Softball

Thomas Jefferson’s Emma DeSimone collides with Latrobe catcher Maddie Munchinski in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at Gateway.
Thomas Jefferson wins battle of double-digit seeds against Latrobe, earns spot in 5A final
May 23, 2024
A pair of double-digit softball seeds waited overtime Wednesday night for a chance to meet No. 1 Armstrong in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game next week.

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Norwin’s Josey Michalski rounds the bases after hitting a 2-run home run against Hempfield during the first inning of their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Gateway.
Norwin stuns defending champion Hempfield in Class 6A softball semifinals
May 22, 2024
To Norwin, the signs were there.

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Seneca Valley pitcher Lexie Hames delivers against Shaler on May 8.
High school roundup for May 22, 2024: Lexie Hames fans 18 as Seneca Valley moves into WPIAL finals
Lexie Hames threw a one-hitter with 18 strikeouts and no walks to lead No. 2 Seneca Valley to a 7-1 win over No. 6 Canon-McMillan (7-12) in the WPIAL Class 6A softball semifinals Wednesday.

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Armstrong’s Emma Paul rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off home run against Penn-Trafford to end their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Wednesday.
Armstrong caps comeback win over Penn-Trafford with walk-off homer by Emma Paul
When the WPIAL Class 5A softball semifinal between top-seeded Armstrong and No. 4 Penn-Trafford reached extra innings Wednesday afternoon, it was time for a hero to emerge.

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Seneca Valley’s Olivia Herrem is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a home run against Shaler on May 8.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 22, 2024: Spots in softball finals up for grabs
May 21, 2024
Four WPIAL softball semifinals games are in the books from Tuesday, as the Class 3A and 2A title games are set for PennWest-California University next week.

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Bethel Park’s Noah Lejeune celebrates with Kaden Flambard (2) and Ethan Stanhoff after defeating Trinity, 11-1, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Tuesday at Boyce-Mayview Park.
High school roundup for May 21, 2024: Bethel Park, West Allegheny advance in 5A bracket
Ethan Stanhoff and Dylan Paul each drove in three runs and Michael Bruckner knocked in a pair to lead No. 5 Bethel Park to an 11-1 victory over No. 12 Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A baseball quarterfinals Tuesday.

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South Park’s Sydney Sekely pitches against Ligonier Valley during a WPIAL Class 3A softball semifinal Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Penn-Trafford High School.
South Park’s Sydney Sekely throws perfect game to win duel with Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper
Make it four consecutive no-hitters for Ligonier Valley. Only the fourth one belongs to the other team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cam Ponko celebrates with pitcher Allyson Paulone after defeating Bethel Park in their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on May 13.
Westmoreland County WPIAL softball playoff capsules for Wednesday, May 22, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger slides safely into second base under Hempfield’s Allie Cervola last season.
Norwin softball grateful for another shot at powerhouse Hempfield
To have another chance — that is all Bailey Snowberger could ask for.

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Neshannock’s Dom Cubellis makes a running catch on a ball hit by Burrell’s AJ McLafferty during the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Monday at Seneca Valley.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 21, 2024: It’s a quick turnaround for baseball semifinalists
May 20, 2024
Welcome to Semifinals Tuesday in the WPIAL baseball, softball and boys volleyball playoffs.

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Penn-Trafford’s Erin Drotos connects during the sixth inning against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 5A game on May 13.
H.S. softball notebook: Section 2-5A teams representing in WPIALs
Section 2-5A, it’s your time to flex.

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Ligonier Valley starting pitcher Cheyenne Piper delivers against Ellwood City during the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Thursday at Plum.
Westmoreland high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 21, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Chartiers Valley’s Lily Duffill competes during the 2024 season.
Chartiers Valley softball sophomore packs powerful punch
May 19, 2024
Mashing home runs has become just “another day in the office” for Chartiers Valley sophomore phenom Lily Duffill.

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Latrobe’s Kayla Williams scoops up a ball hit by Western Beaver’s Lucy Tomkowski during the 2023 WPIAL Class 5A softball playoffs.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for May 18, 2024
May 18, 2024
Trib HSSN softball team of the week – Latrobe Wildcats

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Avonworth pitcher Alivia Lantzy throws against Freeport on May 1.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for May 18, 2024
Trib HSSN softball player of the week – Alivia Lantzy

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields celebrates after driving in a run with a single against Hempfield on April 25.
Trib 10: Handful of baseball, softball teams fall out of power rankings in early days of playoffs
The 2024 WPIAL diamond playoffs are through the first round in baseball and halfway through the softball postseason with two rounds down and two remaining.

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Norwins’ Bailey Snowberger hits a home run against Hempfield last season.
Norwin notebook: Baseball, softball players earn all-section honors
The Big 5/6 Conference, which covers the top two classifications in WPIAL sports, released its all-section softball and baseball teams.

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North Hills’ Kaylee Bischoff tracks down a ball against Penn Hills last season.
Playoff win proves emotional for North Hills softball
Faced with a frighteningly similar situation as a year ago, the North Hills softball team showed the resiliency that’s been a year in the making.

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Hempfield’s Emily Griffith celebrates after driving in a run against Seneca Valley on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Hempfield.
Trib HSSN Pennsylvania High School Softball Rankings for May 17, 2024
May 17, 2024
With the exception of one classification, the elite softball teams across the state did what they needed to do to remain part of the Trib HSSN state rankings heading into the district playoffs.

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South Park sophomore Sydney Sekely
High school roundup for May 16, 2024: Sydney Sekely sparks South Park into 3A semifinals
May 16, 2024
Sydney Sekely threw a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts to lead No. 3 South Park to a 4-0 win over No. 6 Central Valley in the WPIAL Class 3A softball quarterfinals Thursday.

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