Softball

Southmoreland’s Jess Matheny throws against Philipsburg during a PIAA Class 3A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
No. 2-ranked Southmoreland softball sets back-to-back section doubleheaders
May 10, 2021
With the regular season winding down and no extension in sight, the Southmoreland softball team suddenly is in cram mode.

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Bethel Park senior shortstop Reagan Milliken competes against Shaler on March 26, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: May 10, 2021
May 9, 2021
If a high school softball player can hit five home runs in a career, that is a pretty good accomplishment.

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Derry first baseman Maizie Legg puts a tag on Deer Lakes’ Jenna Bisegna in a pickoff attempt Friday, April 23. Both teams have clinched a playoff spot in the WPIAL Class 3A postseason.
WPIAL softball playoff clinchings through May 9, 2021
The regular season is winding down in WPIAL softball as teams are down to only three more playing dates in the regular season.

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: May 10, 2021
In the most recent WPIAL softball postseason, Laurel outscored Riverview, Carmichaels, Freedom and Frazier in the Class 2A postseason by a combined score of 49-10 in winning a second straight district championship.

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High school roundup for May 8, 2021: Big wins for Hempfield, Bethel Park
May 8, 2021
Christian Zilli hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning, sparking Hempfield to a 4-1 victory over Norwin on Saturday, giving the Spartans a share of the Section 2-6A baseball title.

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Janel Daugherty Cibik, a standout pitcher when Leechburg started its 34-season WPIAL softball playoff run, now watches her daughter, Anna, help sustain the streak.
George Guido: Leechburg softball streak takes on special meaning
Leechburg High School’s streak of 34 consecutive seasons in the WPIAL softball playoffs is special to anyone involved in that program.

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Bethel Park senior shortstop Reagan Milliken competes against Shaler on March 26, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park softball pleased with strong start but aims to improve
Bethel Park’s softball team was perfect in the first month of the season. The Black Hawks improved to 10-0 with a 10-7 win at home April 27 against South Fayette.

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Hampton’s Hannah Bradfield competes during the 2021 softball season.
Tape-measure homer shows Hampton softball slugger’s eye-popping power
Hampton’s Hannah Bradfield hit six home runs in a four-game stretch in late April, but only one of them left nearly everybody shocked.

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High school roundup for May 7, 2021: Chartiers Valley’s Mangan rips walk-off 3-run homer
May 7, 2021
Zoe Mangan hit a walk-off three-run home run to lift Chartiers Valley to an 8-6 victory over South Fayette in Section 4-5A softball Friday.

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Leechburg first baseman Anna Cibik prepares to make a defensive play during the sixth inning of Friday’s Section 3-A matchup with Springdale at Gilpin Leechburg Park. The Blue Devils scored a 7-0 win to avenge a 5-4 loss to the Dynamos from April 28.
Leechburg softball blanks Springdale to stay in section title hunt
After defeating Leechburg last week in walk-off fashion, Springdale was looking to wrap up its first section title since 1998 on Friday.

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Plum’s Jillian Durst bats against Penn Hills on April 20.
WPIAL clinched for May 6, 2021: Plenty of spots in softball playoffs still up for grabs
May 6, 2021
The regular season is winding down in WPIAL softball as teams are down to only five more playing dates left in the regular season.

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Plum’s Francesca Beighley makes a catch against Penn Hills on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Milltown Community Park.
Alle-Kiski Valley softball notebook: Plum hopes to continue streak after covid pause
May 5, 2021
Plum has been off the field for more than a week, but the Mustangs wrap up a covid pause with a return to practice Friday.

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Highlands starting pitcher Jaycee Haidze throws against Freeport on April 9.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 5, 2021: First place up for grabs in softball
May 4, 2021
While another wet forecast might leave you down, a great day of WPIAL softball with key games everywhere should lift your spirits.

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Mt. Pleasant celebrates after a 6-5 victory over Penn-Trafford on Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Harrison City.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for May 4, 2021
The wild winds of change to the HSSN state softball rankings through April have settled into the calm seas of May, at least for this week.

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New Castle’s Dom Fornataro scores past Quaker Valley catcher Zeke Hendricks during their game on April 20, 2021, at Esmark Field.
WPIAL has big decisions to make this week about baseball, softball playoffs
Will higher-seeded baseball and softball teams host playoff games this spring or could the WPIAL use neutral sites as usual?

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Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: May 3, 2021
May 2, 2021
First, there was Haleigh Zimmerman hitting eight home runs for Indiana softball before graduating in 2019.

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Pitcher Mia Smith has helped Penn-Trafford to be one of eight Class 5A teams that already has qualified for the WPIAL playoffs.
WPIAL softball playoff clinchings through May 2, 2021
The regular season is winding down in WPIAL softball as teams are down to a week and a half of section games remaining.

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Pine-Richland sophomore Leah Hartzberg has hit four home runs this season.
Pine-Richland softball looking for more consistency at the plate
As Pine-Richland softball geared up for the stretch run in the regular season coach Gary Shepard was looking for was consistency at the plate.

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Norwin pitcher Angelina Pepe delivers against Belle Vernon on March 17.
Norwin softball team expects to keep on contending
May 1, 2021
Norwin had just lost to Hempfield, 10-5, to snap a four-game winning streak. It was the first Section 2-6A loss for the softball Knights, who vaulted to No. 2 in the Trib HSSN rankings.

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Fox Chapel’s MacKenzie Borkovich drives in the winning run to beat Mars in the bottom of the seventh inning on April 30, 2021 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Fox Chapel softball gives up big lead before winning in 7th inning
April 30, 2021
After three innings of Friday’s Section 3-5A matchup with Mars, the Fox Chapel softball team held a six-run lead and hoped to add on.

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