Softball

Bethel Park’s Sandra Soltes smiles as she rounds the bases after hitting her second home run during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Canon-McMillan on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at California (Pa.).
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: June 7, 2021
June 6, 2021
It was a championship performance for the ages.

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin celebrates a strikeout with Haley Boyd (left) and Jordan Hofecker (right) during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
Westmoreland PIAA softball capsules for June 7, 2021
PIAA softball playoffs

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Leechburg pitcher Emma Ritchie delivers against Mapletown during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Leechburg softball team ready for 2019 PIAA rematch
For the second time in as many seasons, the Leechburg softball team survived a pressure situation in the WPIAL consolation final to earn a trip the PIAA playoffs.

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Baldwin’s Lindsay Bonetti competes in a game during the 2021 season.
Baldwin softball hopes to learn from rebuilding year
Baldwin advanced to the WPIAL softball playoffs in 2021 for an 11th consecutive season, although the youthful Highlanders were able to win only four games all year.

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West Greene’s Jersey Wise beats the tag attempt by Union’s Kate McCurdy in the third inning of the WPIAL Class A softball championship game Wednesday.
Trib HSSN Softball State Rankings for June 5, 2021
June 5, 2021
There were major changes this week in half of the softball classifications and minimal movement in the other three classes on the brink of the 2021 PIAA softball playoffs.

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Leechburg’s Tatum Verner drives in a run against Mapletown during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal. Leechburg’s softball team is making its 13th appearance in the PIAA playoffs.
George Guido: A-K Valley teams set to open PIAA baseball, softball playoffs
There are four A-K Valley teams ready to enter the PIAA softball/baseball playoffs Monday at three sites.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco celebrates his walk-off hit to defeat Bethel Park, 2-1, with Timmy Quinn (2) and Jordan Suvak in the bottom of the seventh inning of WPIAL Class 5A championship game Tuesday.
Trib 10: WPIAL champs take top spots in baseball, softball power rankings
June 3, 2021
Twelve newly minted district champions have been crowned, and they are not only hoisting gold, they are also taking up the top six spots in the weekly Trib 10 power rankings.

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North Hills’ Brenna Westwood drives in a run against Armstrong in the third inning of the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship game Wednesday.
First-round PIAA matchups set for many WPIAL softball teams
The 2021 WPIAL softball playoffs are history with four new champions crowned and two others continuing their title runs.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston celebrates her two-run triple during a game against Apollo-Ridge on April 26.
Ligonier Valley softball hits reset button, sets sights on PIAA run
Mark Zimmerman said the chip Ligonier Valley softball had resting firmly on its collective shoulder is all but gone.

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Mt. Pleasant celebrates with the trophy after beating Ellwood City in the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Cal U’s Lilley Field.
Big-hitting Mt. Pleasant blanks Ellwood City for 2nd WPIAL softball championship
June 2, 2021
A fourth-grade student made the Mt. Pleasant softball team a good-luck card before the WPIAL championship, one of several the players received and read.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky has pitched a pair of shutouts in the WPIAL postseason.
Battery powered: Chemistry between pitcher Smithnosky, catcher Shawley drives Mt. Pleasant softball
June 1, 2021
Catcher Lexis Shawley received an unsolicited compliment from an umpire after a recent playoff game.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich scores behind Southmoreland’s Gwen Bassinger on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
                                Mt Pleasant’s Courto Poulich scores behind Westmoreland’s Gwen Bassinger on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
WPIAL Class 3A softball championship preview: Mt. Pleasant vs. Ellwood City
Softball

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: May 31, 2021
May 30, 2021
While most teams were one or two games into the district postseason last week, Class 4A Beaver was just getting started.

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Highlands’ Abbie Deiseroth (23) celebrates with Jaycee Haidze during their game against Valley on April 5, 2021, in Harrison.
Highlands softball team enjoys rest after beating No. 1 seed
May 29, 2021
Maera Williams arrived to school Thursday and soon was greeted with a plethora of well-wishes and congratulations for her and her Highlands softball teammates.

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The Bishop Canevin softball team gathers around Bree Bazeck and Meadow Lokaitis on senior night.
Playoff win caps season of growth for Bishop Canevin softball
The Bishop Canevin softball team started the season losing four of its first five games.

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Leechburg pitcher Emma Ritchie (8) and catcher Bella Vozar celebrate with teammates after defeating South Side in their WPIAL Class A consolation playoff game on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Mars.
Leechburg extends season with win over South Side in Class A softball 3rd-place game
May 27, 2021
Facing a possible final game in the careers of six seniors, coach Debbi Young issued a challenge to the Leechburg softball team.

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Bethel Park’s Gianna Sciullo scores on a wild pitch past Pine-Richland pitcher Gabriella Aughton during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for May 27, 2021
What you see this time of year on scholastic diamonds across the state is the cream slowly rising to the top.

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Chartiers Valley’s Jenna Boneysteele gets ready to pitch against North Hills on Tuesday.
Welsh’s homer gives Chartiers Valley win over Fox Chapel, 3rd place in 5A softball
Chartiers Valley coach Chris Lloyd decided to drop Gianna Welsh a little lower in the batting order.

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Bethel Park’s Lauren Caye slides into second base under the tag of Pine-Richalnd’s Marissa DeLuca during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Play ball: Times set for WPIAL softball championships
The WPIAL softball championships will return to renovated Cal U for the first time since 2017.

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Southmoreland’s Gwen Basinger slides safely into home behind Avonworth catcher Rylee Gray in the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Avonworth softball shakes off semifinal loss, tops Southmoreland to make states
A few missed opportunities early and one golden opportunity wasted late proved to be the downfall for the Southmoreland softball team in Thursday’s WPIAL Class 3A consolation game against Avonworth at Gateway.

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