Southmoreland dominates 8U playoffs

Three Southmoreland 8-and-under baseball teams competed in the 20-team Hempfield Area Athletic Association playoffs on June 21-23 and finished first, second and third. Along with Southmoreland, there were teams in the HAAA tournament representing Delmont, Hempfield, Youngwood, Jeannette and Greensburg. The Southmoreland teams are pictured above. Southmoreland Black (middle).won the championship and finished the season 16-2; Southmoreland Red (left) took second place, losing 12-8 in the championship game; and Southmoreland Gray (right) took third. All three are part of the Southmoreland Youth Athletic Association which plays at the fields behind Ruffsdale Elementary School, although the district is reportedly considering selling the school and those fields. The SYAA stated that it appreciates what the complex offers the community and said such a decision will drastically impact the league.

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