Westmoreland softball notebook: Double-digit run totals becomes more common

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 6:13 PM

Yes, scoring is up in Westmoreland County softball.

There have been only seven shutouts by county teams so far in this hitters’ delight of a season, while teams scored 10 or more runs a head-turning 16 times through Tuesday.

The question is, who hasn’t been in a game involving double-figure runs?

Franklin Regional has racked up 80 runs in seven games (11.4 per game), managing 13 in its lone loss, 18-13 against Armstrong.

Kiski Area trounced Woodland Hills, 21-0, Southmoreland beat McGuffey, 14-0, and Hempfield blanked Greensburg Salem, 11-0.

Greensburg Salem and Belle Vernon played to a 13-13 tie, and the Golden Lions clipped Mt. Pleasant, 14-13.

Coaches say the big numbers are a result of better hitting, lesser pitching, cold weather and timing that is yet to click.

There’s more:

Belle Vernon toppled Laurel Highlands, 15-2.

Penn-Trafford beat Norwin, 12-3, but Norwin plunked Butler, 12-1.

Greensburg Central Catholic put up 15 runs in one win and reached 12 runs two other times.

Derry lost to Apollo-Ridge, 17-10.

Griffin’s encore

It’s quite early, and the best pitchers tend to find a higher gear and stay there, but are teams starting to get the bats around more on Ligonier Valley star Maddie Griffin?

The senior and Youngstown State commit — any player, for that matter — would be hard-pressed to top her junior season when Griffin produced 11 no-hitters and five perfect games, 16 shutouts, 316 strikeouts, eight earned runs, a 0.39 ERA and a 0.47 WHIP.

Griffin is 1-2 after going 19-3 last season. She has been dealing with an ankle injury she sustained Monday. She has been playing shortstop when she isn’t pitching.

Through 1913 innings this season, Griffin has allowed six hits — she gave up 28 in 25 games last year — and five runs (12 last year).

She has 35 K’s and six walks for the Rams (2-2), who dropped a 2-1 decision to Class 3A Southmoreland and lost 3-0 to 6A Pine-Richland. Griffin threw a five-inning no-hitter against Apollo-Ridge.

Griffin could really start bringing the heat once section play gets going.

Pulling rank

An impressive eight county teams hold spots in the latest Trib HSSN rankings.

Hempfield moved to a familiar No. 1 spot in Class 6A, with Norwin close behind at No. 3.

Penn-Trafford is No. 3 in 5A, while Yough is No. 4 in 4A, Southmoreland is No. 3 and Mt. Pleasant No. 5 in 3A, Ligonier Valley is No. 3 in 2A, and Greensburg Central Catholic is No. 3 in 3A.

The other top-ranked teams are: Shaler (5A), Beaver (4A), Avonworth (3A), Laurel (2A) and West Greene (A).

Big Wednesday

The local schedule is jam-packed with games to watch Wednesday.

Hempfield visits Norwin in Section 2-6A, Franklin Regional is at Kiski Area in 1-5A, Latrobe heads to Penn-Trafford (2-5A), Belle Vernon visits Yough (2-4A), Southmoreland goes to Mt. Pleasant (3-3A), and Greensburg Central Catholic heads to Mapletown (2-A).


Bill Beckner Jr. is a TribLive reporter covering local sports in Westmoreland County. He can be reached at bbeckner@triblive.com.

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