Softball

Chartiers-Houston’s Megan Kraushaar (4) celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning run in the 2012 WPIAL Class A championship game.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Softball No. 9
May 19, 2020
From classification expansion to field renovations forcing a change in the venue for the district championships, there was a lot going on with the WPIAL softball championships this past decade.

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WPIAL adopts 2-game series for section baseball schedules, reveals realignment
May 18, 2020
The WPIAL adopted a revamped baseball schedule Monday meant to keep teams from pitching their ace twice against the same section opponent.

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Reagan Rush (8) hoists the trophy with Madison Dupont (5) during the WPIAL Class A softball championship on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at California (Pa.). Jefferson-Morgan won 3-2.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Softball No. 10
May 17, 2020
From classification expansion to field renovations forcing a change in the venue for the district championships, there was a lot going on with the WPIAL softball championships this past decade.

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Norwin’s Alexandra Dillner smiles as she rounds the bases after her second home run during a game against Pine-Richland on April 8, 2019.
Senior Spotlight: Norwin slugger missed chance to lace line drives on school’s new field
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trinity’s Marlaina Bozek is a member of the Class of 2020.
Senior Spotlight: Trinity standout left 3-sport legacy
May 13, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Belle Vernon’s Ally Pacak practices catching with teammate Sophia Godzak, right, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 during softball practice and try-outs at the Belle Vernon Multiplex.
Virtual games help ease loss of season for Belle Vernon softball
May 12, 2020
Monday was supposed to mark the start of the WPIAL baseball and softball playoffs.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Mackenzie Zang competes during the 2019 season.
Senior Spotlight: Thomas Jefferson slugger ‘the epitome of what a team player is’
May 6, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Albert Gallatin shortstop Annalia Paoli hit .482 last season.
Senior spotlight: Albert Gallatin shortstop hits all the right notes
May 4, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Frazier’s Logan Hartman rounds third on her way to scoring the winning run in the 2019 PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Cranberry.
Senior Spotlight: Frazier softball star helping keep steelworkers safe
May 1, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Second baseman Zoe Malone helped Upper St. Clair to a playoff berth last season.
Senior Spotlight: Possible golden softball season lost for Upper St. Clair infielder, classmates
April 30, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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West Mifflin second baseman Jaden Arcuri had a .970 fielding percentage in her high school career.
Senior Spotlight: West Mifflin infielder proud of program’s growth
April 29, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jeannette’s Faith Johnston struck out 116 batters in 85⅔ innings last season.
Senior Spotlight: Jeannette ace Faith Johnston ‘proud to be a Jayhawk’
April 25, 2020
Faith Johnston has every intention of zipping fastballs past opposing hitters next year as a pitcher for the Waynesburg softball team. But she is just as focused on clobbering extra-base hits against opposing arms in the Presidents Athletic Conference.

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Hempfield coach Bob Kalp watches Callie Sowers pitch during a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Hempfield softball coaches get pick-me-up from former players
April 22, 2020
When he finished watching a personalized YouTube video from his former players, Bob Kalp felt a range of emotions.

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Seneca Valley outfielder Kearson Wagner only struck out three times last season.
Senior spotlight: WPIAL pitchers missed chance to whiff all-state Seneca Valley outfielder
April 14, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Maci Priddi is a three-time WPIAL champ at West Allegheny.
Senior spotlight: West Allegheny outfielder not ready to hang up spikes
April 6, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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West Allegheny’s Britney Wilson celebrates scoring against Connellsville during the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship game May 31, 2019.
Senior spotlight: West Allegheny catcher misses camaraderie on softball diamond
April 1, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Shortstop Joslyn Hostetler had the second-most hits on the Pine-Richland roster last season.
Pine-Richland softball focused on adding punch at the plate
March 23, 2020
Pine-Richland softball coach Gary Shepard has always emphasized pitching and defense as the core tenets of his philosophy for winning games on the diamond.

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Norwin’s Alex Gabauer (top) and Penn-Trafford’s Bobby Lane are two of the local players trying to stay sharp during the PIAA-mandated shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Local ballplayers trying to stay sharp during coronavirus’ spring shutdown
March 21, 2020
Max McDowell was set to begin his sixth season in the minor leagues.

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Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli (right) will move from shortstop to catcher this season.
Yough softball returns 7 starters, expects championship-caliber season
March 20, 2020
Yough boasts one of the steadiest, most successful softball programs in the WPIAL, but the Cougars entered spring practice with an unusual feeling: skepticism.

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Valley catcher Madison Gatto prepares for the 2019 season March 19, 2019 at Valley High
With youth and experience, Valley softball is looking to break its playoff hiatus
The Valley softball team hasn’t made the WPIAL playoffs in eight years, but the seven returning seniors are hoping to end that streak.

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