Westmoreland WPIAL and District 6 softball playoff capsules: Games of Monday, May 20
Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 9:22 PM
1-Penn-Trafford (17-1) vs. 9-Albert Gallatin (11-7)
5 p.m. at Seton Hill
Winner plays: Winner of 5-Trinity (14-4) and 4-Connellsville (14-6) on Wednesday in semifinals
Coaches: Denny Little, Penn-Trafford; Larry Flowers, Albert Gallatin
Players to watch: Brooke Cleland, So., OF, Penn-Trafford; Maddie Flowers, IF/P, Albert Gallatin
Extra bases: Heavily favored Penn-Trafford earned a first-round bye after one of its most dominant regular seasons. The Warriors’ lone loss came against Elizabeth Forward, 2-1, on the next-to-last day of the regular season. The Warriors have scored seven or more runs 10 times this season. They are 10-0 away from home. The Warriors are seeking their first semifinal berth since 2014. … Two years ago, Albert Gallatin upset No. 2 Penn-Trafford, 9-5, in the quarterfinals at Cal (Pa.). Several players are back from that team, including Flowers (.483, 5 HR, 24 RBIs).
6-Franklin Regional (12-7) vs. 3-Hampton (16-3)
5 p.m. at Fox Chapel
Winner plays: Winner of 10-West Allegheny (9-7) and 2-Plum (15-3) on Wednesday in semifinals
Coaches: Jim Armstrong, Franklin Regional; Ron Fedell, Hampton
Players to watch: Angalee Beall, Sr., P, Franklin Regional; Maria Schrecengost, Jr., SS, Hampton
Extra bases: Franklin Regional, which had to wait two extra days to open the playoffs due to a rainout, knocked off No. 11 Montour in the first round. Kylee O’Neil delivered a two-run triple in the win. … Hampton downed No. 14 Latrobe, a finalist in 6A the past two years, 4-1 in the opening round.
1-Mt. Pleasant (15-0) vs. 9-Ringgold (8-8)
3 p.m. at Seton Hill
Winner plays: Winner of 4-Thomas Jefferson (14-3) and 5-Yough (13-5) on Wednesday in semifinals
Coaches: Chris Brunson, Mt. Pleasant; Greg Adams, Ringgold
Players to watch: Carolyn Alincic, Sr., P, Mt. Pleasant; Nya Adams, Jr., SS, Ringgold
Extra bases: Top-seeded Mt. Pleasant returns after a first-round bye that has kept the Vikings out of action since May 7. Morehead State commit Alincic (11-0, 1.00 ERA, 147 Ks) is the team’s lone senior and does the heavy lifting in the circle, and a number of talented hitters keep the base paths moving, including sophomores Mary Smithnosky (.554, 31 hits, 10 RBIs) and Hannah Gnibus (14 RBIs, 12 runs). … Ringgold dumped No. 8 New Castle, 9-3, in the first round. Winning pitcher Jillian Scherer also had two hits in the win.
5-Yough (13-5) vs. 4-Thomas Jefferson (14-3)
6 p.m. at Peters Township
Winner plays: Winner of 1-Mt. Pleasant (15-0) and 9-Ringgold (8-8) on Wednesday in semifinals
Coaches: Dutch Harvey, Yough; Heidi Karcher, Thomas Jefferson
Players to watch: Kierra Waywood, Sr., P, Yough; Lily Rockwell, So., IF, Thomas Jefferson
Extra bases: Yough, which finished second to Mt. Pleasant in Section 1, is hoping for a rematch with the unbeaten Vikings. Waywood (12-5) has struck out 152 this season and has an ERA just over 1.00. … Thomas Jefferson had a first-round bye. Rockwell is one of the top offensive threats for the Jaguars, who reached double-digit runs nine times and shut out 5A No. 4 seed Connellsville, 3-0.
11-Greensburg Salem (7-11) vs. 3-Knoch (16-1)
3 p.m. at Hampton
Winner plays: Winner of 2-Elizabeth Forward (14-3) and 10-Indiana (12-8) on Wednesday in semifinals
Coaches: Rachel Brannigan, Greensburg Salem; Gary Coe, Knoch
Players to watch: Tiffany Bruzda, Sr., SS, Greensburg Salem; Amanda Fischer, Jr., P, Knoch
Extra bases: Greensburg Salem returned to the postseason after a three-year absence and put together its first postseason victory since 2014, 10-3 over No. 6 Ambridge in the first round. Bruzda and Chloe Perkins each had three hits and combined for seven RBIs. … Knoch was the Section 2 champion with a 10-0 record. The team has seven shutouts and has not lost to a WPIAL opponent.
9-Southmoreland (10-6) vs. 1-Avonworth (17-2)
5 p.m. at North Allegheny
Winner plays: Winner of 4-South Park (13-4) and 5-Beaver (13-4) on Wednesday in semifinals
Coaches: Todd Bunner, Southmoreland; Jenna Muncie, Avonworth
Players to watch: Faith Miller, Jr., 2B, Southmoreland; Maya Kozup, Sr., P, Avonworth
Extra bases: Defending WPIAL champion Southmoreland took down perennial power Deer Lakes, 10-2, in the first round as sophomore pitcher Jess Matheny tripled and Charity Henderson added an RBI double. … Avonworth started the season 13-0 before a loss to Ellwood City. Kozup is the team’s leader in the circle. She is an Edinboro commit.
10-Jeannette (9-5) vs. 2-Leechburg (15-1)
3 p.m. at Fox Chapel
Winner plays: Winner of 3-Union (10-5) and 6-Springdale (13-3) on Wednesday in semifinals
Coaches: Zac Karas, Jeannette; Debbi Young, Leechurg
Players to watch: Faith Johnston, Jr., Jeannette; Emma Ritchie, So., P, Leechburg
Extra bases: Jeannette won its first playoff game since 2013 with a 7-3 win over Mapletown. Johnston struck out 12 and added a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning. She has 97 Ks. Jeannette was swept by Leechburg in Section 3 play, 10-0 and 21-2. … Section 3 champion Leechburg is in the WPIAL playoffs for the 33rd straight season. Ritchie (15-1) has 105 strikeouts, 46 walks and a 1.81 ERA. She also is batting .482 with 26 RBIs.
Central Martinsburg (14-6) at Ligonier Valley (17-2)
4 p.m. at Donaldson Field, Ligonier Valley
Winner plays: Winner of 1-Chestnut Ridge (17-3) and 8-Penns Valley (11-9) Thursday in semifinals
Coaches: Johnathan Burket, Central; Mark Zimmerman, Ligonier Valley
Players to watch: Dylan Claycomb, Sr., P, Central; Mia Lynn, Sr., IF, Ligonier Valley
Extra bases: Central Martinsburg owns one Ligonier Valley’s losses after the Dragons took down the Rams, 8-2, on May 1. . … Ligonier Valley toppled Marion Center, 8-4, to win the Heritage Conference title.
— Bill Beckner Jr.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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