Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shady Side Tries to Regroup after Semifinal Loss Baseball

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shady Side Tries to Regroup after Semifinal Loss Baseball

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They've been playing baseball at Shady Side Academy, Bob Grandizio said, since 1894.

Although Grandizio has been alive for only a fraction of that time, he has enough of a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the program's history that he seemingly can recite all of it.

As per any of it that relates to teams that were knocked out of the WPIAL playoffs but succeeded in the PIAA tournament, Indians players should expect to hear about all of it from Grandizio in the coming days.

"The kids will be tired of hearing that from me, I'm sure," said Grandizio, Shady Side Academy's coach who also is part of the faculty at the school, an alumnus and son of the team's former coach. "We'll definitely make sure we stress that."

Coming off what Grandizio termed "a truly disappointing loss for the kids" three days ago, the coaching staff's No. 1 task is to get the Indians refocused for the PIAA playoffs.

Shady Side Academy (17-3) lost, 2-1, to defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Riverside Monday in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. It was an error-filled, close game that Grandizio said was tough on the players.

He gave them two days off to let it get out of their systems. Come today, the coach's plan was to turn the page and turn everyone's attention to the PIAA tournament.

Shady Side Academy will open play in the PIAA Class AA playoffs Monday, June 4 at a site and time to be determined. Pending the outcome of next week's Riverside-Ellwood City WPIAL title game, the Indians will play either the District 6 champion or the District 5 champion.

"The kids know they had [Monday's game] in their hands against a great opponent that had won the WPIAL and states last year," said Grandizio, who's been around the Shady Side program as the son of the coach, a player, an assistant coach or head coach since the 1970s. "We've got to get the kids back in the right frame of mind and make them understand there's a bigger goal.

"There's a lot of hype around here for WPIALs and understandably so. …

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