PIAA semifinals roundup: Canon-McMillan softball advances to state title game
Abby McCartney went 3 for 4 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning that put Canon-McMillan ahead in a 3-1 win over Pennsbury in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals at Carlisle High School on Tuesday.
“(Advancing to the PIAA final) has been a goal since the beginning of the season,” coach Michele Moeller said. “I think we felt like we left a little bit unfinished last season.”
Alayna Astuto allowed one unearned run on six hits with one walk and struck out three to pick up the win and help Canon-McMillan reach the first state title game in school history. Canon-McMillan (24-1) will play Neshaminy in the title game at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Nittany Lion Softball Park in University Park.
Fort LeBoeuf 4, Ambridge 1 — Jaymee Humbert went 1 for 3 and had Ambridge's lone RBI, as the Bridgers fell in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals at Penn State-Behrend. Hannah Smith was dealt the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in five innings of relief.
Fort LeBoeuf will play Valley View in the title game at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Nittany Lion Softball Park in University Park.
Riverside 2, Philipsburg-Osceola 0 — Kirsten Wilson pitched a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts, and Natalie Pritts hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fifth to lead Riverside in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at Harry Noerr Complex in Punxsutawney.
“These girls have worked hard with our batting and fielding,” coach Pam McCarty said. “We try to get them on the field every day. They've worked really hard for (a chance to play for a state title).”
Riverside (22-0) will play Brandywine Heights in the PIAA title game at 10 a.m. Friday at Nittany Lion Softball Park.
Neshannock 4, Southern Huntingdon 1 — Madison Shaffer pitched a complete game, allowing one run with nine strikeouts to lead the Lancers in the PIAA Class A semifinals at Harry Noerr Complex in Punxsutawney. Shaffer also contributed at the plate, smacking an RBI-double in the seventh.
“We're delighted to get back to that championship game,” coach Tracy Kimmel said. “There was no greater feeling to get there last year and bring that medal home. Our goal was to get back there this year, and right now it's a reality.”
Neshannock, which won the PIAA Class AA title last year, will play District 11 champion Williams Valley in the title game at 3 p.m. Friday at Nittany Lion Softball Park in University Park.
Upper Moreland 3, Keystone Oaks 1 — Keystone Oaks (20-6) fell behind, 2-0, in the first inning and was unable to rally, as the Golden Eagles lost in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals at Green Township Park in Scotland. Ryan Ribeau doubled, and Taylor Lehman had the only RBI for Keystone Oaks. Lehman also took the loss for the Golden Eagles.
Upper Moreland will play West York in the championship game at 1 p.m. Friday at Penn State's Medlar Field.
In the other baseball championship games, North Penn will play Lower Dauphin in Quad-A, Beaver will play Loyalsock in Class AA, and Canton will play Johnsonburg in Class A.