North Hills Indian’s Boys 5A Baseball Team Wins First-Ever WPIAL Championship 

North Hills Baseball Team

 

        It was a real nail-biter for the North Hills Indians Boy’s 5A Baseball Team as they battled against the Fightin’ Planets of Mars High School for the WPIAL Championship.  The game was played on May 30 at the Wild Things Park in Washington, Pa.  It was the bottom of 11th inning, as North Hills pitcher Joey Pusateri came to bat and lined to right centerfield, which scored Tanner Schmitt.  North Hills came out victorious with a 3-2 win against Mars.  In addition to his winning RBI, Pusateri pitched a solid seven innings before he was relieved by Steve Miller, who pitched the final four the victory. 

       It has been a long time coming for this team.  The last time North Hills made it to the WPIAL baseball semifinals was back in 1974.  To put it into perspective, Richard Nixon was the U.S. president and the top movies were The Sting and The Exorcist.  Even though they played in the WPIAL that year, they did not win.  With this victory in May, it’s North Hills’ first-time ever capturing the WPIAL baseball title since the school opened its doors in 1958.  

        There were 11 seniors who played on the NH’s team, and it was coached by Randy Miller.  It was a glorious moment for Pusateri, who was one of those seniors who has since graduated.  He will be attending DePaul University in Chicago in fall, and he has chosen to not play college baseball. Congratulations! 

 By Paula Green 

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