The 2011 Seton-La Salle Rebel baseball team had high hopes and everything was going as planned until last Saturday, when it all began to fall apart. On May 6, 2011 the Rebels upset the Freedom Bulldogs, to find themselves tied for first place in WPIAL AA Section 1. They were battling to win the conference outright. That all changed when the Rebels traveled to South Fayette to finish a game that was postponed due to rain. The Rebels started the game in the second inning leading 8-5 and they never generated any offense and had a very off game. The Lions went onto to defeat the rebels 15-8. This bumped the Rebels out of first place, but still gave them a strong chance to make the playoffs. They had to win two out of their next three games against two teams they had beaten already.
They travelled to Carnegie, on Monday, to play the Cougars of Carlynton, the number team in the Conference. The Rebels once again generated no offense and lost the contest 8-2. The Rebels got one win against last seeded Quaker Valley, and then on Wednesday hosted the Canevin Crusaders for the last regular season game of the year. If the Rebels won, they were in and if they lost South Fayette had to lose and they were in.
The Rebels let up 4 runs in the top of the first inning and never could recover from there. They came back in the sixth to make the score 8-6, but then had three straight outs in the seventh. The Rebels had hope at this point to still get in until they heard the news that South Fayette upset the number one ranked Cougars which knocked the Rebels out of the playoffs.
The Rebels finished the season 10-4 and had a good season even though they fell short of the post season. The Rebels were led by Seniors, Spencer Ross, Cody Kasel, Zack Dominick, Dave Faust and Michael DelSardo, who all had very impressive seasons. Coach Chuck Rutter was their head coach and skipper and stressed to the boys that there is a lot more to life than baseball. They had an excellent 2011 campaign and I wish them all luck in the future.