Softball

Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman competes during the 2021 season.
Thomas Jefferson softball learns from move up in classification
June 20, 2021
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
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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin has 299 strikeouts this season.
PIAA Class 2A softball finalists Ligonier Valley, Line Mountain similar
June 16, 2021
There are a lot of similarities between the Ligonier Valley and Line Mountain softball teams.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich reacts as her team makes a run against Punxsutawney on Monday, June 14, 2021 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals at St. Francis University.
Mt. Pleasant softball hopes to answer one last call
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Chris Brunson has been receiving dozens of phone calls and texts from fellow coaches and colleagues in the area with good luck wishes, salutes and plaudits.

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Ligonier Valley’s Annabella Schueltz hangs on to the ball as Chestnut Ridge’s Zoie Dunlap runs into her in the fourth inning during a PIAA Class 2A Girls quarterfinal Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Mt. Aloysius College.
PIAA Class 2A softball preview capsule: Ligonier Valley vs. Line Mountain
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Beaver celebrates Anna Blum’s three-run home run in the sixth inning during the PIAA Class 4A softball semifinal on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
PIAA Class 4A softball championship preview: Beaver vs. Tunkhannock
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends a record 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Armstrong’s Emma Smerick is cheered on as she comes home after hitting a two-run homer against North Hills in the fourth inning during a PIAA Class 5A semifinal on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mars.
Smerick, River Hawks topple North Hills, advance to PIAA championship game
June 14, 2021
For Emma Smerick, the softball field at Mars is out of this world.

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West Greene coach Bill Simms checks his notes as players look on during the PIAA Class A semifinal June 14, 2021, at Slippery Rock.
High school roundup for June 14, 2021: West Greene rolls past DuBois C.C. in PIAA semifinals
For the fourth time in six years, West Greene softball will play for a state title after ousting Dubois Central Catholic, 12-1, in the PIAA Class A semifinals Monday afternoon at Slippery Rock University.

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Ligonier Valley’s Maddie Griffin prepares to bat during a PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Union City on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Slippery Rock.
Ligonier Valley’s historic run continues after beating Union City in PIAA Class 2A semifinal
SLIPPERY ROCK – No no-hitter. No shutout. No problem.

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Beaver starting pitcher Payton List throws against Highlands during the PIAA Class 4A semifinal on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
List dominates as Beaver bests Highlands in PIAA Class 4A semifinal
Runs and hits were at a premium when Highlands and Beaver met for the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship June 2.

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Mt. Pleasant players react after defeating Punxsutawney on Monday, June 14, 2021 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals at St. Francis University.
Mt. Pleasant softball blanks Punxsutawney, advances to PIAA Class 3A title game
LORETTO — This must be what they mean at Mt. Pleasant when they say, “Row, Vikes.”

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Beaver’s Payton List pitches against Elizabeth Forward in the PIAA quarterfinals June 10, 2021, at Norwin.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: June 14, 2021
June 13, 2021
What a year for the Beaver softball team.

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Canon-McMillan’s Abby Allen (17) crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Norwin on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: June 14, 2021
If it is an unwritten rule that teams that finish in third place in their section, four games behind the section champion, aren’t still playing in mid-June, then the exception to that rule is the 2021 Canon-McMillan softball team.

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