Softball

Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith takes the mound in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Armstrong.
Penn-Trafford softball notebook: Warriors have shot at redemption
June 12, 2022
The beauty of the state softball playoffs for many WPIAL teams lies in the chance for redemption.

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Armstrong’s Emma Paul smiles after avoiding a tag attempt by Penn-Trafford’s Kylee Piconi during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game.
PIAA Class 5A softball semifinals capsule: Penn-Trafford vs. Armstrong
Monday’s game

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Gateway senior Deanna Gratton earned second-team All-Section 2-5A honors at third base for the 2022 season.
Gateway softball hopes to build from progress made this spring
When one looks just at the scores of a majority of the games for the Gateway softball team this spring, thoughts might develop of a team that went nowhere in developing on the field.

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Burrell starting pitcher Katie Armstrong throws against Beaver during PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Mars Area High School.
Future looks bright for Burrell softball
June 11, 2022
A youthful lineup this spring didn’t stop the Burrell softball team from reaching the playoffs for the 17th season in a row, and when the Bucs arrived in the postseason, they made the most of their opportunity.

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Avonworth’s Catherine Barie scores against Karns City after she hit a two-run double during PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal softball action on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Mars Area High School.
7 WPIAL teams set for PIAA softball semifinals
June 10, 2022
After a strong start in the opening round of the PIAA softball postseason, the wins kept coming for WPIAL teams in the quarterfinals.

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Deer Lakes softball team bows out of state playoffs
June 9, 2022
Deer Lakes entered Thursday’s PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal matchup with Bald Eagle hoping to punch its ticket to the state semifinals for the first time since 2015.

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Avonworth coach Jenna Muncie celebrates with Rylee Gray after her home run against Karns City during PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal softball action Thursday at Mars.
High school roundup for June 9, 2022: Mason Sike lifts Montour, sets up WPIAL title rematch with West Mifflin
Winning pitcher Mason Sike struck out nine on the mound and went 2 for 4 with four RBIs at the plate to lead Montour to a 12-3 victory over East Pennsboro in the PIAA Class 4A quarterfinals Thursday.

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Beaver starting pitcher Payton List one-hits Burrell during a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal Thursday at Mars.
Beaver’s Payton List crosses off Burrell in state quarterfinals with 20-K shutout
Beaver coach Amy Haggart often says standout pitcher Payton List gets better each game.

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Neshannock’s Hunter Newman celebrates after driving in a run during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Frazier on June 3 at Cal (Pa.).
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022
The goal of ending the school year with a PIAA softball championship is still alive for 48 schools across the state, including the 30 listed below.

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West Mifflin’s Zane Griffaton (15) celebrates with Mike Lydon and Derek Kleinhans after defeating Somerset in their PIAA Class 4A first-round game Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 9, 2022: 21 baseball, softball teams alive in state title hunt
Welcome to Quarterfinals Thursday in the PIAA baseball and softball playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Jenna Bisegna celebrates with catcher Tia Germanich during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against South Allegheny on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deer Lakes wants to continue PIAA postseason journey
A quartet from the Deer Lakes softball team — Jenna Bisegna, Reese Hasley, Keeghan Cook and Lydia Guthrie — took one of the biggest walks of their lives and graduated Wednesday evening.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Mackenzie Keenan
Sophomore slugger makes name for herself in middle of Penn-Trafford lineup
Mackenzie Keenan has a number of nicknames.

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Burrell’s Cassidy Novak makes a running catch on a ball hit by Montour’s Angelina Lamarca in theWPIAL 4A consolation game.
Burrell softball team faces juggernaut Beaver in PIAAs
June 7, 2022
The Beaver softball team currently owns one of the longest winning streaks in WPIAL history.

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Seneca Valley’s Mia Ryan tags out North Allegheny’s Megan McDonough in the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship Wednesday, June 1, 2002, at Cal (Pa.).
12 WPIAL softball teams advance to PIAA quarterfinals
While opening day of the PIAA baseball playoffs was a mixed bag for district teams, the WPIAL softball qualifiers got a chance to strut their stuff in the first round.

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West Mifflin’s Zane Griffaton celebrates his three-run homer against Somerset during a PIAA Class 4A first-round state playoff game Monday at West Mifflin High School.
High school roundup for June 6, 2022: Griffaton leads WPIAL champion West Mifflin to 1st-round win
June 6, 2022
Winning pitcher Zane Griffaton’s three-run homer backed his five effective innings on the mound as WPIAL Class 4A champion West Mifflin opened the PIAA playoffs with a 6-1 victory over District 5-8-9 subregional champion Somerset (15-8) before a West Mifflin school-record crowd of 909 Monday.

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Burrell freshman third baseman Bray Jones stands ready against Villa Maria in a PIAA Class 4A first-round game Monday, June 6, 2022 at Penn State Behrend.
Burrell rides early offense, Armstrong’s arm into PIAA softball quarterfinals
ERIE — It was déjà vu for the Burrell softball team Monday afternoon in its PIAA Class 4A first-round game against District 10 champion Villa Maria Academy at Penn State Behrend.

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Southmoreland sophomore pitcher Maddie Brown throws a pitch against Bald Eagle Area on Monday.
Southmoreland softball team eliminated from PIAA playoffs by Bald Eagle Area
MILESBURG — Southmoreland was hoping its two hour-plus bus ride into the heart of District 6 wouldn’t be its only road trip in the PIAA playoffs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic softball players huddle up before taking the field in a PIAA Class A first-round playoff game Monday, June 6, 2022, in DuBois.
GCC softball team comes up 1 hit short in PIAA 1st round
DUBOIS — Greensburg Central Catholic’s defense was sharp behind junior pitcher Emma Henry all afternoon in the PIAA Class A softball playoff opener.

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Armstrong’s Jenna Clontz rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off home run in the bootom of the seventh inning of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: Week ending June 5, 2022
June 5, 2022
The Armstrong softball team entered the WPIAL 5A championship game calm, cool and collected.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee delivers against South Allegheny during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deer Lakes softball faces tough road in PIAA tournament
District champions, when they enter the PIAA playoffs, always are afforded the opportunity to play their first game in their home district.

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