Seton-La Salle softball team stunned in WPIAL Class AA first-round game
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Seton-La Salle's varsity softball team attained one of its season goals in 2013 by winning its third consecutive section title.
The Lady Rebels generated a 10-0 slate in Section 1-A, as well as a 12-1 overall regular-season record.
But the local club was upended by Beaver, 10-3, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
It was a disappointing loss for the Lady Rebels, who in the past three seasons have compiled a 37-1 section slate, 40-3 regular-season record, and 42-6 overall mark.
“We had a very good regular season, and a little disappointing playoff game,” Jay Krull, Seton-La Salle's head coach, said.
“This was a committed and hard-working team.”
Beaver (12-6), the third-place team in Section 5 and No. 13 seed in the Class AA playoffs, defeated Greensburg Central Catholic, 7-2, in the quarterfinal round held earlier this week.
Seton-La Salle advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals in 2011 and 2012, and had higher expectations in 2013.
However, the cupboard certainly won't be empty for the 2014 campaign.
All but two of the starters on this year's team will return in 2014, as catcher Jess Weiss and first baseman Raelyn Fencik are senior athletes.
The remainder of the starting lineup normally consisted of shortstop Taylor Mercurio, center fielder Danielle Dadig, pitcher Lauren Zola, second baseman Lexi Mercurio, right fielder Kaylee Boehme, left fielder Danielle Merlina and third baseman Arrigo Tomasina.
Taylor Mercurio and Merlina are juniors, while Dadig, Zola, Boehme and Tomasina are sophomores. Lexi Mercurio is a standout freshman player.
“The seniors will be missed,” Krull said, “but I believe we have younger players on the roster to continue our success.”
There are seven freshman prospects in the varsity program this year, consisting of Annie Borofski, Kelsie Klein, Olivia Matvey, Mercurio, Alyssa Miller, Katie Smith and Shelby Weigold.
“We have seven freshman with good skill sets,” said Krull, the Lady Rebels' fourth-year field boss.
Seton-La Salle ended up undefeated in section play for the second year in a row, finishing ahead of Keystone Oaks (8-2), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (5-5), Carlynton (4-6), Avonworth (3-7) and Quaker Valley (0-10) in 2013.
“Our success has been at the team level,” Krull said.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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