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Latrobe downs WPIAL champion Shaler in 1st round of PIAA playoffs

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Shaler first baseman Amanda Sartori doubles off Latrobe base runner Ashley Perillo after catching a line drive during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Shaler first baseman Amanda Sartori doubles off Latrobe base runner Ashley Perillo after catching a line drive during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe base runner Lexie Zoppetti scores the eventual winning run in front of Shaler catcher A.J. Nichols during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe base runner Lexie Zoppetti scores the eventual winning run in front of Shaler catcher A.J. Nichols during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe first baseman Shelby Noel attempts to double off Shaler base runner Mia Sipple after catching a pop fly during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe first baseman Shelby Noel attempts to double off Shaler base runner Mia Sipple after catching a pop fly during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe pitcher Meredith Carr celebrates after beating Shaler, 6-4, during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs Monday, June 2, 2014, at Hampton Community Park in Allison Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe pitcher Meredith Carr celebrates after beating Shaler, 6-4, during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs Monday, June 2, 2014, at Hampton Community Park in Allison Park.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe players celebrate their 6-4 victory over Shaler with coach Alexa Bryson (center) during a PIAA Class AAAA first-round playoff game against Shaler on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Hampton Community Park in Allison Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe players celebrate their 6-4 victory over Shaler with coach Alexa Bryson (center) during a PIAA Class AAAA first-round playoff game against Shaler on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Hampton Community Park in Allison Park.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Jenna Raccor (left) and Alexus Fearer celebrate their 6-4 victory over Shaler during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Jenna Raccor (left) and Alexus Fearer celebrate their 6-4 victory over Shaler during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe first baseman Shelby Noel holds onto a pop fly while colliding with Shaler base runner Lauren Miller during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe first baseman Shelby Noel holds onto a pop fly while colliding with Shaler base runner Lauren Miller during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe pitcher Meredith Carr celebrates after beating Shaler, 6-4, during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs Monday, June 2, 2014, at Hampton Community Park in Allison Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe pitcher Meredith Carr celebrates after beating Shaler, 6-4, during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs Monday, June 2, 2014, at Hampton Community Park in Allison Park.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Shaler's Lauren Miller consoles Bri Dobson after their 6-4 loss to Latrobe during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Shaler's Lauren Miller consoles Bri Dobson after their 6-4 loss to Latrobe during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Shaler players from left to right Amanda Sartori, Emily Matthews, Abby Hummel and Mia Sipple react after losing to Latrobe, 6-4, during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Shaler players from left to right Amanda Sartori, Emily Matthews, Abby Hummel and Mia Sipple react after losing to Latrobe, 6-4, during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe pitcher Meredith Carr delivers to a Shaler batter during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe pitcher Meredith Carr delivers to a Shaler batter during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Shaler's Mia Sipple leaves the field after being beat by Latrobe, 6-4, during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA Ssoftball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Shaler's Mia Sipple leaves the field after being beat by Latrobe, 6-4, during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA Ssoftball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Shaler shortstop Lauren Miller catches a line drive by Latrobe's Madeline Stein during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Shaler shortstop Lauren Miller catches a line drive by Latrobe's Madeline Stein during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe shortstop Madeline Stein fields a ball in front of Shaler base runner Jacey Schott during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe shortstop Madeline Stein fields a ball in front of Shaler base runner Jacey Schott during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs at Hampton Community Park on June 2, 2014 in Allison Park. Latrobe defeated Shaler, 6-4.

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Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:39 p.m.
 

Latrobe freshman pitcher Meredith Carr is a fan of rooting for the underdog.

Monday at Hampton, Carr helped underdog Latrobe upset WPIAL Class AAAA champion Shaler, 6-4, in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs.

Latrobe, which finished third in the WPIAL, used a five-run second inning, highlighted by senior first baseman Shelby Noel's bases-clearing double, to shock the Titans (17-4).

Latrobe (17-5) will play DuBois, which rallied past 2013 PIAA champion Canon-McMillan, 5-4, on Thursday at a time and site to be determined.

The Wildcats pounded out 13 hits, including six in the second inning, off Shaler pitcher Bri Dobson.

Alexis Fearer had three singles, Noel had two hits and three RBIs, Jenna Raccor had two hits and an RBI and Jenna Adams had two hits.

“Give Latrobe credit. It hit the ball, and we didn't,” Shaler coach Skip Palmer said. “That second inning killed us. Plain and simple, Latrobe played better than we did.”

Before Noel's big hit, Raccor and Reilly McCracken drove in runs with singles.

“Pitching with the big lead took some pressure off me,” Carr said. “It was a relief. Shelby tells me to play big. She helps me a lot, and she showed up big.”

Noel added: “I was just looking to hit the ball hard somewhere. There were two outs and I didn't want to strand any runners.”

Latrobe's defense was solid behind Carr. It didn't commit an error and turned a double play thanks to the heads-up play of catcher Jess Tatone, who doubled off a runner in the sixth inning.

Shaler, which defeated Canon-McMillan in the WPIAL finals, chipped away at Latrobe's lead by getting an RBI hit from Rachel Nyman in the bottom of the second inning and scoring three runs in the fourth highlighted by a two-run hit by Mia Sipple.

But after the shaky fourth inning, Carr didn't allow another run.

“I was pretty calm until the final batter,” Carr said. “I had a feeling we could win this game.”

Latrobe tacked on a sixth run in the top of the seventh. Noel lined a single to center that was misplayed. Noel raced to third and scored when Ashley Perillo looped a single to right.

Shaler got two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but Carr struck out Dobson to end the game. Carr allowed six hits, walked three and struck out five.

“We usually have a big inning in our games,” Latrobe coach Alexa Bryson said. “I didn't like how we coasted for a few innings, but getting the run in the seventh was big.

“I could tell Shelby was itching to get a big hit. That was big for her and the team. Getting all those runs early, we saw we could hang with them.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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