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High school scores, summaries and schedules for May 5, 2021
May 5, 2021
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High school roundup for May 5, 2021: Ligonier Valley’s Griffin throws 8th no-hitter to secure section title
Maddie Griffin threw her eighth no-hitter of the season, striking out 13, to lead Ligonier Valley (13-1, 10-0) to a 10-0 victory over Steel Valley (6-6, 6-5) in five innings Wednesday to clinch the Section 2-2A softball title. Payton LaVale, Haley Boyd and Cheyenne Piper each had two hits and two RBIs for the Rams.

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North Catholic’s Drew Doherty celebrates as he scores against Knoch on Tuesday.
WPIAL clinched for May 5, 2021: Baseball playoff spots still up for grabs
Some WPIAL baseball teams are done, while most others still have some section series games remaining.

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Franklin Regional’s Daniel Luko scores past Latrobe catcher Logan Short on April 13.
Trib HSSN State Baseball Rankings for May 5, 2021
May Day, May Day! That may have been the call of distress from several teams who in the first week of May, lost their spot in the 2021 Trib HSSN state baseball rankings.

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Norwin’s Madie Kessler (26) gets a hero’s welcome from teammates after hitting her second home run against Hempfield on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Fun-loving Norwin softball team blanks Hempfield to clinch section title
When Norwin softball players were told by their coach, Brian Mesich, that an umpire wanted them to “tone it down” on the field, they seemed taken aback.

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Norwin pitchers Zach Potthoff (left) and Jacob Bazala celebrate with catcher Landon DiBeradin after defeating Hempfield on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin baseball team blanks Hempfield, clinches tie for section title
The Norwin baseball team clinched at least a tie for the Section 2-6A title Wednesday behind a strong pitching performance from Jake Bazala and timely hitting.

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Southmoreland’s Jess Matheny pitches against Greensburg Salem on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Greensburg Salem High School.
Explosive offense helps to carry Southmoreland softball team
Each time Southmoreland smacks an ear-ringing home run over the fence — and it happens often these days — the Scotties exchange fist-bumps and high-fives in a mob at home plate, then it’s on to the next hitter.

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Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair square off Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
Mt. Lebanon baseball tops rival Upper St. Clair after wild 7th inning
Mt. Lebanon scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning and then survived a bases-loaded no-outs situation in the bottom of the inning to beat Upper St. Clair, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon.

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Plum’s Francesca Beighley makes a catch against Penn Hills on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Milltown Community Park.
Alle-Kiski Valley softball notebook: Plum hopes to continue streak after covid pause
Plum has been off the field for more than a week, but the Mustangs wrap up a covid pause with a return to practice Friday.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston legs out a two-run triple during a game against Apollo-Ridge on April 26.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Playoff picture still cloudy
A nearly washed-out week did not help to uncover more local qualifiers for the WPIAL playoffs.

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Highlands’ Abbie Deiseroth (23) celebrates with Jaycee Haidze during their game against Valley on April 5, 2021, in Harrison.
Highlands softball stalking long-awaited playoff win
The last time a Highlands softball team won a WPIAL playoff game, most of the current team members were just learning to walk and talk.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for May 4, 2021
May 4, 2021
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Steel Valley and South Allegheny square off Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
South Allegheny baseball splits with Steel Valley to earn 1st playoff berth since 2007
South Allegheny has been waiting 14 years to return to the WPIAL baseball playoffs, so they were OK waiting another game.

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Highlands starting pitcher Jaycee Haidze throws against Freeport on April 9.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 5, 2021: First place up for grabs in softball
While another wet forecast might leave you down, a great day of WPIAL softball with key games everywhere should lift your spirits.

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Mt. Pleasant celebrates after a 6-5 victory over Penn-Trafford on Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Harrison City.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for May 4, 2021
The wild winds of change to the HSSN state softball rankings through April have settled into the calm seas of May, at least for this week.

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Butler’s Conner McTighe celebrates his RBI double against Seneca Valley on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Pullman Park in Butler.
High school roundup for May 4, 2021: Butler baseball completes sweep
Colin Patterson doubled and homered to lead Butler to 7-4 victory over Seneca Valley on Tuesday, sweeping a Section 1-6A series.

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North Catholic’s Sean Dewey celebrates his two-run double next to Knoch’s Angelo DeLeonardis during the seventh inning of their game on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Pullman Park in Butler.
North Catholic baseball slugs its way past Knoch in section battle
Aside from a two-run double in the top of the second inning, Knoch held North Catholic in check for a majority of Tuesday’s Section 1-4A baseball game.

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New Castle’s Dom Fornataro scores past Quaker Valley catcher Zeke Hendricks during their game on April 20, 2021, at Esmark Field.
WPIAL has big decisions to make this week about baseball, softball playoffs
Will higher-seeded baseball and softball teams host playoff games this spring or could the WPIAL use neutral sites as usual?

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 4, 2021: Hempfield, Penn-Trafford to meet on court
May 3, 2021
With another wet forecast, we take cover indoors and check out some of the big matches in boys volleyball on Tuesday.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for May 3, 2021
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