Softball

Norwin’s Alexandra Dillner smiles as she rounds the bases after her second home run during a game against Pine-Richland Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin softball hopes to continue momentum into second half of season
April 19, 2019
Norwin’s softball team opened the season with a tough 1-0 section loss at Seneca Valley.

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Yough “strikeout cancer” game set
The Yough softball team will have another “Strike Out Cancer” game May 8 when the Cougars host Frazier in Herminie.

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Sophomore pitcher Jordan Tallman throws against Connellsville during their game April 18, 2019, at Latrobe.
Connellsville knocks off No. 2 Latrobe; Tallman leaves with injury
April 18, 2019
Latrobe softball’s pitching depth has again been tested.

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Frazier joins Trib HSSN state softball rankings
Two WPIAL softball teams exited this week’s Trib HSSN state rankings with only one district team joining the state elite.

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High school roundup for April 18, 2019: No. 4 Knoch takes down No. 3 Greensburg Salem
In a battle of baseball teams in the top five of the TribHSSN Class 4A rankings, No. 4 Knoch upended No. 3 Greensburg Salem, 9-6, in a Section 1 clash Thursday afternoon.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Henderson’s homer lifts Southmoreland past No. 3 South Allegheny in slugfest
As South Allegheny and Southmoreland went back and forth, trading run for run, it become apparent the slightest miscue would likely make the difference.

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Deer Lakes’ Marlene Mayer throws against Freeport Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Deer Lakes High School.
Blair’s walk-off home run lifts Deer Lakes past Freeport in Section 1-3A
Makayla Blair felt frustrated, and her Deer Lakes teammates were angry after they saw a late lead slip away against a rival for the second time in just over a week.

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Bishop Canevin’s Meadow Lokaitis prepares to take a swing during a matchup with Sewickley Academy on April 15, 2019, at Sewickley Academy.
Differences aside, Lokaitis sisters make formidable combo for Bishop Canevin softball
Siblings bicker. They get under each other’s skin and on each other’s nerves.

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Hampton’s Maria Schrecongost rounds second against during a game against Penn Hills in March.
Experience paying off for Hampton softball
Hampton softball is off to a scorching hot start in this spring, but the team is staying focused on the big picture.

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Freshman Cam Murphy leads the Titans with three homers.
Shaler softball in contention for WPIAL playoff berth
Tom Sorce went into his second year as Shaler Area softball coach knowing the Titans’ offense needed more flair.

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West Mifflin freshman Emily Buchleitner competes against Belle Vernon on April 17, 2019, at West Mifflin.
West Mifflin tops Belle Vernon, sweeps season series
Prior to the 2019 season, the West Mifflin softball team suffered seven straight defeats at the hands of Belle Vernon.

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Blackhawk’s Kristiana Bufalini pitches against Quaker Valley on April 17, 2019, at Blackhawk.
Quaker Valley takes down Blackhawk in Section 3-4A
Growing pains.

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H.S. roundup: North Allegheny softball edges Hempfield
April 17, 2019
Alaina Whipkey hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a tie, and the No. 1-ranked North Allegheny softball team held on to defeat Hempfield, 4-3, in Section 2-6A on Wednesday.

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No. 2 Bethel Park takes down No. 3 Baldwin in Section 1-6A
April 16, 2019
A typical clash between two top teams in the section is usually a recipe for a tight game, but that was not the case Tuesday evening.

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Upper St. Clair pitcher Danielle Orendi competes against Mt. Lebanon on April 16, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon.
Upper St. Clair softball rallies past rival Mt. Lebanon
Defense wins championships. On Tuesday in a battle of Section 1-6A rivals, defense was the deciding factor as Upper St. Clair secured its hold on third place with a 10-6 victory over a desperate Mt. Lebanon team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lizzy Cermak slides into home plate for a score against Franklin Regional during softball Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Franklin Regional School District.
No. 1 Penn-Trafford rallies past Franklin Regional to stay unbeaten
Franklin Regional pitcher Angalee Beall held No. 1 Penn-Trafford hitless for the first four innings of Tuesday’s Section 1-5A first-place showdown.

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Mt. Pleasant softball scratches out victory over Class 6A No. 5 Norwin
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Chris Brunson said he can feel a breakout offensive performance coming from his team. He can sense the bats warming up.

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High school roundup for April 15, 2019: No. 1 Pine-Richland blanks Butler
April 15, 2019
Tommy Beam threw five no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts to lead Pine-Richland to a 10-0 win over Butler (2-8, 1-3) in a Section 1-6A baseball game Monday night at Kelly Automotive Park.

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Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: Serra Catholic’s Nina Grandey
Nina Grandley

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: Hampton Talbots
The Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week remained undefeated with a pair of wins last week, including one that left them alone in first place — the Hampton Talbots.

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