Softball

Burrell’s Charlie Confer works out in the gym Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Trib HSSN preseason softball rankings for week of March 24, 2019
March 23, 2019
Trib HSSN preseason rankings

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Gabbie Aughton is expected to pitch behind senior starter Cameron Devinney.
Pine-Richland softball team looks to contend in new-look WPIAL Class 6A
With a solid group of experienced players returning, the Pine-Richland softball team enters the 2019 season with an eye on extending its streak of three consecutive winning seasons.

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Shady Side Academy softball returns 8 starters
The Shady Side Academy softball team finished 2018 with a 7-3 record and took second in the section. It also qualified for the WPIAL playoffs, where it lost in the first round. Coach Dave Havern has high hopes of getting back to the playoffs.

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Thomas Jefferson softball team aiming high after reaching state semifinals
High expectations.

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Gina Fuchs, a former Pitt softball assistant coach, is the new head coach of the Baldwin softball team.
Baldwin softball ‘bigger and stronger than ever’
Baldwin has won four consecutive section titles in softball.

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Shaler’s Meghan Lacey competes during practice March 20, 2019 at Shaler.
Shaler Area softball makes move to Class 5A
March 21, 2019
Tom Sorce didn’t want any hopeful Shaler softball players doomed by the pressure of a 72-hour performance.

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St. Joseph’s Ava Swanson works out with the varsity team during practice March 19, 2019, at Kotecki Park in Lower Burrell.
St. Joseph softball seeking 3rd straight WPIAL playoff appearance
St. Joseph is coming off the two most successful softball seasons in school history, campaigns that established the Spartans as a high-caliber playoff team in WPIAL Class A, and they come into the spring with an important goal.

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The West Greene softball team celebrates after defeating Williams Valley, 11-7, in the PIAA Class A championship game Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Penn State University.
WPIAL Class A softball preseason breakdown
West Greene is coming off back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA titles and finds itself again as the favorite in Class A.

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Robert Morris commit Garver set to lead Ligonier Valley softball
She throws a wicked curveball, a high-speed fastball and a rise that leaves batters swinging at air.

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Laurel varsity softball cheers on their team during the softball championship tripleheader at Seton Hill University on Wednesday, May 30. 2018. Laurel won 1-0.
WPIAL Class 2A softball preseason breakdown
March 20, 2019
Laurel edged Frazier, 1-0, in the WPIAL Class 2A softball title game a year ago to win its first championship.

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Yough’s Kierra Waywood pitches a throw during a softball scrimmage at Latrobe on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Waywood, Yough softball dreaming of success in postseason
Kierra Waywood was the starting center fielder when Yough won the PIAA Class 3A softball title in 2016.

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Freshmen, sophomores to make quick impact for Springdale softball team
March 19, 2019
Springdale softball coach Anthony Pototo pointed to a few factors that went against his team last season: poor weather, a lack of pitching depth and a young team.

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South Park’s Jessica Dean pitches against Southmoreland during the WPIAL softball championship tripleheader at Seton Hill University on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Southmoreland won 12-1.
WPIAL Class 3A softball preseason breakdown
History was made a year ago when Southmoreland captured the WPIAL Class 3A softball title for the first time.

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Chris Brunson hits balls for his team while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
WPIAL Class 4A softball preseason breakdown
March 18, 2019
The Belle Vernon softball team has found itself atop the WPIAL Class 4A ladder the past two seasons.

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Penn-Trafford’s senior Madison Forsythe runs base drills during team softball practice at Penn-Trafford High School on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Penn-Trafford softball prepares for tough section slate in Class 5A
When new alignments came out, Penn-Trafford softball coach Denny Little looked at who was going to be in the Warriors’ section and came to a quick conclusion.

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Plum junior shortstop Mackenzie Lake works out Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at Plum High School.
Plum softball hoping to turn last season’s close losses into wins
March 17, 2019
For the Plum softball team, 2018 was a season filled with several close games in which it had an opportunity to win but came up short.

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Norwin catcher Sara Russell takes to the field against Latobe during softball at Greater Latrobe High School in Latrobe, on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Norwin softball looks to build on breakout year
It was breakthrough season for the Norwin softball team in 2018.

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McKenna Pierce, works out with the Leechburg softball team during practice Wednesday. March 13, 2019 at Gilpin Park Fields.
Leechburg softball chases 33rd straight playoff spot
March 16, 2019
The Leechburg softball program has been soaring for more than 30 seasons.

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The Hempfield Area softball team celebrates Emma Hoffner’s walk-off hit after defeating Parkland, 4-3 in 8 innings, in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Westmoreland notebook: YWCA to honor Hempfield softball
When it comes to awards and championships, Hempfield softball wins in bunches.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Jared Wagner throws practice drills while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant baseball focuses on bringing runners home
Chris Firmstone does not get bogged down with or obsess over statistics.

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