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Breaking down the WPIAL softball championships

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Class AAAA

Canon-McMillan vs. Shaler

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

No. 1 Canon-McMillan (18-3)

Coach: Michele Moeller

No. Name Pos. Yr.

0 Linda Rush SS So.

34 Brittney Crawford LF Fr.

13 Abby McCartney CF Jr.

8 Olivia Lorusso 3B Sr.

21 Giorgiana Zeremenko C Sr.

18 Ally Bellaire 2B Sr.

23 Tara Fowler P Jr.

2 Taylor Bruno RF Jr.

11 Jada Kemp DP So.

15 McKenzie Jacobs* 1B So.

No. 2 Shaler (16-3)

Coach: Skip Palmer

No. Name Pos. Yr.

2 Jacey Schott RF So.

3 Haley Dengler CF Jr.

23 A.J. Nichols C Jr.

19 Brianna Dobson P So.

25 Lauren Miller SS Fr.

27 Amanda Sartori 1B So.

7 Lyndsey Lakatos DH Fr.

8 Rachel Nyman 2B Jr.

16 Mia Sipple 3B Jr.

11 Abby Hummel* LF Jr.

*Does not bat

How they got here:After a first-round bye, Canon-McMillan beat No. 9 North Allegheny, 3-1; and No. 5 Latrobe, 7-6. After a first-round bye, Shaler beat No. 10 Bethel Park, 10-0; and No. 3 Penn-Trafford, 4-1.

WPIAL titles:C-M, 2 (2012, ‘13), S: 2 (1982, 2005)

2013 final:C-M 5, North Allegheny 2

Notable:Canon-McMillan is the defending PIAA champion. The Big Macs have hit 50 homers. Lorusso has a state-best 15, McCartney 11. Both are Robert Morris recruits. Miller has six RBIs in two postseason games. Dobson stranded nine runners last game.

Predicted winner: Canon-McMillan

Class AAA

Mars vs. Thomas Jefferson

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.)

No. 11 Mars (12-4)

Coach:Michele Goodworth

No. Name Pos. Yr.

13 Suzanne Papik SS Jr.

17 Blake Kitt 3B So.

6 Erin Hershman CF Sr.

35 Kasey Jones 1B Sr.

34 Marina Manupelli C Fr.

25 Niki Schlegel P So.

15 Mallory Eperesi 2B So.

20 Shelby Huber LF Sr.

11 Jeanna Sybert RF Sr.

No. 13 Thomas Jefferson (14-6)

Coach:Heidi Karcher

No. Name Pos. Yr.

1 Rachel Bowers SS So.

32 Kyla Prickett 1B Sr.

9 Janelle Allison 3B Sr.

25 Lauren Herazo LF Jr.

14 Emily Schneider DP So.

0 Lindsey Kalup RF Fr.

22 Becca Bachman CF Sr.

21 Amanda O'Toole C Sr.

13 Megan Fitzgerald 2B So.

12 Lacie Lautner* P So.

*Does not bat

How they got here:Mars beat No. 6 Blackhawk, 5-4; No. 3 West Mifflin, 6-0; and No. 7 Elizabeth Forward, 7-6. Thomas Jefferson beat No. 4 Knoch, 3-2; No. 5 Trinity, 3-1; and No. 1 Greensburg Salem, 4-3.

WPIAL titles:M: 1 (2006), TJ: none

2013 final:Greensburg Salem 8, Ambridge 0

Notable:Neither team had a winning record last season. Mars was 9-10, the Jaguars 3-12. Mars is in final for the first time since '06. Lautner struck out 80 batters in the regular season and has 14 over her past two postseason games.

Predicted winner: Thomas Jefferson

Class AA

Beaver vs. Deer Lakes

2 p.m. Thursday, California (Pa.)

No. 1 Beaver (15-0)

Coach:Butch Rousseau

No. Name Pos. Yr.

43 Tayven Rousseau C Fr.

12 Jen Kondracki 3B So.

21 Casey Farkasovsky P So.

10 Haley Champ SS So.

45 Ashley Kondracki 1B So.

24 Bella Valent LF Sr.

23 Jayda Justice 2B So.

22 Katie Glass CF Sr.

11 Emily Weber DP So.

2 Jamaly Jusino RF Sr.

No. 2 Deer Lakes (18-0)

Coach:Craig Taliani

No. Name Pos. Yr.

13 Rachel Tanilli RF So.

33 Maureen Hutchinson CF So.

23 Katie Gozzard SS Jr.

55 Sierra Sarver 1B Sr.

9 Tiffany Edwards P Jr.

12 Maria Taliani LF So.

18 Brittany Dengler 3B Fr.

10 Sarah Blinn C So.

20 Stephanie Drapela DP So.

2 Shae Robson* 2B Fr.

*Does not bat

How they got here:After a first-round bye, Beaver beat No. 8 Burrell, 2-1; and No. 4 Keystone Oaks, 6-0. Deer Lakes beat No. 15 OLSH, 2-1; No. 10 McGuffey, 2-0; and No. 3 Seton-La Salle, 10-1.

WPIAL titles:B: 0, DL: 1 (2012)

2013 final:Riverside 5, Deer Lakes 1

Notable:Deer Lakes erased a 7-0 deficit to win a 2013 semifinal matchup that was delayed 93 minutes because of rain. This is the only WPIAL final — baseball or softball — that pits the top seeds. Edwards is 43-2 in her career. Tayven Rousseau tripled and stole home in the bottom of the ninth to put Beaver in the final for the first time.

Predicted winner: Beaver

Class A

Neshannock vs. South Side Beaver

11:30 a.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.)

No. 1 Neshannock (15-2)

Coach: Tracy Kimmel

No. Name Pos. Yr.

9 Marissa DeMatteo 2B Jr.

21 Cassidy Burrelli CF So.

6 Madison Shaffer P Jr.

24 Alexandra Fischer 1B Sr.

22 Madison Altmyer SS Sr.

20 Gina Zingaro 3B Jr.

7 Marissa Kirkwood C So.

3 Kaela Zingaro RF Jr.

1 Jenna DeLuca DP Jr.

2 Morgan Lash* RF So.

No. 7 South Side Beaver (16-3)

Coach:Theresa Waxler

No. Name Pos. Yr.

4 Capri Sollinger-Kinsley C Fr.

1 Cheyenne Seik CF Jr.

22 Sarah Androlia 2B Sr.

6 Connor McGaffic 1B So.

8 McKenna Smith P Fr.

9 Toni Yacoviello 3B So.

10 Lacey Weible RF So.

3 Alexis Dhayer 1B Jr.

26 Hunter Hand SS Fr.

*Does not bat

How they got here:After a first-round bye, Neshannock beat No. 8 Vincentian, 7-0; and No. 5 Burgettstown, 11-0. South Side Beaver beat No. 10 Leechburg, 9-1; No. 2 Carmichaels, 10-3; and No. 3 Jefferson-Morgan, 5-3.

WPIAL titles:N: 1 (2013), SSB: 0

2013 final:Neshannock 9, Carmichaels 4

Notable:This is South Side's first trip to the final. Excluding a pair of forfeit wins, Neshannock outscored its Section 4-A opponents 172-20. Shaffer has 15 strikeouts in two playoff shutouts. McGaffic, a Pitt recruit, hit .659 in the regular season with 13 home runs.

Predicted winner: Neshannock

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