the home run wouldn't have meant anything. A tie doesn't get us anywhere, so I just wanted to hit the ball somewhere and get on base."

The Tigers batted around in the sixth Walsh led off with a double to right-center, and Peterson walked. Williams ripped an RBI single, and runners were on second and third when Holliday rapped his double. He scored on a DeAngelis single. After an out, Bobby Francis singled in the final run. "Tom DeAngelis, a sophomore, he really came through this year by hitting over .500," Holliday said. "And Bobby Francis is hitting in the nine spot, and he turns the lineup over every time. So, everybody on this team, one through nine, has done a good job hitting the ball."

"And our pitchers, you can't say enough about them. They all stepped up. Ben Sorosky came out and shut down Blackhawk. Mike Burgunder came on in relief today and shut down Perry. Bryce Goldblach, he's been our relief guy all year, and he's been huge. So, everybody has stepped up."

And Moon has taken another step toward the state title.

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2005 PIAA Class AAA First Round Playoff Monday & Tuesday's results :

Springfield (DelCo.)(1-2) .... 6 - Hershey (3-1) ......... 4

Midd West (4-1) ............. 10 - Pittston Area (2-1) ... 0 (5 innings, 10 Run Rule)

Whitehall (11-1) ............ 14 - Bok (12-1) ............ 4 (5 innings, 10 Run Rule)

Lampeter-Strasburg (3-2) ..... 9 - Sun Valley (1-1) ...... 1

Punxsutawney (9-1) ........... 5 - PINE RICHLAND (7-1) ... 3

Donegal (3-3) ................ 5 - Forest Hills (6-1) .... 0

MOON AREA (7-2) ..............13 - Perry Trad.Acad.(8-1) . 5

PETERS TOWNSHIP (7-3) ........ 5 - Grove City (10-1) ..... 2

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2005 PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal Round Playoff Thursday June 9th's schedule :

Springfield (Del.Co.) (1-2) vs. Midd West (4-1) at Pine Grove at 4:00 PM

Whitehall (11-1) vs. Lampeter-Strasburg (3-2) at Reading's George Field at 12:00 NOON

Punxsutawney (9-1) vs. Donegal (3-3) at Boalsburg's Shaner Sports Complex at 4:00 PM

MOON AREA (7-2) vs. PETERS TOWNSHIP (7-3) at Robinson Twp's Burkett Field at 3:00 PM

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Here is the Official 2005 P.I.A.A. Class AAA State Baseball Playoff bracket. Please remember this is in .pdf format and will need an Adode reader. The PIAA updates it occasionally. Just click this link :

2005 PIAA Class AAA State Baseball Playoffs Bracket :Here's the official bracket posted by the PIAA


Here is an article from the Pgh. Post Gazette West edition on the team.

PG West: Moon baseball finds some ways to survive

Thursday, June 02, 2005 - By Chris Adamski, Tri-State Sports & News Service

Throughout the regular season, Moon Area baseball coach Dom Santeufemio said his team, on any given night, would perform at the level of any team in the WPIAL. For five or six innings. Unfortunately for the Tigers, WPIAL rules stipulate that seven innings constitute a regulation contest.

"That's been our M.O.," Santeufemio said. "We'd score and take the lead on everybody. Basically, our pitchers pitch five or six good innings. It just seems like we couldn't stop the other team, and at the end they came back on us."

Through it all, Santeufemio and his players insisted they had one of the most talented teams in the WPIAL. The Tigers' appearance in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Pine-Richland yesterday proves that. Their pedestrian 12-7 regular-season record, however, did not. Moon continually lost leads late in games, most notably in the regular-season finale against rival Montour, a game that also earned the Spartans a spot in the playoffs.

"I honestly knew we had talent to [make the WPIAL championship game]," senior pitcher Sean Holliday said. "I could see it at the beginning of the season. It was just a matter of using our talent and putting it all together at one time for seven innings each night."

Moon qualified for the PIAA playoffs for the first time since winning back-to-back championships in 2001-02. And to get there, the Tigers had to win three games, two of which took more than 24 hours each to complete. Moon had a 5-0 lead in its victory in the first round against Greensburg Salem, but the Golden Lions tied the game at 5 and the game was suspended after nine innings due to darkness. The 10th inning was completed the next day and Moon won, 6-5.

Moon had a surprising "laugher" in the quarterfinals -- a 12-2 victory against Section 1-AAA champion Blackhawk -- but a week later needed two days to defeat Peters Township, 8-6. Again, Moon saw a 6-3 lead evaporate into a 6-6 tie. "It was a downpour," Santeufemio said. "There were puddles on the field. As soon as they tied the game, the umpires finally called the game.

"We went into that last game having been through one of those games," Santeufemio continued. "The guys said, 'This is to our advantage.' They were confident they'd come out the next day and win it. And they did." Offense saved the Tigers that day, as it has most of the season. The team has averaged more than eight runs per game and is collectively batting .323. Six regulars are hitting better than .300, led by sophomore Tom DeAngelis' .508 with 22 RBIs.

DeAngelis started the game-winning rallies as the first hitter on both second days of the suspended playoff games. He entered the season splitting time with junior Ryan Butschle at second base but soon forced the coaches to keep him in the lineup. "He came out of nowhere," Santeufemio said. "Tommy makes contact. He only has four or five strikeouts all year. "There are a lot of reasons, a lot of kids that have done the job. But Tommy is definitely our best hitter at this point."

Senior Bob Francis, who made a highlight-reel catch to save the win against Greensburg Salem, is second on the team with a .389 batting average. Holliday, a Marshall University pitching recruit and a first baseman when not on the mound, is hitting .361 with 24 RBIs.

Sophomore third baseman Brian Walsh (.318), senior first baseman/designated hitter Bill Divis (.304) and junior shortstop Danny Walsh (.300), Brian's brother, are also threats. "I didn't know what kind of run we could make. I knew we'd score runs and play defense, it was just how far our pitching could take us," Santeufemio said.

"Can they keep us in games? You never know if it's going to happen. So far it's happened. They've not been pretty games, but we've been winning them."


THE 2005 WPIAL Class AAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

FALCONI FIELD, WASHINGTON, PA.

PINE RICHLAND 6, MOON AREA 5 - LOSS - PLAYOFFS - AWAY - WEDNESDAY JUNE 1st - (3-1, 8-4, 15-8)

It is a somber day in Moon and at my home this Thursday morning as I write this. The Moon Area Tiger's second attempt in school history to win a WPIAL Championship fell short last night at Falconi Field in Washington, PA. In probably one of the most exciting game in Moon Baseball history, the Tigers were helpless as the now back-to-back and defending WPIAL Champions pulled the title away in the bottom of the seventh inning, 6-5.

The Tigers behind senior ace pitcher Brian Holliday was cruising along through the first four innings. In the fourth, the Tigers gave Holliday his first and lead when they capitalized on three walks and two errors to take a 2-0 advantage. Holliday even added a single to start the inning. However, the fifth inning would be the initial downfall. With one out to start the inning, the bottom of the Ram's batting order would provide the spark and offense the Coach Rojik needed. Two walks, a triple, and a double would send Holliday to the showers and the Tigers now tied at 2-2 and runners at 1st and 2nd base. Coach Dom Santeufemio turned to Bryce Goldbach. Goldbach would get the second out in the inning. But Colin Durborow, PR's shortstop and no.3 batter, doubled in both runners to give the Rams a 4-2 lead which they would carry into the seventh.

In the Moon seventh and the Tiger's backs to the wall. Bobby Francis would lead the inning off with a single. The Rams then went to the bullpen and brought in Garrett Pampiks from centerfield, Pampiks had been slated initially to start this game but opted to go with John Karr. A passed ball then moved Francis to second. Brian Walsh and Nick Peterson then recorded outs one and two and Moon would have only one last chance. Casey Williams, who had struckout twice and popped up, came to the plate. The first offering from from Pampiks to Williams will go down in the annals of Moon Baseball history. Williams lined the pitch over the fence to tie the game up at 4-4. Holliday promptly singles then and moves to second on a throwing error. Moon's leading hitter, Tom DeAngelis, stepped to the plate 0 for 3. DeAngelis then singled home the runner and the Tigers had taken back the lead at 5-4.

The lead and the dreams of winning the WPIAL title would fade though in the bottom of the inning. Senior relief pitcher, Ben Sorosky, who had retired the Rams, 1-2-3 in the sixth inning would not be as lucky. Lead off singles and a passed ball by again the very bottom of the Ram batting order would have the Tigers clutching thier hands. PR lead off man, Karr, then hit a groundball to shortstop Danny Walsh who knocked it down and was sprawled out noticed a late delayed run for home by Clancy and gunned him out. With runners at first and second, Josh Spicer would double home a run and put runners at second and third. Junior Mike Jackson, a JV player brought up to the varsity with a 7-0 record, was brought in to replace Sorosky. Jackson's third pitch to Durborow who end the dreams and the game, a single.

Pine Richland 6, Moon Area 5

MOON AREA TIGERS - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 3 = 5 - 7 - 0

PINE RICHLAND RAMS - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 4 - 0 - 2 = 6 - 9 - 4

Winning Pitcher - Garrett Pampiks (1 inning) 1 strikeout, 0 walks. Losing Pitcher - Ben Sorosky (1 1/3 innings) 0 strikeouts, 0 walks. 2B : Dan Koller (PR), Colin Durborow (PR), Josh Spicer (PR). 3B : Chris Clancy (PR). HR : Casey Williams (MA). Two or more hits - Colin Durborow (PR) 3, Josh Spicer (PR), Chris Clancy (PR), Dan Koller (PR), Sean Holliday (MA).

GAME NOTES - Both starting pitchers, Holliday and Karr recorded seven strikeouts. Karr walked five, while Holliday recorded two walks. The Tigers return to action on Monday June 6th when they enter the PIAA Class AAA First Round Playoffs against Pittsburgh City League runner up and District 8-1 representative, Perry Traditional Academy at a site and time to be announced. This will be a first meeting between these schools ever. The Commodores lost to Allderdice, in the City League Championship, 3-1. Allderdice is the Quad A rep for District 8. Look for this contest to be played at a City League venue, quite possibly at Munhall's West Field or Langley.

WHAT THE NEWSPAPERS SAID : Normally I would reprint the articles on this page but instead today, I will just provide the links to them. Here are the article links fot the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Tribune Review, Moon Record and the Beaver/Allegheny County Times. :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Article on the WPIAL Class AAA Baseball Championship game between Moon Area and Pine Richland on 6/1/05

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Article on the WPIAL Class AAA Baseball Championship game between Moon Area and Pine Richland on 6/1/05

Beaver/Allegheny County Times : Article on the WPIAL Class AAA Baseball Championship game between Moon Area and Pine Richland on 6/1/05

Moon Record: Article on the WPIAL Class AAA Baseball Championship game between Moon Area and Pine Richland on 6/1/05

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You can listen to a re-broadcast of the game which was carried by WBVP-AM (1230) and WMBA-AM (1460) and on the internet at MSASPORTS.NET. The play by play and color commentarry will be handled by Bob Barrickman and Bruce Frey with pregame at 4:30 PM and game time at 5:00 PM. Here is the link to the internet broadcast. :

MSA Sports Network/WBVP-WMBA-AM Broadcast: Internet broadcast of the WPIAL Class AAA Baseball Championship game between Moon Area and Pine Richland on 6/1/05

The Moon Area Pinch Hitter's Club 11th Annual Baseball Banquet which had been scheduled for Monday June 6th has been put on hold as the varsity team continues on in the playoffs. An announcement will be made later as to when it will be rescheduled. Any one holding reservations to the banquet, your tickets will be honored on the later date. Any questions, contact Frank Sorosky.

The Moon Township American Legion baseball season is also on hold. New Moon Twp. Manager Dave Barchie and his assistants, Ken Sofranko and Frank Sorosky have the makings of a great squad. We look forward to the 2005 Legion campaign. I will be updating and renovating the Moon Twp. Legion website soon with the official roster and the schedule. Good luck guys, hang in there while your boys try to win it all !!!!

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In 1980, Al Michaels, an ABC sports announcer who was covering the the Olympic Hockey games for his network. In the semifinal round of the hockey tournament, the United States beat the Russian hockey team to advance to the gold medal game and eventually to win it. This afternoon, all I can keep repeating to myself is : "Do you believe in MIRACLES", I certainly do. With all the road blocks, speed bumps, and other troubles that closed in on the Tigers. One thing kept coming to light, they wee not going to give up and they certainly didn't.

Last night and moreso today, the Tigers were knocked down and trampled. Left in the mud at Burkett Field to just fade away.. But they didn't want to listen. They got up off the wet ground, tightened thier belts and won one of the most sought after goals in Moon Baseball history, another shot at the elusive WPIAL Class AAA title. In the history of the Tigers, they have only been to the promised land once. The date was May 29th, 1986, it was a beautiful day in Butler. Pullman Park was the site of that championship game. Moon had bunted, stole, and pitched thier way to earn the right to play Connellsville in that title game. The Tigers showed up that day, a rag-tag bunch of scrappy kids that didn't give up. Names like Phil Urban, Drew Kortyna, Tommmy Matthews, Mike DeJeet, and Jake Sonnett carried then Head Coach Ray Bosetti to the "promised land". However, there would be no joy in Moon that night, the Tigers would be left out in the cold and on the short end of a 6-3 score.

Nineteen years have passed since that day, no one has seen hide nor hair of that game since then. On May 31st or June 1st, 2005, this wily and scrappy Tiger team will entered the promised land once more with hopes and prayers of bringing that Holy Grail. Names like Sean Holliday, Tom DeAngelis, Casey Williams, Brian and Danny Walsh, Nick Peterson, Bill Divis, Bobby Francis, will echo in those hallowed halls. Heroes like today's game winner Bryce Goldbach or last Thursday's hero Ben Sorosky wil find thier way into Moon baseball folklore.

Today, the Tigers made history !!! Today the Tigers claimed a shot at winning the WPIAL title and beyond.

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WPIAL Class AAA SEMIFINAL ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

MOON AREA 8, PETERS TOWNSHIP 6 - WIN - PLAYOFFS - AWAY - WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY MAY 24th/25th - (3-0, 8-4, 15-7)

Seldom-used hitter lifts Moon Area to its second title game Staff Reports - 5/26/2005

Reprinted from the Beaver County Times

ROBINSON TWP. - Moon coach Dom Santeufemio admits even he was a little surprised when Bryce Goldbach hit a game-winning double in Wednesday's WPIAL playoff game because the sophomore rarely gets that chance.

The left-handed hitting Goldbach slapped a seventh-inning pitch over the left fielder's head scoring teammates Tom DeAngelis and Dan Walsh to give Moon an 8-6 victory over Peters Township in a rain-postponed game at Burkett Field. "That was probably his third at bat all season," Santeufemio said. "He never gets to bat."

The Class AAA game began Tuesday evening, but its conclusion was suspended by rain. There were two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and Peters Township was batting when play resumed Wednesday afternoon.

Goldbach pitched the final four outs to secure the victory, advancing the Tigers to the program's first WPIAL Championship Game in nearly two decades. Moon (15-7) will play top-seeded Pine Richland on Wednesday at Washington's Falconi Field.

Moon has won two state titles (2001 and 2002) but hasn't reached the WPIAL title game since 1986 - which the Tigers lost to Connellsville. "I don't think the players even know Moon hasn't won a WPIAL title," Santellfemio said. "That's not something we've dwelled on. That's not something we wanted to bring up. But it would be nice to win one."

On Wednesday, Goldbach ended Peters Township's scoring chances in the sixth inning by forcing Jordan Jankowski to fly out. In the top of the seventh, Goldbach sent a pitch to the left-field wall, scoring DeAngelis and Walsh to take the two-run lead. Santellfemio had wanted Goldbach to continue pitching, so he let the sophomore bat with two runners on base and no outs. On the mound in the bottom of the inning, Goldbach made the lead stand. After walking the first batter, Goldbach forced a groundball double-play, and then struck out the final batter.

"Bryce was fantastic," Santeufemio said. "Wednesday's part of the game took only 10 or 15 minutes. It was over quick." This was the second time this postseason Moon had a game stretch over two days. The conclusion of the Tigers 10-inning first-round game against Greensburg-Salem was also postponed until the following day because of darkness.

So, in a strange way, Moon felt comfortable. "The kids kept telling me we were going to win this game," Santeufemio said. "We'd done it before."

Peters Township will now play West Allegheny in the WPIAL's third-place game for the right to advance into the PIAA playoffs.

Before Goldbach set foot on the field Tuesday night, Moon Area had been in control and cruising. The Tigers had broken out on top with a four-run third inning and added two more in the fifth.

In the fourth, Bobby Francis had a one-out infield hit and Brian Walsh then reached on an error by shortstop Shane Eckels. One out later, Casey Williams and Sean Holliday had one-out singles and DeAngelis followed with a two-run double.

In the sixth, Nick Peterson and Williams led off with walks, Holliday advanced the runners with a sacrifice, and DeAngelis drove home both runners with a single up the middle.

Peters Township had scored two in the third on a two-run single by Kevin McGuire and a single run in the fifth on Eckels' double.

Moon Area 8, Peters Township 6

MOON AREA - 0 - 0 - 4 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 2 = 8 - 12 - 0

PETERS TWP. - 0 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 1 - 3 - 0 = 6 - 9 - 2

Winning Pitcher - Bryce Goldbach (1 1/3 innings) 2 walks, 1 strikeout. Losing Pitcher - Kevin McGuire (2 2/3 innings) 0 walks, 4 strikeouts. 2B : Casey Williams (MA), Tom DeAngelis (MA), Danny Walsh (MA), Bryce Goldbach (MA), Shane Eckels (PT), Steve Jackson (PT). 3B : None. HR : None. Two or more hits - Tom DeAngelis (MA) 3, Casey Williams (MA), Bobby Francis (MA), Shane Eckels (PT), Steve Jackson (PT).

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In the other WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game yesterday, Pine Richland beat West Allegheny, 3-2 to advance to the WPIAL Championship game against us next Tuesday or Wednesday at Falconi Field. West Allegheny will play a consolation game against Peters Township to gain a berth in the PIAA playoffs. The consolation game is set for Thursday (tomorrow) at Burkett field at 3:00 PM

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For those of you unable to attend the Moon Area/Peters Twp. game on Tuesday night at Burkett Field. The game will broadcast again on MSA Sportsnet and WJPA-AM out of Washington, PA. Mark Uriah of WJPA will be handling the broadcast. Here is the link :

MSA Sports Network/WJPA-AM Broadcast: Internet broadcast of the WPIAL Class AAA Baseball Semifinal Round playoff game between Moon Area and Peters Twp. on 5/24/05


WPIAL Class AAA QUARTERFINAL ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

MOON AREA 12, BLACKHAWK 2 - WIN (5 innings/10 RR) - PLAYOFFS - HOME - THURSDAY MAY 19th - (2-0, 8-4, 14-7)

The FORCE is definitely alive and with the Moon Area Tigers as they upset and ravage the Blackhawk Cougars, 12-2 in five innings. The Tigers No.4 pitcher and often forgotten senior righty Ben Sorosky allowed only six hits and no earned runs to be the hero. Sorosky who pitched off and on during the regular season and struggled with control all season showed the WPIAL and the Tiger faithful how good he can be.

Offensively, Moon battered and walked all over Blackhawk senior ace Johnny Navage. The Tigers had thirteen hits and took advantage of Navage's control problems. Navage did not have a strikeout and had four walks. He also had numerous wild pitches, two that allowed runs to score. Leading the Moon hit parade was Sean Holliday. Holliday had two doubles, one that almost was a grand slam and scored three runs. The other, a two run gap shot in the sixth. Bobby Francis had three hits including a double and two runs scored. Brian Walsh and Casey Williams (3 runs scored) each added two hits.

Here is the Beaver County Times story in Friday's paper :

Forgotten pitcher Sorosky sparks Moon over Blackhawk

By: Chris Harlan - Times Sports Staff - 5/20/2005

ROBINSON TWP. - Ben Sorosky wasn't expecting to start a playoff game, having struggled most of the season to control his pitches. He worried his Moon teammates might have lost a little confidence in him, and he really didn't blame them.

That all changed Thursday.

Sorosky pitched five strong innings to lead his Tigers to an overwhelming 12-2 victory against higher-seeded Blackhawk at Burkett Field in the WPIAL playoffs. With Moon leading by 10 runs, the second-round game was halted after the fifth inning, sending Class AAA's second-seeded team home with an unexpected ending.

Moon Area (14-7) returns to Burkett Field on Tuesday to play semifinal opponent Peters Township at 7 p.m. The two-time state champions have never won the WPIAL championship. Almost no one expected such a lopsided score Thursday. And even fewer expected Sorosky to out-pitch Blackhawk starter John Navage.

"(My teammates) couldn't believe I was hitting all my spots," said Sorosky of his pitch accuracy. "They were excited for me. They knew I pitched a good game. They were happy for me getting the start. ... They knew I'd come back and I did. It was a magical day. It was unbelievable." The senior right-hander was forced to start Thursday because Moon's top three pitchers were needed during its 10-inning first-round victory that stretched over two days.

Sean Holliday was unavailable, and coach Dom Santeufemio was unwilling to use either Paul Altmyer or Bryce Goldbach on little rest. So Santeufemio turned to Sorosky, who had been a standout pitcher as a junior but struggled to a 1-1 senior record and an ERA over 8.00. Against Blackhawk, Sorosky allowed five hits, no walks and struck out one. He surrendered two second-inning runs but neither was earned. Santeufemio said he couldn't have asked for any more. "I figured (Sorosky) would give up a few runs," he said. "He was probably our top pitcher last year, but he's had trouble keeping the ball down. ... As it stands, (having to start Sorosky) was probably a blessing in disguise."

Navage, considered Blackhawk's top starter, struggled with control. The senior allowed nine hits and nine runs in 4 2/3 innings, but his five wild pitches were just as costly. He was replaced in Moon's six-run fifth inning when three of the five batters he faced reached base. He left trailing 9-2 with two outs in the fifth.

His replacement, Dwain McCann, couldn't claim the inning's final out. McCann surrendered a walk, two singles and a double. Then, with Holliday on third base, the Blackhawk right-hander threw a wild pitch that allowed Holliday to walk home for the game-ending 12th run.

The Cougars, the defending WPIAL Class AA champions, ended the season by losing five of their last seven games. Their last three were by 10 runs or more. "For the last two weeks we've really struggled," Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia said, "and I really don't know why. The kids have had a good attitude all season. ... Maybe they have lost confidence."

Blackhawk scored its two runs in the second inning Ty Marburger hit a leadoff double and later scored when McCann reached base on a fielding error. McCann scored the second run when Mark Brewer singled to right.

Holliday provided much of Moon's offense against Blackhawk. The senior had two doubles and drove in five runs. His bases-clearing double in the fourth scored Bobby Francis, Nick Peterson and Casey Williams to give Moon a 6-2 lead. His two-run double in the fifth inning again scored Peterson and Williams, giving Moon an 11-2 lead.

When Sorosky learned he'd be pitching Thursday, he went to Moon's home field the night before and practiced pitching into a strike-zone-sized crate. After 20 pitches, he knew he was ready.

"I've been given a fair opportunity this year, but I've struggled," Sorosky said. "So when (Santeufemio) told me I was going to start this game, I knew I had to be ready. This was going to be the biggest game of my life. I didn't want to miss this chance."

The Tigers next game will be the WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals where they will meet Peters Township at Robinson' Burkett Field at 7:00 PM, who were 8-5 winners over South Park.

CONGRATULATIONS BOYS !!!! HOW SWEET THIS IS !!!

Moon Area 12, Blackhawk 2

BLACKHAWK - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 2 - 5 - 1

MOON AREA - 0 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 6 = 12 - 13 - 1

Winning Pitcher - Ben Sorosky (5 innings) 0 walks, 1 strikeout. Losing Pitcher - John Navage (4 2/3 innings) 4 walks, 0 strikeouts. 2B : Sean Holliday (MA) 2, Bobby Francis (MA), Marburger (BL), Neary (BL). 3B : None. HR : None. Two or more hits - Bobby Francis (MA) 3, Sean Holliday (MA), Casey Williams (MA), Brian Walsh (MA).

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2005 WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals results :

Pine-Richland 7 - Ringgold 6

West Allegheny 7 - New Castle 5

Peters Township 8 - South Park 5

Moon Area 12 - Blackhawk 2

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2005 WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals (All games scheduled for Tuesday May 24th)

Pine-Richland (13-6) vs West Allegheny (15-5) at Matulevic Field in Shaler at 2:00 PM

Peters Township (17-4) vs Moon Area (14-7) at Burkett Field in Robinson Twp. at 7:00pm

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This game can be heard as a re-broadcast on the internet courtesy of MSA Sportsnet. Dan Zagrilli and John Perrotto have the color commentary and play by play. Here is the link :

MSA Sports Network Broadcast: Internet broadcast of the WPIAL Class AAA Baseball Quarterfinal Round playoff game between Moon Area and Blackhawk on 5/19/05


Here is a link to great article in the Moon Area Record about Tom DeAngelis. It was written by Harry Bradford. :

Moon Record Article: Nice article on Tom DeAngelis written by Record sports writer, Harry Bradford


The WPIAL Coach's Association named thier "Class AAA" All-Star team that will play the WPIAL Quad "A" team on June 11th at Falconi Field in Washington, PA. Here they are

Class AAA All-Stars

Brad Bothell, C - Kittanning

Gary Bucuren, 3B - Ambridge Area

Tony Capozzi, SS - Mt. Pleasant Area

Jedd Cordisco, DH - Hampton

Glenn Davis, P - Montour

Mike Gielarowski, P -Chartiers Valley

Sean Holliday, 1B - Moon Area

Phil Isabella, SS - West Mifflin

Pete Labrasca, C - Ringgold

Adam Liberatore, OF - Blackhawk

Dan Lutz, 2B - Ringgold

Nick Maiorana, 2B - New Castle

Ryan Maize, OF - Peters Township

Greg Marshall, P - West Allegheny

John Navage, P - Blackhawk

Garrett Pampiks, OF - Pine-Richland

Robert Patula, 1B - Mt. Pleasant Area

Bill Poletti, OF - Chartiers Valley

Don Pugliese , OF - West Allegheny

Ryan Schleiden, DH - Pine-Richland

Alex Valeski, OF - Indiana Area

Dan Vietmeier, 3B - Montour

COACHES

Andy Bednar, Mars Area

Bryan Cornell, West Allegheny

Kevin Gallagher, Keystone Oaks

Joe Maize, Peters Township


SCORE FROM THE ONLY OTHER SECTION 3-AAA GAMES on FRIDAY MAY 6th .....

WEST ALLEGHENY ...... 10 - CHARTIERS VALLEY .......... 0 (5 innings, 10 Run-Rule)

Bryan Cornell's West Allegheny Indians (8-3) became the first team in Section 3-AAA to clinch a playoff spot with a win over Chartiers Valley at home, 10-0 . Indian pitcher Zak Sinclair tossed a one hitter and complete game to get the win, striking out eight. Greg Marshall and Don Pugilese each had two hits. Andy Slifko added a triple and two RBI's. Meanwhile, the Colts (5-5) took one more step into the grave with the loss.

West Allegheny 10, Chartiers Valley 0

CHARTIERS VALLEY - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 0 - 1 - 5

WEST ALLEGHENY - 2 - 4 - 0 - 0 - 4 = 10 - 6 - 1

Winning Pitcher - Zak Sinclair (5 innings) 8 strikeouts, 3 walks. Losing Pitcher - not available. 2B : Don Pugilese (WA). 3B : Andy Slifko (WA). HR : None. Two or more hits - Greg Marshall (WA), Don Pugilese (WA).

Please note the exhibition games originally scheduled by these two teams were either cancelled or postponed due to them making this rainout up


The 2005 VARSITY GAME CHRONOLOGY (updated through 6/1/05)

Instead of tying up the homepage with the whole season I have decided to move all of our game reviews and scores on to thier own page. Just click here to review our 2005 season so far :

The 2005 MAHS Varsity Baseball Game Chronology: A review of all our games and our Section 3-AAA opponents


The 2005 JUNIOR VARSITY and NINTH GRADE GAME SCHEDULES

Here are the Moon Area High School Junior Varsity and Ninth Grade baseball teams schedules. These scheduled are maintained by the school and subject to change. Please contact the school to make sure the games are still on.

The 2005 MAHS Junior Varsity Baseball Game Schedule: The schedule for the 2005 Moon Area H.S. JV Baseball team

The 2005 MAHS Ninth Grade/Freshmen Baseball Game Schedule: The schedule for the 2005 Moon Area H.S. Ninth Grade/Freshmen Baseball team


PG West: New Moon baseball coach eager to start

Here is the online link to an article in the PG WEST :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Great article on Moon Baseball, Coach Santeufemio and the 2005 Edition ofthe Tigers


Also, in today's Pittsburgh Tribune Review, apparently word got out about Varsity Assistant Tom Hoffman returning to the Moon Varsity bench. Here is that article :

Hoffman returns to Moon as volunteer

By John Grupp - TRIBUNE-REVIEW - Friday, April 1, 2005

Here is the Trib's link and a link to another article on Tom.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Article on Moon Area Varsity Assistant Tom Hoffman

Moon Twp./Coraopolis Record: An article on Tom Hoffman by Record Sport's Writer Harry Bradford



Kelley's Krocheted Krafts

My wife, Kelley, has started a side business which included all sorts of crocheted items for sale. She takes orders for crocheted ponchos, scrunchies, and other items. The website is under construction but she is crocheting on a daily basis. Feel free to contact me or her by email for more information.

Kelley's Krocheted Krafts: My wife's new website. Featuring crocheted items for sale


I was just introduced to a great website by MAPHC President Frank Sorosky. 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


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


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 five 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.

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



Former Moon Area H.S. Head Baseball Coach Tribute

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. 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, 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 new updated 2004 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 (1963-2004)

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'.


TIGER WILL REMAIN IN CLASS AAA FOR A WHILE

The PIAA just released the new enrollment numbers for each school in the state for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. Moon Area is staying put in Class AAA for a while. You can see the actual numbers for yourself by clicking this link and then clicking on the baseball link (one note, you have to have a PDF Reader program to read the pages) :

The PIAA School Enrollment Numbers: All Pennsylvania schools listed


PAST SEASON IN REVIEW ......

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 2006 Incomplete Tentative Moon Area Varsity Schedule as of: 1/11/2006 2005 MOON AREA Varsity Schedule as of: 1/11/2006


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

4/3/2006

Mon

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

TBA

West Alleghny

H

TBD

0-0

0-0

4/5/2006

Mon

4:00 PM

SCRIM

Elizabeth Forward H.S.

Elizabeth Forward

A

PPD

0-0

0-0

3/28/2005

Mon

4:00 PM

EXH

New Brighton H.S.

New Brighton

A

PPD

0-0

0-0

3/30/2005

Wed

4:00 PM

EXH

Moon Area H.S.

Pittsburgh Central Catholic

H

LOSS

13-4

0-1

4/1/2005

Fri

4:00 PM

EXH

Seneca Valley H.S

Seneca Valley

A

LOSS

11-6

0-2

4/5/2005

Tue

4:00 PM

EXH

Blackhawk H.S. Field

Blackhawk

A

WIN

7-3

1-2

4/6/2005

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAG

West Allegheny H.S.

West Allegheny

A

LOSS

7-2

1-3

4/8/2005

Fri

4:00 PM

Leag

Moon Field

Hopewell

H

WIN

11-10

2-3

4/9/2005

Sat

11:00 AM

EXH

Moon Area H.S.

Riverside

H

LOSS

11-4

2-4

4/11/2005

Mon

4:00 PM

EXB

Moon Area H.S.

Beaver Area

H

WIN

11-1

3-4

4/13/2005

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAG

Char. Valley H.S.

Chartiers Valley

A

WIN

9-1

4-4

4/15/2005

Fri

4:00 PM

LEAG

Moon H.S. Field

Ambridge

H

WIN

8-6

5-4

4/18/2005

Mon

4:00 PM

Leag

Aiken Field/Greentree

Keystone Oaks

A

WIN

21-8*

6-4

4/20/2005

Wed

4:00 PM

Leag

Moon H.S. Field

Montour

H

LOSS

18-5*

6-5

4/23/2005

Sat

1:00 PM

EXH

Matulevic Field

Shaler Area

A

PPD

0-0

6-5

4/26/2005

Tue

4:00 PM

LEAG

Moon H.S. Field

West Allegheny

H

WIN

9-2

7-5

4/27/2005

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAG

Colella Field

Hopewell

A

WIN

4-2

8-5

5/2/2005

Mon

4:00 PM

LEAG

Moon H.S. Field

Chartiers Valley

H

WIN

7-3

9-5

5/4/2005

Wed

4:00 PM

EX

Ambridge H.S. Field

Ambridge

A

LOSS

13-12

9-6

5/6/2005

Fri

4:00 PM

EX

Sto-Ken-Rox (Ewing) Field

Sto-Rox

A

WIN

10-0

10-6

5/7/2005

Sat

2:00 PM

EX

Moon H.S. Field

New Brighton#

H

WIN

6-5

11-6

5/9/2005

Mon

4:00 PM

LEAG

Moon H.S. Field

Keystone Oaks

H

WIN

11-4

12-6

5/11/2005

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAG

Montour H.S. Field

Montour

A

LOSS

10-8

12-7

5/17-18/2005

Tue/Wed

4:30 PM

WPIAL Class AAA First Round

Matulevic Field

Greensburg Salem

H

WIN

6-5

13-7

5/19/2005

Thur

1:00 PM

WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinals

Burkett Field

Blackhawk

H

WIN

12-2*

14-7

5/24/2005

Tue/Wed

7:00 PM

WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals

Burkett Field

Peters Twp.

A

WIN

8-6

15-7

6/1/2005

Wed

5:00 PM

WPIAL Class AAA Championship

Falconi Field

Pine Richland

A

LOSS

6-5

15-8

6/6/2005

Tue

1:00 PM

PIAA Class AAA First Round

Matulevic Field

Perry Trad. Academy

A

WIN

13-5

16-8

6/9/2005

Thu

3:00 PM

PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals

Burkett Field

Peters Township

A

LOSS

11-1*

16-9


(#)- Denotes Senior Recognition Game (*)- 10 Run Rule


FINAL 2005 WPIAL Section 3-AAA Standings 2005 FINAL WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA Standings 5/18/2005


TEAM WIN LOSS PCT GB

*-West Allegheny Indians

9

3

.750

---

**-MOON AREA TIGERS

8

4

.667

1.0

**-Ambridge Bridgers

8

4

.667

1.0

**-Montour Spartans

8

4

.667

1.0

E-Chartiers Valley Colts

5

7

.417

4.0

E-Hopewell Vikings

2

10

.167

7.0

E-Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles

2

10

.167

7.0

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


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QUICK NOTES ABOUT OUR BASEBALL PROGRAM

Moon Area (PA.) High School is located approximately 17 miles WNW of Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. (Click the handy Yahoo! Map button on the bottom of this page) right in the back yard of Pittsburgh International Airport. Moon Area is a member of the Western Pa. Interscholastic Athletic League) which is considered to be one of the largest Scholastic athletic group in the country. Moon Area is also a member of the PIAA (Pa. State Interscholastic Athletic Assoc.) Moon Area has a Class AAA designation and competes in Section 8 of it. The Moon Area H.S. Baseball program consists of grades 9th thru 12th. The school sponsors a VARSITY, JUNIOR VARSITY, and FRESHMEN team.


THE 2005 MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHING STAFF

Head Varsity and program coach : Dom Santeufemio (1st yr./13th with program)

Assistant Varsity Coach : Michael Hepak (2nd Yr.)

Junior Varsity Head Coach : Dave Ceyrolles (2nd Yr.)

Varsity Statistician : Joe Farquhar (5th Yr.)

Ninth Grade Head Coach : Doug Busch (2nd Yr.)

Historian and Webmaster : Joe "Mav" Marek (33rd year).

Equipment Manager and Staff aides : Mike Shutak (4 yrs.) and Fred Cercone (4 yrs.)


HOW TO FIND MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL FIELD

The Moon Area High School baseball field is located behind the Moon Area Middle School and football stadium on University Blvd. (formerly known as Beers School Road) right accross the street from the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport.

Get on PA. Route 60 going towards the Pittsburgh International Airport. Get off and follow Pa. Business Route 60 coming from Pittsburgh (make right) or Beaver Valley (make left) to University Blvd. Coming from I-79 North or South, get off at the PA. Route 65 North exit towards Sewickley. Follow this until you reach the Sewickley Bridge. Make a left onto the bridge. At end of bridge make a right onto PA. Route 51 North. Follow this for about a mile, then make left onto University Blvd at traffic signal (left at "Y" in the road. Middle School is about 3 miles up on left side. You will come three traffic signals (passing Robert Morris University and two shopping centers). At third light, look left you will see the football stadium, proceed on University Blvd., just over crest of the hill you will see the Middle School entrance. Make left. Bear to left, school service road is one way.

MISCELLANIOUS

The MASD superintendant is Dr. Alexander Meta. MASD Athletic Director is Mr. Zach Kessler. Moon Area Sr. High Principal is Mr. Michael Hauser. Athletic Trainer is Jerry MacFarland. Read more about our current and past coaches and staff by clicking on the two following links ....

THE 2004 MOON AREA H.S. BASEBALL COACHING STAFF AND ROSTER PAGE .......

For a look at the 2004 Moon Area Varsity Coaching Staff and more info regarding them, click this great link and presto !, your wish comes true. Ah nothing like modern technology. The Moon Area Varsity Baseball Coaching Staff: Moon Area H.S. Roster and Staff

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NEW !!!! As promised, I have now added a Head and Assistant Coaches page. You can take a look and see the list of mentors that this great H.S. Baseball Program has had in the past 55 years. Just click this link. Also on the page are Moon's Athletic Directors, Athletic Trainer, and Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club presidents.

The Moon Area Varsity Baseball Head and Assistant Coaches Homepage: Moon Area H.S. Varsity Baseball Head and Assistant Coaches 1949-2004


A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON ABOUT OUR BASEBALL PROGRAM

The Moon Area Varsity teams in years past have always been a strong baseball program winning WPIAL section titles in :

1964 - 1967 - 1971 - 1980 - 1984 - 1985 - 1998 - 2001

They've been to the WPIAL playoffs in :

1964 - 1966 - 1967 - 1971 - 1980 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1989 - 1998 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2005.

They've been to the PIAA playoffs in :

1986 - 2001 - 2002 - 2005

They are the first and currently the only team in PIAA Class AAA HISTORY to win back-to-back State Championships.

In 2002, they advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals losing to Blackhawk, 1-0 and then went on and won the PIAA Class AAA Championship beating Bethlehem Liberty, 3-2.

In 2001, they advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals losing to Mt. Lebanon, 2-1 and then went on and won the PIAA Class AAA Championship beating Central Dauphin, 2-0. The Tigers finished the 2001 season with a 21-4 mark.

In 2000, Moon Area advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinals.

In 1986, Moon advanced through the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs to the WPIAL AAA Championship game where they lost to Connellsville and came home with silver medals. Moon also made the 1986 PIAA playoffs.

In 2005, Moon again finally advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA Championship game where they lost to Pine Richland, the defending WPIAL Class AAA champions, 6-5. Moon also advance to the PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals.


THE 2005 MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY ROSTER

#1 - *ALTMEYER, Paul - P - SENIOR

#2 - BUTSCHLE, Ryan - INF - JUNIOR

#3 - BARCHIE, Jeremy - P - SENIOR

#4 - *FRANCIS, Robert - INF/OF - SENIOR

#6 - *SERRETTI, Michael - OF - SENIOR

#8 - GOLDBACH, Bryce - P/OF - SOPHOMORE

#11 - *BURGUNDER, Michael - P - SENIOR

#12 - SCHMIDT, Brian - OF/CATCH - SENIOR

#13 - *WILLIAMS, Casey - CATCH - JUNIOR

#16 - *SOROSKY, Benjamin - P - SENIOR

#18 - DIVIS, William - OF - SENIOR

#19 - *HOLLIDAY, Sean - P/1B - SENIOR

#20 - *WALSH, Daniel - INF - JUNIOR

#21 - SMITH, Benjamin - P/OF - JUNIOR

#22 - WALSH, Brian - INF - FRESHMAN

#23 - DeANGELIS, Thomas - INF - SOPHOMORE

#24 - *PETERSEN, Nicholas - OF - SENIOR

#28 - SEIGLE, Spencer - CATCH - SOPHOMORE

#44 - JACKSON, Michael - P - JUNIOR

#25 - SOFRANKO, Kenneth - OF - JUNIOR

(*) - Denotes returning lettermen

Please note that this roster is a tentative one. Rosters are always subject to change throughout the season. Just like in the pros, minors, and college there are players that get brought up and sent down.


OTHER SECTION 3-AAA PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2005

AMBRIDGE - Gary Bucuren (SR., OF-SS), Brian Mustio (SR., INF), Adam Biedrzycki (P/INF), Andrew Yeager (SR)

CHARTIERS VALLEY - Mike Gielarowski (SR., P/2B), Bill Poletti (SR., INF), Brandon Skoff

HOPEWELL - Mike Seech (SR., P), Drew Ference, Justin Daley

KEYSTONE OAKS - Dave Angle, Jeff Richko, Ben McCollum

MONTOUR - Dan Vietmeier (P), Bryce Pfeuffer (INF), Morgan Singletary (OF), Glen Davis(P), Danny Vietmeier (P)

WEST ALLEGHENY - Greg Marshall (SR., P/), Ryan Huebner (), Don Pugliese, Mark Diskin, Scott Ruperto


OUR MOON AREA H.S. BASEBALL ALUMNI IN COLLEGE, THE PROS

A note about our alumni (especially to the author of the unsigned (and now deleted, I might add) guestbook entry). These are the current (to my knowledge) of our recent graduates. This indicates where they went and/or attending college. This designated area does not make claims that these alumni are on any current baseball team rosters. It merely states that they are attending these schools. To help (especially Mr. Anonymous), I have placed an asterick next to the alumni that are playing.

Nathan Nery* is playing baseball at Stetson University

Austin Sykes* is playing football and baseball at the University of Miami of Ohio

Brian Holliday* is with the Pgh. Pirate Class High A farmclub, Lynchburg Hillcats.

Kevin Lovely is in the United States Army.

Michael Bruzzese is in the United States Navy.

Derek Blyzwick* is at Slippery Rock University

David Kuhn is at the University of Pennsylvania playing club rugby.


THE MOON AREA PINCH HITTERS CLUB (MAPHC)

The MAPHC was founded in the fall of 1994 by several parents and coaches looking to do more for our children/players. The program's founding fathers - the late Rich Krane, Marty Kokel, Dom Santeufemio, Joe Marek and Marv Eicher banded the program together with the Club goals to provide a banquet to honor the athletes for thier service to the school & community. Along with the support and watchful eyes of then Head Coach Ray Bosetti and former AD Bill Moore, the club would take off and flourish. In 1998, the club was able to send it's varsity team to Florida for spring training for the first time in school history.

Now in 2005, WE are proud to say the MAPHC is still thriving and this, it's eleventh (11th) year, through the leadership of new President Frank Sorosky and current membership, we are again looking to send the VARSITY team to COCOA EXPO in Cocoa Beach, Fla. for Spring Training in 2006. New Head Coach Dom Santeufemio is committed to helping the club by again helping sponsor a Golf Tournament to raise money for this and next year. This is the only fund raiser the club plans for this current school year (2004-05). PLEASE, help them out. Either donating your time or a cash contribution is always appreciated. Remember this is a non-profit club and your donation can be tax-exempt.

The MAPHC is already working on the 2006 season.

THe MAPHC is always looking for new members and volunteers, please contact me at the "E" address below. If you are a past alumni, and wish to contribute to the program you can contact them at MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL - Attention : Mr. Zach Kessler/Athletic Director - 904 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Township, Pa. 15108. Make checks payable to the Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club. Address the envelope to Moon Area H.S. Baseball, % (in care of) The MAPHC.


IN MEMORY OF ...... MOON BASEBALL FRIENDS and MINE

In Loving Memory of my niece, Sonia Marie Marek (Jan 7, 1981 - May 4, 1996 )... May God Bless you my baby, always thinking of you. We miss you very much. Love Uncle Joey. In loving memory of my Grandmother, Evelyn Elizabeth Grey Dwire (May 22,1908 - March 25, 2002), may God Bless you, Grandma.

In loving memory of "my first second mother", Marion Kotfis, may the Good Lord take you in his arms and welcome you in to the Heaven above.

And also to mine and many others friend, Richard L. Krane (August 4, 1949 - March 9, 1999). God Bless you my beloved Uncle Jerome "Tom" Marek and Uncle Jim Massimini. Also my Mother in Law, Vivian Mae Fry Royer (July,1940 - September 12, 2001). We will miss you GRAM-BUNKIE !!! Moon Community Baseball coach and ump, Ray Walker. We will miss you my friend and mentor. George W. Thomas III, (1976-2001), and his father, George W., Jr. (2000) may you all rest in peace my friends. God Bless you Mr. John "Pappy" J. Rushman, Sr. (1926-2002), Mr. Albert Rozsa (1932-2002), Marcella Madonna, Don Casasanta, and Ray Yanuzzi. Mrs. Gladys Diamond. William "Ralph" Quinn. Christina Kokel.


YA GOTTA LOVE THOSE MOON AREA TIGERS !!!!!!!!!!

Remember, Tiger Pride! in all Moon Area School Athletics and Academics.

This site was created in March, 1998 and updated 12/8/05 at 9:45 PM . MOON BASEBALL 2005 is HERE!!!! This Page is published by NHM Publications... a subsidiary of Mav Brothers Inc. 2005.





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West Penn Baseball Prospects: Outstanding website for local high school and amatuer baseball prospects to be looked at and look for showcases, tryouts, clinics, camps and workouts
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John Skilton's H.S. Baseball links: National H.S. Baseball Links
HeavyHitters.Com :All kinds of Baseball Links
Moon Area H.S. Soccer Website: The New Home of Moon Area Soccer
Moon Area H.S. Sports Website: Great site to access all Moon Sports including Moon Gymnastics
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Original Del Phillips Moon Area H.S. Football: This is the Archived site of Moon Area H.S. Football

2004 Moon Area H.S. Basketball Website:Scores Highlights Photos and Tribute to The 2004 PIAA/WPIAL Class AAA Champions
Moon Twp. Legion Baseball Home Page: Official Home of Moon Twp. Legion Baseball
Moon Area School District Site: The Official MASD Home Page
Western Pa. Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL): The governing organization of High School Athletics in Western Pa.
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA): The governing organization of High School Athletics in the state of Pennsylvania
The MSA Sports Network: The Official Home Page of WPIAL Sports Coverage on the WWW with Pgh. radio legend, Don Rebel
RED ZONE MEDIA: Former SSN/NSN founders Alex Panormios and Rick Smith's Great Site to follow Western Pa. High School and College Sports Action
PA SPORTS BOARD: The Pennsylvania Sports Board / High School, College, and Pro sports forums with a W.PA flavor
Allegheny/Beaver County Times Online :Best Local H.S.Sports Coverage in our area includes great writers, Mike Bires, John Perotto, Bill Utterback, Bill Allman, Ed Rose - Sports Editor, Chuck Curti, and Eric Hall
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Online : High School, College, and Pro sports coverage as well as news. Mike White - H.S. Sports Editor
High School Baseball Web:Another Place to Links to HS Basball
The Moon Area Varsity Baseball Record Book Homepage: Moon Area H.S. Varsity Baseball Records 1963-2003
The Baseball Think Factory: Great Site for checking on major/minor league teams and statistics
Enlexica : Baseball Encyclopedia: Great reference site for baseball terminology
Slippery Rock University : : SRU Baseball
West Allegheny H.S. Baseball : Home of Indian's Webpage : maintained by Head Coach Bryan Cornell
Blackhawk H.S. Baseball : Home of Blackhawk Cougars Baseball Program
New Brighton H.S. Baseball : Home of New Brighton Lions Baseball Program and New Varsity Coach Joe Signore
Sun Valley H.S. Baseball : A look at a team that I occasionally get a chance to watch in my retirement from baseball in exile near Philly
Coraopolis/Moon Record : Local weekly newspaper featuring sports writer Harry Bradford
Pittsburgh Tribune Review : Local daily newspaper featuring local and national sports
Your Baseball HQ: categorized resource directory for everything about baseball.
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HEY LOOKEE HERE, THE NEWLY REVAMPED OFFICIAL 2005 MAV BROTHERS INC. DISCLAIMER ........

This homepage is written, maintained, and published for the fans, friends, parents, and supporters of the Moon Area H.S. Baseball Programs on the WEB or NET. It is done so from the safe distance of 300 miles away in a small town called UPLAND, PA., directly due east of Moon Twp..

This homepage is published by Joe Marek and Mav Brothers Inc and is NOT a MOON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT or MOON AREA PINCH HITTERS CLUB publication. Anything written here is done by Me, Myself, and I, Joe Marek and not by the MOON AREA SCHOOLS or THE MOON AREA PINCH HITTERS CLUB (MAPHC), so if you have a problem with this don't bother them, "E"mail me instead. By the way, I do reserve the right to bear comments and opinions that sometimes may offend some. However, this is pretty much a free speech issue. If you or anyone have a comment or suggestion about the content of this page and pages within. You may write an EMAIL to me at the EMAIL ADDRESS posted above or go to out guestbook (also above) and add your two-cents worth. Good or bad, we would love to hear from you.

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