Softball

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
June 13, 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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Chartiers Valley’s Marie Kinchington competes during the 2021 softball season.
After trip to PIAA playoffs, future bright for Chartiers Valley softball
In the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the Chartiers Valley softball team finished second to last in its section with a combined record of 7-23.

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Anna Sheppard and her Canon-McMillan teammates are in the state’s top fiveonce again.
Trib HSSN state softball rankings for June 12, 2021
June 12, 2021
When it comes to the Trib HSSN state softball rankings, the winds of change are going to happen in June.

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Ligonier Valley’s Annabella Schueltz hangs onto the ball as Chestnut Ridge’s Zoie Dunlap runs into her during the fourth inning of a PIAA Class 2A softball quarterfinal Thursday, June10, 2021, at Mt. Aloysius College.
After persevering through suspended game, Ligonier Valley softball team focused on PIAA semis
After a delay of 1 hour, 45 minutes, the Ligonier Valley softball team began Thursday’s PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal against District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge at Mt. Aloysius College.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Mackenzie Borlovich (left) celebrates with catcher Amelia Herzer and Brynn Palmer after defeating Plum in their WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Gateway High School.
Fox Chapel softball exceeds expectations with deep playoff run
After losing 2020 to the covid pandemic, the Fox Chapel softball team entered this spring with optimism that it could get to the Class 5A playoffs and make a run.

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The Bethel Park softball team celebrates after defeating Canon-McMillan, 9-2, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at California University.
Banner season peaks with WPIAL title for Bethel Park softball
Bethel Park’s softball team ended its WPIAL season on the highest of high notes.

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Highlands’ Jess Cekada runs down a ball hit by Bishop McDevitt’s Olivia Murphy in the sixth inning during the PIAA Class 4A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Central Cambria High School.
Nearly 6 hours of down time ‘worth the wait’ for Highlands softball players
June 11, 2021
Cloudy skies and rain greeted the Highlands softball team Friday afternoon as they gathered for practice in preparation for Monday’s PIAA Class 4A semifinal against Beaver.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Mary Smithnosky smiles after shutting out Avonworth during the completion of a PIAA Class 3A softball quarterfinal Thursday, June 11, 2021 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant sees room to improve after closing out Avonworth for 5th straight postseason shutout
Mt. Pleasant slept on a 3-0 lead but didn’t think that would be the final score against Avonworth in a PIAA Class 3A softball quarterfinal that took two days to complete.

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Eden Christian Academy’s Jacob Fisher (center) gets soaked with water bottles by teammates after the Warriors defeated Kennedy Catholic, 12-5, in their PIAA Class A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
High school roundup for June 10, 2021: Abby Allen hits walk-off 2-run shot to lift Canon Mac
June 10, 2021
Abby Allen hit a walk-off two-run home run on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Canon-McMillan to a 5-3 victory over Neshaminy in the PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinals Thursday.

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Beaver’s Payton List reacts after hitting a three-run double against Elizabeth Forward in the PIAA quarterfinals June 10, 2021, at Norwin.
Big hit from Peyton List lifts Beaver past Elizabeth Forward in softball showdown
All year, Beaver junior Peyton List has been dominant in the pitcher’s circle.

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Beaver celebrates winning the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship June 2.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 10, 2021: PIAA baseball, softball playoffs resume
June 9, 2021
Thursday is the second round of the 2021 PIAA baseball and softball playoffs, weather permitting.

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“I don’t know if you can count how many runs we’ve saved on defense this year,” Highlands junior center fielder Maera Williams said.
Defense proves invaluable to Highlands softball team
The Highlands softball bats and the players swinging them have proven themselves all season with high hit and run totals.

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Highlands’ Jaycee Haidze and Joie Beacom celebrate after beating Clearfield in a PIAA Class 4A first-round game Monday.
A-K Valley PIAA playoff preview capsule for June 10, 2021
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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich celebrates as she rounds the bases during a PIAA Class 3A first-round playoff game Monday.
Mt. Pleasant, Ligonier Valley softball roll with punches to move on in state tournament
June 8, 2021
Besides winning, Mt. Pleasant and Ligonier Valley had something else in common in their PIAA softball playoff openers Monday.

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Beaver starting pitcher Payton List throws against Highlands during the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field.
Softball playoff sites, times set for PIAA quarterfinals
Norwin will host an all-WPIAL doubleheader Thursday in the state softball quarterfinals.

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North Hills pitcher Sophia Roncone struck out 13 in a win over Fox Chapel on Monday.
North Hills softball avoids WPIAL title letdown, blanks Fox Chapel
June 7, 2021
Even a nearly two-hour rain and lightning delay didn’t deter WPIAL champion North Hills from a strong performance in its PIAA opener.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski delivers during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against Shaler on May 21.
High school roundup for June 7, 2021: Bethel Park baseball moves on, softball bows out
Evan Holewinski threw a complete game, allowing four hits, to help Bethel Park to a 5-1 victory over District 3 runner-up Northern in a PIAA Class 5A first-round baseball game Monday afternoon.

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Leechburg’s Karli Mazak steal second on DuBois Central Catholic’s Jessey Frank during a first-round PIAA Class A softball playoff game Monday June 7, 2021, at Heindl Memorial Field in DuBois.
Furious rally falls short as Leechburg softball falls to DuBois Central Catholic
Things didn’t start out well for the Leechburg softball team in Monday’s PIAA Class A first-round game against DuBois Central Catholic at Heindl Field in DuBois.

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West Greene’s Kiley Meek pitches in the seventh inning of a PIAA Class A playoff game against Shade on Monday, June 7, 2021.
West Greene softball fights off pesky Shade to advance in PIAA playoffs
In opening-round PIAA playoff games following its previous four WPIAL championships, the West Greene softball team has cruised into the state quarterfinals by a combined score of 40-5.

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