Softball

Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston hits a two-run triple against Apollo-Ridge on April 26.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 27, 2021: One spot in finals still up for grabs
May 26, 2021
The WPIAL baseball and softball semifinals are all in the book.

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Bethel Park pitcher Delaney Nagy celebrates a strikeout during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Pine-Richland on Wednesday.
Trib 10: Playoff upsets change face of baseball, softball power rankings
There were some major changes to the Trib 10 this week with some eyebrow-raisers that forced a shift in power heading into diamond championship week.

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Laurel’s Abbie Miles is congratulated by teammates after homering against Frazier in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Laurel pounds out 17 hits to reach Class 2A softball finals
Frazier softball coach Don Hartman didn’t mince words following his team’s six-inning loss to Laurel in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Wednesday.

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Highlands’ Jaycee Haidze and Abbie Deiseroth celebrate a win over Elizabeth Forward in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Highlands mounts comeback, shocks No. 1 Elizabeth Forward in Class 4A semifinals
Down by three runs and down to its last three outs, the Highlands softball team mounted an epic comeback against the top-seeded defending WPIAL champs Wednesday afternoon.

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Leechburg pitcher Emma Ritchie delivers against Mapletown during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Norwin High School.
A-K Valley softball playoff capsules: Games for May 27, 2021
Thursday’s games

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Emma Smerick collected two hits and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh for Armstrong in a 2-1 victory over Fox Chapel in a WPIAL Class 5A softball semifinal May 25, 2021, at Mars.
Walk-off win propels Armstrong softball to Class 5A title game
May 25, 2021
The Armstrong softball team hit eight home runs and scored 27 runs over its first two WPIAL Class 5A playoff victories.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston legs out a two-run triple during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball capsules for May 26, 2021
Wednesday’s games

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for May 24, 2021
This winter, high school sports fans from across the WPIAL watched as the Ellwood City boys basketball team stunned the experts with a district championship run from the No. 11 seed in Class 3A.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina throws during the 2o19 WPIAL playoffs.
High school roundup for May 24, 2021: New Castle uses long ball to upend No. 2 West Mifflin
May 24, 2021
Dom Fornataro and Don Cade hit two-run home runs to lead No. 7 New Castle to a 6-3 upset win over No. 2 West Mifflin in a WPIAL Class 4A baseball quarterfinal Monday afternoon.

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A-K Valley softball playoff capsules: Games for Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Class A

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Southmoreland’s Kaylee Dopplehauer beats the tag attempt by Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky to score Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Westmoreland high school softball notebook: Sister pairs contribute for Mt. Pleasant
Sister combinations are nothing new to high school softball, but having multiple combos is a little less common.

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Rain alters WPIAL baseball, softball playoff schedules Monday
Rain forced the WPIAL to revamp Monday’s playoff schedules for baseball and softball, moving some games to new sites and postponing others to Tuesday.

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Highlands’ Tanner Nulph and his teammates will face Blackhawk in the Class 4A quarterfinals Monday.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of May 24, 2021
May 23, 2021
It’s the diamond version of the countdown to the final four as the spring postseason heats up this week on the Trib High School Sports Network.

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Highlands’ Jaycee Haidze connects on a pitch during the Rams’ game against Valley on April 5, 2021, in Harrison.
Alle-Kiski Valley WPIAL softball playoff capsules for May 24, 2021
Class 4A quarterfinals

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South Fayette’s Tyler Pitzer celebrates his RBI triple against Upper St. Clair on April 15 at Boyce Mayview Park.
Super sophomores make instant impact for South Fayette baseball
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Carlynton’s Emma Weiland competes during the 2021 season.
Carlynton softball savors highlights from up-and-down season
After sweeping Aliquippa in a doubleheader in early May, the Carlynton softball team was 4-3 in Section 1-2A and 6-3 overall.

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Brentwood senior pitcher/infielder Brenden Wertz (11) competes during the 2021 season.
Brentwood softball, baseball teams reflect on highlights from unusual season
Brentwood’s softball team hit the reset button and was able to end the season with an impressive six-game winning streak.

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The Pine-Richland softball team beat Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals May 19 at Plum.
Pine-Richland celebrates long-awaited WPIAL playoff victory
No matter the sport, starting the game strong is crucial to a team’s victory, especially when it’s in the playoffs.

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Fox Chapel’s Hunter Taylor tags out Plum’s Kendall James at second base during their WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Gateway High School.
After upset loss, Plum softball turns attention to promising future
May 22, 2021
The Plum softball team hoped for a long stay in the playoffs as it kicked off the WPIAL Class 5A tournament against Fox Chapel in the first round May 18 at Gateway.

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Penn-Trafford’s Allie Prady scores past Hampton catcher Bella Henzler during their WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game on May 18.
Power-hitting Hampton softball squad cools down at inopportune time
The most prolific home run-hitting Hampton softball team in at least two decades picked a lousy time to go quiet.

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