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MOON AREA H.S. BASEBALL 2006

The Archived 2006 Moon Baseball Season Website

Keep informed and up to date here on the Moon Area High School Baseball Homepage -- MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-- Welcome back to The Moon Tiger Tales 2006 Update ..... The 2005 WPIAL Class AAA Silver Medalists ..... HAVE A GREAT SEASON !!! ..... HERE IS THE ARCHIVED MOON AREA H.S. BASEBALL WEBSITE from the 2006 Season ..... MOON AREA WILL PLAY ALL VARSITY 2006 HOME GAMES at Robinson Township's BURKETT FIELD ..... MAPHC announces the MOON BASEBALL 2006 GOLF OUTTING in support of the MOON AREA H.S. BASEBALL Program ..... 2006 Section 3-AAA COMPLETE schedule ready ..... 2006 JUNIOR VARSITY and NINTH GRADE Rosters and Schedules now available online ..... See everyone soon !! ..... 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:  THURSDAY November 18th    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.


Hi everyone ! This is the archived 2006 Moon Area H.S. Baseball Homepage. Here is where you look back and explore the 2006 season. I hope you will enjoy as much as I did capturing it as the 2006 campaign that started in the gym and worked its way to Cocoa Beach then endured the hardships of playing without a home field. And despite that hinderance, endured and made it again to the 2006 WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA playoffs. God Bless the boys and their coaches and thank you and congratulations on a great season !!!


Just read a nice article by Times Sports Correspondent and WMBA/WBVP Radio Sports announcer, Bob Barrickman in Thursday's Allegheny Times. It deals with a lookback at our two state championships. He also interviewed former Head Coach Tom Hoffman. The story is part of the Times' "Look Back" series.

Beaver/Allegheny Times: Times correspondent Bob Barrickman's article about our Back-to-Back State Championships 8/10/06

Hope all of are having a great summer !!! I know school and college is just around the corner for some of you. I truly wish you all well. Remember, work hard, study hard, and definitely have some fun, but don't over do it. For those of you who have been wondering when I will make it back home to Moon. I am happy to announce I am going to be in town the week before Labor Day. Apparently there is a baseball gathering at the Moon Area Senior High School lobby on the Friday night before Labor Day (and before the Moon Area/Char.Valley football home game). So I guess since I'm in town and invited I will see what this is all about and get back to you. I am in town actually to be co-tournament director for my favorite backgammon tournament, Snoopy Cup XVIII on Saturday.

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The 2006 season is now completed. The banquet is over and the awards presented. The Moon Area Class of 2006 has graduated and like Elvis, have just left the building. I am proud of all of you for the remarkable season you had under adversity that your own school system made you endure. My hats off to the coaching staff for staying the course. Head Coach Dom Santeufemio and his assistants : Mike Hepak and Doug Busch and statistician, Joe Farquhar be proud of yourselves. May God Bless you all and I hope and pray you all have a great off-season.

As for the 2006 MAHS and MAPHC Awards issued at Wednesday June 28th's banquet. It was almost the Casey Williams Show. Casey won the 2006 MAHS Varsity Baseball Batting Title with a .390 BA. (30 hits - 77 at bats). Casey also won the MAPHC Scholar/Athlete Award for highest QPA on the team. Both Danny Walsh and Casey were inducted into the Moon Area H.S. Baseball Record Book's 100/300 Club for the Class of 2006. This years's banquet I heard from one source was simply "OUTSTANDING". My kudos to the Moon Area Pinch Hitters Club for making it a memorable night for the players, coaches, parents, and guests that were in attendance.

As for the 2007 outlook the Tigers will have some great athletes returning including pitchers Bryce Goldbach and Ryan Orlovsky. Super infielders Brian Walsh and Tommy DeAngelis also return hopefully for the newly revamped WPIAL Class AAA (which will be missing Pine Richland and Peters Twp.). So look for new sections come next spring.


Great article about Moon Area alumni, Jeff Peck, a graduate of 1997, in the Beaver County Times. Here is the link :

Beaver/Allegheny Times: Times correspondent Bob Barrickman's article about 1997 Moon Area Alumni, Jeff Peck 6/28/06


Casey Williams was named to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's All-West team today (Thursday). I would like to congratulate him on the honor and also on the great season he had with the Tigers. Here is the article :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette : PG's All-West Scholastic Baseball All-Star team on 6/22/06


Here is a post-season article that was in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Thursday June 15th. It deals with the account of this season and what the future has in store for our Tigers. They interview Moon Head Coach Dom Santeufemio.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette : Moon Baseball article in PPG, interviews Coach Santeufemio 6/15/06


HELLO everyone ! The Moon Area Tigers were out hit, out pitched, and out played on Monday night at Washington, PA's Falconi Field. The Pine Richland Rams beat them 8-2 and will advance to the PIAA Class AAA Championship game on Saturday June 17th at Blair County Stadium in Altoona. They will meet Sun Valley, who was a 2-1 winner over Northern York in the PIAA Class AAA Eastern final. Below I have posted links to the newspapers stories on the loss. I'll have a box score soon.

Great season guys !!! Don't hang your heads. It was an accomplishment to get where you got. I for one am very proud of all of you. May God Bless !!!!

Congratulations to Head Coach Kraig Kaufhold and his Sun Valley Vanguards. Great season !

Here are the newspaper accounts of the game on Monday :

Beaver/Allegheny Times: Bill Utterback article about Moon Area/Pine Richland PIAA Class AAA Semifinal playoff game on 6/12/06

Beaver/Allegheny Times: Another Bill Utterback article about Moon Area/Pine Richland PIAA Class AAA Semifinal playoff game on 6/12/06

Pittsburgh Post Gazette : Mike White article about Moon's loss to Pine Richland in the Class AAA Semifinal playoff game on 6/12/06

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: John Grupp article about Moon Area/Pine Richland PIAA Class AAA Semifinal playoff game on 6/12/06

Thank you again Don Rebel and thank the Good Lord and my buddies at MSA Sports. I was happy to hear Don Rebel and John Lee doing the game from Falconi Field in Washington of this PIAA Class AAA Semifinals state playoff game as the WPIAL champion Rams battle the Tigers. Just click the link and follow the instructions :

MSA Sports Network/HTSN: Internet RE-broadcast of the Moon Area/Pine Richland PIAA Class AAA Semifinal playoff game on 6/12/06

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Here is the synopsis of the PIAA Class AAA Western Final (as reported in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by John Grupp in Sunday's paper) :

Three-time WPIAL champion Pine-Richland is making its deepest trip into the PIAA playoffs after losing in the first round each of the past two years. Rams coach Kurt Wolfe will summon RHP ace John Karr (12-0, 2.09 ERA, 73 IP, 120 K) in a rematch of last year's WPIAL Class AAA finals, which Pine-Richland won, 6-5. Senior SS Colin Durborow is batting .481 to lead Pine-Richland. He also has five home runs, 26 RBI and 29 runs scored. CF Dan Koller is batting .333 in the playoffs, and freshman T.J. Kuban is hitting .500.

Moon is the biggest surprise of the playoffs, going from a 9-10 regular-season record to winning five of six playoff games. The Tigers, the No. 12 seed in the 12-team WPIAL playoffs, didn't have any errors against Hampton in the quarterfinals after committing 17 in their previous five playoff games. Moon coach Dom Santeufemio will start junior LHP Bryce Goldbach (5-4, 3.20 ERA, 63 IP, 61 K, 22 BB). Senior C Casey Williams (.411, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 23 runs), 2B Tom DeAngelis (.367) and Goldbach (.325) lead the offense. Moon, which won PIAA titles in 2001 and 2002, is trying to become the first WPIAL team to win three state baseball titles. These two teams scrimmaged in the preseason, with Pine-Richland winning, 4-3.

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The Tigers (14-11) got sweet revenge on Thursday in the rematch with the Hampton Talbots at Shaler's Matulevic Field. The boys used timely hitting and cashed in on Talbot errors to get a big PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal win, 8-2.

Senior RHP Ben Smith kept Hampton batters grounding it to his awesome infielders all day. The Hampton announcers who were reporting the game, said that the Talbots only managed about three balls to the outfield. Smith went the distance in this game. Striking out none and only walking two.

Tiger bats pounded out 13 hits, including three each by Casey Williams and Brian Walsh. Tommy DeAngelis, Bryce Goldbach and Dan Walsh all added two hits.

Despite, a a losing record in the regular season, not having a decent field to practice on, and having to play all their home game on the road in Robinson Township (Burkett, now that's a nice field). The Tigers have survived and flourished. Moon will now head back to the PIAA Class AAA Semifinals to meet WPIAL Class AAA Champion, Pine Richland on Monday June 12 at Washington's Falconi Field. Congratulations Tigers !!! Thanks for overcoming the road blocks, adversity and challenges you have had to bear this season. Dom, again, what an outstanding job. Good luck Tigers, maybe I'll see you Monday.

MOON AREA ..... 8 - HAMPTON ..... 2

HAMPTON - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 = 2 - 7 - 5

MOON AREA - 1 - 3 - 0 - 3 - 0 - 1 - X = 8 - 13 - 0

WINNER : Ben Smith (7 innings) 0 strikeouts, 2 walks. LOSER : Kevin Barberich (3 1/3 innings) 2 strikeouts, 1 walk. 2B's : John Boy (HA) 2, Bryce Goldbach (MA), Dave Compo (MA). 3B's : Casey Williams (MA). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Casey Williams (MA) 3, Brian Walsh (MA) 3, Bryce Goldbach (MA), Tommy DeAngelis (MA), John Boy (HA), Sean Hennessy (HA).

Here's what the local papers are saying :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette : Mike White article about Moon's win over Hampton in the Class AAA Quarterfinal playoff game on 6/8/06

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: John Grupp article about Moon Area/Hampton PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal playoff game on 6/8/06

Beaver/Allegheny Times: Bill Utterback article about Moon Area/Hampton PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal playoff game on 6/8/06

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PIAA CLASS AAA Semifinals schedule:<(All games to be played on Monday June 12th)

Pine-Richland Rams (20-3, D7-1) vs. Moon Area Tigers (14-11, D7-3) AT Washington, PA's Falconi Field in Washington at 7:00pm

Sun Valley Vanguards (20-4, D1-2) vs. Northern York Polar Bears (23-4, D3-2) AT Ephrata's War Memorial Field at 6:00pm

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PIAA CLASS AAA Quarterfinal Round Playoff schedule and results : (All games played on Thursday June 8th)

Pine-Richland Rams (20-3, D7-1) ..... 3 - Hershey Trojans (D3-3, 16-12) ..... 2* (8 innings)

Moon Area Tigers (D7-3, 14-11) ..... 8 - Hampton Talbots (D7-2, 18-7) ..... 2

Sun Valley Vanguards (D1-2, 20-4-1) ..... 4 - Jersey Shore Bulldogs (D4-1, 18-7) ..... 0

Northern York Polar Bears (D3-2, 23-4) ..... 2 - Southern Lehigh Spartans (D11-1, 24-2) ..... 1

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You can listen to the rebrodcast of this contest that was presented on the internet by the MSA SPORTS NETWORK with help from Hampton Talbots Sports Network's Dennis Fischer and Tom Clendaniel have all the action of this PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals state playoff battle from Matulevic Field in Shaler as the Talbots take on the Tigers.

MSA Sports Network/HTSN: Internet rebroadcast of the Moon Area/Hampton PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal playoff game on 6/8/06

On a sad note, my Aunt Josephine Young passed away on late Tuesday evening. She was the sister of my father, Joseph. Our condolences to her daughter and grandchildren. May God Bless you !!!

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MORE UPDATES ! : Moon Area Alumni and current Stetson University pitcher Nathan Nery was again drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 18th round (535th overall). Nathan just finished his junior season at Stetson. You may remember Nathan was drafted in the 8th round at the end of his senior year of high school by Baltimore but he ended up opting for the college scholarship. No word on whether he will sign or not. Keep informed here. ! (For more information on Nathan and Derek Blyzwick, Mike Ritter, and Brian Holliday, just go down the the page a bit))

UPDATE ! : In the MLB First year player draft, Blackhawk H.S.'s Brian Omogrosso was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round (195th pick overall). Omogrosso who is going to be a senior at Indiana State University has been a pitcher there.

Hopewell High School graduate and WVU's outfielder Stan Posluzsny was drafted in the 34th round on Wednesday by the Seattle Mariners. The fifth year senior at West Virginia had been drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a redshirt sophomore in 2004 in the 21st round but didn't come to terms with them. Posluszny hit .322 with 22 doubles, nine homers, 58 RBIs and seven steals in 56 games this past season with the Mountaineers.

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HELLO everyone ! The Moon Area Tigers continue to astound the critics with a big 7-6 come from behind win over District 10 Champion, Grove City on Monday at SRU's Jack Critchfield Field. The win advances them to the PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals on Thursday in a rematch against Hampton, who was a 6-1 winner over Punxsatawny on Monday also. The game will at 12:00 NOON at Shaler's Matulevic Field.

In the top of the seventh inning with the Tigers down 6-4, Dave Compo led off by getting hit by a pitch. Then with one out, Danny Walsh singled. A passed ball enabled both runners to advance a base. With two outs, Bryce Goldbach's double scored two runs including the tying one. Tom DeAngelis then singled home Goldbach to give Moon the lead at 7-6.

In the bottom of the seventh, Moon reliever, Mike Jackson walked the lead off man. He followed that with a strikeout. The next batter grounded to first, and the lead runner advanced to second. With two outs, Jackson the last batter to pop out to second base on a soft liner.

Ryan Orlovsky got the win with seven pitches in the sixth inning in relief of starter Bryce Goldbach. Goldbach, despite not getting the victory had a great day at the plate, going 3-3 and several RBI's. DeAngelis had two hits.

MOON AREA ..... 7 - GROVE CITY ..... 6

MOON AREA - 3 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 3 = 7 - 9 - 4

GROVE CITY - 0 - 0 - 5 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 6 - 10 - 1

WINNER : Ryan Orlovsky (1/3 innings) 0 strikeouts, 1 walk (INT). LOSER : Bob Ravesz (6 1/3 innings) 10 strikeouts, 2 walks. 2B's : Bryce Goldbach (MA), Tommy DeAngelis (MA), Casey Williams (MA), Brian Walsh (MA), Corey Gracey (MA), Molloy (GC), Boliver (GC). 3B's : Alfredo (GC). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits - Bryce Goldbach (M) 3, DeAngelis (M) 2, Alfredo (GC), Bolivar (GC), Sonntag (GC)

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Here is the Beaver County Time story as written on Tuesday :

Moon rallies for dramatic win

06/06/2006 from Staff reports

SLIPPERY ROCK - Moon Area High School baseball coach Dom Santeufemio knew his team might be a little rusty following a nine-day layoff between the WPIAL tournament and the start of the PIAA playoffs.

The lull carried over for the better part of six innings Monday against Grove City, as the Tigers entered their final at-bat trailing, 6-4. Santeufemio decided his team needed a wakeup call or the season was over. "I took the kids aside and told them this was it," Santeufemio said. "Either they have the guts it takes or they don't, but this was the time to get it done."

Moon answered Santeufemio's challenge in a big way, as it rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to pull out a thrilling 7-6 victory over District 10 champion Grove City. Moon improved to 13-11 and will meet Hampton on Thursday in the second round of the tournament at a site and time to be determined.

"With the long layoff we were kind of stale," Santeufemio said. "But the kids stepped up when they had to and scored three in the seventh to win it. We got by, but we'll take it. The kids battled all year long to make the playoffs and this is the payoff."

Dave Compo got hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh and moved to third on a base hit by Dan Walsh. Walsh then moved to second on a passed ball before Bryce Goldbach tied the game with a two-RBI double. Tom DeAngelis then delivered a single that drove in Goldbach, who slid under the tag of Grove City catcher Scott Moore with the game-winning run.

Mike Jackson then took the mound for Moon in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the save.

Moon now gets a chance at redemption against Hampton, which knocked the Tigers out of the WPIAL playoffs. Santeufemio is just happy his team won't have time to rest on its laurels. "We're not as good of a team when we have too much rest," Santeufemio said. "The more we play, the better we are. We got by today, and that's the bottom line."

HOW THEY SCORED

Moon Area 1st - With no outs, Goldbach singled, Burdine inserted as pinch runner; With two outs, Casey Williams hit an RBI double, Brian Walsh hit an RBI double, Corey Gracie hit an RBI double. Moon Area 3, Grove City 0

Grove City 3rd - Bolivar hit a double; Sonntag singled; RBI single by Fisher; Alfredo RBI single; two-RBI single by Keil; double by Molloy, RBI single by Devine. Grove City 5, Moon Area 3

Grove City 4th - Sonntag singled and scored on a triple by Alfredo. Grove City 6, Moon Area 3

Moon Area 5th Dan Walsh walks; Goldbach singles; Tommy DeAngelis sacrifice fly scores Walsh. Grove City 6, Moon Area 4.

Moon 7th - Dave Compo HBP; with one out, Dan Walsh singled and moved to second on passed ball; Goldbach hits two-RBI double; single by DeAngelis drives in Goldbach. Moon 7, Grove City 6.

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PIAA CLASS AAA First Round Playoff schedule and FINAL SCORES: (All games played Monday June 5th)

Pine-Richland Rams (19-3, D7-1) ..... 10 - Langley Mustangs (17-6, D8-1) ..... 0* (5 innings, 10 run rule)

Hershey Trojans (16-11, D3-3)..... 6 - Bellefonte Red Raiders (16-7, D6-1)..... 2

Hampton Talbots (18-6, D7-2) ..... 6 - Punxsutawney Chucks (13-7, D9-1) ..... 1

Moon Area Tigers (13-11, D7-3) ..... 7 - Grove City Eagles (15-5, D10-1) ..... 6

Sun Valley Vanguards (19-4-1, D1-2) ..... 7 - Susquehannock Warriors (18-6, D3-1)..... 2

Jersey Shore Bulldogs (18-6, D4-1) ..... 3 - Pittston Area Patriots (11-7, D2-1)..... 2

Southern Lehigh Spartans (24-1, D11-1) ..... 18 - Swenson Arts and Technical School Lions (D12-1) ..... 0** (4 innings, 15 run rule)

Northern York Polar Bears (22-4, D3-2) ..... 5 - Upper Perkiomen Indians (15-10, D1-1)..... 3*** (9 innings

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PIAA CLASS AAA Quarterfinal Round Playoff schedule : (All games to be played Thursday June 8th)

Pine-Richland Rams (19-3, D7-1) vs. Hershey Trojans (16-11, D3-3) at Altoona'a Mansion Park at 3:00 PM

Hampton Talbots (18-6, D7-2) vs. Moon Area Tigers (13-11, D7-3) at Shaler's Matulevic Field at 12:00 NOON

Sun Valley Vanguards (19-4-1, D1-2) vs. Jersey Shore Bulldogs (18-6, D4-1) at Pine Grove's W.M Stump Stadium at 5:00 PM

Southern Lehigh Spartans (24-1, D11-1) vs. Northern York Polar Bears (22-4, D3-2) at Fredericksburg's Wenger Field at 4:30 PM

Click here to check out the PIAA Class AAA Bracket board :

PIAA Website: PIAA Class AAA Playoff Bracket Board


Great article about 2000 Moon Area Baseball Alumni, Justin Smith. Who is on the Hooter's Golf Tour. He is is in his second season on this pro tour since graduating from the University of Minnesota. He was one of the best collegiate golfers in Golden Gopher history. The article was written by Beaver County Times sports writer Mike "OJ" Bires. Here is the link :

Beaver County/Allegheny TimesOnline : Article written by Mike Bires about Justin "Smitty" Smith (5-23-06)

MOON AREA heading back to the PIAA State Class AAA playoffs after 4-3 win in 8 innings

MOON AREA .... 4 - MONTOUR .... 3 (8 Innings)

REPORTED BY MSA SPORTS NETWORK

Phil Bondi didn't let a little tough luck bother him on Saturday afternoon. Bondi, getting the start at second base for the Moon Tigers, struck out in his first 3 plate appearances against Montour ace Rich Toal, but to lead off the eighth inning lined the first pitch he saw from Toal into center field for a base hit. After Ben Smith struckout, Dave Compo was hit by a pitch, Bondi taking second, then two wild pitches later from reliever Nick Joyce, Bondi scored the winning run and the Tigers captured the third PIAA Playoff spot with a hard fought win against the Spartans.

Bryce Goldbach was golden on the hill for the Tigers, giving up 3 runs on only 3 hits and striking out 7. Rick Toal matched Goldbach inning for inning and was the hard luck losing pitcher for the Spartans. Moon improves to 12-11 and will play the District 10 champion, Grove City in the opening round of the PIAA state playoffs on Monday, June 5th. Montour's season ends with a final record of 16-7.

MOON AREA .... 4 - MONTOUR .... 3

MOON AREA - 2 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 = 4 - 4 - 2

MONTOUR - 1 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 3 - 3 - 3

WINNER : Bryce Goldbach (8 innings) 7 strikeouts, 2 walks. LOSER : Rich Toal (7 innings) 9 strikeouts, 7 walks. 2B's : Tom DeAngelis (MA), Morgan Singletary (MO). 3B's : NONE. HR's : NONE. TWO or more hits : NONE.

NOTES : In the PIAA District 10 Semifinal playoffs, Warren defeated Hickory, 10-6 and Grove City beat Meadville, 3-2, at Slippery Rock University on Saturday. The winners of these games, Warren and Grove City met on Monday May 29th (Memorial Day) at Slippery Rock University for the PIAA District 10 Class AAA Championship. The Eagles of Grove City defeated Warren, 16-4.


Our Moon Area Tigers have come to the crossroads of their season. A win today (Saturday)and they advance to the PIAA State Class AAA. A loss and the 2006 season draws to a conclusion. The boys meet their neighbors and Section 3-AAA rivals, the Montour Spartans at Shaler's Matulevic Field at 1:30 PM. Both teams split their regular season games. Montour won the first game at home, 11-9. In the regular season finale at Burkett, the Tigers won 6-2.

Spartan Head Coach Glenn Veitmeier in his first season at the helm, won the Section 3-AAA title outright. Look for him to bring his ace Rich Toal to the mound. For Moon Area, look for Coach Santeufemio to pitch Bryce Goldbach. Both pitchers have had success for their teams.

Both teams ended up in this game via losses in the WPIAL Class AAA semi's. Montour and Moon basically ran out of pitching due to the WPIAL's decision to rush the playoffs. I'm not fond of it, nor support the WPIAL in this, but what can one do. Both teams have some awesome athletes. Moon's Tom DeAngelis and Casey Williams went long ball at Falconi Field on Wednesday night, but unfortunately it would not be enough as Hampton outlasted them, 9-4.

The Spartan's big guns were silenced by Pine Richland, but it was thier pitcher, Jim Teyssier, that kept them in it until the fateful top of the seventh inning.This is when the Rams scored four runs (three of them unearned) to dash their hope of playing for WPIAL Gold for the first time since Coach Vietmeier was a player for Montour.

I wish good luck and good health to both teams. It has been a great season and you hate to see any of these Section 3-AAA teams lose. I even felt bad seeing Coach Bryan Cornell's West Allegheny Indians lose in the Quarterfinals. I salute you all ! May God Bless !!!

Hey, there MSA Sports Network's Don Rebel !!! Here's my shout out to you !!! Thank you my friend for covering our Tigers, our Section, and a lot of WPIAL regular season and playoff games. You and your buddies provide us out of towners and stuck at work or home bodies a chance to hear the game. I truly enjoy your coverage all year round and look forward to your continued growth and success on the internet. Here's to all the MSA staff and crew and announcers. Thank you !!!!

BTW, MSA will again be covering the Tigers and Spartans today at Shaler. John Lee has the call at the mike. Here is the link, just click and your there.

MSA Sports Network: WPIAL Class AAA 3rd Place Consolation Playoff game : Moon Area vs. Montour at Shaler, PA's Matulevic Field (5/27/06)


Good morning !!! Sort of a glum day here. The Tigers quest for the WPIAL GOLD again came to an end. The Hampton Talbots defeated our Tigers, 9-4 at Washington's Falconi Field. Home runs by Casey Williams and Tommy DeAngelis were not enough to power the boys to the title game. Moon starting pitcher, Michael Jackson went five innings suffering the loss. The Tigers will now play a consolation game against Section 3-AAA rival Montour to determine the third and final PIAA playoff spot on Saturday May 26 at Matulevic Field in Shaler. That game is scheduled to start at 1:30 PM. I will return later today to update this site with last nights gloomy results. GUYS remember this, you gave it all your best shots. You played your best. There is nothing to be ashamed about. Hold your heads high and prepare for Saturday. The season is not over !!! God Bless and Good Luck !!!!

Nick Berdine has entered the game as a reliever for Moon in the sixth inning. After five 1/2 innings, score remains, Hampton .... 6, Moon Area .... 4. A two run homer by Chris Beatty has given Hampton a 6-4 lead in the top of the fifth.

In the fourth inning, Compo has just scored from third on a trap play to tie the game at 4-4. Steve Raso stole second with Compo on third. Hampton had just taken the lead at 4-3 with a triple and on a wild pitch in the top of the 4th. Moon had taken the lead in the third, 3-2, with a Casey Williams blast deep over the left field fence. Tommy DeAngelis spotted Moon the early lead with a two-run in the first. Hampton tied it with single runs in second and third innings. Then Casey's homer in the bottom of the third. Moon Starter Michael Jackson is done, he worked five innings, striking out one and walking one.

WPIAL CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS PLAYOFFS

HAMPTON .... 9 - MOON AREA .... 4

HAMPTON - 0 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 0 - 3 = 9 - 10 - 0

MOON AREA - 2 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 1 - 0 - 0 = 4 - 7 - 2

WINNER - Wilson (3 1/3 innings) . LOSER :Michael Jackson (5 innings)

In the other WPIAL Class AAA semifinal, Pine-Richland returns to the WPIAL Class AAA Championship game with a 6-2 win over Montour. Montour will face the loser of our game on Saturday March 27 at 2:00 PM at Matulevic Field in Shaler.

THE OTHER WPIAL CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS PLAYOFFS

PINE-RICHLAND .... 6 - MONTOUR .... 2

Pine Richland - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 4 = 6 - 9 - 2

Montour - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 = 2 - 6 - 3

WINNER : - . LOSER : Jim Teyssier (6 2/3 innings) 1 strikeout, 0 walks.


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MOON WINS !!!! MOON WINS !!!! MOON WINS !!!!

MOON AREA .... 7 - Blackhawk .... 4 (FINAL)

The Moon Area Tigers (11-10) have proven that they love the underdog role, ESPECIALLY in the PLAYOFFS. They again have sent the first round bye team, the Blackhawk Cougars (14-6) home in the WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinals. This was the same Cougar team that 10 runned the Tigers in five innings just a few weeks ago, 11-0.

The Tigers scored six runs in the fifth inning on a 2-run single by Casey Williams and a 3-run homer by Corey Gracey to ice this one. Ben Smith was the starting pitcher and got the big complete game win. He had a tough seventh, but managed to get Blackhawk's big RBI man, Jason Brognano to pop up in the infield with 2 runners on and one run in.

MOON WINS !!! Moon is heading to the WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals again !!!! They will play Hampton which beat Peters Township. Gotta Luv Them Tigers !!!! The semifinal game will be played at Washington, PA's FALCONI FIELD at 7:30 PM.

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INTERNET SPECIAL !!! The MSA Sports Network, your home for all the WPIAL Playoffs in all sports will carry the game live on the NET. MSA Sports Don Rebel and Jason Coleman have the call from Falconi Field in Washington for this WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals playoff game as the Tigers battle the Talbots. The game will also be carried live on WBGG-AM/970 AM. Here is that link :

MSA Sports Network: WPIAL Class AAA Semifinal Round Playoff game : Moon Area vs. Hampton at Washington, PA's Falconi Field (5/24/06)

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In other WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinal action, Pine Richland beat West Allegheny, 3-1 to secure thier fourth consecutive trip to the semifinals. Montour beat South Park, 10-9. Hampton (16-4) upset No. 1 seed Peters Township (19-1), 9-8.

MOON AREA .... 7 - BLACKHAWK .... 4 (FINAL)

MOON AREA - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 6 - 0 - 0 = 7 - 6 - 2

BLACKHAWK - 0 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 = 4 - 7 - 1

Starting Pitchers : Moon Area - Ben Smith (6 innings) 5 strikeouts, ; Blackhawk - Matt Bable (7 innings) 10 strikeouts, 3 walks.

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PINE RICHLAND .... 3 - WEST ALLEGHENY .... 1

Penn State recruit John Karr was the driving force for the Rams (16-3), pitching a five-hitter and striking out 15. Freshman T.J. Kuban went 2 for 3 with an RBI. West Allegheny finished 12-8.

WEST ALLEGHENY - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 = 1 - 6 - 0

PINE RICHLAND - 0 - 0 - 0 - 3 - 0 - 0 - X = 3 - 5 - 0

WINNER : John Kerr (7 innings) 15 strikeouts, 5 walks. LOSER : Rob Cool (3 2/3 innings) 4 strikeouts, 3 walks.

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MONTOUR .... 10 - SOUTH PARK .... 9

The win puts Montour (16-5) into the semifinals against defending champion Pine-Richland. South Park finished 16-5

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HAMPTON .... 9 - PETERS TOWNSHIP .... 8

Nobody's perfect in WPIAL baseball this season.

Peters Township, the only undefeated team entering the playoffs, was upset by Hampton, 9-8, in a Class AAA quarterfinals last night at Washington & Jefferson College. Peters Township finished 19-1.

Peters Township was in good shape, leading, 6-4, heading into the top of the seventh. But Chris Beatty's three-run double highlighted a five-run inning for Hampton (16-5).

Peters Township didn't go quietly, though. A bases-loaded walk brought the Indians within 9-7, and Aaron Maize followed with a single. One run scored, but the tying run was stopped at third.

Hampton pitcher Scott Wilson then got three consecutive strikeouts to end the game.

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WPIAL Class AAA SEMIFINALS (Wednesday May 24)

Hampton Talbots (16-5) vs Moon Area Tigers (11-10) AT Falconi Field in Washington on Wednesday, May 24th at 7:30pm on msasport.net

Montour Spartans (16-5) vs Pine-Richland Rams (16-3) AT Falconi Field in Washington on Wednesday, May 24th at 5:00pm on msasport.net


42nd Annual Western Pennsylvania Baseball Camp

Former Moon Area Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Ray Bosetti, will be holding his annual baseball camp for kids ages 8 to 14 the last two weeks of June.

The dates for the two camps are Monday June 19th through Friday June 23rd and Monday June 26th through June 30th. Both weeks of camp sessions start at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM. Campers should bring gloves, hats, and a lunch. Water is provided on the fields. As is drinks during lunch.

Call Coach Bosetti at (412)264-4721 for more information.


TIGERS WIN ! TIGERS WIN !!! Moon Area advances to WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinals with 13-12 win over Yough at Califonia University of Pennsylvania!!!!!

Tom DeAngelis collected three hits and five RBI as Moon (10-10) defeated Yough (12-7), 13-12. DeAngelis had a two-run double and two-run triple. Dan Walsh added three hits for Moon. Ryan Orlovsky gets the win in relief going four innings. In the bottom of the seventh inning, with Yough runners on first and second, and only one out, a 4-6-3 doubleplay started by Tommy DeAngelis ended the game.

The Tigers will meet Blackhawk today (Tuesday) at Lyndora's (Butler) High Field #1 at 3:00 PM.

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Of course, MSA Sports Network will be carrying the game via the internet this afternoon. MSA Sports Don Rebel has the call from High Field #1 in Butler of this WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinals playoff game as the Tigers battle the Cougars. Just click this handy link :

MSA Sports Network: WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinal Round Playoff game : Moon Area vs. Blackhawk at Lyndora's (Butler,PA) High Field No.1 (5/23/06)

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Here is the article as reported in the Beaver County Times by Staff reports :

Moon Area wins slugfest - Staff reports - 05/23/2006

CALIFORNIA - Moon Area High School baseball coach Dom Santeufemio was frank and to the point when discussing his team's first round WPIAL Class AAA playoff game with Yough.

"It was ugly," Santeufemio said.

The two teams combined for 25 runs, 24 hits and - here comes the ugly part - 11 errors before Moon pulled out a 13-12 victory at California University of Pennsylvania. "There was no other word for it," Santeufemio said. "It was just a plain ugly game by both teams."

Moon squandered leads of 8-0 and 13-8 before holding on for the victory. All 25 runs were scored in the first five innings. The Tigers' first four batters - Danny Walsh, Bryce Goldbach, Tommy DeAngelis, Casey Williams - combined for all nine of Moon's hits.

DeAngelis led Moon, going 3 for 4 with five runs batted in. DeAngelis had a double and a triple for the Tigers. Williams added two RBIs for Moon.

Moon will meet Blackhawk today at 3:30 p.m. at Butler's High Field. Blackhawk defeated Moon, 11-0, in the regular-season finale for both schools.

WPIAL Class AAA First Round Playoffs (5-22-06)

MOON AREA .... 13 - Yough .... 12

MOON AREA - 3 - 5 - 1 - 0 - 4 - 0 - 0 = 13 - 9 - 7

YOUGH - 0 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 0 - 0 = 12 - 13 - 4

WINNER : Ryan Orlovsky (4 innings) 1 walk, 0 strikeouts. LOSER : Justin Shaffer (1 1/3 innings) 0 walks, 0 strikeouts. 2B's : Brian Walsh (MA), Tommy DeAngelis (MA). 3B's : Tommy DeAngelis (MA). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits - Danny Walsh (MA), Bryce Goldbach (MA), Tommy DeAngelis (MA).

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OTHER WPIAL Class AAA First Round Playoff scores (5-22-06)

West Allegheny .... 6 - Elizabeth Forward .... 1

West A. baseball wins - Beaver County Times Staff reports - 05/23/2006

WASHINGTON - Sophomore Zak Sinclair didn't let the week lost by the rain affect him at all, as he pitched a one-hitter to lead West Allegheny to a 6-1 win over Elizabeth-Forward at Washington & Jefferson in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AAA baseball playoffs.

Sinclair struck out 14, allowing only a leadoff single in the fifth inning and then struck out the next three batters. Elizabeth-Forward's only run came in the second inning as the result of a walk, stolen base and two wild pitches.

By the time Elizabeth-Forward scored that run, however, Sinclair had been staked to a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Mark Diskan had a pair of doubles, scored two runs, drove home two runs and stole two bases. Rick Devereaux and Ryan Huebner each added two hits, including a double, for the winners.

"The guys were chomping at the bit to play a game again," said West Allegheny coach Bryan Cornell. "We had worked inside all week but were able to get outside once to practice."

After a week off, West Allegheny gets no days off; the Indians (12-7) will face Pine-Richland (15-3) today in the quarterfinals.

West Allegheny - 1 - 2 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 2 = 6 - 9 - 1

Elizabeth Forward - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 1 - 1 - 0

Winner : Zak Sinclair (7 innings) 14 strikeouts, 2 walks. Loser : - J.J. Hoover (7 innings) 8 strikeouts, 5 walks. 2B's : Ricky Devereaux (WA), Mark Diskin (WA) 2, Ryan Huebner (WA). 3B's : Rob Cool (WA). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Mark Diskin (WA), Rick Devereaux (WA) and Ryan Huebner WA).

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Hampton .... 11 - Indiana .... 6

The Talbots (15-5) used three RBIs from right fielder Marcus Magister to slide past Indiana (13-6) at Seton Hill. Hampton scored 10 runs in the sixth inning after falling behind, 6-1.

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Montour .... 12 - Mount Pleasant .... 6

Morgan Singletary slammed a three-run homer and Montour put up four runs in each of the first two innings on the way to a Class AAA first-round victory. Rich Toal got the win.

Mt. Pleasant - 0 - 2 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 3 - 0 = 6 - 3 - 1

Montour - 4 - 4 - 1 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 1 = 12 - 12 - 4

WINNER : Rich Toal (4 innings) 6 strikeouts, 2 walks. LOSER : Zach Matlas (2 innings) 3 strikeouts, 6 walks. 2B's : Frank Marko (MO), Bryce Pfueffer (MO), Greg Clarke (MO). 3B's : Rich Toal (MO), Greg Clarke (MO). HR's : Morgan Singletary (MO). Two or more hits : Morgan Singletary (MO) 3, Tom Birko (MO), Rich Toal (MO), Greg Clarke (MO).

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WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinal Round Playoffs (Tuesday 5-23-06)

Peters Township Indians (19-0) vs Hampton Talbots (15-5) AT Washington & Jefferson College Complex on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30pm

Moon Tigers (10-10) vs Blackhawk Cougars (14-5) AT High Field #1 in Butler on Tuesday, May 23rd at 3:00pm

South Park Eagles (16-4) vs Montour Spartans (15-5) AT Gateway HIgh School on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm

West Allegheny Indians (12-7) vs Pine-Richland Rams (15-3) AT Burkett Field in Robinson Township on Tuesday, May 23rd at 3:30pm


This game can be listened to as an archived re-broadcast on the internet on the MSA Sports Network. MSA Sports Scott Stiller and John Lee had all the action of this WPIAL Class AAA First Round playoff battle from California University of Pennsylvania as the Cougars take on the Tigers. Here is the link :

MSA Sports Network: WPIAL Class AAA First Round Playoff game : Moon Area vs. Yough at California University of PA (5/22/06)

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Here is the updated WPIAL Class AAA bracket board as posted on the WPIAL website. It is a .PDF file for all of you so that you can print a copy for yourselves. :

WPIAL Class AAA playoffs 2006: Updated (as of 5/19/06, 3:00 PM) 2006 Class AAA Playoff Bracket Board

Weather continues to haunt the area. Hopefully Friday will allow the opening round to begin. Also, for those interested in our 2006 MAPHC Moon Baseball Golf Outing. The results and link to see our list of golfers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers is listed below on this page.

There was a nice article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette West edition this morning. It was written by Colin Dunlap. Here is the link to it :

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Online : Article written by Colin Dunlap about the Tigers (5-18-06)

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Great article in the Moon Area Record about 2002 Moon Area Baseball Alumni, Michael Ritter, now a senior at Grove City College.

Coraopolis/Moon Area Record Online : Article written about Michael Ritter (5-18-06)

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Great article about 2000 Moon Area Baseball Alumni, Justin Smith. Who is on the Hooter's Golf Tour. He is is in his second season on this pro tour since graduating from the University of Minnesota. He was one of the best collegiate golfers in Golden Gopher history. The article was written by Beaver County Times sports writer Mike "OJ" Bires. Here is the link :

Beaver County/Allegheny TimesOnline : Article written by Mike Bires about Justin "Smitty" Smith (5-23-06)

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The Tigers didn't fair well on Friday as the Blackhawk Cougars rolled our Tigers, 11-0 in 5 innings. I will have more info posted on this game on Sunday night. I am visiting wife's family right now and luckily, her one uncle had a wireless connection for to connect. It's great to have a lap top to take with us. One other note, Montour finished the 2006 WPIAL Section 3-AAA schedule by defeating Ambridge, 6-4.

BTW, Moon will scrimmage the Beaver Bobcats on Monday. The WPIAL Baseball Steering Committee will hold the 2006 playoffs pairing meeting on Monday. MSA Sports network will broadcast the pairings on thier internet site Monday evening.


UPDATE !! - GREAT DAY TIGER FANS !!! The Moon Area Tigers behind great pitching by Bryce Goldbach and the bat of Casey Williams put down Montour, 6-2, today at Burkett Field in Robinson Twp.. The win also allowed the Tigers to qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs as the third place team out of Section 3-AAA.

Montour got an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. But it was all Moon after that. They scored three in the bottom of the first on a two-run double by Williams. Then it was a two-run homer in the fifth by Williams that iced the cake. Goldbach was outstanding on the mound, scattering seven hits, striking out eight, and walking only two. Montour's Rich Toal also pitched well, he struck out nine Tigers. His and Montour's Head Coach Glenn Vietmeier's only problem was they couldn't solve William's bat.

The Tigers will host Bob Amalia and his Blackhawk Cougars on Friday at Burkett Field. Game time is at 3:00 PM. This is an exhibition game.

WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 10th, 2006

MOON AREA .... 6 - MONTOUR .... 2

MONTOUR - 1 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 2 - 7 - 1

MOON AREA - 3 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 3 - 0 - X = 6 - 6 - 0

WINNER - Bryce Goldbach (7 innings) 8 strikeouts, 2 walks. LOSER - Rich Toal (6 innings) 9 strikeouts, 2 walks. 2B's: Bryce Goldbach (MA), Morgan Singletary (MON), Casey Williams (MA). 3B's: None. HR's: Casey Williams (MA).

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HOPEWELL .... 4 - WEST ALLEGHENY .... 3

W.ALLEGHENY - 0 - 1 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 3 - 7 - 3

HOPEWELL - 0 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - X = 4 - 8 - 0

WINNER - Zack Durinsky (7 innings) 8 strikeouts, 3 walks. LOSER - Zac Sinclair (6 innings) 5 strikeouts, 4 walks. 2B's: None. 3B's: None HR's: Zac Sinclair (WA).

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Chartiers Valley 13, Keystone Oaks 3 , 5 innings

Chartiers Valley 14, Keystone Oaks 3 , 5 innings

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The Tigers will host Montour today at Burkett Field. Look for the Tigers to start Bryce Goldbach or Michael Jackson on the mound. Moon needs to win to guarantee third place by themselves and the last WPIAL playoff spot. Last night in Section 3-AAA action, Ambridge is still clinging to life with a 4-3 win over Keystone Oaks. West Allegheny lost to Shaler, 9-5, in an exhibiton game at Matulevic Field.

MSA Sports Network will broadcast the Tigers home game against Montour on Wednesday May 10th. Don Rebel and John Lee will will have the call weather permitting from Robinson Twp.'s Burkett Field. Also, bonus time for us internet broadcast followers, MSA is carrying the West Allegheny at Hopewell game. Mark Schaas and Rich Emert have the call from Joe Colella Field at Hopewell High School

Here are the links :

MSA Sports Network: Internet broadcast of the Moon Area/Montour game on 5/10/06

MSA Sports Network: Internet broadcast of the West Allegheny/Hopewell game on 5/10/06

OTHER WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA and EXHIBITION GAMES FOR TUESDAY MAY 9th, 2006

AMBRIDGE .... 4 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 3

Senior Jake Mley's two-out single drove in two runs in the second inning as Ambridge improved to 7-11, 5-6 in Section 3-AAA. Sean Speciale threw a complete game with nine strikeouts and led Ambridge to the 4-3 win against Keystone Oaks (3-14, 0-10).

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SHALER .... 9 - WEST ALLEGHENY .... 5

WEST ALLEGHENY - 1 - 4 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 5 - 9 - 1

SHALER AREA - 4 - 3 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - X = 9 - 12 - 3

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The Tigers kept alive thier WPIAL playoff dreams with both, a win over winless Keystone Oaks, 15-4 and Montour's 5-1 win over Hopewell. Casey Williams enough of the offense to give Moon a more secure platform to return to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. His second inning grand slam deep over the RCF fence at Duquesne University Field was just one of the hard hit shots he had. He also had two equally monsteritive sacrifice flies provided the Tigers with 6 RBI's. Bryce Goldbach added two hits. Matt Schmidt's two run single also aided in Moon's big win. Ben Smith started and got the win.

The Tigers play to Glenn Vietmeier's Montour Spartans at Burkett Field in Robinson Twp. The game is Moon's home game and will start at 3 PM. The bottom line for the Tigers is win and thier in. A Hopewell loss to West Allegheny would also give Moon a playoff spot. Moon then hosts Head Coach Bob Amalia and his Blackhawk Cougars at Burkett in an exhibition game om Friday May 12th at 3:00 PM

By the way, I have posted the photos I took while at home on a Kodak Easy Share website. If you would like a link to see them. Just email me with your email address and I will send you the invitation to view them. From what I also gather, you can order prints from Kodak on that site at a minimal charge. Kodak runs that site and makes the money, not me. They are there though for your benefit as a gift from me to you. Don't say I never gave you anything for Christmas or your birthday. (HeeHeeHee). By the way, you do have to register with that website in order to look at those photos.

MOON AREA .... 15 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 4

MOON AREA - 3 - 4 - 1 - 4 - 0 - 0 - 3 = 15 - 10 - 1

KEYSTONE OAKS - 0 - 2 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 = 4 - 5 - 3

WINNER - Ben Smith ( innings)

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OTHER WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR MONDAY MAY 8th, 2006

MONTOUR .... 5 - HOPEWELL .... 1

Hopewell - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 1 - 2 - 1

Montour - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 2 - 0 = 5 - 6 - 1

With the game tied at 1-1 in the fifth, Montour's Butch Kriger hit a two-run double to break the tie. Hopewell is now 12-5, 6-5 in Section 3-AAA.

CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 11 - AMBRIDGE .... 10

Ambridge tied the game in the bottom of the seventh before falling in the ninth. The Bridgers fell to 6-11, 4-6 in Section 3-AAA.


WEEKEND UPDATE !!!! Montour (7-2) took the upper hand in the race for the Section 3-AAA title with a 9-5 win over West Allegheny (7-3)

WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR SATURDAY MAY 6th, 2006

MONTOUR .... 9 - WEST ALLEGHENY .... 5

Morgan Singletary and Butch Kriger each went 3 for 4, as Montour beat West Allegheny in a Section 3-AAA game. Jared Littler homered for West Allegheny in the loss.

MONTOUR - 3 - 0 - 3 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 2 = 9 - 14 - 3

WEST ALLEGHENY - 0 - 3 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 1 - 0 = 5 - 6 - 1

WINNER - Rich Toal (3 2/3 innings) 2 strikeouts, 3 walks. LOSER - Zak Sinclair (6 innings) 6 strikeouts, 1 walk).

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HOPEWELL .... 11 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 8

Freshman Max Vogel has played in the Hopewell High School outfield all season for venerable coach Joe Colella. Vogel had even pitched one inning. The ninth-grader has shown so much promise, in fact, that Colella thought nothing of bringing Vogel to the mound to finish up an important Section 3-AAA game with Keystone Oaks Saturday.

Oh, and the bases were loaded with no outs and Hopewell clinging to a three-run lead in the top of the seventh. Vogel responded by striking out the side, and the Vikings walked away with an 11-8 win. "I felt he would be comfortable in that situation," said Colella. "He looked like he was relaxed out there."

Hopewell fell behind twice, but rallied both times. After Keystone Oaks scored one in the top of the first, Hopewell got two - courtesy of Adam Zimmerman's home run - in the bottom of the inning. After Keystone Oaks scored four runs in the top of the second inning, Hopewell put up six in the bottom of the inning thanks in part to another two-run homer by Zimmerman.

Keystone Oaks tied the game in the top of the fourth, and the score remained 8-8 until the bottom of the sixth. Chad Alviani singled and was bunted to second. Mike Seech, who had two runs batted in, hit a one-out single but Alviani was thrown out at the plate. Zimmerman, who has 10 RBIs in his last three games, was intentionally walked, moving Seech to second; Seech eventually scored on an error. Josh Testa then came around to score on a wild pitch, and Vogel completed the scoring when he came home on an error.

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AMBRIDGE .... 8 - SHADY SIDE ACADEMY .... 7

Rick Moyer's two-run single in the sixth inning proved to be the game-winner for Ambridge (6-10) in a non-section victory over Shady Side Academy (6-8). Sean Speciale was 2 for 3 with two RBI in the victory. Andy Burlett sttruck out five in three relief innings to earn the victory


By the way, I had to move the pictures to the bottom of the page in order to give our dial-up internet readers with slow processors a chance to read the page before the pictures loaded. Apparently it was taking too much time for them. (HI BO !)

One other note on the pictures, I hope to have them soon on a Kodak Free Share site for you all to be able to get them. I will make the site available by email hopefully some time this weekend. I know several of you liked them and I do have over 50 more that I took while at home, mainly at the first game at Ambridge.

The Tigers kept alive thier WPIAL playoff dreams with both, a win over winless Keystone Oaks, 15-4 and Montour's 5-1 win over Hopewell. I will have more on the big day later on Tuesday morning.

MOON AREA .... 15 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 4

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OTHER WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR MONDAY MAY 8th, 2006

MONTOUR .... 5 - HOPEWELL .... 1

Hopewell - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 1 - 2 - 1

Montour - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 2 - 0 = 5 - 6 - 1

CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 11 - AMBRIDGE .... 10

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WEEKEND UPDATE !!!! Montour (7-2) took the upper hand in the race for the Section 3-AAA title with a 9-5 win over West Allegheny (7-3)

WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR SATURDAY MAY 6th, 2006

MONTOUR .... 9 - WEST ALLEGHENY .... 5

Morgan Singletary and Butch Kriger each went 3 for 4, as Montour beat West Allegheny in a Section 3-AAA game. Jared Littler homered for West Allegheny in the loss.

MONTOUR - 3 - 0 - 3 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 2 = 9 - 14 - 3

WEST ALLEGHENY - 0 - 3 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 1 - 0 = 5 - 6 - 1

WINNER - Rich Toal (3 2/3 innings) 2 strikeouts, 3 walks. LOSER - Zak Sinclair (6 innings) 6 strikeouts, 1 walk).

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The Moon Tigers (5-5, 7-9) behind some strong pitching by Bryce Goldbach and a two run homer by Casey Williams kept the Tiger's playoff hunt alive. Moon beat Ambridge (4-5) Friday afternoon, 3-2. Williams homer in the fifth inning was just what the doctor ordered and what Coach Santeufemio's boys needed to enact revenge over the earlier meeting of these clubs. Goldbach pitched a three hitter enroute to this big complete game win. Bridger's Sean Speciale pitched well, but the homer tilted the scales towards Moon. Ambridge's coach and players had a meeting on the mound in the fateful bottom of the fifth to discuss intentionally walking Williams with a runner on and first base open. Fate was sealed when they decided to pitch to him

The Tigers return to play Keystone Oaks on Monday at GreenTree's Duquesne Field at 4 PM. They must continue to win and hope that they get some help along the way. Thanks to MSA Sports Network for broadcasting this game on the internet. It is always great to hear you guys play here in Philly. Thanks Don Rebel and Scott Stiller !!!!

By the way, I had to move the pictures to the bottom of the page in order to give our dial-up internet readers with slow processors a chance to read the page before the pictures loaded. Apparently it was taking too much time for them. (HI BO !)

One other note on the pictures, I hope to have them soon on a Kodak Free Share site for you all to be able to get them. I will make the site available by email hopefully some time this weekend. I know several of you liked them and I do have over 50 more that I took while at home, mainly at the first game at Ambridge.

REMEMBER EVERYONE !!!! The MAPHC's MOON BASEBALL GOLF OUTTING IS ONE WEEK AWAY !!! They need your support to make it a success. If you haven't registered, you need to do it ASAP. Tell them MAV sent you !!!

MOON AREA .... 3 - AMBRIDGE .... 2

AMBRIDGE - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 2 - 3 - 0

MOON AREA - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 2 - 0 - X = 3 - 6 - 1

WINNER - Bryce Goldbach (7 innings). LOSER - Sean Speciale (6 innings). 2B's: . 3B's: None. HR's: Casey Williams (MA).


The Tigers playoff hopes dimmed as Chartiers Valley edged them 8-7 in nine innings. I will have more information on this game later. In the only other game today, Hopewell got past Ambridge, 10-8.


WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR MONDAY MAY 1st, 2006

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 3 - AMBRIDGE .... 0

Zak Sinclair pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts, and Rob Cool's run-scoring triple gave West Allegheny a 1-0 lead. Mark Diskin completed the scoring with a two-run double.

West Allegheny - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 = 3 - 4 - 4

Ambridge - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 0 - 3 - 1

WINNER - Zak Sinclair (7 innings)12 strikeouts, 2 walks. 2B's: Mark Diskin (WA). 3B's: Rob Cool (WA). HR's: NONE. Two or more hits : Andy Slifko (WA)

MONTOUR .... 18 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 6

Montour - 3 - 5 - 7 - 2 - 1 = 18 - 10 - 1

Keystone Oaks - 2 - 0 - 0 - 4 - 0 = 6 - 6 - 2

WINNER - Nick Joyce (3 innings)4 strikeouts, 1 walk. 2B's: Bryce Pfeuffer (MO), Morgan Singletary (MO). 3B's: Morgan Singletary (MO), Greg Clarke (MO). HR's: Matt McGrath (MO). Two or more hits : Bryce Pfeuffer (MO) 3, Morgan Singletary (MO) 3.

HOPEWELL .... 18 - CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 10

Mike Seech used two doubles and two triples to drive in five runs as Hopewell pushed its record to 10-4 overall, 4-4 in Section 3-AAA. Max Vogel added four hits, and Chad Alviani hit a home run.


In weekend exhibition action from around our Section. West Allegheny beat Shady Side Academy on Saturday afternoon, 7-4. Then later, Beaver Falls downed West Allegheny in a game Saturday night, 8-7. Also on Saturday, Keystone Oaks got pummeled twice at the Indiana (PA) Tournament. In the first game they lost to Franklin Regional, 14-3. In the second game, they lost to Gateway, 12-7.


WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA EXHIBITION GAMES FOR SATURDAY APRIL 29th, 2006

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 7 - SHADY SIDE ACADEMY .... 4

WEST ALLEGHENY - 3 - 1 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 1 = 7 - 11 - 4

SHADY SIDE ACAD - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 1 - 0 - 2 = 4 - 6 - 2

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BEAVER FALLS .... 8 - WEST ALLEGHENY .... 7

WEST ALLEGHENY - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 5 - 0 - 2 = 7 - 12 - 2

BEAVER FALLS - 3 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 3 = 8 - 8 - 2


MSA Sports Network will broadcast the Tigers home game against Ambridge on Friday May 5th. Don Rebel and Scott Stiller will will have the call weather permitting from Robinson Twp.'s Burkett Field. All home games start at 3:00 PM.

MSA Sports Network: Internet broadcast of the Moon Area/Ambridge game on 5/5/06


Chartiers Valley has decided to wake up from the dead recently as they again have stunned and upset another Section 3-AAA front runner. This time they beat first place West Allegheny. They limited the Indians to one run on three hits. Pitching has finally come to the Colts who improved to 2-5 in the section.

WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR FRIDAY APRIL 28th, 2006

CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 2 - WEST ALLEGHENY .... 1

WEST ALLEGHENY - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 = 1 - 3 - 0

CHARTIERS VALLEY - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 2 - 4 - 0


The Tigers get a week to recover from the tough loss suffered on Wednesday and Prom on Friday night. Only one game played on Thursday in the section. West Allegheny (6-1, 8-2) continued its winning ways and gained a bigger grip on the Section 3-AAA lead with an 8-7 win over Hopewell (4-4, 9-4) in the completion of a suspended game from about two weeks ago. Mark Diskin completed the game, pitching three innings and allowing Hopewell 3 runs while getting the save for the starter Zak Sinclair. Sinclair didn't have to throw a pitch on Thursday and got the win.

WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR THURSDAY APRIL 27th, 2006

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 8 - HOPEWELL .... 7

HOPEWELL - 0 - 4 - 0 - 0 - 3 - 0 - 0 = 7 - 10 - 4

W. ALLEGHENY - 1 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 8 - 9 - 1

Completion of suspended game from a while back

WINNER - Zak Sinclair (4 innings) 3 strikeouts, 0 walks. SAVE Mark Diskin.


The Tigers suffered a big loss again at the hands of Zak Sinclair and the Indians. Sinclair may have had a shaky start, but settled down over the final four innings to get his second win over Moon this season. The loss gives the Tigers four losses in the Section 3-AAA race. It also means now they will need help from other teams to make the playoffs I will have more details later on. Sorry for the late update. Internet problems last night didn't allow me to get on the web.

The Tigers are now idle until next Wednesday when they play Chartiers Valley. The Colts were a 4-1 upset winner over Montour last night.

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 5 - MOON AREA .... 4

Moon Area - 0 - 3 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 4 - 7 - 2

West Allegheny - 2 - 3 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - X = 5 - 7 - 1

WINNER - Zak Sinclair (7 innings) 9 strikeouts, 4 walks. LOSER : Bryce Goldbach (6 innings) strikeouts, walks. 2B's: Rob Cool (WA), Mark Diskin (WA), Derrik Zeroski (WA). 3B's: Ricky Devereaux (WA). HR's: Two or more hits: Rob Cool (WA) 3, Ricky Devereaux (A)

OTHER WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 26th, 2006

CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 4 - MONTOUR .... 1

The Colts (1-5, 2-8) used an outstanding pitching performance from Brett Stackhouse to upset Montour (5-2, 9-4).

MONTOUR - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 = 1 - 7 - 2

CHAR. VALLEY - 1 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - X = 4 - 5 - 0

WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR THURSDAY APRIL 27th, 2006

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 8 - HOPEWELL .... 7

HOPEWELL - 0 - 4 - 0 - 0 - 3 - 0 - 0 = 7 - 10 - 4

W. ALLEGHENY - 1 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 8 - 9 - 1

Completion of suspended game from a while back

WINNER - Zak Sinclair (4 innings) 3 strikeouts, 0 walks. SAVE Mark Diskin.


The Tigers suffered a big loss again at the hands of Zak Sinclair and the Indians. Sinclair may have had a shaky start, but settled down over the final four innings to get his second win over Moon this season. The loss gives the Tigers four losses in the Section 3-AAA race. It also means now they will need help from other teams to make the playoffs I will have more details later on. Sorry for the late update. Internet problems last night didn't allow me to get on the web.

The Tigers are now idle until next Wednesday when they play Chartiers Valley. The Colts were a 4-1 upset winner over Montour last night.

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 5 - MOON AREA .... 4

Moon Area - 0 - 3 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 4 - 7 - 2

West Allegheny - 2 - 3 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - X = 5 - 7 - 1

WINNER - Zak Sinclair (7 innings) 9 strikeouts, 4 walks. LOSER : Bryce Goldbach (6 innings) strikeouts, walks. 2B's: Rob Cool (WA), Mark Diskin (WA), Derrik Zeroski (WA). 3B's: Ricky Devereaux (WA). HR's: Two or more hits: Rob Cool (WA) 3, Ricky Devereaux (A)

OTHER WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA GAMES FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 26th, 2006

CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 4 - MONTOUR .... 1

The Colts (1-5, 2-8) used an outstanding pitching performance from Brett Stackhouse to upset Montour (5-2, 9-4).

MONTOUR - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 = 1 - 7 - 2

CHAR. VALLEY - 1 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - X = 4 - 5 - 0

In other action, the Keystone Oaks at Ambridge game was postponed. In an exhibition game, Hopewell clobbered New Brighton, 11-1.


Hello, the Tigers defeated the Hopewell Vikings, 3-2, and swept the season section series with them. With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Tom DeAngelis singled home the winning run with no outs and a infield drawn in. Dave Compo scored the winning run after leading the inning off with the walk. Dan Walsh doubled and Casey Williams got an infield single to load the bases. You can listen to the archived broadcast by clicking on the link below.

MOON AREA .... 3 - HOPEWELL .... 2

HOPEWELL - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 2 - 5 - 0

MOON AREA - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 = 3 - 7 - 0

WINNER : Ryan Orlovsky (7 innings) 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. LOSER : Mike Seech (6 innings) 5 strikeouts, 8 walks. 2B's: Dan Walsh (MA), Mike Seech (HO), Adam Zimmerman (HO). 3B's: NONE. HR's: NONE. Two or more hits :


Sorry about the lack of updates. I just returned home to Philly. It was great to see all of you and having gotten to see four varsity games. On Friday, the Tigers (3-3, 5-7) came out on the short end of a slug fest between both teams. Montour (5-1, 9-3) came out of it with an 11-9 win at Montour H.S. Field.

Tom DeAngelis broke out of an early season slump to hit two home runs. Casey Williams and Bryce Goldbach also added homers. However, pitching apparently took the day off. Moon starter Bryce Goldbach got chased in the fourth inning after allowing a three run double to Morgan Singletary. Reliever Ben Smith also suffered the same fate. The Tigers return to action today in a game that was changed from Friday to today. Hopewell travels to meet Moon today at Burkett Field in Robinson Twp.

Today's game was broadcast on the internet on MSA Sports Network. Scott Stiller and John Perrotto had the call. Here is the link for the rebroadcast :

MSA Sports Network: Moon Area vs Hopewell game broadcast on the internet

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MOON AREA - 4 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 1 - 3 - 0 = 9 - 9 - 2

MONTOUR - 1 - 0 - 3 - 7 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 11 - 12 - 2

WINNER - Nick Joyce (5 innings) 8 strikeouts, 6 walks. LOSER - Bryce Goldbach (3 2/3 innings) 4 strikeouts, 4 walks. 2B's: Morgan Singletary (MN) 2, Butch Kriger (MN) 2, Tom Birko (MN), Nick Joyce (MN). 3B's : NONE. HR's: Tom DeAngelis (MO) 2, Casey Williams (MO), Bryce Goldbach (MO).


The Tigers bats continue to be somewhat silent. However, they managed to put together enough today to K.O. Keystone Oaks, 2-0. Junior Ryan Orlovsky pitched a three hit shutout and complete game. Orlovsky used less than 70 pitches to get the job done. The game was also only 1 hour and 19 minutes long. Which in all my years of Moon HS baseball has to be the shortest seven inning game in school history.

Bryce Goldbach's two-run double was the key blow in Tiger third. It was the only runs scored in this contest.

MOON AREA .... 2 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 0

KEYSTONE OAKS - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 0 - 3 - 2

MOON AREA - 0 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - X = 2 - 4 - 3

WINNER - Ryan Orlovsky (7 innings) . LOSER - .

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OTHER WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA RESULTS from WEDNESDAY APRIL 19th

AMBRIDGE .... 18 - CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 8

MONTOUR .... 12 - HOPEWELL .... 7


WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA RESULTS from MONDAY APRIL 17th

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 14 - CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 3

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 6 - AMBRIDGE .... 4

To thump two section rivals in the same day, a baseball team needs contributions from many people. West Allegheny understood the challenge. Ricky Devereaux contributed five hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs Monday as West Allegheny moved to 4-1 in WPIAL Section 3-AAA with victories over Chartiers Valley (14-3) and Ambridge (6-4).

Zak Sinclair hit a home run against Chartiers Valley, and was the winning pitcher against Ambridge, as the Indians moved to 7-2 overall. Mark Diskin scored four runs in the first game, and earned a save in the second game. In the victory over Chartiers Valley, winning pitcher Rob Cool used four hits to drive in four runs.

In the victory over Ambridge, West Allegheny scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to break a 4-4 tie and move toward the victory. Jordan Meyers and Jared Littler started the game-winning rally with singles. Derrick Zeroski followed with a bunt, Tyler Sevisky added a sacrifice fly and Diskin hit a run-scoring single.

HOPEWELL .... 2 - ROCHESTER .... 0

HOPEWELL TWP. - Adam Zimmerman and Ty Wright both hit base-loaded singles and drove in two RBIs each to lead Hopewell. Mike Seech also drove in two runs for Hopewell (8-1).


WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA RESULTS from SATURDAY APRIL 15th

HOPEWELL .... 2 - ROCHESTER .... 0

Chad Alviani had a hand in both runs for Hopewell (7-1) in its non-section victory. In the first inning, after Drew Ference singled, Alviani bunted him to second, and Ference later scored on Max Vogel's fielder's choice. In the fifth, Alviani singled, stole second and scored on a single by Adam Zimmerman. Mike Seech went the distance, throwing a four-hitter.

CENTER .... 7 - AMBRIDGE .... 6

Nate DeFilippi's RBI single in the top of the eighth lifted Center (8-2) over Ambridge in the non-section game. Ambridge had tied the score in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Craig Besong.


WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA RESULTS from THURSDAY APRIL 13th

HOPEWELL .... 10 - CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 2

Adam Zimmerman drove in three runs, and Max Vogel and Mike Seech drove in two each as Hopewell moved to 3-1 in Section 3-AAA


Quiet bats and two blatently bad calls by an ump handed the Tigers thier second Section 3-AAA loss in a row. Moon Area (2-2, 4-6) mustered only five hits in thier 3-2 loss to Ambridge. But officiating also marred what had been a great game. A call in the first inning on a sacrifice fly cost the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. The field umpire, who admitted later he made a mistake, said the runner left too soon. On the last play of the game the same umpire called a bases loaded balk on a play that would quite possibly be a inning ending double play. The ump claimed senior pitcher Ben Smith had no come set in his pitching motion. Videotape of the play proved otherwise.

In my opinion, I have seen enough bad calls in my life, officiating has become worse. It's bad when umps decide to take a game away from the kids. This call was so bad I had to say something.

However, officiating was only part of the problem. The Tiger's offense continued to sputter for the second game in a row. Michael Jackson pitched four scoreless innings in his first section start.

Justin Parasida hit a double that bounced over the 405-foot sign in center field to lead the Bridgers to a come-from-behind win.

With Ambridge trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Chris Mylan and Craig Besong hit singles. Parasida's book-rule double tied the game, and Besong scored on a balk. Sean Speciale allowed two unearned runs in a complete-game win.

AMBRIDGE .... 3 - MOON AREA

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

AMBRIDGE - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 2 = 3 - 6 - 1

WINNER - . LOSER - Ben Smith (3 innings) - 3 strikeouts, 2 walks.

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MONTOUR .... 3 - WEST ALLEGHENY .... 1

West Allegheny - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 0 = 1 - 7 - 0

Montour - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 0 = 3 - 5 - 0

WINNER - Dan Toal (7 innings) 8 strikeouts, 3 walks. LOSER - . 2B's: Stan Charie (MN). 3B's: NONE. HR's: NONE. Two or more hits : NONE.

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HOPEWELL .... 4 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 0

Freshman Dylan Schwegler, in his first varsity start, pitched a five-hit shutout as Hopewell moved to 5-1 overall, 2-1 in Section 3-AAA. Schwegler gave up a one-out triple in the seventh, but ended the game with a strikeout and grounder to the mound. Adam Zimmerman hit a home run for the Vikings.


West Allegheny's Zak Sinclair overwhelmed Tiger hitters on Tuesday. He recorded nine strikeouts and allowed only one hit as the Indians scalped Moon, 6-0. Moon's Bryce Goldbach suffered the loss as he whiffed seven, going the distance. The Tigers only hit was an infield single by Brett Hogle. With the win, West Allegheny (2-0, 4-1) moved into sole possession of first place.

The Tigers (2-1, 4-5) travel to Ambridge (2-1, 3-5) for thier third straight game this week. After today, the Tigers are off for Easter and Passover holiday and don't return to action until next Wednesday.

In the only other Section 3-AAA contest on Tuesday, Montour defeated Keystone Oaks, 10-5.

WEST ALLEGHENY .... 6 - MOON AREA .... 0

WEST ALLEGHENY - 1 - 0 - 0 - 3 - 1 - 0 - 1 = 6 - 11 - 1

MOON AREA - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 0 - 1 - 3

WINNER - Zak Sinclair (7 innings) 9 strikeouts, 1 walk. LOSER - Bryce Goldbach (7 innings) 7 strikeouts, 0 walks. 2B's : NONE. 3B's : Ricky Devereaux (WA). HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Ricky Devereaux (WA) 3, Jared Littler (WA), Zak Sinclair (WA), Andy Slifko (WA) 3.

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OTHER WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA RESULTS from TUESDAY APRIL 11th

MONTOUR .... 10 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 7

Butch Kriger was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and led Montour (4-2, 3-0) to a 10-7 win against Keystone Oaks (2-4, 0-2) in Class AAA Section 3.

Keystone Oaks - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 6 - 0 - 0 = 7 - 4 - 3

Montour - 1 - 3 - 0 - 3 - 3 - 0 - 0 = 10 - 12 - 1

WINNER - . LOSER - .

2B's: Tom Birko (MN), Bryce Pfeuffer (MN), Russ Picard (MN), Matt McGrath (MN), Butch Kriger (MN) , Frank Marko (MN). 3B's : Bryce Pfueffer (MN), Morgan Singletary (MN). Two or more hits : Tom Birko (MN), Bryce Pfeuffer (MN), Russ Picard (MN), Matt McGrath (MN), Butch Kriger (MN) 3, Morgan Singletary (MN).


TODAY's SECTION 3-AAA GAMES (Thursday April 13th)

Hopewell Vikings at Chartiers Valley Colts - (Woodville Field) - 4:00 PM


It was a gorgeous day for a ball game and even better yet for the Tigers. Moon Area (2-0, 4-4) rode the Colts into the beautiful sunset and to a 10-4 Section 3-AAA victory. Casey Williams was 2-2 with two home runs including a grand slam and 6 RBI's. Junior Brian Orlovsky picked up the win, going five innings. Ben Smith picked up the save. Bryce Goldbach also added two hits. I will have more info on the game tomorrow.

MOON AREA .... 10 - CHARTIERS VALLEY .... 4

CHAR. VALLEY - 1 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 4 - 7 - 5

MOON AREA - 2 - 0 - 4 - 1 - 0 - 3 - X = 10 - 9 - 0

WINNER - Brian Orlovsky (5 innings). LOSER - Reed Tomlimson (4 innings). SAVE - Ben Smith.

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OTHER WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA RESULTS from MONDAY APRIL 10th

HOPEWELL .... 7 - AMBRIDGE .... 2

Mike Seech's fingerprints are all over the victory. He pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and hit a grand slam that broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning.

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WEST ALLEGHENY .... 10 - KEYSTONE OAKS .... 5

Keystone Oaks - 1 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 0 = 5 - 11 - 1

West Allegheny - 0 - 1 - 0 - 4 - 1 - 4 - 0 = 10 - 11 - 3

WINNER - Mark Diskin (3 1/3 innings) 3 strikeouts, 0 walks. LOSER -. 2B's: Ricky Devereaux (WA), Andy Slifko (WA) 2. 3B's: Rob Cool (WA). HR's: Ricky Devereaux (WA). Two or more hits : Ricky Devereaux (WA), Andy Slifko (WA), Rob Cool (WA) 3.

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MSA Sports Network had broadcasted this game on the INTERNET. Click the link below to listen to the archived broadcast. Don Rebel and Scott Stiller had the call.

MSA Sports Network: Moon Area vs Chartiers Valley game broadcast on the internet


Moon Area (1-0, 3-4) won it's Section 3-AAA opener in the usually unfriendly confines of Collela Field in Hopewell yesterday. The Tigers defeated the Vikings, 5-3. Moon Area 5, Hopewell 3. Bryce Goldbach, who was the winning pitcher, hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning to help his own cause. Tom DeAngelis hit a two-run homer in the second inning.

MOON AREA .... 5 - HOPEWELL .... 3

MOON AREA - 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 1 = 5 - 7 - 2

HOPEWELL - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 0 = 3 - 3 - 2

Winner - Bryce Goldbach (5 innings) 6 strikeouts, 3 walks. Loser Mike Seech (7 innings) 12 strikeouts, 6 walks. 2B's: Tom DeAngelis (MA), Brian Walsh (MA), Zimmerman (HO). 3B's: NONE. HR's : Tom DeAngelis (MA), Bryce Goldbach (MA). Two or more hits : Tom DeAngelis (MA), Brian Walsh (MA), Zimmerman (HO).

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In other Section 3-AAA action, Ambridge roughed up Montour to take sole possession of the section lead, 9-6. Nick Lewandowski drove in three runs, including two in the top of the fifth that proved to be the difference as Ambridge raised its record to 2-0.

AMBRIDGE .... 9 - MONTOUR .... 6

AMBRIDGE - 0 - 0 - 5 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 2 = 9 - 11 - 1

MONTOUR - 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 1 = 6 - 9 - 1

WINNER : Speciale (6 1/3 innings) 8 strikeouts, 6 walks. LOSER : Teyssler (4 1/3 innings) 5 strikeouts, 2walks. 2B's : Bryce Pfeuffer (MN). 3B's : NONE. HR's : NONE. Two or more hits : Besong (AM), Kennert (AM), Nick Lewandowski (AM), Bryce Pfueffer MN) 3, Marco (MN).


Wednesday April 5th - Section 3-AAA Action

Ambridge 18, Keystone Oaks 8

MOUNT LEBANON - Rick Moyer launched leadoff home runs in the sixth and seventh innings as Ambridge claimed the victory in its Section 2-AAA opener. Nick Lewandowski used two hits to drive in five runs for the Bridgers.

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Tuesday April 4th - Section 3-AAA Action

MONTOUR .... 2 - Chartiers Valley .... 0

Montour - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 2 - 4 - 0

Char.Valley - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 = 0 - 2 - 0

Winning Pitcher - Rich Toal (7 innings) 7 K's, 5 BB's. Losing Pitcher - Brett Stackhouse (7 innings). Doubles: Bryce Pfeuffer (MN), Morgan Singletary (MN). Triples : none. Home Runs : none. Two or more hits : Morgan Singletary .


The 2006 Moon Area Varsity Schedule and Results as of: 6/9/2006 2006 MOON AREA Varsity Schedule as of: 6/9/2006


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

3/16/2006

Thu

4:00 PM

SCRIMMAGE

Pine-Richland H.S.

Pine-Richland

H

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3/23/2006

Thu

4:00 PM

SCRIMMAGE

Burrell H.S.

Burrell

A

---

---

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3/25/2006

Sat

11:00 AM

EXHIBITION

Seneca Valley H.S.

Seneca Valley

A

LOSS

5-4

0-1

3/29/2006

Wed

4:00 PM

EXHIBITION

COCOA EXPO/FLORIDA

Columbia-Hickman,MO

A

WIN

7-3

1-1

3/30/2006

Thu

1:00 PM

EXHIBITION

COCOA EXPO/FLORIDA

Davless County,KY

A

LOSS

6-1

1-2

3/31/2006

Fri

10:00 AM

EXHIBITION

COCOA EXPO/FLORIDA

Hudson City, OH

A

LOSS

17-0

1-3

4/1/2006

Sat

10:00 AM

EXHIBITION

COCOA EXPO/FLORIDA

Tenafly,NJ

A

WIN

5-3

2-3

4/2/2006

Sun

10:00 AM

EXHIBITION

COCOA EXPO/FLORIDA

Boyd County,KY

A

LOSS

6-4

2-4

4/6/2006

Thur

TBA

LEAGUE

Joe Collela Field

Hopewell

A

WIN

5-3

3-4

4/7/2006

Fri

4:00 PM

EXHIBITION

High Field

Butler Area

A

CXL

0-0

0-0

4/10/2006

Mon

3:00 PM

LEAGUE

Burkett Field

Chartiers Valley

H

WIN

10-4

4-4

4/11/2006

Tue

3:00 PM

LEAGUE

Burkett Field

West Allegheny

H

LOSS

6-0

4-5

4/12/2006

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Cranberry's Veteran's Field

Ambridge

A

LOSS

3-2

4-6

4/19/2006

Wed

3:00 PM

LEAGUE

Burkett Field

Keystone Oaks

H

WIN

2-0

5-6

4/21/2006

Fri

3:45 PM

LEAGUE

Montour H.S.

Montour

A

LOSS

11-9

5-7

4/24/2006

Mon

3:00 PM

LEAGUE

Burkett Field

Hopewell

H

WIN

3-2

6-7

4/26/2006

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Donaldson Field

West Allegheny

A

LOSS

5-4

6-8

5/3/2006

Wed

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Char. Valley H.S.

Chartiers Valley

A

LOSS

8-7^

6-9

5/5/2006

Fri

3:00 PM

LEAGUE

Burkett Field

Ambridge

H

WIN

3-2

7-9

5/8/2006

Mon

4:00 PM

LEAGUE

Aiken/Duquesne U. Field

Keystone Oaks

A

WIN

15-4

8-9

5/10/2006

Wed

3:00 PM

LEAGUE

Burkett Field

Montour

H

WIN

6-2

9-9

5/12/2006

Fri

3:00 PM

EXHIBITION

Burkett Field

Blackhawk

H

LOSS

11-0*

9-10

5/22/2006

Mon

2:30 PM

WPIAL 1st RND PLYOFF

California Univ. Of Pa.

Yough

A

WIN

13-12

10-10

5/23/2006

TUES

3:00 PM

WPIAL QRTRFNL PLYOFF

Butler's High Field

Blackhawk

A

WIN

7-4

11-10

5/24/2006

WED

7:30 PM

WPIAL SEMIFINAL PLYOFF

Washington's Falconi Field

Hampton

H

LOSS

9-4

11-11

5/27/2006

SAT

1:30 PM

WPIAL CONSOLATION PLYOFF

Shaler's Matulevic Field

Montour

H

WIN

4-3+

12-11

6/5/2006

MON

1:00 PM

PIAA 1ST RND PLAYOFFS

Slippery Rock University

Grove City

A

WIN

7-6

13-11

6/8/2006

THU

12:00 PM

PIAA QRTRFNL RND PLAYOFFS

Shaler's Matulevic Field

Hampton

A

WIN

8-2

14-11

6/12/2006

MON

7:00 PM

PIAA SEMIFNL RND PLAYOFFS

Washington's Falconi Field

Pine Richland

A

LOSS

8-2

14-12


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


The 2006 Final WPIAL Section 3-AAA Standings FINAL 2006 WPIAL SECTION 3-AAA Standings 5/13/2006

TEAM WIN LOSS PCT GB

*-Montour Spartans

9

3

.750

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**-West Allegheny Indians

8

4

.667

1.0

#-MOON AREA TIGERS

7

5

.583

2.0

E-Hopewell Vikings

7

5

.583

2.0

E-Chartiers Valley Colts

6

6

.500

3.0

E-Ambridge Bridgers

5

7

.417

4.0

E-Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles

0

12

.000

9.0

(*) - 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 2006 MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHING STAFF

Head Varsity and program coach : Dom Santeufemio (2nd yr./14th with program)

Assistant Varsity Coach : Michael Hepak (3rd Yr.)

Varsity Assistant : Doug Busch (3rd Yr.)

Junior Varsity Head Coach : Dave Ceyrolles (3rd Yr.)

Varsity Statistician : Joe Farquhar (6th Yr.)

Ninth Grade Head Coach : Mark Thompson* (5th Yr.)(returning coach)

Historian and Webmaster : Joe "Mav" Marek (34th year).

Equipment Manager and Staff aides : Mike Shutak (5 yrs.) and Fred Cercone (5 yrs.)


HOW TO FIND MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL FIELD

Due to possible construction of a new high school, Moon Area's Varsity team will be playing all it's home games at Robinson Township's Burkett Field. The Moon Area Junior Varsity and Ninth Grade will be playing on the Lower Field (Dust Bowl site) where they normally played if the Varsity was home

DIRECTIONS TO BURKETT FIELD in ROBINSON TWP. (Temporary Home Field for 2006)

From the South:

Take I-79 North to exit 60 Crafton/Moon Run. Left at light onto Rt. 60 (South) /Steubenville Pike. **Straight at next light, Robinson/Burkett Sports Complex approx. 1/4 mile on left. Parking 1st lot on right, Varsity field is on left.

From the North:

Take I-79 South to exit 60B Airport. Proceed with directions from the south **.

From Downtown:

Take Parkway West to I-79 Exit towards the North Erie. Proceed with directions from the south **.

From the West:

Take 22/30 towards Rt. 60 South. Proceed through several lights, straight at BP Gas Station light. Robinson/Burkett Sports complex approx. 1/4 mile on right. Parking first lot on right, field on left.

From Moon Township :

Follow Beaver Grade Road to it's end on Route 60. Make left onto Rte. 60 (North). Park and field on right about 1/4 mile.

Notable landmarks : Butya's Restaurant/Lounge and the Old Del Kid's Restaurant are almost right accross the road (Route 60) from the Park's entrance and Burkett Field

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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.

MISCELLANEOUS

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 2006 MOON AREA H.S. BASEBALL COACHING STAFF AND ROSTER PAGE .......

For a look at the 2006 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 - 2006.

They've been to the PIAA playoffs in :

1986 - 2001 - 2002 - 2005 - 2006

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.

In 2006, Moon continues to show it's perrenial power in the WPIAL and PIAA. The Tigers advance to the WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals before losing to WPIAL Class AAA runner-ups, Hampton. For the the fourth time in six years, Moon returns to the PIAA Class AAA State playoffs.


THE 2006 MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL RETURNING VARSITY ROSTER

#1 - JACKSON, Michael - P - SENIOR

#2 - *BUTSCHLE, Ryan - INF - SENIOR

#4 - SOFRANKO, Kenneth - OF - SENIOR

#5 - GRACEY, Corey - INF/1B - JUNIOR

#6 - *GOLDBACH, Bryce - P/OF - JUNIOR

#7 - PITARO, Daniel - OF - SENIOR

#8 - HOGLE, Brett - OF - JUNIOR

#9 - COMPO, David - OF - JUNIOR

#10 - GOEHRING, Tyler - INF - JUNIOR

#12 - DAMES, Benjamin - C - JUNIOR

#14 - BERDINE, Nicholas - P - SOPHOMORE

#15 - BONDI, Phillip Jr. - INF - FRESHMAN

#17 - *SEIGLE, Spencer - CATCH - JUNIOR

#20 - *WALSH, Daniel - INF - SENIOR

#21 - SCHMIDT, Matthew OF/P - SENIOR

#22 - *WALSH, Brian - INF - SOPHOMORE

#23 - *DeANGELIS, Thomas - INF - JUNIOR

#24 - RASO, Steven - OF - SENIOR

#25 - ORLOVSKY, Ryan - P/INF - JUNIOR

#26 - *SMITH, Benjamin - P/OF - SENIOR

#34 - *WILLIAMS, Casey - CATCH - SENIOR

(*) - 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 2006

AMBRIDGE - Craig Besong

CHARTIERS VALLEY - Brett Stackhouse (P; SENIOR), Reed Tomlinson (P/INF; SOPH)

HOPEWELL - Michael Seech (P; SENIOR), Max Vogel

KEYSTONE OAKS - John Kazalas (P/OF; SOPH)

MONTOUR - Bryce Pfeuffer (INF), Dan Toal,

WEST ALLEGHENY - Ryan Huebner, Mark Diskin, Zac Sinclair (P; SOPH), Ricky Devereaux, Andy Slifko.


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


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 2006, WE are proud to say the MAPHC is still thriving and this, it's twevlth (12th) year, through the leadership of new President Joe DeAngelis and current membership, we are again looking to send the VARSITY team to COCOA EXPO in Cocoa Beach, Fla. for Spring Training in 2006. 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 2007 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.