‘Next man up’ mentality has West A baseball rolling

IMPERIAL – For most baseball teams, losing a trio of key starters before the start of the season or just days into what appeared to be a promising season can be devastating, especially at the high school level.

That hasn’t been the case for the vaunted West Allegheny Indians’ baseball team under longtime head coach Bryan Cornell. The Indians are off to an impressive 7-0 start on the season despite being without ace pitchers Devan Zirwas and Gavin Miller, along with talented outfielder Nick Longo.

Zirwas, a VCU commit, was lost for the season in February following elbow surgery for an injury suffered during football season. Miller, an Auburn commit, was also dealing with an arm injury from football season but was able to suit up for a few games. However, Miller was lost for the season in early March during a “freak injury” in practice, according to Cornell.

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