Softball

Leechburg’s McKenna Pierce drives in a run against Jeannette during a WPIAL Class A playoff game Monday, May 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Leechburg softball hopes to overcome semifinal hurdle against Union
May 21, 2019
Leechburg scored runs seemingly at will as it tore through the regular season and won a third consecutive Section 3-A championship, but the Blue Devils saw quickly the difference the playoffs can bring.

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Knoch shortstop Monica Gourley fields a ball hit by Greensburg Salem’s Kayla Gaughan during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Alle-Kiski Valley softball preview capsules for games of Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli slides safely into third base under Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant makes MaxPreps national rankings
Mt. Pleasant has found its way into the national softball rankings.

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Norwin’s Sydney Lokay pitches against Hempfield in the 6th inning on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
WPIAL sets softball semifinals
The WPIAL softball semifinals are set, and so are the game sites.

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West Allegheny starting pitcher Angela Costa throws against Plum during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
WPIAL softball playoffs roundup for May 20, 2019: South Park wins on walk-off
May 20, 2019
Julie Shinavski’s walk-off single scored Chelsea Carozza in the bottom of the seventh inning as No. 3 South Park defeated No. 5 Beaver, 5-4, in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal softball game Monday evening at Montour.

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Keystone Oaks’ Gia Woods scores against Burrell during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Keystone Oaks slugs past No. 3 Burrell in WPIAL quarterfinals
The Burrell softball team won its final 12 games of the regular season, captured the Section 1-3A championship and earned the No. 3 seed for the WPIAL playoffs. However, none of that mattered to Keystone Oaks on Monday in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal matchup at Hampton Community Park.

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High school notebook: Sections of McKee Stadium sod for sale
May 19, 2019
How much does Jeannette love its high school football?

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Hilty pitches out of a bases-loaded jam during the second inning against Franklin Regional Thursday, May 1, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of May, 20, 1019
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Hempfield’s Kelsi Terzolino is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winnng run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Baldwin in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Gateway High School.
TribLive High School Sports Network broadcasts for the week of May 20, 2019
May 18, 2019
The district postseason continues with plenty of action from four spring high school sports only here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Plum’s Mackenzie Lake prepares to take some batting after a cancelled a game April 23, 2019.
WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games of Monday, May 20
Monday’s games

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley softball energized after ‘long cold wait’ for this year’s playoffs
With laser-like focus and precision, the Ligonier Valley softball team did exactly what they set out to do in the Heritage Conference this season — beat everybody.

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Playoffs heat up for teams in Trib 10 baseball, softball power rankings
May 17, 2019
Postseason power rankings saw very little change in baseball but a big sweep of Class 6A teams kicked to the curb in this week’s Trib HSSN Power Rankings.

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Little movement atop Trib HSSN state softball rankings
The start of the district playoffs was a slow one as many of the top teams enjoyed first-round byes this week, leading to only a handful of changes in the Trib HSSN state softball rankings.

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Gateway softball falls short in Class 5A opening round
Gateway won four of its final five regular-season games to clinch a WPIAL softball playoff berth for the second year in a row.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Mackenzie Zang competes during the 2019 season.
Versatile Mackenzie Zang helps lift TJ softball into playoffs
Her name might be last on the alphabet chart, but her hitting style ranks first on her team.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise scores hehind Thomas Jefferson catcher Josh Reynolds in the first inning Wednesday, May 15, 2019 during first round AA WPIAL playoff action at West Mifflin High School.
A-K Valley notebook: Highlands, St. Joseph, Springdale have lofty postseason goals
As pleased as Highlands and St. Joseph baseball felt to end years-long WPIAL baseball playoff droughts, and as excited as it made Springdale to make the softball postseason for the first time in nearly two decades, all three teams had loftier goals than that.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic celebrates a strike-out with her infielders during their game against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
WPIAL releases schedule for softball quarterfinals
The WPIAL on Friday revealed the sites for its softball quarterfinals, which will take place Monday.

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Penn Hills pitcher Yasmine Logan competes against Hampton on March 26 at Hampton.
Penn Hills softball, baseball players earn postseason honors
Even though the Penn Hills baseball and softball programs didn’t have the type of seasons they were hoping for, five players from the two programs received all-section honors for their play this year.

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Southmoreland softball downs Deer Lakes in WPIAL playoff opener
May 16, 2019
Southmoreland’s WPIAL Class 3A title defense started on a strong note.

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Springdale’s Alexis Hrivnak pitches against Quigley Catholic during a WPIAL playoff game May 16, 2019, at Shaler.
Freshman throws no-hitter as Springdale softball routs Quigley Catholic
The wait was worth it for the Springdale softball team.

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