Softball

Hometown Softball Recap – Baldwin Highlanders – 05/04/2016
May 4, 2016
As the old rock group Bachman Turner Overdrive once sang, Baldwin on senior day was 'Taking Care of Business' as they stayed on the heels of the AAAA-4 first place Canon-McMillan Big Macs with a 14-0 whitewash of the Upper St. Clair Panthers Tuesday evening. Baldwin scored six runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Senior Jaime Schleicher continued her amazing season (now hitting .750) with an RBI single to score Taylor Dadig to get the party started. Senior Ana Hale delivered an RBI single, two runs scored on wild pitches and Addy Tagg drove in a pair with a single as the Highlanders sent ten to the plate against starter Lillian Caudill of USC.

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Hometown Softball Recap – Blackhawk Cougars – 05/04/2016
On Tuesday, Blackhawk honored its seniors of the softball team, who on the field, were looking to stay in the thick of things for a WPIAL Class AAA playoff spot against Hopewell, who also needed a win Tuesday. Blackhawk's Krystine Young, who will play at Mt. Union next season, registered two doubles, a RBI and three total hits in her four plate appearances in a 8-3 loss for the Cougars. Blackhawk held a 3-0 lead after four innings of play at home, scoring on a Breann Dickton RBI single in the first inning, a Young RBI double in the third and Kailey Rayz sacrifice fly in the fourth.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Softball – 05/03/2016
May 3, 2016
Each week during the 2016 regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAAA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the WPIAL Softball Playoffs sponsored by Carlow University, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN: 1.     SHALER TITANS  (16-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (13-1) (Last Week #3) 3.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (14-2) (Last Week #2)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 05/02/2016
May 2, 2016
Section play in the 2016 WPIAL baseball and softball seasons comes to an end, weather permitting, for most teams this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have 'Stretch Run' action from both WPIAL and District 6 high school baseball and softball as well as WPIAL girls lacrosse and WPIAL boys volleyball, plus Rappin' on Racin' and another edition of WPIAL Diamond Notes ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, May 2nd: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL High School Baseball - Plum vs Franklin Regional at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Hometown Softball Recap – Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers – 04/29/2016
April 29, 2016
Chartiers-Houston used timely hitting and a strong pitching performance to topple section for Jefferson-Morgan to take control of second place in section 1-A with an 8-2 victory over the Rockets. With the win. Chartiers-Houston secured a season-sweep over last season's District 7 champions. Jefferson-Morgan beat the Bucs 3-2 in the WPIAL title game last season.  Char-Houston sophomore Kaitlyn Dittrich held the Rockets without a hit through the first four innings, and the Bucs opened up a lead thanks to a two-out three-run homer run by junior Kayla Alderson in the third inning.  Sophomore Jessica Ford doubled home courtesy runner Macie Shober in the fourth to extend the Bucs advantage to 4-0.

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Hometown Softball Recap – Blackhawk Cougars – 04/29/2016
Blackhawk's Krystine Young had two hits and reached base all three times in a 6-0 loss to Section 1 foe Central Valley Friday afternoon. Cougars Sarah Allison and Madisyn Lloyd also singled in the loss. Blackhawk was blanked by Warriors junior, Jordan Uhing who pitched all seven innings in scattering those four hits while striking out eight Cougars. Blackhawk starter, sophomore Breann Dickton, pitched very well early on in what was a cold, rainy day. She held Central Valley to one run through the first four innings. Dickton would walk only one against five strikeouts. Warriors Lean Treemarchi went 3/4 with a HR and four RBI on the afternoon.

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/29/2016
It’s unlikely that the Pittsburgh Central Catholic baseball team will make the WPIAL playoffs this season. That’s highly unusual. Central Catholic’s string of six consecutive playoff appearances would be broken. But that’s not what makes the Vikings’ situation unusual. What makes Central Catholic’s case so unusual is that Central Catholic is the defending WPIAL Class AAAA champion. Since 2000, the WPIAL champion in the largest classification has missed the playoffs the following year only twice. Mt. Lebanon won in 2006 and missed the playoffs in 2007. Hopewell won in 2000 and missed the playoffs in 2001.

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Hometown Softball Recap – Belle Vernon Leopards – 04/27/2016
April 27, 2016
For the second time this season, Thomas Jefferson defeated the Belle Vernon Leopards in a low scoring contest. This time by way of a 3-0 final score at Washington Township Field on Tuesday afternoon. After forcing two walks in the first, including lead-off hitter Lindsay Kalup. Thomas Jefferson first-baseman Emily Schleidter popped up a softly hit ball that landed directly between second and short which scored the eventual game-winning run, that being Kalup from second. 

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Softball – 04/26/2016
April 26, 2016
Each week during the 2016 regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAAA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the WPIAL Softball Playoffs sponsored by Carlow University, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN: 1.     SHALER TITANS  (14-0) (Last Week #2) 2.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (11-1) (Last Week #1) 3.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (11-1) (Last Week #3)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/24/2016
April 24, 2016
The 'Stretch Run' of the 2016 WPIAL Baseball and Softball seasons begins with two weeks left in the regular season starting this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have both WPIAL and District 6 high school baseball and softball as well as WPIAL boys and girls lacrosse and WPIAL boys volleyball, plus Rappin' on Racin' and another edition of WPIAL Diamond Notes ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, April 25th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL High School Baseball - Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs Woodland Hills at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

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WPIAL Announces 2016-2017 Championship Sites
April 21, 2016
While major changes will be in the air with a classification increase starting in the 2016-2017 school year, there was concern about where the district would play its championship games with the increase in title games. However outside of a split in football, the WPIAL Finals in several sports will remain at the same venues that have been hosting the title events.

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Hometown Softball Recap – Baldwin Highlanders – 04/21/2016
A outcome of a critical Class Quad-A Section 4 showdown changed in a matter of just a few moments, as the Canon-McMillan Big Macs used a few key plays to notch a 5-1 victory against the host Baldwin Highlanders on Wednesday. With the Highlanders threatening in the bottom of the fourth inning, Baldwin appeared to tie the game at 2-2 on a sacrifice fly by Anastasia Hale that plated Samantha Wampler from third. An appeal by Canon-McMillan resulted in Wampler being called out, however, as the umpires determined that she left the bag before the ball was caught in center field. As a result, the inning concluded and the lead remained intact for Canon-McMillan.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Softball – 04/19/2016
April 19, 2016
Each week during the 2016 regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings...including a NEW #1 team in Class AA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the WPIAL Softball Playoffs sponsored by Carlow University, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN: 1.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (7-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     SHALER TITANS  (10-0) (Last Week #3) 3.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (9-1) (Last Week #2)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/17/2016
April 17, 2016
The gorgeous weather continues as does the great WPIAL spring high school sports coverage this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We are into the second half of section play in both WPIAL baseball and softball as well as WPIAL boys lacrosse, plus Rappin' on Racin', Carlow Sports Talk and another edition of WPIAL Diamond Notes ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, April 18th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net TALK SHOW - Carlow Sports Talk at 8:30pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL High School Baseball - Shaler vs Pittsburgh Central Catholic at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/15/2016
April 15, 2016
This is the second year that North Hills has scheduled almost all of its home baseball games in the evening. But this is the year the stars are shining brightest for North Hills.  North Hills has been one of the surprise teams of WPIAL baseball. Look at the always loaded Northern area section of Class AAAA (Section 1) and you’ll see North Hills alone at the top of the standings. Wow. Look at the MSA Class AAAA rankings and you’ll see North Hills near the top at No. 3. Gasp. The reason for the surprise is North Hills has never been associated much over the past decade or so with winning baseball. The last time the Indians finished above .500 in the section was 2003. Their last section championship was 2002.

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Hometown Softball Recap – West Mifflin Titans – 04/14/2016
April 14, 2016
In the ultra-competitive Class AAA Section 3, outcomes are often decided by just a handful of key plays. On Thursday, a throwing error by West Mifflin proved to be the difference-maker, as Thomas Jefferson scored a 3-2 victory against the host Titans. The resurgent Jaguars, who scored wins over both Belle Vernon and Trinity this season after failing to qualify for the postseason last year, gained the upper hand early, as they plated a run in the first inning on a double steal.

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Hometown Softball Recap – Chartiers-Houston
April 13, 2016
An early offensive onslaught lifted Charters-Houston (3-3, 1-1) to a 16-0 mercy rule victory over Avella (0-2, 0-1) on Tuesday afternoon in Houston. The Buccaneers plated 12 first inning runs and added four more in the second inning in a victory that took just 53 minutes and was called after the top of the second inning. Kaitlyn Dittrich picked up the win for Charters-Houston, allowing just one hit and striking out seven batters, including the final six she faced.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Softball – 04/12/2016
April 12, 2016
Each week during the 2016 regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the WPIAL Softball Playoffs sponsored by Carlow University, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN: 1.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (4-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (6-0) (Last Week #2) 3.     SHALER TITANS  (6-0) (Last Week #3)

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Jayne Oberdorf
For the better part of the past decade, the name Oberdorf has been associated with Greensburg-Salem athletics. Most recently, Claire Oberdorf was a standout for the Golden Lions, particularly on the softball diamond and the basketball court. Before Claire, though, her older sister Jayne guided Greensburg Salem to gold. Jayne, who now pitches at Marist College, is profiled for the WPIAL Alum Q&A. Jayne Oberdorf was a four-year contributor for the GS softball team, both at the plate and in the circle. As a pitcher, she compiled a sterling record of 48-8, with more than 500 career strikeouts. Her junior and senior campaigns, she was recognized as an All-State performer, as well as Player of the Year.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/10/2016
April 10, 2016
Not only does the mercury rise as the week progresses, but the action on the diamonds, fields and courts do as well this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Our first spring high school sports championship takes place with the 2016 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships. We also have plenty of WPIAL section action from both baseball and softball along with WPIAL boys volleyball, WPIAL boys and girls lacrosse, plus the debut of Rappin' on Racin' along with another edition of WPIAL Diamond Notes ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, April 11th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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