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Previewing the 2016 WPIAL softball championships

| Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7:57 p.m.
West Greene's Madison Renner reacts after a strikeout against Monessen during a WPIAL Class A softball semifinal Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Cal (Pa.). West Greene won 10-0.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
West Greene's Madison Renner reacts after a strikeout against Monessen during a WPIAL Class A softball semifinal Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Cal (Pa.). West Greene won 10-0.
Hempfield pitcher Morgan Ryan delivers to the plate during a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Hampton. Hempfield defeated North Allegheny, 2-1.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Hempfield pitcher Morgan Ryan delivers to the plate during a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Hampton. Hempfield defeated North Allegheny, 2-1.
West Allegheny's Lexi Cogis (10) celebrates with Brooke Wilson after scoring against Montour during a game April 21, 2016, in North Fayette.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
West Allegheny's Lexi Cogis (10) celebrates with Brooke Wilson after scoring against Montour during a game April 21, 2016, in North Fayette.
South Park's Katlyn Pavlick makes a play against Freeport in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Hampton.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
South Park's Katlyn Pavlick makes a play against Freeport in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Hampton.

Here's a look at Thursday's 2016 WPIAL softball championships:

Class AAAA

Hempfield vs. Baldwin

1:30 p.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.)

No. 1 Hempfield (20-2)

Coach:Bob Kalp

No. Name Pos. Yr.

11 Taylor Hoffman CF Jr.

4 Alexa Pastor SS Sr.

13 Jenna Osikowicz 2B Jr.

34 Morgan Ryan P Jr.

8 Madi Stoner C Jr.

2 Taylor Blevins RF Sr.

10 Kaylee Bloom 3B Sr.

12 Jordan Sterling LF Sr.

1 Ali Belgiovane 1B Jr.

No. 3 Baldwin (13-3)

Coach:Vince Sortino

No. Name Pos. Yr.

23 Taylor Dadig SS So.

11 Ashley Brady 2B Sr.

24 Jaimie Schleicher 1B Sr.

12 Samantha Wampler 3B Jr.

17 Katie Knezevich LF Jr.

8 Anastasia Hale P Sr.

25 Adeline Tagg DP Fr.

19 Carly Santillo C So.

3 Isabella Rossa RF So.

44 Emma Berta* CF So.

* — Does not bat

How they got here:Hempfield beat No. 8 Penn-Trafford, 11-3; No. 4 North Allegheny, 2-1. Baldwin beat No. 11 Peters Township, 2-1; No. 7 Latrobe, 6-3.

WPIAL titles: Hempfield 3 (1998, 2009, ‘15); Baldwin 10 (1985, ‘86, ‘89-'91, ‘93-'96, 2001)

Notable:Defending champion Hempfield returned four Division I recruits, including Notre Dame-bound Ryan (18-2, 161 strikeouts). The Spartans have won nine straight and also feature Stoner, who hit .525 with 23 RBIs during the regular season, and Osikowicz, who hit .463. Baldwin's Schleicher, a Pitt-Greensburg recruit who hit .700 in the regular season, drove in the winning run in the semifinals.

Predicted winner: Hempfield

Class AAA

West Allegheny vs. Mt. Pleasant

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.)

No. 3 West Allegheny (19-1)

Coach:Mindi McFate

No. Name Pos. Yr.

8 Brooke Wilson C Jr.

10 Lexi Cogis 1B Sr.

17 Mackenzie Partyka 3B So.

24 Carli Eger LF Sr.

19 Ashley Seamon P So.

2 Taylor Cummings SS So.

6 Char-leigh Bates DP Jr.

3 Taylor Goldstrohm CF So.

4 Amy Nolte 2B So.

5 Angie Dale* RF Jr.

No. 12 Mt. Pleasant (12-5)

Coach:Lauren Shaheen

No. Name Pos. Yr.

5 Kayla Queer SS Sr.

1 Ava Gnibus CF So.

22 Chloe Poulich 3B So.

23 Nikki Klejka 1B Jr.

21 Meadow Uncapher P So.

19 Christiana Czegan RF So.

18 Madie Kromer 2B Sr.

15 Jenna Schultz DP Sr.

9 Addy Kubasky LF So.

10 Mya Klejka* C Fr.

* — Does not bat

How they got here: Mt. Pleasant beat No. 5 Indiana, 3-2; No. 4 Southmoreland, 9-5; No. 1 Thomas Jefferson, 7-3. West Allegheny beat No. 14 Trinity, 9-5; No. 6 Beaver, 3-2; No. 2 Yough, 1-0

WPIAL titles: West A. 0; Mt. Pleasant 0

Notable:A deep lineup has carried West Allegheny to the final. Seamon (14-0, 1.89 ERA) is hitting .385 with 23 RBIs, while Cogis (.462), Partyka (.393, 23 RBIs) and Wilson (.392, 4 HR) also lead the offense. The Indians have won 15 straight games. Uncapher, who was 8-4 with 77 strikeouts in the regular season, leads Mt. Pleasant after helping her cause with a 3-for-4 effort in the semifinals. The Vikings finished third in Section 4.

Predicted winner: West Allegheny

Class AA

Ellwood City vs. South Park

11 a.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.)

No. 1 Ellwood City (19-0)

Coach:Gary Rozanski

No. Name Pos. Yr.

24 Anna Ferrucci LF Fr.

14 Allie McKelvey CF Sr.

10 Ariana Garroway C Fr.

17 Mallory Swogger SS Sr.

6 Camille Maine 1B Jr.

20 Reagan Mittler DP So.

13 Natalia Greco 3B Fr.

21 Zoe Kalantzis 2B So.

1 Brooklyn Magill RF Jr.

9 Skyla Greco* P Jr.

No. 3 South Park (14-3)

Coach:Larry Mercurio

No. Name Pos. Yr.

18 Breanna Nugent CF Sr.

21 Kaitlin Morrison SS Fr.

27 Katlyn Pavlick 3B So.

10 Katie Isenberg C Sr.

6 Justine Dean P Jr.

55 Angela Shine 1B Sr.

5 Cassie Scanlon 2B Sr.

39 Laura Shinavski RF So.

43 Jessica Dean LF Sr.

* — Does not bat

How they got here: Ellwood City beat No. 16 Neshannock, 11-4; No. 8 Burgettstown, 2-1; No. 12 Steel Valley, 10-3. South Park beat No. 14 South Side, 13-3; No. 11 Freeport, 7-0; No. 7 Laurel, 11-1.

WPIAL titles: Ellwood City 1 (2008); South Park 1 (2003)

Notable:Four Division I recruits have guided South Park — Pitt recruit Pavlick (.594, 7 HR, 35 RBIs), RMU recruit Isenberg (.592, 7 HR, 31 RBIs), St. Francis recruit Nugent (.500, 6 HR, 26 RBIs), PSU recruit Morrison(.370, 19 RBIs). Ellwood City beat South Park in the first round last season. The Wolverines are led by Garroway (.533, 5 HR), McKlevey (.491) and Swogger (.482, 4 HR), as well as Skyla Greco (19-0, 1.03 ERA, 151 strikeouts).

Predicted winner: South Park

Class A

West Greene vs. Chartiers-Houston

4 p.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.)

No. 1 West Greene (22-1)

Coach:Bill Simms

No. Name Pos. Yr.

16 McKenna Lampe CF Fr.

4 Madison Lampe 3B Fr.

48 Madison Renner P So.

24 Bailey Bennington SS Sr.

2 Kaitlyn Rizor 2B Fr.

8 Lexie Mooney 1B So.

7 Linzee Stover LF So.

9 Mackenzie Carpenter RF Fr.

14 Shelby Morris C Jr.

No. 7 Chartiers-Houston (14-7)

Coach:Tricia Alderson

No. Name Pos. Yr.

27 Jaylese Lombardi RF Fr.

11 Brittany Blumen CF Jr.

22 Macie Kesneck 3B Jr.

7 Kayla Alderson C Jr.

25 Kaitlyn Dittrich P So.

4 Lauren Lober 2B Fr.

5 Kasey Scears SS Fr.

18 Jessica Ford 1B So.

13 Kayla Elliott LF Jr.

12 Allison Smith* DP So.

* — Does not bat

How they got here: West Greene beat No. 16 Greensburg C.C., 15-0; No. 8 Union, 8-2; No. 5 Monessen, 10-0. Chartiers-Houston beat No. 10 Leechburg, 9-4; No. 2 Shenango, 9-1; No. 6 CWNC, 3-1.

WPIAL titles: West Greene 0; Chartiers-Houston 8 (1987, '88, ‘99, 2005-07, ‘11-'12)

Notable: Chartiers-Houston has played for a WPIAL title four times since 2010. The Bucs were runners-up to Jefferson-Morgan last season. Dittrich is 14-6 with a 2.63 ERA, and Kesneck is hitting .452. Most of West Greene's lineup is batting over .400, including Cal (Pa.) recruit Bennington (.578, 7 HR, 34 RBIs), McKenna Lampe (.629), Madison Lampe (.472, 5 HR, 39 RBIs) and Renner (.566, 58 RBIs, 7 HR).

Predicted winner: West Greene

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