Softball

Riverside coach Dan Oliastro talks with Sean Hayes before an at-bat against North Catholic on April 26.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 14, 2024: Baseball playoffs get started
May 14, 2024
Welcome to the second day of the WPIAL softball and lacrosse playoffs, along with the lid-lifters in the baseball and boys volleyball postseason.

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Montour’s Shania Cope drives in a pair of runs against McKeesport during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game on Monday at West Mifflin.
High school roundup for May 13, 2024: 11th-seeded Latrobe knocks off No. 6 Trinity in 5A softball
May 13, 2024
Madi Balko crushed a two-run homer, and Sami Kronenwetter smashed an RBI double in a three-run fourth inning to lead 11th-seeded Latrobe to a 5-1 upset victory over No. 6 Trinity in a WPIAL Class 5A first-round softball game Monday.

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Knoch’s Marlee Fraser celebrates an RBI double against Greensburg Salem during WPIAL Class 4A softball first round action Monday, May 13, 2024 at Plum High School.
Knoch stays patient at plate, rallies past Greensburg Salem in 4A 1st round
Staying patient was Knoch’s winning strategy in a playoff opener against Greensburg Salem, especially after falling behind by three runs early.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lorryn Sepe rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Monday, May 13, 2024, at West Mifflin.
Penn-Trafford softball escapes with victory over Bethel Park in 1st round
Since Denny Little took over as coach of the Penn-Trafford softball team in 2017, his teams had made it a habit of playing in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

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Connellsville senior Iris Burd delivers a pitch in the top of the seventh of a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game against Plum on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Gateway. Burd gave up nine hits and two walks while striking out 10 over seven innings in the Falcons’ 9-4 victory.
Connellsville jumps on Plum early in Class 5A 1st-round win
Gateway High School’s softball field isn’t the most popular place for Plum.

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Shaler celebrates with Alyssa Schaffold after a walk-off hit to beat Franklin Regional in WPIAL first-round action Monday.
Shaler scores walk-off win over Franklin Regional in WPIAL Class 5A 1st round
With one swing and a sharp ping to center, trepidation turned to triumph for Alyssa Schaffold.

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Grace Stein and her Jeannette teammates will play Northgate in the WPIAL playoffs Tuesday.
Westmoreland high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 14, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Maddie Kee and her Deer Lakes teammates will face South Park on Tuesday in the WPIAL playoffs.
A-K Valley high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 14, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Shaler’s Olivia Sachs scores against Plum earlier this season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 13, 2024: Softball, lacrosse playoffs commence
May 12, 2024
Warm and sunny is a perfect way to start the 2024 WPIAL playoffs, with softball and lacrosse first-round contests getting the ball rolling Monday.

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Montour center fielder Matteo Weber celebrates after completing a double play against Hampton on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2024, in Hampton.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of May 13, 2024
Let the games begin! The 2024 WPIAL spring sports postseason is upon us with playoff action on the diamonds, the courts and the stadiums around the district starting this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Plum pitcher Riley Stephans celebrates a strikeout with Jaiden Gentile during their game against Shaler on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2024, at Shaler.
A-K Valley high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 13, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Franklin Regional’s Toryn Fulton was 4 for 4 against Penn Trafford on April 22, 2024, at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 13, 2024
WPIAL playoffs

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Laurel’s Addison Deal is a member of the 2024 softball team.
Trib HSSN softball player of the week for May 11, 2024
Trib HSSN softball player of the week – Addison Deal

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Penn-Trafford celebrates Giuliana Youngo’s two-run home run against Franklin Regional on April 22.
Trib HSSN softball team of the week for May 12, 2024
Trib HSSN softball team of the week – Penn-Trafford Warriors

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Hampton pitcher Cassie Vidic delivers against Greensburg Salem during a WPIAL Class 4A playoff game last season.
Sharp defense fuels championship optimism for Hampton softball
May 11, 2024
Because first-year coach Kate Hedderman runs a batting cage facility in Hampton, she was confident the Talbots would hit the ball this season.

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Fox Chapel’s Jillian Haigh
Fox Chapel softball adjusts to speed of game to earn playoff berth
Fox Chapel’s young softball team passed the first major test of the season by qualifying for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Neshannock pitcher Addy Frye delivers against Laurel during the 2023 WPIAL Class 2A championship game.
High school roundup for May 10, 2024: Neshannock gears up for playoffs with win over North Allegheny
May 10, 2024
Winning pitcher Addy Frye doubled, homered and drove in three runs and struck out nine in seven innings in the circle as Class 2A No. 1 seed Neshannock geared up for the playoffs with a 5-3 nonsection softball win over Class 6A No. 2 seed North Allegheny on Friday.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper celebrates after a run-scoring hit against Hopewell in the playoffs last year.
High school roundup for May 9, 2024: Ligonier Valley ace tunes up for playoffs with no-hitter, 16 Ks
May 9, 2024
Looks like Ligonier Valley pitcher Cheyenne Piper is ready for the playoffs.

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Plum’s Jaiden Gentile tags out Shaler’s Ellie Nickel at second base during their game April 24. Plum earned the No. 9 seed for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.
Class 5A features deep bracket for WPIAL softball playoffs
The Class 5A bracket was a hot topic of the WPIAL softball pairings show Thursday afternoon on TribLive HSSN.

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Hempfield coach Tina Madison talks with Peyton Heisler during an at-bat against Seneca Valley on May 1.
Hempfield softball ‘proud’ to receive No. 1 seed as WPIAL releases brackets
Hempfield has won eight WPIAL softball championships.

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