WPIAL Class 2A softball final preview: Frazier vs. Laurel

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 2:02 PM

WPIAL Class 2A softball championship

No. 5 Frazier (17-3) vs. No. 3 Laurel (19-2)

Noon, Thursday at Peterswood Park

Coaches: Don Hartman, Frazier; Frank Duddy, Laurel

Players to watch: Logan Hartman, Jr., P, Frazier; MacKenzie Latess, Sr., 3B, Laurel

WPIAL titles: Frazier 1 (2017); Laurel 1 (2018)

How they got here: Frazier defeated No. 12 Apollo-Ridge, 8-2; No. 4 Vincentian Academy, 10-0; and No. 1 Chartiers-Houston, 10-3. Laurel beat No. 14 Riverview, 16-1; No. 11 Carmichaels, 12-4; and No. 10 Freedom, 12-2

Extra bases: Laurel edged Frazier, 1-0, in the WPIAL championship game a year ago to win its first title. A year later, both teams are back in the final. Logan Hartman is pitching in her third straight title game. After helping the Commodores to the 2017 crown, she threw a two-hitter in last season’s title-game loss to Laurel. Hartman has a 0.75 ERA with more than 160 strikeouts this season. … Laurel’s lone two losses came to Neshannock in Section 4 play. Kayla Ruperto threw a four-hitter and also had three hits, including a home run in the semifinals. Brooke Atkins hit for the cycle and had four RBIs. The Spartans have outscored opponents 251-33.

PIAA tournament: The winner will play the District 10 runner-up in the PIAA first round. The losing team will play the District 6 champion. Both games will be Monday.

Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill at bhartlep@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TribHSInsider.

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