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Westmoreland County softball playoff capsules

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Sunday, June 11, 2017, 8:24 p.m.
Hempfield's Ali Belgiovane drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of a PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal against McDowell Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Hermitage.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Hempfield's Ali Belgiovane drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of a PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal against McDowell Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Hermitage.
Hempfield pitcher Morgan Ryan delivers during the eighth inning of a PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal playoff game against McDowell Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Hermitage.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Hempfield pitcher Morgan Ryan delivers during the eighth inning of a PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal playoff game against McDowell Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Hermitage.
Yough players watch from the dugout during the seventh inning of the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship game against Belle Vernon Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University. Belle Vernon won, 4-1.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Yough players watch from the dugout during the seventh inning of the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship game against Belle Vernon Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University. Belle Vernon won, 4-1.
Yough pitcher Kierra Waywood delivers to a Indiana batter during their WPIAL Class 4A girl's softball playoff game at California University of Pennsylvania's Lilly Field on Wednesday May 17, 2017. Yough defeated Indiana 11-1 in five innnings.
Barry Reeger | For The Tribune-Review
Yough pitcher Kierra Waywood delivers to a Indiana batter during their WPIAL Class 4A girl's softball playoff game at California University of Pennsylvania's Lilly Field on Wednesday May 17, 2017. Yough defeated Indiana 11-1 in five innnings.
Latrobe’s Jared Kollar (20) pitches against Montour in the top of the first inning on Monday May 22, 2017 at Hempfield.
Christian Tyler Randolph | Tribune-Review
Latrobe’s Jared Kollar (20) pitches against Montour in the top of the first inning on Monday May 22, 2017 at Hempfield.

Monday's games

Class 6A

Semifinals

Hempfield (25-0) vs. Chambersburg (20-5)

4 p.m. at Mt. Aloysius College, Cresson

Winner plays: Hazleton (21-3)/Spring-Ford (21-4) winner 4 p.m. Thursday at Penn State for PIAA championship.

Extra bases: This is a semifinal rematch, at the same site, from last year's 4A tournament. Hempfield edged Chambersburg, 2-0, at Mt. Aloysius to reach the state finals. Hempfield has the state's longest winning streak (39 games) and is seeking its second straight PIAA title. The Spartans have been pushed in their last two games, needing late offense to advance. They scored five runs in the eighth inning to get past District 10 champion Erie McDowell, 5-0, in the quarters. Star pitcher Morgan Ryan (20-0, 188 Ks), a Notre Dame recruit, struck out 12 and allowed two hits. She worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning. Ali Belgiovane, Stacey Walling, Ryan, Madi Stoner and Laura Fox had RBIs. Fox had three hits. In the first round, Hempfield edged Central York, 1-0, on a Ryan fifth-inning home run. ... District 3 champion Chambersburg is the team that knocked out Latrobe, 4-2, in the first round. Pitchers Laken Myers and Leah Hunt led the Trojans to a 3-1 win over Perkiomen Valley in the quarterfinals. Myers gave up two hits in five innings, and Hunt struck out four in two innings. Sammie Bender had a two-run triple for the Trojans.

Class 4A

Semifinals

Yough (19-3) vs. Mt. Pleasant (15-3)

4 p.m. at Cal (Pa.)

Winner plays: Bangor (26-1)/ Tunkhannok (18-5) winner at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Penn State for PIAA championship.

Extra bases: Mt. Pleasant, semifinal-bound for the first time, was supposed to play a nonsection game at returning state champion Yough on May 1, but the game was rained out and never happened. Now the intriguing clash between two of Westmoreland's best happens on a big stage. The teams were in the same section (4-AAA) the last two years, and Yough won all four meetings by a combined score of 45-4. Mt. Pleasant knocked off WPIAL champion Belle Vernon, 5-4, in the quarterfinals, avenging a district semifinal loss to the Leopards. The Vikings overcame 15 strikeouts by Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall. Addy Kubasky had a key double, and Sydney Kanuch had two hits for Mt. Pleasant, last year's WPIAL champion in 3A. ... Yough jumped on District 3 champion Kennard-Dale early, taking a 7-0 lead after two innings on the way to an 11-0, six-inning win in the quarterfinals. Winning pitcher Kierra Waywood and Alona Sleith had RBI triples, and Olivia Miller homered for the Cougars. Hannah Bach added three hits and an RBI. Three of the Cougars' six playoff games have been played at Cal.

— Bill Beckner Jr.

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