Softball

Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso celebrates his RBI base hit during the third inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Pine-Richland Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Westmoreland baseball/softball preview capsules: Games of Monday, June 3
June 2, 2019
PIAA playoff previews

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL girls 4-A consolation game at Seton Hill University.
Knoch softball embraces underdog role in PIAA playoffs
If there’s one softball team in the PIAA Class 4A bracket flying under the radar, it has to be Knoch.

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Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for games of May 27-June 1
June 1, 2019
The Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week is Avonworth senior Sarah Helffrich, who stood out on both days of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game.

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Leechburg pitcher Emma Ritchie (right) high-fives Aubry Skeel during their WPIAL Class A playoff game against Jeannette Monday, May 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
With school out, Leechburg turns complete focus on PIAA softball playoffs
Kristen Knapp, Aubry Skeel and Kiera Jones left Leechburg on Thursday night as graduates.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Taylor Sofranco bunts the ball on a throw from Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Softball sites, times: 4 WPIAL teams headed to Penn State’s Beard Field for PIAA openers
Four WPIAL softball teams will take an early look at the state championship site.

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Brentwood’s Abby Wolf competes during the 2019 season. She was a setter for the volleyball team, point guard in basketball and catcher in softball.
Wolf caps 3-sport Brentwood career with 9 letters
May 31, 2019
Abby Wolf packs a ton of talent into her 5-foot, 3-inch frame.

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District champions highlighted in Trib HSSN baseball, softball power rankings
A golden week has produced changes throughout the Trib HSSN baseball and softball power rankings, including a new No. 1 in softball following the 2019 WPIAL championships.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic delivers against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant vaults to 13th in the nation
May 30, 2019
Mt. Pleasant will go for its second WPIAL softball championship Friday afternoon with it will do so with an even loftier ranking than it had heading into the Class 4A semifinals.

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Connellsville’s Payton Lowry howls in victory with teammates while watching from the dugout as their team scores against Penn-Trafford during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Weather again forces WPIAL to postpone some softball championship games
Mother Nature continues to win out over the WPIAL softball finals.

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West Greene celebrates with the trophy after beating Union in the A WPIAL softball championship Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Peterwood Park.
Top-seeded West Greene captures 4th straight WPIAL softball championship
May 29, 2019
West Greene coach Bill Simms doesn’t mind seeing his team have a target on its back.

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WPIAL changes start time for Class 3A softball final between Avonworth, Keystone Oaks
With rain in the forecast, the WPIAL moved up the start time for the Class 3A softball final Wednesday at Peterswood Park.

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers delivers during the ninth inning of a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Seneca Valley Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Sowers latest in long line of top-notch Hempfield pitchers
So often in the WPIAL and PIAA softball playoffs, success or downfall depends on the girl in the chalk-rimmed circle in the middle of the infield.

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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.
WPIAL Class A softball final preview: West Greene vs. Union
May 28, 2019
WPIAL Class A softball championship

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Keystone Oaks’ Gia Woods scores against Burrell during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
WPIAL Class 3A softball finals preview: Avonworth vs. Keystone Oaks
WPIAL Class 3A softball championship

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Connellsville players crowd the pitchers mound in celebration of defeating Penn-Trafford 10-4 during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
WPIAL Class 5A softball finals preview: Connellsville vs. West Allegheny
WPIAL Class 5A softball championship

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Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson scores past Yough catcher Hannah Christner during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson opens recruitment
Another one of the WPIAL’s top sophomore softball players has opened her recruitment.

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TribHSSN Softball Player of the Week for games of May 20-25, 2019
May 27, 2019
The Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week is Laurel senior Kayla Ruperto, who helped lead the defending WPIAL Class 2A champions back to the title game.

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Knoch shortstop Monica Gourley fields a ball hit by Greensburg Salem’s Kayla Gaughan during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Knoch softball team 1 win from 1st berth in state tournament
The Knoch softball team had its eyes on a WPIAL 4A title, but a 4-0 semifinal loss to Elizabeth Forward last week curtailed that goal.

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Shaler’s Justin DeSabato (right) and the Titans will play Laurel Highlands for the WPIAL 5A baseball title at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The TribLive High School Sports Network will have exclusive coverage of the WPIAL baseball and softball championship games.
TribLive High School Sports Network broadcasts for week of May 27, 2019
May 26, 2019
Twenty-four teams are ready to battle for district diamond gold this week only here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Hempfield is trying to join Sto-Rox as the only softball program to win five consecutive WPIAL titles.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield softball looks to join elite club
As if Hempfield wasn’t already considered to be among the elite of WPIAL softball, the Spartans can hit a high point this week if they pull off another WPIAL championship.

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