Softball

North Penn’s Sophia Orth celebrates next to Hempfield shortstop Allison Cervola after driving in the game’s only run during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
Hempfield can’t crack North Penn ace in 1-0 PIAA championship game loss
June 15, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK — Walled off by a gifted pitcher and unable to manufacture offense with runners on base, Hempfield lost a state softball championship for the first time.

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Blue Mountain’s Victoria Konkus scores the winning run under Montour pitcher Kaitlin Molitoris during the bottom of the sixth inning of the PIAA Class 4A championship game Thursday at Penn State.
Late, 2-out rally by Blue Mountain denies Montour its 1st PIAA softball title
UNIVERSITY PARK — Montour could taste its first PIAA softball title.

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What to watch for in PIAA sports on June 15, 2023: ‘Western’ teams meet for 2A softball, A baseball titles
June 14, 2023
Twelve state champions will be crowned on the diamonds of Penn State University over the next two days.

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Montour starting pitcher throws Kaitlin Molitoris against Belle Vernon during the WPIAL softball Class 4A championship May 31, 2023, Lilley Field at Cal U.
                                Montour starting pitcher Kaitlin Molitoris throws against Belle Vernon during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game May 31.
PIAA Class 4A softball championship preview: Montour vs. Blue Mountain
This is the sixth season the PIAA has hosted six state championship softball games.

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North Penn pitcher Julia Shearer throws against Chambersburg during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at Millersville University.
Hempfield to face state’s most dominant ace: North Penn lefty Julia Shearer
A forbidding challenge awaits Hempfield with unbeaten North Penn (27-0), the District 1 champion that features senior ace pitcher Julia Shearer and her ridiculous numbers: 27-0 record, 0.23 ERA, 346 strikeouts and 13 walks in 159 innings.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller celebrates an out with Emily Griffith during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against Cumberland Valley on Monday.
PIAA Class 6A softball championship preview: Hempfield vs. North Penn
PIAA softball playoffs

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Hempfield freshman Lauren Howard touches first base after hitting a home run in the third inning of a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against Downingtown East on June 8.
Hempfield softball notebook: Freshman Lauren Howard scoring runs at record pace
Lauren Howard is as promising a freshman as any Hempfield has put in the starting lineup.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller hugs catcher Ella Berkebile after the Spartans defeated Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Class 6A semifinals Monday.
Battery power fuels Hempfield softball on electric run to state finals
If Hempfield wins a fifth PIAA softball championship Thursday at Penn State, it will likely happen in an electric atmosphere. But a win will probably be battery powered.

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Hempfield coach Tina Madison celebrates with Lauren Howard after her RBI triple during the first inning against Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Class 6A semifinals Monday.
Unflappable Hempfield looks to add to softball program’s championship legacy
June 13, 2023
Tina Madison looked pensive and anxious as her team hit softballs into nets in a light drizzle Monday at St. Francis (Pa.) University.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Tyler Smith scores against Manheim Township during the first inning of their PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game June 5.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 13, 2023: Shaler, Mt. Lebanon try again to earn state final berths
Mother Nature did a great job cooperating through the district baseball and softball postseason and the first two rounds of the state playoffs.

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Montour’s Delaney Barto celebrates a victory over Elizabeth Forward in the PIAA Class 4A semifinals Monday, June 12, 2023.
Montour softball makes things happen in PIAA semifinal win over Elizabeth Forward
June 12, 2023
The Montour softball team doesn’t need much of an opening to make things happen.

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Union’s Olivia Williams waits for a pitch during a PIAA Class A semifinal against Claysburg-Kimmel on Monday, June 12, 2023.
Union softball team rallies again to make PIAA finals
The Union softball team is working very hard at earning the nickname the Cardiac Kids.

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Hempfield’s Allison Cervola celebrates with Lauren Howard after defeating Cumberland Valley in their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Monday, June 12, 2023, at St. Francis.
Hempfield softball surges past Cumberland Valley, advances to Class 6A state final
LORETTO — Hempfield asked for the pregame music to be turned off while it took infield practice Monday after a half-hour rain delay.

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Shaler pitcher Bria Bosiljevac celebrates after getting a strikeout against Armstrong during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal Monday at Gateway
Shaler softball uses big 8th inning to best Armstrong, punch ticket to state finals
In last Thursday’s PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal victory over WPIAL champion Trinity, Shaler scored all five of its runs on three home runs.

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High school roundup for June 12, 2023: Everett ends Neshannock’s 48-game winning streak
When a pair of undefeated teams in WPIAL champion Neshannock and District 5 champion Everett met in the PIAA Class 2A softball semifinals Monday, something had to give.

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Shaler’s Eloise Facher (8) is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals against Franklin Regional on May 17.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for June 11, 2023
June 11, 2023
The Shaler softball team has been spending most of this spring savoring perfection.

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Union starting pitcher Mia Preuhs celebrates with catcher Bela Cameron after striking out the last Carmichaels batter in the sixth inning in the WPIAL Class A softball championship game May 31.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for June 11, 2023
Following a second straight WPIAL Class A softball championship win the previous week, Union did not start the PIAA playoffs as planned.

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Hempfield’s Sarah Podkul scores against Mifflin County during PIAA Class 6A softball first-round playoff action June 5.
PIAA softball playoff capsule: Class 6A semifinal, Monday, June 12, 2023
PIAA softball playoffs

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Neshannock pitcher Addyson Frye hugs catcher Gabby Perod after defeating Laurel in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game June 1.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 12, 2023: Battles of unbeatens for Neshannock softball headlines state semifinals
Halfway through the 2023 PIAA diamond playoffs, only two champions from last spring are alive heading into Semifinals Monday: DuBois Central Catholic baseball and Neshannock softball.

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Hempfield’s Sarah Podkul makes a running catch in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Hempfield softball team wins with stifling defense
June 10, 2023
In the PIAA softball playoffs, every team can hit. Short game or long, small ball or power shots.

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