The emergence of senior Alyssa McCormick (Fairmont State) as the ace pitcher was a complement to the big bats of seniors Madie Kessler (St. Francis) and Emma Novotnak (Gannon), juniors Bailey Snowberger (Holy Cross) and Josey Michalski, and others.
With the WPIAL only sending the champion in 6A to the PIAA playoffs, Norwin was left wondering what could have been after missing out again on its first WPIAL finals appearance.
The Knights continued to be a part of the WPIAL postseason conversation, despite changes in the program, namely a new coaching staff.
Craig Spisak left Yough after six seasons to replace longtime Knights coach Mike Liebdzinski.
Norwin finished 8-12 and fell to North Allegheny, 3-0, in the quarterfinals.
Seniors Justin Weaver (Gannon), Chris Slatt (Seton Hill) and Ryan Orosz (Penn State Greater Allegheny) were key leaders for a mostly young team.
A number of new names made their mark on the team, including catchy ones in senior second baseman Steve Rodgers and sophomore third baseman Nolan Ryan.
Senior Jake Auld (IF/P) and junior Keegan Carr (IF/OF) also made key contributions, along with sophomore Ethen Culbertson.
Track and field
The girls team won its sixth straight section title and finished second in WPIAL Class 3A.
Top performers included Belle Brozeski, a WPIAL individual champion in the 300-meter hurdles, Anna DeFazio (middle distance), Ashley Laukus (jumps), Hannah Shaw (pole vault), Annie Czajkowski (distance), Emma Jiancristoforo (distance), Casey Colcombe (hurdles), Savannah Schneck (throws) and others.
The boys team was led by Nick Puskar (pole vault), Trey Huha (sprints) and others.
In all, 12 Norwin athletes will compete in college.
The Knights made a run to the WPIAL 3A quarterfinals before falling to Canon-McMillan, 3-1.