Softball

Hampton’s Maria Schrecongost rounds second against during a game against Penn Hills in March.
Experience paying off for Hampton softball
April 18, 2019
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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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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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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Mt. Pleasant softball pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Pitchers Alincic, Smithnosky help Mt. Pleasant softball build another WPIAL contender
Mary Smithnosky hasn’t compiled a checklist, but she said there is a litany of reasons why the Mt. Pleasant softball team once again has positioned itself as the team to beat in WPIAL Class 4A.

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale hits a grand slam during the fifth inning against Hempfield Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
High school sports broadcasts on tap this week on Trib HSSN
April 14, 2019
Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter and another great week of high school sports coverage is on its way on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 15, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:

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High school roundup for April 13, 2019: Seneca Valley tops North Allegheny
Josh McLean hit a solo home-run, walked and scored two runs to lead Seneca Valley to a 6-3 win over North Allegheny (5-4, 2-1) in a Section 1-6A baseball game Saturday.

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Emma Kennedy starts at catcher for Gateway.
Gateway softball competing for WPIAL playoff spot
April 12, 2019
Gateway softball was a member of Section 1-5A last year, going 8-7 and qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs.

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Gateway softball captains passionate about sport, duties
Their passion is softball.

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WPIAL teams join Trib HSSN state softball rankings
A pair of WPIAL softball teams fell out of this week’s Trib HSSN state rankings; however they were replaced by district teams that beat them.

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