Softball

Neshannock’s Hunter Newman celebrates after driving in a run during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Frazier on June 3 at Cal (Pa.).
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022
The goal of ending the school year with a PIAA softball championship is still alive for 48 schools across the state, including the 30 listed below.

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West Mifflin’s Zane Griffaton (15) celebrates with Mike Lydon and Derek Kleinhans after defeating Somerset in their PIAA Class 4A first-round game Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 9, 2022: 21 baseball, softball teams alive in state title hunt
Welcome to Quarterfinals Thursday in the PIAA baseball and softball playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Jenna Bisegna celebrates with catcher Tia Germanich during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against South Allegheny on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deer Lakes wants to continue PIAA postseason journey
A quartet from the Deer Lakes softball team — Jenna Bisegna, Reese Hasley, Keeghan Cook and Lydia Guthrie — took one of the biggest walks of their lives and graduated Wednesday evening.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Mackenzie Keenan
Sophomore slugger makes name for herself in middle of Penn-Trafford lineup
Mackenzie Keenan has a number of nicknames.

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Burrell’s Cassidy Novak makes a running catch on a ball hit by Montour’s Angelina Lamarca in theWPIAL 4A consolation game.
Burrell softball team faces juggernaut Beaver in PIAAs
June 7, 2022
The Beaver softball team currently owns one of the longest winning streaks in WPIAL history.

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Seneca Valley’s Mia Ryan tags out North Allegheny’s Megan McDonough in the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship Wednesday, June 1, 2002, at Cal (Pa.).
12 WPIAL softball teams advance to PIAA quarterfinals
While opening day of the PIAA baseball playoffs was a mixed bag for district teams, the WPIAL softball qualifiers got a chance to strut their stuff in the first round.

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West Mifflin’s Zane Griffaton celebrates his three-run homer against Somerset during a PIAA Class 4A first-round state playoff game Monday at West Mifflin High School.
High school roundup for June 6, 2022: Griffaton leads WPIAL champion West Mifflin to 1st-round win
June 6, 2022
Winning pitcher Zane Griffaton’s three-run homer backed his five effective innings on the mound as WPIAL Class 4A champion West Mifflin opened the PIAA playoffs with a 6-1 victory over District 5-8-9 subregional champion Somerset (15-8) before a West Mifflin school-record crowd of 909 Monday.

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Burrell freshman third baseman Bray Jones stands ready against Villa Maria in a PIAA Class 4A first-round game Monday, June 6, 2022 at Penn State Behrend.
Burrell rides early offense, Armstrong’s arm into PIAA softball quarterfinals
ERIE — It was déjà vu for the Burrell softball team Monday afternoon in its PIAA Class 4A first-round game against District 10 champion Villa Maria Academy at Penn State Behrend.

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Southmoreland sophomore pitcher Maddie Brown throws a pitch against Bald Eagle Area on Monday.
Southmoreland softball team eliminated from PIAA playoffs by Bald Eagle Area
MILESBURG — Southmoreland was hoping its two hour-plus bus ride into the heart of District 6 wouldn’t be its only road trip in the PIAA playoffs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic softball players huddle up before taking the field in a PIAA Class A first-round playoff game Monday, June 6, 2022, in DuBois.
GCC softball team comes up 1 hit short in PIAA 1st round
DUBOIS — Greensburg Central Catholic’s defense was sharp behind junior pitcher Emma Henry all afternoon in the PIAA Class A softball playoff opener.

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Armstrong’s Jenna Clontz rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off home run in the bootom of the seventh inning of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: Week ending June 5, 2022
June 5, 2022
The Armstrong softball team entered the WPIAL 5A championship game calm, cool and collected.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee delivers against South Allegheny during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deer Lakes softball faces tough road in PIAA tournament
District champions, when they enter the PIAA playoffs, always are afforded the opportunity to play their first game in their home district.

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Burrell’s Caroline Dynka scores behind Montor catcher Payton Wiernik in the first inning during the WPIAL Class 4A consolation game at Mars Area High School.
A-K Valley PIAA softball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, June 6, 2022
Class 4A

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Southmoreland’s Maddy Cyphert pitches against South Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Dual-powered approach working for Southmoreland softball team
Using two pitchers wasn’t always in the cards for Southmoreland softball, especially come playoff time.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay celebrates after driving in a run during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Frazier on Friday, June 3, 2022, at Cal (Pa.).
19 WPIAL teams prepare for PIAA softball playoffs
The 2022 PIAA softball playoffs start Monday with 19 WPIAL teams searching for state gold, including recently crowned district winners Seneca Valley, Armstrong, Beaver, Avonworth, Neshannock and Union on the hunt for more treasures.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cameron Ponko celebrates her double during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Armstrong on Friday, June 3, 2022, at Cal (Pa.).
Penn-Trafford not shaken after WPIAL title-game loss, refocuses on PIAA playoffs
June 4, 2022
A mixture of stunned numbness and grace-in-defeat omitting from their faces, Penn-Trafford players and coaches posed for their runner-up photo but didn’t have to force smiles.

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Burrell’s Bella Stewart hits an RBI single against Montour in their WPIAL consolation game.
Burrell softball team eyes 1st PIAA win in decade
With its season on the line and a trip to the PIAA playoffs at stake, the Burrell softball team came up big Tuesday against Montour at Mars.

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Southmoreland’s Elle Pawlikowsky makes a catch for the final out against South Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Westmoreland notebook: GCC, Penn-Trafford, Southmoreland in PIAA softball playoffs
The PIAA softball playoff field is set and three local teams will begin play Monday.

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Greensburg Central Catholic junior softball player Isabela Marquez
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Marquez plays for late father
A silver, heart-shaped locket dangles from a necklace Isabela Marquez is wearing.

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Norwin’s Jack Whalen was a first-team pick in Section 2-6A this season.
Norwin notebook: Baseball, softball standouts earn all-section honors
Norwin athletes once again made their mark in the WPIAL’s two largest classifications this spring.

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