Softball

Montour second baseman Josh Peremba tags out Latrobe’s Mason Leonard during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at West Mifflin.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 28, 2024: PIAA tournament bids up for grabs
May 27, 2024
In sports, the term consolation is described as a round or contest for tournament entrants who have been eliminated before the finals, often to determine third and fourth place.There are 20 WPIAL baseball and softball teams that will get a second chance coming up Tuesday and Wednesday with the district diamond consolation games.

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Ligonier Valley’s Zoe Plummer tracks down a ball hit by Ellwood City’s Ellie Kalantzis during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game May 16.
WPIAL third-place game playoff capsules: Games for Tuesday, May 28, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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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.
Seniors on Norwin softball team vows not to back down from Seneca Valley in WPIAL final
Norwin has only three seniors, but they weren’t ready to turn in their softball uniforms before they donned their caps and gowns.

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Freeport senior Abby DeJidas
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Freeport’s Abby DeJidas
Freeport senior shortstop Abby DeJidas was not pleased with her performance in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

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Southmoreland senior Gwen Basinger
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Southmoreland’s Gwen Basinger
Southmoreland’s softball team was one of the WPIAL’s best during the regular season, going 14-2, finishing behind only Ligonier Valley in Section 3-3A.

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Avonworth starting pitcher Aidan Tinker throws against Burrell during WPIAL Class 3A semifinal action Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at North Allegheny High School.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of May 27, 2024
May 26, 2024
For the final time this school year, the district playoffs conclude on the diamond with baseball and softball championship and consolation action this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Armstrong’s Emma Paul rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer against Connellsville during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Gateway.
Trib HSSN softball player of the week for May 26, 2024
Trib HSSN softball player of the week: Emma Paul

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Thomas Jefferson pitcher Aubrey Shaffer celebrates after defeating North Hills in their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Gateway.
Trib HSSN softball team of the week for May 26, 2024
Trib HSSN softball team of the week: Thomas Jefferson Jaguars

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Norwin senior pitcher Brookelyn Kotch
Westmoreland high school athlete of the week: Norwin’s Brookelyn Kotch and Penn-Trafford’s Brandon Roher
May 25, 2024
Brookelyn Kotch

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Plum’s Jaiden Gentile tags out Shaler’s Ellie Nickel at second base during their April 24 game at Shaler.
Plum softball team look ahead to promising future after 1st-round loss
The Plum softball team has grown to not appreciate the field at Gateway High School, considering a trio of recent playoff fates there.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Ian Temple tags out Fox Chapel’s Logan Hoffman at home plate during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal May 20.
Trib 10: Power rankings get major shakeup after WPIAL semifinals
May 24, 2024
The 2024 WPIAL diamond playoffs concluded the final-four round this past week, and it was the end of golden road for four baseball and four softball teams.

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Seneca Valley’s Lexie Hames rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against Shaler on May 8.
Trib HSSN Pennsylvania High School Softball Rankings for May 25, 2024
The top softball teams across the state are taking care of business in the district playoffs with the win-and-advance mentality with just over a week left before the state softball playoffs.

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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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