Playoff runs have ended in the regional semifinals each of the last two years
Big signs outside Cooper’s baseball stadium testify to the Pirates’ tradition. Under the heading of regional quarterfinal champions, a string of years is painted: 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012.
Under regional semifinal champions, it’s a shorter list: 2005, 2007, 2008.
The Pirates would like to be able to hang another number after this weekend, because their playoff runs have ended in the regional semifinals each of the last two years.