Softball

Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper pulls in a ball hit by Line Mountain’s Cassie Laudenslager during the PIAA Class 2A softball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Ligonier Valley softball marvels at community support after special season ends in state finals
June 17, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK — It wasn’t the ending the Ligonier Valley softball team had hoped for, but the 2021 season was still memorable.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich (8) celebrates her home run with Hannah Gnibus during their PIAA Class 3A first-round playoff game against Bald Eagle Area on June 7.
PIAA Class 3A softball championship preview: Mt. Pleasant vs. Mid Valley
PIAA softball preview

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin has 299 strikeouts this season.
PIAA Class 2A softball finalists Ligonier Valley, Line Mountain similar
June 16, 2021
There are a lot of similarities between the Ligonier Valley and Line Mountain softball teams.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich reacts as her team makes a run against Punxsutawney on Monday, June 14, 2021 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals at St. Francis University.
Mt. Pleasant softball hopes to answer one last call
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Chris Brunson has been receiving dozens of phone calls and texts from fellow coaches and colleagues in the area with good luck wishes, salutes and plaudits.

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Ligonier Valley’s Annabella Schueltz hangs on to the ball as Chestnut Ridge’s Zoie Dunlap runs into her in the fourth inning during a PIAA Class 2A Girls quarterfinal Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Mt. Aloysius College.
PIAA Class 2A softball preview capsule: Ligonier Valley vs. Line Mountain
PIAA softball preview

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Beaver celebrates Anna Blum’s three-run home run in the sixth inning during the PIAA Class 4A softball semifinal on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
PIAA Class 4A softball championship preview: Beaver vs. Tunkhannock
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends a record 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Armstrong’s Emma Smerick is cheered on as she comes home after hitting a two-run homer against North Hills in the fourth inning during a PIAA Class 5A semifinal on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mars.
Smerick, River Hawks topple North Hills, advance to PIAA championship game
June 14, 2021
For Emma Smerick, the softball field at Mars is out of this world.

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West Greene coach Bill Simms checks his notes as players look on during the PIAA Class A semifinal June 14, 2021, at Slippery Rock.
High school roundup for June 14, 2021: West Greene rolls past DuBois C.C. in PIAA semifinals
For the fourth time in six years, West Greene softball will play for a state title after ousting Dubois Central Catholic, 12-1, in the PIAA Class A semifinals Monday afternoon at Slippery Rock University.

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Ligonier Valley’s Maddie Griffin prepares to bat during a PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Union City on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Slippery Rock.
Ligonier Valley’s historic run continues after beating Union City in PIAA Class 2A semifinal
SLIPPERY ROCK – No no-hitter. No shutout. No problem.

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Beaver starting pitcher Payton List throws against Highlands during the PIAA Class 4A semifinal on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
List dominates as Beaver bests Highlands in PIAA Class 4A semifinal
Runs and hits were at a premium when Highlands and Beaver met for the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship June 2.

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Mt. Pleasant players react after defeating Punxsutawney on Monday, June 14, 2021 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals at St. Francis University.
Mt. Pleasant softball blanks Punxsutawney, advances to PIAA Class 3A title game
LORETTO — This must be what they mean at Mt. Pleasant when they say, “Row, Vikes.”

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Beaver’s Payton List pitches against Elizabeth Forward in the PIAA quarterfinals June 10, 2021, at Norwin.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: June 14, 2021
June 13, 2021
What a year for the Beaver softball team.

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Canon-McMillan’s Abby Allen (17) crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Norwin on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: June 14, 2021
If it is an unwritten rule that teams that finish in third place in their section, four games behind the section champion, aren’t still playing in mid-June, then the exception to that rule is the 2021 Canon-McMillan softball team.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina delivers during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA baseball, softball semifinals part of what to watch in WPIAL sports Monday, June 14, 2021
Monday is the final stop on the Path to Penn State.

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Highlands’ Jess Cekada hits a home run against Bishop McDevitt in the sixth inning during a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Central Cambria High School.
Hard-hitting Highlands gets rematch with WPIAL champ Beaver in PIAA Class 4A semifinals
Jess Cekada was mobbed by her Highlands teammates as the junior shortstop crossed home plate after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning of Thursday’s PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal game against Bishop McDevitt under the lights at Central Cambria High School.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gbnibus tries to complete the double play after the force play on Avonworth’s Alivia Lantzy during the completion of the PIAA Class 3A Girls Softball quarterfinal on Thursday, June11, 2021 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant seeks to regain focus in time for PIAA semifinal against Punxsutawney
The best softball teams usually are the most self-critical at this time of year.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lexi Puskar bats against Avonworth during the completion of the PIAA Class 3A softball quarterfinal on Thursday, June 11, 2021, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Puskar delays National Guard for semifinal game
It’s all about the red, white and blue for Lexi Puskar.

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Highlands celebrates Jess Cekada’s home run against Bishop McDevitt in the sixth inning during the PIAA Class 4A softball quarterfinals.
A-K Valley PIAA playoff preview capsules for June 14, 2021
Class 4A

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Ligonier Valley third baseman Jordan Hofecker runs down a ball hit by Chestnut Ridge’s Isabella Wingard during the PIAA Class 2A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Mt. Aloysius College.
Westmoreland PIAA playoff preview capsules for June 14, 2021
PIAA softball playoffs

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Pine-Richland pitcher Gabriella Aughton delivers during the Rams’ WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Canon-McMillan on May 26 at West Mifflin High School.
Pine-Richland softball program builds on playoff victory
With a 6-1 win over Mt. Lebanon in the quarterfinals, the Pine-Richland softball team scored a historic achievement.

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