Softball

Penn Hills pitcher Yasmine Logan competes against Hampton March 26, 2019 at Hampton.
Penn Hills softball has building blocks in place for possible playoff run
March 20, 2020
Even though the Penn Hills softball program hasn’t reached the WPIAL playoffs in over a decade, the Indians remain optimistic that this year could end their 13-year playoff drought.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Southmoreland softball hopes to make run at another title
March 19, 2020
When Southmoreland softball coach Todd Bunner addressed his team March 12, they talked about the future and hoped the 2020 season would continue in the near future.

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St. Joseph’s Stella Swanson delivers against Springdale Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
St. Joseph softball brings back plenty of experience
The St. Joseph softball program enjoyed a two-year run to the WPIAL playoffs in 2017 and ‘18, the first two such seasons in its history.

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Springdale coach Anthony Pototo celebrates with Brianna Thompson after she scored during their game against St. Joseph Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
Springdale softball hopes to use last season as springboard to more success
March 18, 2020
It was a season to remember for Springdale’s softball team.

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Norwin’s Alexandra Dillner smiles as she rounds the bases after her second home run during a game against Pine-Richland Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin softball aims to repeat section championship behind deep pitching staff
March 17, 2020
(Editor’s note: The PIAA has postponed the start of the spring sports season because of concerns over the covid-19 pandemic.)

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Plum shortstop Mackenzie Lake fields a ground ball during practice on Thursday Friday, March 13, 2020.
After disappointing finish last season, Plum softball ready to bounce back
March 16, 2020
Last season didn’t end the way the Plum softball team wanted it to.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Mary Smithnosky drives a ball back to home plate on a run during a practice drill with teammates Thursday, March 12, 2020 at softball practice at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
After losing ace to graduation, Mt. Pleasant softball eager to prove doubters wrong
Mt. Pleasant had its 15 minutes of fame last season when it made the MaxPreps national softball rankings.

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Junior pitcher and infielder Hannah Yorty is one of Monessen’s top returning players.
Monessen softball team will play under another new coach
March 15, 2020
For the second time in as many seasons, the Monessen softball team has a new coach.

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Leechburg pitcher Emma Ritchie was a first team Valley News Dispatch all-star last season.
Leechburg softball team readies for run at 34th straight playoff berth
The coronavirus pandemic might do something other WPIAL softball teams have failed to do: stop Leechburg’s playoff streak.

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Knoch’s Sophie Brandon stretches for a throw during a practice on March 13, 2020.
Knoch softball looking to build on historic 2019 season
March 14, 2020
After one of its best seasons in 2019, the Knoch softball team heads into this season with a lot of confidence.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley softball team eyes longer postseason run
Another successful softball season at Ligonier Valley in 2019 abruptly ended with an early exit from the postseason.

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Frazier’s Emi Curcio scores past Brandywine Heights catcher Naomi Fay during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State University.
Postpone, don’t cancel spring sports: Frazier softball player starts online petition to PIAA
A Frazier senior softball player has started an online petition to influence the PIAA’s upcoming decision on what to do with the spring sports season in the state.

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Bishop Canevin’s Bella DeMark scores behind Greensburg Central Catholic’s Anna Vitale during first round WPIAL A Softball action at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Signal Item softball preview: Teams hoping to improve on last season’s performance
As softball season nears, the three Carnegie-area teams are focused on making the playoffs.

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Kiski Area senior Brooke Bires works on her swing during a practice on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Kiski Area softball hungry for bounce-back season
March 13, 2020
Last season didn’t go as expected for the Kiski Area softball team, which battled a lot of adversity along the way.

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Hampton infielder Tanner Gill takes a late throw during a scrimmage game against Butler March 12, 2020.
Future of spring sports season will be considered Monday by WPIAL board
The PIAA already postponed the end of winter sports season, but now spring sports might also be in danger.

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HIghlands softball expecting to have breakout season
March 11, 2020
Rachel Blackburn needs infield work, and she knows it.

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers celebrates after the final out of a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell on June 6, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Pieces in place for Hempfield softball’s quest for 6th straight WPIAL crown
March 10, 2020
Even by Hempfield’s lofty standards, last year was somewhat of a surprise.

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Freeport’s Savana Urik competes during practice for the 2020 season March 7, 2020.
Freeport confident heading into softball season with small but talented roster
When Freeport softball takes the field this year, there’s a good chance there will only be 11 players on the team.

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New coach Bates hopes to steer young Greensburg Salem softball team in right direction
March 9, 2020
Former Hempfield softball standout Alyssa Bates steps in this season as coach at Greensburg Salem after a two-year stint as an assistant with the Golden Lions.

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Greensburg Central junior Jaden Cox will be counted on as a team leader this season.
Pieces in place for Greensburg Central Catholic softball
March 8, 2020
The Greensburg Central Catholic softball team made a return trip to the WPIAL playoffs in 2019, a nice bounce back from a one-win season.

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