Softball

Elizabeth Forward’s Kailey Larcinese pitches a throw against Mt. Pleasant in the PIAA class 4A softball semifinal on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Seton Hill University. Elizabeth Forward defeated Mt. Pleasant 2-1 after eight innings.
Section title. WPIAL title. Goal-oriented Elizabeth Forward now wants state title
June 12, 2019
Prior to the start of this season, Elizabeth Forward softball coach Harry Rutherford approached athletic director Tim Guffey with three goals for his team: Win a section title, a WPIAL championship and state gold.

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Frazier’s Logan Hartman rounds third on her way to scoring the winning run in Tuesday’s PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Cranberry.
‘Last lap’ focuses Frazier for PIAA Class 2A softball championship
Before every practice this season, the Frazier softball team takes a lap around Commodore Park.

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Nedley drives in two runs with a bunt base hit during a PIAA Class 5A semifinal against Donegal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Mount Aloysius College.
Penn-Trafford seniors lead team to 1st PIAA championship game
Penn-Trafford’s historic softball season will continue Friday when the Warriors battle Lampeter-Strasburg for the PIAA Class 5A championship.

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Frazier players celebrate during their PIAA Class 2A semifinal win over Cranberry on Tuesday. Frazier players celebrate their victory over Cranberry in a PIAA Class 2A semifinal Tuesday.
Frazier softball advances to PIAA finals in walkoff fashion
June 11, 2019
A victory an entire career in the making had Frazier coach Don Hartman emotional after watching his daughter Logan cross home plate to give the Commodores their first trip to the PIAA championship game.

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Hempfield’s Jessica Persin reacts after striking out to end the game, as Central Dauphin catcher Hailee Beaver celebrates during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at St. Francis University.
Hempfield softball loses in PIAA Class 6A semifinals
LORETTO — Bob Kalp forced a smile not long after his Hempfield softball team fell just short of yet another trip to the state finals.

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West Greene drops Class A softball semifinal to DuBois Central Catholic
And suddenly, it was over.

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Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week
June 9, 2019
The Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week is West Greene junior Jade Renner, who was the winning pitcher and contributed offensively as well for the two-time defending PIAA Class A champions.

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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
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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