Chartiers Valley softball finds wins in first Class AAAA season
TribLIVE Sports Videos
When it comes to setting goals this season, the Chartiers Valley softball team is keeping it simple.
“We just want to win,” junior catcher Libby Chidlow said. “Every time we do, we want to play more and win more.”
The Colts haven't had much trouble finding wins in their debut season in Class AAAA, recording a 4-3 overall and section record. The Colts notched three wins last week, defeating Baldwin, 5-4, Brashear, 8-1 and Mt. Lebanon, 3-1.
Chartiers Valley struck first in the win over the Blue Devils as sophomore Alex Lawrence connected on a single to center field that drove home Brittany Kane from second base.
The Colts extended their lead in the bottom of the sixth as a Chidlow sacrifice brought Karley O'Keefe in from third and a Katy Gibson single to right field drove Jill Dunn home to extend the lead to 3-0.
Mt. Lebanon cut into the Chartiers Valley lead in the top of the seventh when Ally Bianchi singled home a run, but the Colts held on for the win.
The late-game charge by the Blue Devils was welcomed by first-year coach Jeff Reicoff. The Colts used sophomore Maddie Zimmer on the mound, and coming through in the high-pressure situation may turn out to be a good learning experience.
“(Zimmer) did a nice job,” Reicoff said. “Mentally, pitching is a hard gig. You need to be kind of stoic and not show many emotions. She did a nice job moving the ball around and incorporating the changeup.”
The wins were important in the chase for a WPIAL playoff spot. With three playoff spots available for Section 4-AAAA, Canon-McMillan has pulled away from the rest of the section with a 5-0 mark. Peters Township is in second with a 4-2 record, and Chartiers Valley is third at 4-3.
But there is a log jam after the Colts as three teams — Baldwin, Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon — are within a game of third.
“Every win is important,” Reicoff said. “There are 14 section games, and you don't want to look back at the end of the year and think, ‘well if we made that play we would be in the playoffs.'
“The kids get how important these section games are.”
As they eye a playoff spot, the youthful Colts continue to grow. Chartiers Valley has only one senior in Gibson and four juniors. The rest of the roster is comprised of four sophomores and four freshmen.
While it might seem like a formula for a sub-par season, the upperclassmen said the youngsters have looked good and are a major part of the team's early success this season.
“A lot of the underclassmen are stepping up,” Gibson said. “It just hasn't been the upperclassmen taking control. The young players are filling some big shoes.”
The Colts return to the field today, Thursday, when they host Upper St. Clair. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-388-5813.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Steelers rising fast in mediocre AFC
- Steelers offense learning to slam door
- Steelers clinch trip to postseason with big victory over Chiefs
- Steelers-Bengals game to start at 8:30 p.m.
- Pittsburgh police doubling up on duty after potential threats
- Charity helps dozens of McKeesport area children in need get new shoes
- Pittsburgh mayor Peduto goes ‘Undercover’ for CBS reality show
- Downie, Farnham bringing a much-needed edge to the Penguins
- Real estate union: Howard Hanna buys Langholz Wilson Ellis
- Heyward, swarming defense get best of Chiefs in Steelers’ win
- Old-school booksellers learn to survive, thrive in digital age