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Leechburg girls softball team dominates Riverview

By Staff Report
Miranda Reesman had a blast in Leechburg’s section opener. The senior shortstop hit a three-run homer during a seven-run fifth inning, and the Blue Devils pulled away for a Section 3-A win Friday over Riverview, 16-6, in six innings. The big inning broke open a game that was tied 6-6, and the ...

South Allegheny softball poised for successful season
By Dave Mackall
Could this be South Allegheny’s year to really shine in softball? Hal Minford thinks so. Even with a season-opening, one-run loss still on his mind, the Gladiators’ sixth-year coach expects his team to be a contender for a WPIAL Section 4-AA title. “It’s the best team, one-through-nine, we’ve had here,” Minford said. ...
Greensburg Central Catholic softball hopes to bounce back in Class A
By Kevin Ritchart
Last year was rough for the Greensburg Central Catholic softball team. The Centurions finished with a 2-8 record, but at this time a year ago, coach Tom Appleby didn’t know whether GCC would have enough girls to field a team. “Last year was a low point for us,” Appleby said. “We chose ...
Hempfield softball motivated after missing playoffs
By Alex Oltmanns
After missing the postseason for the first time in 31 years, the Hempfield softball team and coach Bob Kalp and are in an unfamiliar position heading into 2015. “I told the kids at the beginning of this year after we had our team meeting, I said, I really don’t know how ...
Geibel softball excited for return after 4-year hiatus
By Jason Black
There is little doubt the Geibel softball team will experience some rough patches this season. However, the Gators have already gained a huge victory by ...
High school roundup: Yough edges Trinity in 9 innings
By Staff Reports
After stroking a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game, Yough’s Matt Huss hit a walk-off ...
Expectations high for Gateway softball
By Katie Foglia
The Gateway softball team and its coach, Andy Popojas, are looking forward to getting the season started. The first few games were canceled because of ...
Plum softball looks to top unprecedented 2014 season
By Ed Phillipps
After making history in 2014, the Plum softball squad is already hoping to rewrite the record books. On paper, that doesn’t seem like too tall ...
Seton-La Salle softball aiming for 5th straight section title
By Ray Fisher
Seton-La Salle was co-section champion in 2014, advanced to the WPIAL semifinal round, and qualified for the state playoffs for the first time in 30 ...
Previewing the 2015 WPIAL softball season
By Compiled By Bill Hartlep
Class AAAA Preseason top five Team 2014 record 1. Shaler 17-4 2. Canon-McMillan 18-5 3. Latrobe 17-6 4. Norwin 12-4 5. North Allegheny 16-5 Section favorites 1. Latrobe: After finishing third in the ...
Elizabeth Forward back home from spring training, awaits section opener
By Dave Mackall
Elizabeth Forward returned home to wet conditions Tuesday from a trip to South Carolina that softball coach Harry Rutherford said failed to provide the Warriors ...
Ligonier softball team works on offense
By Peter Turcik
The Lady Rams will begin the 2015 Ligonier Valley High School softball season with a trip to Heritage Conference rival Blairsville. Last year Ligonier Valley ...
High school roundup: Moon downs defending champion West Allegheny
By Staff Reports
Max Montanaro clobbered a home run to lead Moon past defending WPIAL Class AAA champion West Allegheny, 6-5, in a nonsection contest Tuesday. Ryan Shields ...
Led by sophomore captains, Derry softball hopes to reverse losing ways
By Kevin Lohman
Last season was full of challenges for the Derry softball team. The young Trojans squad was just three games into an arduous Section 4-AAA schedule ...
Franklin Regional softball team scores 3 victories during trip to Florida
By Kevin Lohman
After struggling to score runs on the way to a 3-13 finish last season, the Franklin Regional softball team kicked off its 2014-15 season by ...
Monessen softball setting lofty goals
By Bill Hughes
The last two seasons, Monessen coach Bo Teets has seen his softball team flirt with a winning record as it finished 8-9 both years, coming ...
Daily News roundup: Norwin hurlers no-hit Derry in opener
By Staff Reports
John Driggers and Nick Amendola combined to throw a four-inning no-hitter to lead Norwin (1-0) to a 16-0 nonsection victory over Derry on Tuesday. Driggers ...
Valley Independent roundup: Belle Vernon freshman Parshall proves hype is real
By Jeff Oliver
When Belle Vernon Area freshman Bailey Parshall accepted a scholarship to pitch softball at Penn State, some people may have been a little skeptical. On Tuesday at Washington Township, McKeesport got to see what the hype was all about. Parshall fired a 2-hitter with 12 strikeouts and 2 walks to lead BVA ...
Southmoreland’s Bunner looks forward to opportunity at RMU
By Taylor Millslagle
The Southmoreland High School softball team recently began its 2015 season. With the dawn of a new season comes excitement. Count junior Briana Bunner among those ...
The Signal Item softball preview
By Nathan Smith
Expectations are high for the Signal Item area softball teams entering the season. A year after only two qualified for the postseason and another fell one game short, all four teams return several starters and are looking to reach the WPIAL postseason. The following is a look at what to expect from ...
Trinity’s 2nd-inning grand slam propels Hillers past West Mifflin
By Dave Mackall
Battling a bitter afternoon chill, West Mifflin softball coach Casey Phillips did his best to concentrate on the two-out pop fly in the second inning ...
High school roundup: Shaler downs North Hills in opener
By Staff Reports
Lauren Miller, A.J. Nichols and Jacey Schott each had four hits to lead Shaler to a 14-7 victory over North Hills in a Section 3-AAAA softball game Monday. Shaler (1-0, 1-0) accumulated 21 hits in the triumph. Lindsey Wittig drove in three runs for the Indians (0-1, 0-1). Hempfield 12, Penn-Trafford ...
Connellsville softball feasts on Ringgold pitching in 15-0 victory
By Jason Black
New Connellsville girls softball coach Felicia Domasky couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. The Falcons banged out 15 hits on Monday on ...
Monessen beats Charleroi in 8 innings
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago, Monessen won five straight games at the end of the season to earn a second straight WPIAL Class A playoff berth. Meanwhile, the ...
Daily News roundup: Yough opens with come-from-behind win
By Staff Reports
T.J. Lux singled home Eric Borkovich with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap Yough’s rally for a 5-4 win over Ringgold in a nonsection baseball game Monday. The Rams (0-1) built a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but the Cougars (1-0) plated one ...
California Area softball to stay patient with young team
By Bill Hughes
California Area softball coach Earl Doman and his team are coming off of a winless season, and he is realistic about expectations. “We are very young and are going to take some bumps and bruises,” he said. “The young girls are going to get experience and that will help build for ...
Frazier softball optimistic heading into season
By Jason Black
Seeking their sixth straight trip to the WPIAL playoffs, the Frazier girls softball team will enter the season with a wealth of experience and could ...
McKeesport softball hopes to roll with changes
By Dave Mackall
There’s a different look this season to the McKeesport softball team. Chelsea Butler takes over as coach of the Tigers, who have moved to Class AAA from Quad-A. “Believe me, that doesn’t mean we’re not in for a battle,” said Butler, who succeeds Melissa Conrad as coach. “The teams in our section ...
BVA hoping to shake trend
By Bill Hughes
The Belle Vernon Area softball team has had two consecutive losing seasons. That’s uncharted territory for the Leopards. BVA went 5-12 last season. Combined with the ...
1st-year Ringgold softball coach thrown into fire
By Bill Hughes
First-year Ringgold coach Don Crile wasn’t done any favors for his inaugural season. His team plays in Section 3-AAA, which he knows will be challenging. “I think this is one of the toughest sections in the entire WPIAL,” he said. “Trinity, West Mifflin, Thomas Jefferson, and Elizabeth Forward were all strong teams ...
Charleroi softball team ready for new section
By Bill Hughes
Second-year Charleroi softball coach Trey Tilghman knows his team will have a tough time duplicating last year’s success. The team won Section 4-AA in 2014 with ...
Connellsville softball welcomes new coach, looks to break trend
By Jason Black
There have been a number of changes with the Connellsville softball team in recent seasons. Aside from the usual amount of player turnover, the Falcons ...
Greensburg Salem softball chasing 5th straight section title
By Kevin Lohman
Over the past few years the Greensburg Salem softball program has established itself as a powerhouse in the WPIAL Class AAA division. The Golden Lions ...
Armstrong County softball teams join same section in Class AA
By Matt Grubba
The farewell tour for Kittanning and Ford City softball will be hitting all the same locales. Kittanning drops from Class AAA to Section 3-AA, which creates ...
Thomas Jefferson softball team opens season as defending WPIAL Class AAA champion
By Ray Fisher
The 2014 softball season at Thomas Jefferson was one that won’t soon be forgotten. If ever. The Lady Jaguars won their first WPIAL softball title in school ...
A-K Valley softball programs in transition under 1st-year coaches
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Change is in the air in A-K Valley softball. The season is scheduled to open Friday, and for the first time in more than two decades, ...