PIAA Class AA softball playoffs capsule: Deer Lakes (18-1) vs. Fairview (22-0)
PIAA Class AA softball playoffs
Deer Lakes (18-1) vs. Fairview (22-0)
5 p.m. Monday
Penn State Behrend
Records: Deer Lakes 18-1, Fairview 22-0
Winner plays: Phillipsburg-Osceola/Chartiers-Houston winner
Coaches: Craig Taliani, Deer Lakes; Anita Deloe, Fairview
Notables: Deer Lakes will look to bounce back after a tough loss to Riverside in the WPIAL championship game. The normally sure-handed Lancers committed four errors that led to four unearned runs for Riverside in the 5-1 loss. They also struck out 11 times against Panthers pitcher Kirsten Wilson, who allowed four hits combined against three previous playoff opponents before giving up three to Deer Lakes. Senior catcher Hannah Blinn was the only player not to strike out against Wilson in the final. Blinn, who is hitting .484, has struck out once all season. Sophomore Tiffany Edwards, who is 26-1 in her career, doubled in the title game and drove in the team's only run. ... Fairview is a perennial contender in District 10, where it has won three straight championships. The Tigers have only lost twice in three seasons, with both coming in the PIAA playoffs. They are led by senior Raven Rozantz, who is 22-0, carries a 0.75 ERA and has 250 strikeouts. In the District 10 championship, junior first baseman Aubree Martin waved off a bunt, requested to swing away and slapped a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to give Fairview a 2-1 win over Harbor Creek. That game also was played at Penn State Behrend. Senior shortstop Kayla Kupniewski is hitting .540 with 26 runs and 19 RBI.
—Bill Beckner Jr.
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