Softball

Elizabeth Forward first baseman Alexis Argyros (24), stops Mount Pleasant’s Katie Hunter (5), during their WPIAL Class 4A softball championship 3-0 win over Mount Pleasant, at Latrobe’s Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township, on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Mt. Pleasant, Elizabeth Forward battle for berth to state title game
June 9, 2019
It’s a winner-take-all game when Mt. Pleasant faces Elizabeth Forward on Monday at the PIAA Class 4A semifinals at Seton Hill.

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Penn Trafford celebrates with Brooke Cleland after her second home against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
No previous PIAA softball playoffs experience necessary for Penn-Trafford
Unlike other Westmoreland County softball teams with recent appearances in the PIAA playoffs — Hempfield, Mt. Pleasant, Valley and Yough have won state championships this decade — Penn-Trafford is new to the scene.

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Seven WPIAL teams remain among Trib HSSN’s state softball rankings
June 8, 2019
Four of the six top-ranked teams from a week ago survived the first two rounds of the state playoffs and remain on top in the next-to-last edition of the Trib HSSN state softball rankings.

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Hempfield’s Jessica Persin (11) talks with her sister, Olivia, during their PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell Thursday, June 6, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Sister combination are Hempfield’s Persins of interest
Double trouble.

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West Greene holds off Clarion in state quarterfinals
June 7, 2019
Junior Jade Renner was 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs and tossed a complete game as West Greene (21-4) held off Clarion’s seventh-inning rally for a 5-4 PIAA quarterfinal win at Slippery Rock on Friday.

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Laurel falls short in PIAA quarterfinals
Senior Mackenzie Latess went 4 for 4 with a double, home run and three RBIs, along with two runs scored for Laurel (21-3), but it was Cranberry (15-5) that triumphed 7-6 in a PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal softball contest at Slippery Rock.

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Frazier shortstop Emi Curcio and left fielder Haley Somers come together on a short fly ball against Chartiers-Houston in the PIAA quarterfinals June 6, 2019, at Peters Township. Somers made the catch.
PIAA baseball, softball playoffs roundup for June 6, 2019: Frazier edges Chartiers-Houston
June 6, 2019
Savannah Berklovich knocked in two runs, and Logan Hartman scattered five hits to lead WPIAL runner-up Frazier to a 4-3 victory over Chartiers-Houston in a PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal softball game Thursday at Peters Township High School.

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Union Area’s Halaena Blakley scores behind Leechburg Area’s Kristen Knapp in the first inning during WPIAL A girls softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Hampton Coummnity Park.
Expectations to remain high for Leechburg softball program
Even though expectations are always high for Leechburg softball, coach Debbi Young had her own expectations exceeded this year.

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Hempfield’s Callie Sowers triples under North Allegheny’s Kristen Chomos during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Peters Township High School.
Postseason losses a ‘learning experience’ for North Allegheny softball team
Two bumps to end the season didn’t spell doom for first-year North Allegheny softball coach Morgan Vescovi.

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West Greene celebrates beating Union in the A WPIAL softball championship Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Peterwood Park.
PIAA postpones 3 softball playoff games, moves Class 6A baseball quarterfinal
The PIAA postponed three softball games scheduled Thursday at Slippery Rock University and moved the North Allegheny vs. Pine-Richland baseball game to a different site.

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Knoch short stop Monica Gourley fields a ball hit by Greensburg Salem’s Kayla Gaughan during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
After falling in PIAA 1st round, Knoch reflects on special softball season
June 5, 2019
A young team, a new head coach and more question marks than players, the 2019 Knoch softball team had no idea what was in store this season.

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Elizabeth Forward pitcher Kailey Larcinese fields a soft grounder and throws to first for an out against Punxsutawney in the PIAA first round June 3, 2019, at Peters Township.
Softball sites, times: 11 WPIAL teams reach PIAA quarterfinals
June 4, 2019
WPIAL softball champions Laurel, West Greene and Elizabeth Forward will take part in a PIAA playoff tripleheader Thursday at Slippery Rock University.

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WPIAL teams pile up offense in first round of PIAA playoffs
WPIAL teams didn’t skimp on the offense in the opening round of the PIAA baseball and softball playoffs.

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West Greene’s Jade Renner pitches against Rockwood in the PIAA Class A playoffs June 3, 2019, at Peters Township.
PIAA softball playoffs roundup: West Allegheny cruises past Exeter in 1st round
June 3, 2019
Alyssa Goldstrom was 2 for 4 with a home run as WPIAL champion West Allegheny defeated Exeter, 15-6, a PIAA Class 5A first-round game Monday afternoon at Seton Hill.

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Grove City during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Knoch softball bows out of PIAAs with loss to Grove City
The Knoch softball team made its first trip into the PIAA softball playoffs Monday. The weather was near perfect, and the Knights’ confidence was at an all-time high as they looked to rebound from their semifinal loss and make a deep run in the state playoffs.

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Penn-Trafford slugs past Central Mountain, earns 1st PIAA victory since ’90
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn-Trafford didn’t just collect 15 hits in its PIAA Class 5A first-round softball game at Penn State’s Beard Field; the Warriors sent shockwaves through Happy Valley.

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Mt. Pleasant bounces back, defeats Bellefonte in PIAA opening round
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mt. Pleasant had two days to forget about losing the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship game.

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Plenty of shakeup in Trib HSSN state softball rankings
It was not a good week to be a favorite in the district finals. In fact, only one team ranked No. 1 in the Trib HSSN state softball rankings from a week ago is still on top this week.

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North Allegheny shortstop Cole Young makes a play against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 6A consolation game May 28, 2019, at W&J.
TribLive High School Sports Network broadcasts for week of June 3, 2019
June 2, 2019
With the district playoffs in the rear-view mirror, the final event of the 2018-19 school year begins this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Mount Pleasant’s Abby Swank (6), tries to get something going in the bottom of the 7th inning, during their WPIAL Class 4A softball championship 0-3 loss to Elizabeth Forward, at Latrobe’s Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township, on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Mt. Pleasant softball gets 2nd chance to win a title
Mt. Pleasant will try to get ramped up for another postseason run after falling short in the WPIAL Class 4A softball final Friday to first-time champion Elizabeth Forward.

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