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Previewing the PIAA baseball and softball championships

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:08 a.m.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Neshannock pitcher Madison Shaffer delivers to a Carmichaels batter during the WPIAL Class A softball championship game Thursday, May 30, 2013, at California (Pa.) University's Lilley Field in California.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Beaver catcher Ben Herstine tags out Quaker Valley's Nelson Westwood at home plate during their PIAA Class AA semifinal Monday, June 10, 2013, at Pullman Park in Butler.
Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan pitcher Alayna Astuto delivers a pitch during a PIAA Class AAAA first-round matchup Monday, June 3, 2013, at North Allegheny High School in Wexford. Canon-McMillan won, 2-1.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Riverside's Kirsten Wilson drives in two runs in front of Ligonier Valley catcher Brittney Lynch during a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal Friday, June 7, 2013, at Woodland Hills.

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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