Allegheny high school roundup: South Park softball headed for state final
South Park defeated Phillipsburg-Osceola, 4-0, in the PIAA Class 3A softball semifinals behind a quick start.
The Eagles plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kaitlin Morrison started it off with an RBI triple, and Justine Dean followed with a two-RBI double.
Grace Albitz added insurance for the Eagles in the bottom of the fifth inning with an infield single. South Park scored four runs on 10 hits.
As the starting pitcher for the Eagles (20-3), Dean threw one-hit shutout. She struck out three and walked none.
South Park advances to the state championship game, where they face Pine Grove (25-2). The game will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Penn State's Nittany Lion.
Cedar Cliff 6, West Allegheny 5 — The West Allegheny softball team (23-2) gave up an early two-run lead to Cedar Cliff (19-8) and fell in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals. The Indians started with a triple by Brooke Wilson, who then scored the first run of the game. Ashley Seamon made the score 2-0 with a home run in the top of the second inning. Cedar Cliff began its comeback in the fourth, scoring four runs to break open the game.
The Indians refused to quit, scoring two runs in the seventh and starting off with an RBI double by Wilson. She scored the final run with two outs on a passed ball.
West Greene 9, DuBois Central Catholic 5 — Both Class A semifinalists entered with only one loss, but West Greene (25-1) scored early and often and never trailed in a victory over DuBois Central Catholic (23-2).
The lineup tallied 11 hits, two off of the bat of Madison Lampe, who scored three times and hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Kaitlyn Rizor went 4-4 with a double, run scored, and four RBIs.
Jade Renner went the distance and gave up four earned runs while striking out two and walking none for her 18th win.
The Pioneers play Williams Valley (20-5) for the Class A state championship. First pitch is at 11 a.m. Friday at Penn State's Nittany Lion Park.