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No. 1 Deer Lakes breezes past Freeport

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Teammates say Rachel Tanilli can run like the wind. But she also can use the wind to her advantage. The Deer Lakes junior right fielder ...

Weather wreaks havoc on Bishop Canevin softball schedule
By Nathan Smith 3:15 p.m.
For the Bishop Canevin softball team, trying to build momentum has been tough. After beating Northgate, 19-0, on April 1, the Crusaders did not have another game until last week when they beat Ellis School, 17-0. In all, 20 days had passed since Bishop Canevin (4-1, 4-0) played a game. ...
Belle Vernon softball tops Thomas Jefferson
By Jeff Oliver
Earlier this week when Thomas Jefferson hosted Belle Vernon Area in a Section 3-AAA softball contest, the Leopards smacked the Jaguars, 11-2. The rematch a couple ...
Despite low numbers, Riverview softball team keeping it together
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jim Ashbaugh works as an office manager at SiGenix, an electronics engineering company in Monroeville. He has been asked to perform tasks that differ from ...
Uniontown Lady Red Raiders softball players playing with heart
By Les Harvath
Fresh off their 2014 team motto of “Don’t Stop Believing,” the Uniontown Lady Red Raiders girls softball team adopted a new motto for the current season, “Play with Heart.” But they may also add “The Caring Team” to that motto. Although the new season, which included an exhibition schedule in Myrtle ...
Big inning carries Frazier in statement game
By Jeff Oliver
In the first inning of a showdown between the top two team in Section 2-A softball, Frazier coach Paul Harvey couldn’t believe what he was ...
Roundup: Charleroi Area, Yough girls roll to easy wins
By The Valley Independent
A year ago, the Charleroi Area Cougars rolled into the WPIAL Class AA softball playoffs under first-year coach Trey Tilghman. So far, 2015 has not been an encore season for Charleroi. However, the Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak by pounding Section 2-AA foe Washington, 16-0, in four innings. Charleroi (4-6, 3-5) scored ...
Jump in competition has helped Frazier prepare for WPIAL postseason
By Karen Price
Frazier softball coach Paul Harvey wasn’t sure what to expect with five teams gone and three new teams joining Section 2-A this season. Greensburg Central Catholic ...
Jump in competition has helped Frazier prepare for WPIAL postseason
By Karen Price
Frazier softball coach Paul Harvey wasn’t sure what to expect with five teams gone and three new teams joining Section 2-A this season. Greensburg Central Catholic ...
Baldwin softball team continues to roll despite injured ace
By Brian Knavish
It’s the type of news that would make many high school teams buckle. Not the Baldwin softball team. The Lady Highlanders recently learned their ace ...
Patient hitters propelling Chartiers Valley softball
By Gary Horvath
The Chartiers Valley softball team is poised to rise to the top of Section 2-AAA, but coach Jeff Reicoff knows it will take patience. Entering ...
Gateway softball’s Lewis showing power at plate, in pitcher’s circle
By Kevin Richart
Madison Lewis doesn’t try to hit home runs, but you wouldn’t know that by watching the ball explode off her bat. The Gateway junior clubbed ...
Jeannette softball looks to improve after week of rain-outs
By Dave Moio
Halfway through the Section 2 A schedule and the Jeannette Lady Jayhawks find themselves needing to play better to secure a WPIAL Class A playoff ...
Franklin Regional rallies past Foxes in section matchup
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional assembled a 4-2 record through its first six Section 2-AAAA games with wins over Penn Hills and Woodland Hills, as well as a doubleheader sweep of Allderdice. The Panthers also suffered losses to Plum and Gateway, and Friday’s key matchup at Fox Chapel was crucial for them to win ...
Penn-Trafford softball routs Connellsville, 14-3
By Jason Black
With its playoff hopes slipping away, the Connellsville softball team needed a big-time effort and a clutch Section 1-AAAA victory against visiting Penn-Trafford on Tuesday. The ...
High-scoring Deer Lakes softball not taking success for granted
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes softball has high-stepped through Section 3-AA the past few years, coasting to double-digit-run victories as if the mercy rule was invented for it. This ...
Matz keeps ball moving for Seneca Valley softball team
By Jerry Clark
Every sport has its money position, around which the game is centered and the hopes of a team rest. It’s a position that not only ...
Penn-Trafford softball scores 11 runs in a row, pounds Mt. Pleasant
By Jason Black
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren Shaheen likes to use games her team plays as a learning tool. Friday’s nonsection game against visiting Penn-Trafford offered her ...
Frederick’s homers lead Belle Vernon softball over Elizabeth Forward
By Jeremy Sellew
Even with a six-game winning streak, Belle Vernon Area softball coach Tom Rodriguez knew his team’s bats had to wake up at some point. The Leopards ...
North Allegheny softball off to fast start despite busy schedule
By Karen Price
The rain and foul weather has not only forced the North Allegheny softball team indoors more often than they would like this season, it also ...
Plum rebounds with key section win
By Michael Love
One team was trying to build on a key victory in Section 2-AAAA from last week, while the other was hoping to bounce back from ...
Yough’s pitcher-catcher combo carries Cougars to 6-0 start in Section 4-AAA
By Karen Price
Every good pitcher is made even better by a good catcher, and that certainly seems to be the case when it comes to Yough softball’s ...
Resilient Kittanning softball steals one from Ford City
By Matt Grubba
Wild pitch walk-offs are becoming a Kittanning tradition. Just as their baseball team did Monday against Yough, the Wildcats’ softball team notched a comeback win when ...
Franklin Regional softball seeking wins as section race heats up
By Michael Love
The race for the four WPIAL softball playoff qualifiers from Section 2-AAAA is starting to take shape, and a key game in the section will ...
South Fayette softball ready to change fortunes in section play
By Gary Horvath
The first half of the section schedule hasn’t quite gone the way the South Fayette Softball team hoped it would. Coming into this week, a 1-3 ...
Norwin softball battling for section title
By Nathan Smith
The Norwin softball team’s season got off to a soggy start. The Knights have started 4-1 but have had as many games postponed due to the ...
Southmoreland’s Troisi-Clark proving she belongs on pitcher’s mound
By Paul Paterra
Katie Troisi-Clark came by her interest in softball — specifically pitching — quite interestingly. A comment was made about her supposedly lack of ability on the ...
BVA, Parshall keep rolling in 3-AAA action
By The Valley Independent
Freshman hurler Bailey Parshall keeps firing goose eggs and the Belle Vernon Area girls’ softball team keeps winning. Parshall fired a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts as ...
Southmoreland softball team takes step back after loss to Yough
By Jason Black
Monday’s softball game between Southmoreland and visiting Yough featured the two teams at the top of the Section 4-AAA standings as the season nears the ...
Leechburg SS Reesman has aggressive attitude forged from hockey
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Leechburg senior Miranda Reesman played ice hockey for six years, but it wasn’t because she liked the color of the uniforms or the thought of ...
Softball is all in the family for Knoch’s Thrower
By William Whalen
Knoch senior standout Abbie Thrower’s passion for softball started at a young age. The game always has been a part of her family. “(Softball) has ...
Mars softball team looks to recapture magic
By Joe Sager
The Mars softball team picked the right time to get hot last year. In a four-day stretch last May, the Fightin’ Planets were unstoppable in the ...
Steel Valley softball shuts out East Allegheny
By Staff Report
Maddie Cotter struck out 13 to lead Steel Valley to a Section 4-AA shutout win over East Allegheny, 3-0, on Friday. Chelsea Rohan and Krista Bayus drove in a run each for the Ironmen (2-2, 2-2), who struck twice in the first inning and again in the sixth. Both of ...
East Allegheny softball chasing winning season
By Andrew John
Wins have been hard to come by for the East Allegheny softball program. But that hasn’t stopped the team from forging ahead and attempting to produce its first winning season in a long time. The Wildcats started this season’s campaign with a 1-2 record with a 3-2 win over South Park ...
Plum softball getting coach McGrath back after heart attack scare
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jim McGrath sings and plays keyboard in a band called “Nacho Blues.” He’s rocked out at the Pittsburgh Marathon, numerous weddings and several benefit events. ...
Penn-Trafford looking to build off of last season’s success
By Nathan Smith
With a roster featuring only two seniors, the Penn-Trafford softball team has a bright future But coach Monica Cox wants her squad to live in the ...