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West Mifflin softball standout commits

By Staff Report
Alyssa Cairns, who led the West Mifflin softball team in hitting and helped the Titans reach the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals in 2014, has given Division II Davis & Elkins a commitment to play for the women’s team in 2016. Cairns batted .530 (35 for 66) with 12 doubles, one …

Plum slow-pitch swept by North Allegheny
By Michael Love
Losing both games of a doubleheader is a rarity for the Plum varsity slow-pitch softball team, but the Mustangs came out on the short end of two games against North Allegheny on Sunday at North Allegheny’s Marshall Middle School. The first game started well for Plum, as the visitors led …
Plum slow-pitch squad sweeps season-opening doubleheader
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity slow-pitch softball team kicked off its season Sunday afternoon after rain scuttled its plans to begin the 2014 campaign on Aug. 31. The Mustangs played at Seneca Valley and posted an 11-8 win in game one and a 5-2 victory in game two. In game one, Plum …
Burrell softball coach resigns after 5 seasons
By Doug Gulasy
Burrell softball coach Mike Spagnolo, who led the Bucs to a WPIAL championship and WPIAL runner-up finish in his five seasons with the school, said Monday night he’s resigning from his post. Spagnolo, who has three children in college, said he was resigning mainly for family reasons. “With four kids …
Experienced Plum squad gunning for WPISL championship
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity slow-pitch softball team has high expectations for its third season in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League. A large group of seniors who helped start the program in 2012 are seeking a league championship, and head coach Marty DeGore said they have the talent, focus and determination …
Ringgold softball to get new field
By Chris Buckley
The Ringgold High School girls’ softball program will have a new home for the 2015 season. The school board Wednesday night approved construction of a field at the Ringgold Middle school in Finleyville. The field will be used by the junior varsity and varsity, which play doubleheaders. Ringgold did not …
Spectacular catch ends Connellsville softball season on high note
By Les Harvath
Playing right field for the Connellsville Area Lady Falcons softball team on Senior Night, Sadie Wombacker picked the perfect stage to excite the crowd. Even though her Falcons would be denied a playoff berth, Wombacker, in her first season with the squad, picked the right moment to display her defensive …
West Mifflin’s Flore earns 1st-team all-state honors
By Dave Mackall
Paige Flore is at it again. The Slippery Rock recruit from West Mifflin who was the Daily News Softball Player of the Year in 2014 …
Softball players earn all-state honors
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year Jordan Seneca of Plum and first-team all-star pitcher Tiffany Edwards of Deer Lakes were honored with all-state …
Haney stepping down as Kiski Area’s softball coach after 22 years
By George Guido
After 22 seasons as Kiski Area’s softball coach, Dianne Haney has hung up her Navy blue and gold attire for a final time. Haney recently …
Travel softball players willing to sacrifice summer activities to showcase talent
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There’s a reason it’s called travel softball. Miles are just a number for the players, coaches and followers who flock from town to town and …
Canon-McMillan’s Olivia Lorusso named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Softball Player of the Year
By Jason Mackey
Player of the Year OLIVIA LORUSSO CANON-MCMILLAN, SENIOR, THIRD BASE Olivia Lorusso has done it all. In four years at Canon-McMillan, the Robert Morris recruit …
Greensburg Salem’s Claire Oberdorf named Greensburg Tribune-Review Softball Player of the Year
By Jason Mackey
Player of the Year Claire oberdorf greensburg salem, junior, shortstop Last year it was older sister Jayne, who’s now at Marist College in New York. …
Plum’s Jordan Seneca named Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Player of the Year Jordan Seneca PLUM, SENIOR, SHORTSTOP Jordan Seneca missed most of her final basketball season with a broken left wrist. But the …
Mars softball team savors successful season
By Joe Sager
Many members of the Mars softball team can’t drive yet. That didn’t stop the Planets from racking up the miles this season. Due to unusually …
Southmoreland softball coach finishes successful 1st season
By Paul Paterra
Todd Bunner had a lot about which to be happy in his first season as head coach of the Southmoreland softball team. Sure, there’s disappointment …
West Mifflin ace Flore named Daily News player of year
By Dave Mackall
It was a season to cherish for Paige Flore, the hard-throwing softball pitcher at West Mifflin. She led the WPIAL in victories with a 16-3 …
Seton-La Salle softall team set to move into new section
By Ray Fisher
Seton-La Salle has won or shared the Section 1-AA championship for the past four years, winning 46 of their past 48 section games. The Lady …
Baldwin softball team playoff qualifier for five consecutive years
By Ray Fisher
The Baldwin softball team tied for second place with Bethel Park in Section 4-AAAA this season, two games behind section champ Canon-McMillan. The Lady Highlanders …
Lady Jaguars’ long journey leads to WPIAL Class AAA title
By Ray Fisher
It began with spring training in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and developed into one of the greatest softball seasons in school history. Thomas Jefferson’s softball team …
WPIAL softball teams learn pitching trumps all in deep playoff runs
By Jason Mackey
Shaler softball coach Skip Palmer was eating breakfast at Eat ‘n Park with his assistant coaches Tuesday morning when talk turned to a topic many …
Thomas Jefferson’s Karcher named Daily News Softball Coach of the Year
By Dave Mackall
Since her childhood days, Heidi Karcher has known the demands of success. Her dad, a semipro football player for the old Scranton Eagles, wouldn’t let …
Late rally not enough for Neshannock in PIAA semifinals
By Jason Mackey
When No. 9 hitter Jenna DeLuca crushed a game-tying, three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday, Neshannock softball coach Tracy Kimmel …
Greensburg Salem ousted 1 game shy of PIAA championship
By Paul Schofield
MECHANICSBURG — Greensburg Salem’s memorable softball season ended one game shy of the Golden Lions’ dream. Springfield-Delco, the District 1 runner-up, rallied for a 3-2 …
Morgan, Greensburg Salem softball team are thriving in postseason
By Paul Schofield
Greensburg Salem softball coach Jody Morgan admits she’s a little surprised her team has advanced to Monday’s PIAA Class AAA  semifinals. But she’s not complaining. …
Latrobe coach reflects on softball team’s run to PIAA playoffs
By Paul Schofield
There were a few tears, but more hugs from the players on the Latrobe softball team at the conclusion of last Thursday’s PIAA Class AAAA …
Late homer seals Greensburg Salem’s PIAA victory over Thomas Jefferson
By Dave Mackall
Greensburg Salem senior Madison Hantz wound up giving herself an early graduation present Thursday, and it’s likely she would have shared it with her teammates …
Hot-hitting DuBois ousts Latrobe
By Paul Schofield
It was one of those games for the Latrobe softball team Thursday in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal at Slippery Rock. Nothing seemed to go …
Neshannock softball advances to state semis with win over Burgettstown
By Jason Mackey
Marissa DeMatteo doesn’t consider herself a power hitter. Sure, she has some pop, but the Neshannock softball team’s junior second baseman bats at the top of the order for one reason — and it’s not putting the ball over the fence. “That’s definitely a big thing. The leadoff batter should …
Lady Rebels win rivalry game, advance to PIAA playoffs
By Ray Fisher
Seton-La Salle clinched a spot in the PIAA Class AA playoffs with a 3-2 win last week against section rival Keystone Oaks. Officials called the contest due to weather in the sixth inning. “As expected, the game was a battle like a rivalry game should be,” Jay Krull, Seton-La Salle’s …
Penn-Trafford looks back on successful year
By Doug Gulasy
The Penn-Trafford softball team came within a handful of outs from making it to the state softball tournament. The Warriors are hoping a successful season …
Keystone Oaks softball ends season on soggy note
By Nathan Smith
The 2014 Keystone Oaks softball season will be known for ending five outs short. During the WPIAL Class AA consolation game at North Allegheny last …
TJ girls win school’s first WPIAL softball title
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson won its first WPIAL softball championship in school history with its 5-3 win last week against Mars. The Lady Jaguars defeated Mars in …
Latrobe downs WPIAL champion Shaler in 1st round of PIAA playoffs
By Paul Schofield
Latrobe freshman pitcher Meredith Carr is a fan of rooting for the underdog. Monday at Hampton, Carr helped underdog Latrobe upset WPIAL Class AAAA champion …
Thomas Jefferson softball team rallies to best Bellefonte in PIAA opener
By Mark Kaboly
Thomas Jefferson coach Heidi Karcher is a fiery individual. So, when the recently crowned Class AAA champs botched a couple of routine plays in the top of the first inning, which led to a 3-0 deficit during Monday’s first-round state playoff game against Bellefonte, the reaction from Karcher was predictable. …
Errors costly for Deer Lakes softball team in PIAA loss
By George Guido
After being shut out in the WPIAL championship game, Deer Lakes went back to their accustomed offensive prowess Monday. But errors proved to be the Lancers undoing as Wilmington took advantage of six Deer Lakes miscues for a come-from-behind, 8-7 victory in an PIAA Class AA opening-round playoff game at …