Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 softball season

Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 10:07 PM

Late-round WPIAL playoff losses can do plenty to motivate teams for the state playoffs.

Finality has its place, but it can wait.

Penn-Trafford (Class 5A) and Frazier (2A) showed just how valuable a second chance can be as both rebounded to win PIAA championships to highlight the 2019 softball season.

The championship banners will be significant: the state titles were the first by a team in the history of each school.

Both teams were powered by bat-pinging lineups that kept the turnstiles moving and produced plenty of offense. Defense, however, played an important role in their state-title runs.

Penn-Trafford overcame a loss to Connellsville in the WPIAL semifinals to win five straight to close the season. Frazier fell to Laurel in the district final before ending the year with four consecutive victories.

Hempfield, meantime, continued its championship surge as the Spartans won their fifth WPIAL title in a row — in Class 6A. The Spartans tied Sto-Rox’s record for consecutive WPIAL softball titles.

Veteran coach Bob Kalp and his team fell short of a PIAA four-peat with a loss to Central Dauphin in the PIAA semifinals.

More WPIAL repeat winners included West Greene, which captured a fourth straight Class A title; West Allegheny, which made it a three-peat in 5A; Laurel, the back-to-back champion in 2A; while Avonworth (3A) and Elizabeth Forward (4A) also were champions.

Elizabeth Forward, a first-time WPIAL champion, rode the momentum to a PIAA runner-up finish. Avonworth also celebrated its first championship.

Other PIAA champions were: Central Dauphin (6A), West Perry (4A), Pine Grove (3A), and Williams Valley (A).

Hitting the links

TribLive HSSN all-stars

TribLive HSSN player, coach of the year in each classification

Trib Westmoreland all-stars

Trib Alle-Kiski Valley all-stars

All-state teams

Final standings

More coverage of the season on the Trib HSSN softball page

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at or via Twitter .

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