WPIAL Class 4A softball final preview: Mt. Pleasant vs. Elizabeth Forward

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 11:01 AM


No. 1 Mt. Pleasant (17-0) vs. No. 2 Elizabeth Forward (16-3)

NOON FRIDAY AT LATROBE

Coaches: Chris Brunson, Mt. Pleasant; Harry Rutherford, Elizabeth Forward

Players to watch: Mary Smithnosky, So., OF, Mt. Pleasant; Bri Sersevic, So., C, Elizabeth Forward

WPIAL titles: Mt. Pleasant 1 (2016 3A); Elizabeth Forward 0

How they got here: Mt. Pleasant defeated Ringgold, 9-1, in quarterfinals; defeated Thomas Jefferson, 2-0, in semifinals; Elizabeth Forward defeated Indiana, 5-1, in quarterfinals; defeated Knoch, 4-0, in semifinals

Extra bases: Mt. Pleasant is the only undefeated team in the WPIAL softball and baseball playoffs. … Elizabeth Forward lost to Belle Vernon, 5-4, in last year’s WPIAL title game at Seton Hill. The Warriors are 0 for 5 in the district finals with additional runner-up finishes in 1983 and ‘84 in Class 3A, and 2007 and ‘12 in 4A. A four-run sixth inning pushed the Warriors past No. 3 seed Knoch in the semis. Sersevic (.450) keyed the surge with a two-run hit. Mt. Pleasant beat the Warriors earlier in the season, 4-0, which is the last loss on their schedule. They’re 15-0 since.

— Bill Beckner Jr.

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

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