2022 PIAA Class 2A softball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Conwell-Egan
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 11:14 PM
PIAA Class 2A softball championship
Conwell-Egan (13-9) vs. Neshannock (25-0)
11 a.m. Friday at Beard Field, Penn State
Road to the finals
Conwell-Egan – The Eagles are the first team from the Philadelphia Catholic League to play for a state softball championship. The league joined the PIAA in 2008. Conwell-Egan beat District 11 champion Williams Valley, 10-4, District 6 champion South Huntingdon, 7-5, and Claysburg-Kimmel, 7-2, to reach the finals.
Neshannock – A case could be made that the best two Class 2A softball teams in the state are less than 10 miles apart in Lawrence County. Neshannock is 25-0 this season, outscoring opponents 302-29. The fewest runs the Lancers scored was in a 1-0 WPIAL semifinals victory over Laurel. The most runs they gave up was in a 13-6 win over Laurel in the state semifinals. Before beating the Spartans, the Lancers blanked OLSH, 6-0, and Johnsonburg, 14-0, in their first two PIAA playoff games.
Secret to their success
Conwell-Egan – Philadelphia Catholic League MVP Katey Brennan has been dominant in the state playoffs. In the first round, she made a home run-robbing catch while falling through a portable fence in a tie game in the sixth inning. She doubled twice in both the quarterfinals and semifinals. Angelina Bresnan went 3 for 4 with a double in the first round and homered in the quarterfinals. Ahlana Sesar pitched a four-hitter in the semifinals.
Neshannock – Neleh and Aaralyn Nogay have been a nightmare for opponents in the state playoffs in the top two spots of the Neshannock batting order. In three games, Neleh Nogay is 7 for 12 with three doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. Aarlayn Nogay is 7 for 12 with a double, three triples, a home run and six RBIs. They’ve produced more than enough offense for freshman ace Addy Frye, who has given up two earned runs in 19 innings in PIAA play, striking out 20 and walking three.
Conwell-Egan – The Eagles have made the state playoffs every year they’ve been contested since 2012. Before this year, however, they lost in the first round for seven straight seasons. They reached the state quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013.
Neshannock – The Lancers have made themselves right at home in the state playoffs, going 12-3 all-time in PIAA play. Neshannock won the 2012 Class AA title, beating Warrior Run, 4-3 in eight innings. The Lancers were runners-up in 2013, losing in the finals to Williams Valley, 13-0.
Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review Assistant Sports Editor. You can contact Jonathan by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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