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Norwin softball team focused on fundamentals

By Gary Horvath
At the midway point of the Section 1-AAAA schedule, it’s time for the Norwin softball team to go back to the basics. Before Thursday’s 12-2 …

Penn-Trafford softball rounding into form
By Gary Horvath
After suffering a 7-6 loss to Hempfield a week ago, the Penn-Trafford softball team sat at 3-2, good for fourth place in Section 1-AAAA, and …
Butler softball coach wants to restore winning attitude
By Joe Sager
Butler’s girls softball team has a new head coach and a new attitude. Shauna Troup took over the program this season. She served as an …
Mars softball team feels at home on the road
By Joe Sager
This year, the Mars softball team has felt at home on the road. Thanks to inclement weather and poor field conditions, the Planets were scheduled …
Mt. Pleasant softball team rocks South Park
By Jason Black
In Thursday’s nonsection softball game between Mt. Pleasant and South Park, the Vikings and the Eagles had plenty of opportunities to score runs. The difference …
Lady Cougars shut out GCC, 8-0
By Jeff Oliver
The Charleroi girls’ softball team rebounded from two straight losses by shutting out visiting Greensburg Central Catholic, 8-0, in a Section 4 AA contest Thursday. …
McKeesport softball rolls past Gateway
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport’s offense continued to surge on Thursday, shredding Gateway pitching for eight runs in the second inning, and the Tigers claimed a 10-0 victory at home in a WPIAL Section 2-AAAA softball game shortened to five innings by a 10-run rule. Despite a 9-0 loss to section-leading Plum in their …
Trib Cup: Jefferson-Morgan softball off to strong start in Section 2-A
By Alex Oltmanns
For the Jefferson-Morgan softball team, competing in competitive Section 2-A, every game takes on an extra level of importance. With five teams competing for just three playoff spots, it’s important to get off to a strong start in section play, and that’s exactly what the Rockets have done, going 6-1 …
High school roundup: West Mifflin edges TJ in 14th inning
By Staff Reports
Shannon Davis drove in Crystal Cook for the game-winning run in the 14th inning, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, to help lead Class …
Greensburg high school roundup: Penn-Trafford rides Smith’s arm, bat past rival Hempfield
By Staff Reports
Tyler Smith went 3 for 3 with a home run and five RBIs and struck out 10 as Penn-Trafford captured a 13-2 victory over Hempfield …
Daily News roundup: West Mifflin softball comes through in 14th inning
By Staff Reports
Shannon Davis drove in Crystal Cook for the game-winning run in the 14th inning, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, to help lead Class AAA No. 3 West Mifflin to an 8-7 win over Thomas Jefferson (7-3, 3-3) in Section 3-AAA action Thursday afternoon. Paige Flore pitched a complete …
Ambridge softball weathering storm of early-season rainouts
By Chris Harlan
Ambridge should know by this weekend whether it still is the favorite in Section 1-AAA softball. Nine of their first 10 games were rained out, …
Roundup: EF’s 14-run inning rocks Ringgold
By The Valley Independent
Elizabeth Forward was leading Ringgold 1-0 going into the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday’s Section 4 AAA baseball game. For the Rams, it …
Led by 4-member rotation, Southmoreland softball in battle for 1st
By Paul Schofield
One thing Todd Bunner learned about the softball teams in Section 3-AAA during the first three weeks of the season, there are no gimmies. “The …
Freshman Chorba making impact for Norwin softball
By Doug Gulasy
After making contact with the ball in her first career at-bat, Norwin softball player Danielle Chorba put her head down and ran. She didn’t know …
SSA softball dedicated to improve
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy softball team won three games last year, which was a two-win improvement over 2012. Second-year coach Abby Bodenlos expects more this …
North Allegheny softball team pitching for playoff run
By Shawn Annarelli
North Allegheny’s softball team started the season with some sun by traveling all the way to Florida for some pre-WPIAL competition. The Tigers stayed in …
Experienced Sewickley Academy softball team sets sights on postseason success
By Nathan Smith
The Sewickley Academy softball team went through a youth movement in 2013. The Panthers had only two seniors and a junior on the roster and …
Jeannette pitcher looking to the future
By Kristie Linden
Nicole Hall has a serious case of “senioritis.” The Jeannette High School starting pitcher is ready for the next step and she started down that …
Jeannette softball dominating early
By Dave Moio
Jeannette softball set a goal of winning Section 3A in 2014 — and, four games into the section schedule, the Lady Jayhawks are a third …
Franklin Regional softball continuing to learn
By Doug Gulasy
The growing pains associated with counting on young players are continuing for the Franklin Regional softball team, but coach Jim Armstrong is seeing some progress. …
High school roundup: Blackhawk ace McKay no-hits West Allegheny
By Staff Reports
With Blackhawk and West Allegheny putting undefeated records on the line Wednesday, Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay fired a no-hitter to lead the Class AAA No. 1 Cougars to a 10-0 six-inning win over its Section 1 rival and third-ranked Indians (4-1, 0-1). McKay, a left-handed Louisville recruit, struck out nine and …
Greensburg high school roundup: Jeannette’s Hall throws perfect game in Section 3
By Staff Reports
Nicole Hall had seven strikeouts in a perfect game as Jeannette cruised to a 22-0 victory over Ellis School in a Section 3-A contest Wednesday afternoon. Hall also had a home run and two RBIs. Also pacing the 17-hit attack for Jeannette (5-2, 5-0) were Brianna Crawford, Sarah Pitzer and …
Elizabeth Forward pitcher Turek sparkles late, shuts down TJ
By Mark Kaboly
Following the third consecutive hit of the second inning, the fifth out of the first eight batters of Tuesday’s Section 4-AAA showdown against rival Elizabeth …
South Allegheny southpaw dominates Charleroi
By Dave Mackall
Brenna Pribanic nearly was flawless. The South Allegheny sophomore left-hander pitched a one-hitter on Tuesday as the Gladiators shut down visiting No. 5 Charleroi 2-0 in a WPIAL Section 4-AA softball game, the Cougars’ first loss. Jordan Swarmer’s fourth-inning triple was the only Charleroi hit off Pribanic, who struck out …
Derry softball moves forward under new coach
By Ed Phillipps
The Derry softball team began practice April 3 with Tim Kozusko as head coach. By the end of practice, Kozusko had been relieved of his duties and assistant Pat Meloy took over as interim head coach. The turn of events happened because as the Trojans were practicing that evening, Derry’s …
Expectations again high for Ligonier Valley softball
By Andrew John
Another year has commenced for the for the Ligonier Valley softball team, but it doesn’t mean the expectations have wavered. The Rams will look to …
Serra softball looking to take next step in postseason
By Dave Mackall
Mike Elko came to Serra Catholic in 2010 with the plan of jump-starting a softball program that hasn’t advanced past the second round of the …
Pitching catapults Southmoreland over West Mifflin
By Jason Black
Southmoreland’s softball team is making a statement in Section 3-AAA. On Tuesday, the Scotties picked up their fourth section victory in as many tries with …
Expectations high for Steel Valley after last year’s playoff success
By Mark Kaboly
When you win a playoff game for the first time in seven years and the main reason was the performances of your freshmen pitcher and …
Just 5 starters return for Hempfield softball, but expectations remain the same
By Kevin Lohman
One year removed from a third-place finish in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs, the Hempfield softball team is gearing up for another run at the …
GCC softball roster small but talented
By Mark Emery
For a program that has enjoyed so much success in recent years, the Greensburg Central Catholic softball team had an awfully difficult time putting a roster together this season. GCC entered the 2014 campaign with just 13 players. That’s not a lot, especially considering the Centurions’ section title last year …
Trib Cup: Thomas Jefferson softball working toward turnaround season
By Brian Graham
In just over 12 months the Thomas Jefferson softball team has produced varying results that reflect opposite extremes of how a season can unfold. Last season, the Jaguars finished last in the section with just two wins under first-year head coach Heidi Karcher. At the start of the 2014 campaign, …
Cornell, Montour softball teams benefit from Sto-Rox transfers
By Chris Harlan
When her teammates wore blue to softball practice, Cornell junior Shyanne Rippole wore green. It wasn’t a fashion statement. “All I have is Sto-Rox attire,” …
Fox Chapel Area grad starts at shortstop for Gannon softball team
By Marty Stewart
Jen Moran, a 2013 Fox Chapel Area High School graduate and a mainstay at shortstop for the FC girls softball team for the past few …
Jeannette softball opens season in strong fashion
By Dave Moio
An old sports adage suggests that to get to the next level, a team must beat those already there. If that is more truth than cliche, the 2014 Jeannette Lady Jayhawks softball program may have taken its initial steps toward the next level. Jeannette opened up play this season with …