Softball

“Yes, we butt heads,” Ligonier Valley catcher Sydnee Foust said of pitcher Cheyenne Piper. “But we keep each other focused.”
Battery mates Cheyenne Piper, Sydnee Foust to lead Ligonier Valley into PIAA 3A playoffs
May 31, 2024
Softball pitchers get all of the credit when they throw no-hitters, while their catchers humbly remove their masks and pads and wander off into obscurity.

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Armstrong catcher Abi Bauer rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against Thomas Jefferson during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Thursday.
WPIAL softball teams learn sites, times for 1st round PIAA playoff games
WPIAL Class 6A champion Seneca Valley will hit the road and Class 5A champ Armstrong will face a familiar foe when the PIAA softball playoffs begin Monday.

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Seneca Valley celebrates with the trophy after beating Norwin in the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship game Friday at Lilley Field.
Seneca Valley fights off Norwin upset bid to win 4th WPIAL softball championship
CALIFORNIA — Caught in the throes of a surprising three-run deficit against the underdog of these playoffs, Seneca Valley sprang to life late and reprised its role as the top dog in WPIAL 6A softball.

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Chartiers-Houston celebrates with the trophy after beating Union in the WPIAL Class A softball championship Friday, May 31, 2024, at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field.
Chartiers-Houston captures 9th WPIAL softball championship
The Chartiers-Houston softball team saw its goal of a WPIAL Class A championship dashed last year with a loss to eventual champion Union in the semifinals.

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The Elizabeth Forward softball team hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Hampton in the Class 4A final Thursday at Cal (Pa.).
Top-seeded Elizabeth Forward flexes muscles in WPIAL Class 4A final win over Hampton
May 30, 2024
There’s been plenty of heartbreak over the last three years, but this time, Shelby Telegdy and the Elizabeth Forward softball team were not going to be denied.

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Norwin pitcher Brookelyn Kotch delivers against Pine-Richland during their WPIAL Class 6A playoff game on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Gateway.
Norwin uses additional day to prepare for WPIAL Class 6A softball title game
As some dust kicked up from a light breeze, Norwin softball coach Brian Mesich sent a pop fly to shallow center field.

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Armstrong seniors hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Thomas Jefferson in the Class 5A final on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Cal (Pa.).
Home runs by Madison Baker, Abigail Bauer lift Armstrong to 2nd WPIAL softball title in 3 seasons
Madison Baker had allowed three runs and her team trailed by one in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday. With one swing, the Armstrong pitcher changed momentum and helped secure a 9-3 victory for the River Hawks.

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Neshannock’s Gabby Perod (right) celebrates with her teammates as they hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Bentworth in the Class 2A final Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Cal (Pa.)
Neshannock shuts out Bentworth to claim 3rd straight WPIAL Class 2A softball title
It’s a threepeat.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Arianna Swanson
2024 WPIAL Class 4A softball championship preview: Elizabeth Forward vs. Hampton
May 29, 2024
2024 WPIAL Class 4A softball championship

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Bentworth freshman Sydney Gonglik struck out 14 in the semifinals.
2024 WPIAL Class 2A softball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Bentworth
2024 WPIAL Class 2A softball championship

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The Armstrong softball team mobs Emma Paul after Paul hit a walk-off home run against Penn-Trafford to end their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Gateway.
2024 WPIAL Class 5A softball championship preview: Armstrong vs. Thomas Jefferson
2024 WPIAL Class 5A softball championship

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South Park’s Kaitlyn Polk rounds second base with a smile after hitting a home run against Ligonier Valley on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Penn-Trafford High School.
WPIAL postpones Wednesday’s softball championship games
Because of the forecast of rain at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field, Wednesday’s Class 6A, 3A and 1A softball champ­ionship games were postponed and moved to Friday.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lily Duffill competes during the 2024 season.
                                Chartiers Valley’s Lily Duffill
High school roundup for May 28, 2024: Lily Duffill’s grand slam sends Chartiers Valley to states
May 28, 2024
Lily Duffill’s grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning gave No. 4 Chartiers Valley the lead for good in a 6-4 victory over No. 11 Blackhawk in the WPIAL Class 4A softball third-place game Tuesday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cam Ponko tags out Latrobe’s Corrine Wright during the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game Tuesday at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford regroups, defeats rival Latrobe in Class 5A 3rd-place game
While the pressure was far from what Penn-Trafford felt in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals, the desire to play well in the third-place game and build momentum for a state playoff run was high on the Warriors’ priority list.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper celebrates her two-run double against Avonworth during the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game Tuesday at Gateway.
Ligonier Valley bounces back with Cheyenne Piper shutout in 3rd-place game vs. Avonworth
With the state playoffs coming up, Mark Zimmerman had his Ligonier Valley softball team practice over the Memorial Day weekend.

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“I think we can win it if we keep the same mindset we’ve had,” Norwin senior pitcher Brookelyn Kotch said.
Norwin not backing down against Lexie Hames, Seneca Valley in WPIAL 6A softball finals
Norwin did not fear Hempfield in the WPIAL Class 6A softball semifinals, and the Knights claim they will not back down from star pitcher Lexie Hames in the championship, either.

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Chartiers-Houston’s Lauren Rush tags out Claysburg-Kimmel’s McKenna Black during the PIAA Class A quarterfinals last season.
2024 WPIAL Class A softball championship preview: Union vs. Chartiers-Houston
2024 WPIAL Class A softball championship

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South Park’s Sydney Sekely pitches against Ligonier Valley on May 21.
2024 WPIAL Class 3A softball championship preview: Mohawk vs. South Park
2024 WPIAL Class 3A softball championship

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Seneca Valley’s Olivia Herrem rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Shaler on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Shaler.
2024 WPIAL Class 6A softball championship preview: Norwin vs. Seneca Valley
2024 WPIAL Class 6A softball championship

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Montour second baseman Josh Peremba tags out Latrobe’s Mason Leonard during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at West Mifflin.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 28, 2024: PIAA tournament bids up for grabs
May 27, 2024
In sports, the term consolation is described as a round or contest for tournament entrants who have been eliminated before the finals, often to determine third and fourth place.There are 20 WPIAL baseball and softball teams that will get a second chance coming up Tuesday and Wednesday with the district diamond consolation games.

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