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Previewing the PIAA baseball and softball championships

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By Compiled By Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:08 a.m.

Below is a look at the PIAA baseball and softball championship games involving WPIAL teams.

Class AAAA softball

Canon-McMillan vs. Neshaminy

12:30 p.m., Friday, Nittany Lion Park, University Park TV/Radio: PCN/1450 WJPA-AM

Canon-McMillan (24-1)

Coach:Michele Moeller

No. Name Pos. Yr.

22 Yaszmin Kotar CF Sr.

52 Maddie Engel 1B Sr.

00 Linda Rush SS Fr.

13 Abby McCartney RF So.

8 Olivia Lorusso 3B Jr.

21 Giorgianna Zeremenko C Jr.

23 Tara Fowler LF So.

33 Kirsten Rush DP Fr.

18 Ally Bellaire 2B Jr.

12 Alayna Astuto* P Sr.

Neshaminy (23-2)

Coach:Dave Chichilitti

No. Name Pos. Yr.

1 Diana Lapalombara SS Sr.

3 Lauren Quense P Sr.

10 Julia McGovern C Sr.

14 Sarah Snider-Leonhauser 1B So.

8 Sam Offenback DP So.

12 Jen Walker RF Jr.

13 Selina Alicea 3B Sr.

16 Anna Luff 2B Sr.

9 Mackenzie Compton CF Sr.

7 Carly Coleman* LF Jr.

*Does not bat

How they got here:WPIAL champion Canon-McMillan beat Hempfield, 2-1; North Allegheny, 5-0; and Pennsbury, 3-1. District 1 runner-up Neshaminy defeated St. Hubert's, 1-0; Daniel Boone, 8-0, and North Penn, 3-2.

PIAA titles:CM: none; N: 2003.

2012 title game:CB South 1, Bishop Shanahan 0 (9 inn.)

Notable: McCartney hit better than .500 in the regular season and had a two-run home run in the PIAA semifinals. Astuto has more than 100 strikeouts for the Big Macs, who have outscored postseason opponents, 26-4. Quense is 22-2 on the mound this season, including 13 shutouts, for Neshaminy, the District 1 runner-up from suburban Philadelphia that averages 7.2 runs per game.

Predicted winner: Canon-McMillan

Class AA softball

Riverside vs. Brandywine Heights

10 a.m., Friday, Nittany Lion Park, University Pa rkTV/Radio: PCN/1230 WBVP-AM, 1460 WMBA-AM

Riverside (22-0)

Coach:Pam McCarty

No. Name Pos. Yr.

10 Logan Snyder SS So.

7 Brooke Barker 2B Jr.

3 Kirsten Wilson P Sr.

12 Natalie Pritts 1B Jr.

28 Nicole Mansfield C Sr.

26 Morgan McElwain 3B Jr.

8 Andie Lippman OF Jr.

32 Cassie Barker OF Fr.

22 Nicole Kranz OF So.

18 Caitlin Wass* DP So.

Brandywine Heights (26-2)

Coach:Don Roach

No. Name Pos. Yr.

5 Sam Sweigart 2B Jr.

4 Jenny Seabourne CF Sr.

17 Megan Olsen P Sr.

14 Taylor Brintzenhoff SS Jr.

6 Amanda Hess 3B Jr.

19 Dayna Jalowy C Sr.

21 Jess Musser DP Sr.

7 Tiffany Diehl LF So.

12 Laura Olsen RF Fr.

25 Missy Komand* 1B Sr.

*Does not bat.

How they got here: WPIAL champion Riverside beat Curwensville, 6-0; Ligonier Valley, 13-0; and Philipsburg-Osceola, 2-0. District 3 champ Brandywine Heights beat Philadelphia Academy Charter, 15-0; Pen Argyl, 6-0; and Holy Redeemer, 5-4.

PIAA titles:R: none, BH: none

2012 title game:Neshannock 4, Warrior Run 3

Notable: Riverside's Wilson threw a perfect game in the first round, allowed one hit in the quarterfinals and tossed a no-hitter in the semifinals. She has more than 250 strikeouts and is hitting .550. Olsen is 26-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 150-plus strikeouts and has six home runs for Brandywine, making its four title-game trip in nine years.

Predicted winner: Riverside

Class A softball

Neshannock vs. Williams Valley

3 p.m., Friday, Nittany Lion Park, University Park


Neshannock (21-2)

Coach:Tracy Kimmel

No. Name Pos. Yr.

1 Rayanna Furst CF Sr.

5 Jamie Graziani SS Sr.

9 Marissa DeMatteo 2B So.

22 Madison Altmyer 3B Jr.

10 Katy Burrelli RF Sr.

24 Aly Fischer 1B Jr.

6 Madison Shaffer P So.

15 Rachel Iorio LF So.

7 Missy Kirkwood C Fr.

Williams Valley (22-4)

Coach:Lee Reiser

No. Name Pos. Yr.

3 Hannah Nestor SS So.

15 Rayanne Hawk CF Fr.

20 Kylie Doyle 3B Jr.

9 Cassidy Pinchorski P Jr.

7 Katie Whelski 2B Fr.

33 Bindy Boyer LF So.

19 Haley Nestor 1B So.

26 Maura Kreiser C So.

22 Kyrsten Miller RF So.

How they got here: WPIAL champion Neshannock beat Elk County Catholic, 9-1; Claysburg-Kimmel, 6-1; and Southern Huntingdon, 4-1. District 11 champion Williams Valley defeated Bloomsburg, 8-0; Hyndman Charter, 12-2; and Northeast Bradford, 2-1.

PIAA titles:N: 2012; WV: none

2012 title game:Fannett Metal 1, Southern Columbia 0

Notable: Neshannock will try for its second straight PIAA title after dropping to Class A this year. Furst, DeMatteo, Fischer, Graziani and Shaffer all are hitting better than .500 for the Lancers. Shaffer has thrown three no-hitters and a perfect game. Williams Valley is led by Hannah Nestor, who is hitting near .500 with 23 RBI, and Doyle, who is batting .447 with 31 RBI.

Predicted winner: Neshannock

Class AA baseball

Beaver vs. Loyalsock

3:30 p.m., Friday, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, University Park TV/radio: PCN/1230 AM, 1460 AM

Beaver (20-3)

Coach:Bruce Herstine

No. Name Pos. Yr.

5 Austin Logan SS Sr.

12 Ben Herstine C Sr.

14 Austin Ross P Sr.

11 Nick Hineman 1B Sr.

17 Jalen Lawson LF Sr.

3 Jordan Yates CF Jr.

6 Jon Hill DH Sr.

2 Matt Rose 3B Sr.

1 Alex Rowse 2B Jr.

4 Anthony Fidurski* RF Sr.

Loyalsock (21-3)

Coach:Jeremy Eck

No. Name Pos. Yr.

3 Kyle Datres P So.

1 Jimmy Webb RF So.

22 Robbie Klein CF Jr.

16 Ethan Moore SS Sr.

8 Tommy Baggett 3B So.

10 Bailey Young DH Jr.

12 Ben Sosa LF So.

11 Luke Glavin 1B So.

7 Phil Krizan 2B Jr.

15 Evan Moore* C So.

*Does not bat

How they got here:WPIAL champion Beaver beat Karns City, 10-0; Mt. Union, 1-0; and Quaker Valley, 7-0. District 4 runner-up Loyalsock defeated Lakeland, 3-0; Delone Catholic, 9-5; and Salisbury, 8-1.

PIAA titles:B: none; L: 2008.

2012 title game: Riverside 5, Pine Grove 4

Notable: Beaver has won 11 straight led by pitchers Ross and Logan, who have not allowed a run in the PIAA playoffs. Beaver last reached the title game in 1983, losing to Reading, 2-1. Datres pitched five scoreless innings in Loyalsock's quarterfinal win.

Predicted winner: Beaver



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