The Latrobe Jethawks open the Westmoreland County American League Baseball (WCALB) semifinals tonight.

The top-seeded Jethawks will battle No. 5 Yough during Game 1 of the WCALB semifinals, 5:30 p.m. tonight at Legion-Keener Field. The series will shift to Sutersville Ball Field, 1 p.m. Saturday for Game 2, and the Jethawks will host Yough in a third and deciding game, if necessary, 1 p.m. Sunday at Legion-Keener Field.

Latrobe swept its quarterfinal-round series against No. 8 Mount Pleasant on Monday and Tuesday. The Jethawks defeated Mount Pleasant, 5-3, during Game 1 of their WCALB playoff series to grab an initial lead in the series. They ended the best-of-three set on Tuesday with a big seventh-inning comeback and completed the rally with the series clinching run in the ninth.

Latrobe met Yough three times this season, including an early-season exhibition on June 9. The Jethawks blanked Yough, 5-0, in exhibition play and earned a sweep in league competition. Latrobe edged out Yough, 2-1, on June 19 at home and scored a 10-8 victory at Sutersville Ball Field. Latrobe has 16 wins in 18 games against league opponents this season.

No. 2 Murrysville will square off against No. 3 Bushy Run in the other WCALB semifinal series, which begins on Saturday because of conflicts with Penn-Trafford’s Friday night graduation. Murrysville will host Bushy Run during a doubleheader beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, where Games 1 and 2 of the series will be played at Haymaker Park. Game 3, if necessary, will take place 1 p.m. Sunday at Sunrise Elementary School.

Murrysville swept Bushy Run in the regular season. Murrysville picked up a two-run victory, 3-1, on June 18 and outlasted Bushy Run, 7-5, on July 19.

Latrobe and Murrysville finished off its respective series on Tuesday, both with a two-game sweep, while Bushy Run and Yough needed the maximum three games to advance to the semifinals.

No. 2 Murrysville swept the best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series, 2-0, against No. 7 Derry and advanced to the semifinals. Murrysville defeated Derry, 7-4, during Game 1 of their WCALB playoff series on Monday to grab an initial lead in the series before ending the best-of-three set on Tuesday with an 8-4 win.

Bushy Run scored a walk-off victory Wednesday against No. 6 Young Township, 5-4, to advance to the semifinals. Yough pounded No. 4 Hempfield East, 13-4, on Wednesday to punch its ticket to the semifinals.

Bushy Run captured the first game of its series, 4-3, but Young Township rebounded with a 9-2 win in Game 2, ultimately forcing the deciding third game. Hempfield East won big, 12-3, in the first game of its series, but Yough bounced back in a big way with consecutive wins, 5-2 on Tuesday and 13-4 on Wednesday, to earn a date with the top-seeded Jethawks.

The WCALB championship game is currently scheduled for Aug. 4 at a time and site to be determined. There will also be a third-place game on Aug. 4, matching the losing teams from the WCALB semifinals, as the winner will also qualify for an upcoming regional tournament.

The top three WCALB teams will advance to an eight-team regional competition, which is currently scheduled for Aug. 7-9 at Hollidaysburg. A second field location will be at Juniata Field in Altoona. The teams will include, Hollidaysburg, in addition to the top two from Cambria and Central Pennsylvania, along with the top three Westmoreland County teams.

———

Westmoreland County

American League Baseball

Playoffs

Best-of-three

Semifinal Round

Friday, July 31

No. 5 Yough at No. 1 Latrobe (Legion-Keener Field), 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 1

No. 1 Latrobe at No. 5 Yough (Sutersville Ball Field), 1 p.m.

No. 3 Bushy Run at No. 2 Murrysville, doubleheader (Haymaker Park), 11 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 2

No. 5 Yough at No. 1 Latrobe, (Legion-Keener Field), 1 p.m. (if necessary)

No. 2 Murrysville at No. 3 Bushy Run (Sunrise Elementary), 1 p.m. (if necessary)

Quarterfinal Round

Monday, July 27

Latrobe 5, Mount Pleasant 3

Murrysville 7, Derry 4

Bushy Run 4, Young Township 3

Hempfield East 12, Yough 3

Tuesday, July 28

Latrobe 8, Mount Pleasant 7 (9 innings) (Latrobe wins series 2-0)

Murrysville 8, Derry 4 (Murrysville wins series 2-0)

Young Township 9, Bushy Run 2

Yough 5, Hempfield East 2

Wednesday, July 29

Bushy Run 5, Young Township 4 (Bushy Run wins series 2-1)

Yough 13, Hempfield East 4 (Yough wins series 2-1)

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.