Westmoreland County softball notebook: Southmoreland riding high after string of shutout wins

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | 4:54 PM

Southmoreland picked Easter week to rise into the rankings.

The Scotties (3-1, 2-0) jumped into the Trib top five in Class 3A after a pair of 2-0 section wins over Ligonier Valley (9 innings) and Mt. Pleasant.

They had three straight shutouts heading into Wednesday’s game at Yough. They opened with a 17-6 loss to Belle Vernon.

Greensburg Central Catholic (5-0), meantime, bumped up a spot, to No. 2, in Class 2A.

The Centurions outscored their first five opponents 64-8.

Hempfield remained No. 3 in 6A, whereas Norwin moved up one spot to No. 5.

Other local ranked teams include Belle Vernon (No. 4 in 4A) and Burrell (No. 5 in 3A).

Big games ahead

Hempfield has quite the stretch of games coming up.

After facing No. 1 Seneca Valley this week, the No. 3 Spartans are set to face No. 4 Norwin on Monday at Bob Kalp Field.

On Wednesday, the Spartans will host North Allegheny in a rematch of a 1-0 loss to the Tigers.

The teams’ first matchup was shortened to six innings by inclement weather in McCandless.

After another Section 1-6A game against Mt. Lebanon, the Spartans have nonsection games lined up against local heavyweights Latrobe and Mt. Pleasant.

Franklin Regional hosts Armstrong on Friday in a key Section 2-5A game, while Mt. Pleasant visits Yough in Section 3-3A.

Upstart Jeannette hosts Frazier in an important Section 3-A game.

On Monday, Ligonier Valley plays at Mt. Pleasant. GCC hosts Steel Valley on Monday in Section 2-2A.

Dual role

Greensburg Salem relied on Kaidence Thomas for more than her offense in an 9-6 victory Tuesday against Connellsville.

Thomas, a senior third baseman, was called upon to slam the door on the Falcons. She entered the pitching circle late and earned save, in addition to going 2 for 4 at the plate.

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

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