Softball

The Lebo Blue junior high girls slowpitch softball team won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League Junior High Opening Pitch Tournament on Sept. 5, 2021.
Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League set for Week 2 of game action
September 10, 2021
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League began its varsity season last Sunday with a pair of doubleheaders, and game action involving the 12 teams continues Sunday at six fields around the Pittsburgh region.

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The Hempfield softball coaching staff is breaking up. Some of them have coached together for decades. Pictured are, top, from left, Alex Belgiovane, John Sherrow, Ed Diorio, Tine Skelly, and Melissa Lupinacci. Sitting, from left: Dick Albright, Ray Melo and Bob Kalp.
Hempfield softball team prepares for post-Bob Kalp era
August 1, 2021
With the namesake of Robert D. Kalp Field no longer the softball coach at Hempfield, the program has to take a lonely look into the future.

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Penn Hills’ Lauren Sipple played with Nitro 14U in the 14U Fast Pitch Softball World Series, which was contested July 23-25 in Columbus, Ohio.
Penn Hills sophomore Sipple helps Nitro 14U softball capture World Series title
Sub-optimal results in pool play didn’t change Lauren Sipple’s feelings about the Nitro 14U softball team winning a tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

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Latrobe’s Ryan Miele (left) and Aiden Kammerer qualified for the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Tournament this weekend in Baltimore.
Westmoreland notebook: WPIAL champs head to PNC Park; lacrosse players hit big stage
July 31, 2021
A pair of WPIAL championship teams will be honored Sunday at PNC Park. The Franklin Regional baseball team and Mt. Pleasant softball team will be recognized, along with 10 other WPIAL champions, when the Pirates host the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 p.m.

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From left, Valley seniors Lindsay Nicastro, Amanda Mascara, Allison Rayburn, Angelina Masters and Caitlin Nealer raise the trophy after their PIAA AAA softball championship at Nittany Lion Softball Park at Penn State on June 17, 2011.
George Guido: Valley’s PIAA softball title run in 2011 was worth the wait
July 17, 2021
Valley appeared on its way to a 2010 PIAA softball title.

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Bethel Park junior outfielder Abby Quickel (20) competes during the 2021 softball season.
Speed, versatility help Abby Quickel play key role for Bethel Park softball
July 10, 2021
Yes, Bethel Park’s Abby Quickel, as her surname suggests, is quick.

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Beaver starting pitcher Payton List throws against Tunkhannock during the PIAA Class 4A softball championship game June 17.
Beaver’s Payton List, Bethel Park’s Reagan Milliken win state player of year honors
July 6, 2021
One did it with her arm, the other with a heavy bat.

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Baldwin seniors Beatrice Cook, Lindsay Bonetti and Olivia Los
Senior trio makes impact on Baldwin softball program
July 4, 2021
There were only three seniors — Beatrice Cook, Lindsay Bonetti and Olivia Los — on the Baldwin softball team this year.

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Beaver’s Payton List (8) celebrates after beating Tunkhannock in extra innings to win the PIAA Class 4A softball championship game June 17 at Beard Field in State College.
Trib HSSN Final State Softball Rankings for June 22, 2021
June 22, 2021
A year after great disappointment over the lost 2020 spring season, the 2021 high school softball season concluded on a great high after six PIAA champions were crowned.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky keeps an eye on home plate before preparing to pitch against Punxsutawney on June 14 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals at St. Francis University.
Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky writes fairy-tale ending to pitching career
June 21, 2021
A future college outfielder, Mary Smithnosky had to reaffirm to herself that she was a pitcher in her final high school softball season.

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Beaver celebrates after beating Tunkhannock in extra innings to win the PIAA Class 4A softball championship on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Beard Field in State College.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for June 20, 2021
June 20, 2021
Three weeks ago, Beaver was named the Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman competes during the 2021 season.
Thomas Jefferson softball learns from move up in classification
Thomas Jefferson’s softball team moved up one classification — from 4A to 5A — in 2021, and seemed to pay for the price of admission.

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Nitro 14U coach Eric Zubovic presents a medal to Lauren Sipple on June 13, 2021, at the Indiana Rumble.
Penn Hills softball players earn postseason honors
Lauren Sipple didn’t anticipate having many nerves about if she would see the field for the Penn Hills softball team as a freshman.

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The Mt Pleasant fan cheer after a three-run fifth inning against Mid Valley during the PIAA Class 4A Girls Softball Championship on Friday, June18, 2021 at Beard Field in University Park Pa.
Softball a family affair for PIAA champion Mt. Pleasant
June 19, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mt. Pleasant took extra time to board the team bus for the ride home Friday from Penn State after the Vikings won the PIAA Class 3A softball championship.

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Bethel Park pitcher Delaney Nagy delivers against Canon-McMillan during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on June 3 at California University.
Bethel Park softball reflects on historic season
Bethel Park’s softball team enjoyed a historic run through the 2021 season, winning a WPIAL title in softball for the first time ever at the school.

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Armstrong’s Riley Kilgore is safe at home, beating the tag attempt by Lampeter-Strasburg’s Karissa Hilrt during the PIAA Class 5A softball championship Friday, June 18, 2021, at Beard Field in University Park.
Armstrong softball comes up short in PIAA Class 5A championship
June 18, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK — Armstrong’s bid to win its first PIAA team championship in any sport was denied by a veteran Lampeter Strasburg team.

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Tri-Valley’s Samantha Masser beats the tag attempt by West Greene catcher London Whipkey in the bottom of the seventh inning during the PIAA Class A softball championship Friday, June 18, 2021, at Beard Field in University Park.
Tri-Valley scores twice in bottom of 7th to defeat West Greene in PIAA Class A softball final
UNIVERSITY PARK — Tri-Valley scored two runs in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun WPIAL champion West Greene, 2-1, in the PIAA Class A softball championship game Friday at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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West Greene starting pitcher Kiley Meek throws against Union during the WPIAL Class A softball championships on June 2.
PIAA Class A softball championship preview: West Greene vs. Tri-Valley
June 17, 2021
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper pulls in a ball hit by Line Mountain’s Cassie Laudenslager during the PIAA Class 2A softball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Ligonier Valley softball marvels at community support after special season ends in state finals
UNIVERSITY PARK — It wasn’t the ending the Ligonier Valley softball team had hoped for, but the 2021 season was still memorable.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich (8) celebrates her home run with Hannah Gnibus during their PIAA Class 3A first-round playoff game against Bald Eagle Area on June 7.
PIAA Class 3A softball championship preview: Mt. Pleasant vs. Mid Valley
PIAA softball preview

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