Softball

Sunglasses help Deer Lakes’ Sophia Laurenza make a running catch in the sun but they wouldn’t protect her eyes from staring at a solar eclipse.
Here’s a new one for WPIAL athletic directors: Game called on account of solar eclipse
April 4, 2024
Athletic directors are not surprised when rain or snow wreaks havoc on spring sports schedules. But there’s another act of nature — one far more infrequent — that has WPIAL schools rescheduling games slated for Monday.

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Plum junior catcher Dani Pici
Young Plum softball team showing signs of potential with impressive wins
April 3, 2024
The Plum softball team rallied from the first inning on during last Friday’s nonsection home game against Highlands at Plum High School

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Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon (left) gets a force out on Waynesburg’s Taylor Sibert during last season’s WPIAL playoffs.
Hot start no surprise for Southmoreland softball team, which has big expectations
When he heard one of his games was moved because of a schedule change related to Monday’s solar eclipse, Todd Bunner was surprised.

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Greensburg Central Catholic softball coach Chelsey Frock
Westmoreland County softball notebook: With new coach, Greensburg Central Catholic itching to get 1st game in
First-year coach Chelsey Frock will tell you what it’s like to lead the Greensburg Central Catholic softball team on the field, just as soon as the Centurions play a game.

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Yough senior Makayla Spoonhoward
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Yough’s Makayla Spoonhoward
April 1, 2024
After going 10-5-7 overall and 7-3 in section play last season, Yough lost a wild 14-13 game to Southmoreland in the second round of the WPIAL playoffs.

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Leechburg senior Laney Aul
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Leechburg’s Laney Aul
Laney Aul is a key player for the Leechburg softball team, but that’s just a small part of her story.

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This week on Trib HSSN for week of April 1, 2024
March 31, 2024
With all of the egg hunts complete, we go hippity-hoppin’ toward a full week of spring sports…weather permitting of course, as we begin April action this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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The 2024 Penn Hills softball team is off to a strong start.
Penn Hills seniors seek return to WPIAL softball playoffs
Missing out on the playoffs last season was a tough break for the Penn Hills softball team. The year before, the Indians had found a way back after a long hiatus from the playoffs.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller smiles after getting a strikeout against North Allegheny on Monday.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending March 31, 2024
March 30, 2024
Class 6A

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Fox Chapel head coach Chris Olbrich has two returning seniors on the 2024 roster.
Young Fox Chapel lineup gears up for Section 1-5A play
Fox Chapel softball coach Chris Olbrich was happy to have a runway before the start of section play. The Foxes have a young team and scheduled seven games before their Section 1-5A opener with defending PIAA Class 5A runner-up Shaler.

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North Allegheny head coach Morgan Vescovi returns to the dugout after meeting with her team during their game on Monday, March 25, 2024, at Hempfield.
Behind ‘softball sisters,’ North Allegheny hopes to return to WPIAL finals
North Allegheny has a roster full of “softball sisters,” even though most of the girls aren’t actually related.

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High school roundup for March 2024: Plum softball rallies to win in 7th
March 29, 2024
Jaiden Gentile singled and scored on a Liana Yusko sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning as Plum rallied for a 9-8 victory over Highlands in nonsection softball Friday.

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North Allegheny’s J.J. Mancuso celebrates his two-run homer run with teammates during their game against Norwin on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2024, in McCandless.
High school roundup for March 28, 2024: Freshman homers in 1st at-bat to boost North Allegheny past Norwin
March 28, 2024
Freshman J.J. Mancuso homered in his first varsity at-bat, hitting a two-run shot to lead North Allegheny to a 5-4 victory over Norwin in nonsection baseball Thursday.

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High school roundup for March 27, 2024: Derry takes down Freeport in extra innings
March 27, 2024
Collin Barkley was 2 for 5 and hit the go-ahead two-run double in the ninth inning as Derry outlasted Freeport, 5-2, in extra innings to complete a Section 3-3A baseball sweep.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller smiles after getting a strikeout against North Allegheny on Monday, March 25, 2024, at Hempfield.
Westmoreland softball notes: Hempfield receives championship rings
Last season had a nice ring to it for Hempfield.

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Freeport’s Sydney Selker warms up during a game at Armstrong on March 27, 2024.
Freeport pitcher Sydney Selker healthy, aims to make final season memorable
Sydney Selker wasn’t accustomed to sitting out a softball game, no matter at what level.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Heinbaugh scores over Bethel Park defenders during their match on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2024, at Bethel Park.
High school roundup for March 26, 2024: Penn-Trafford sweeps Bethel Park
March 26, 2024
Brad Heinbaugh had 10 kills and Keith Otto added eight kills and four aces to lead Penn-Trafford to a sweep of Bethel Park in nonsection boys volleyball Tuesday night. Game scores were 25-16, 26-24, 25-20. Owen Gisi had five kills and Nathaniel Rugh dished out 35 assists for the Warriors.

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High school roundup for March 25, 2024: Fox Chapel wins section opener in walk-off fashion
March 25, 2024
Joe Geller doubled and scored on a Mitchell Epstein sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning as Fox Chapel got past Penn-Trafford, 4-3, in Section 1-5A baseball Monday.

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Plum pitcher Riley Stephans delivers against Derry on Monday, March 25, 2024.
Plum softball team bounces back from opening loss to blank Derry
The Plum softball team’s season debut against Ligonier Valley on Friday was, in the eyes of the coaches and players, not their best outing.

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Hempfield’s Allie Cervola celebrates as she rounds the bases after hitting a lead-off home run against North Allegheny during their game on Monday.
Hempfield softball starts fast with season-opening shutout of North Allegheny
Like a bear just out of hibernation, the Hempfield softball team took a big yawn, stretched out its limbs and delivered a shutout in its season opener.

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