PIAA Class AA softball capsule: Deer Lakes vs. Marion Center
Deer Lakes (21-1) vs. Marion Center (18-1)
3 p.m. Monday at Fox Chapel
Coaches: Craig Taliani, Deer Lakes; Ed Peterson, Marion Center.
District standings: Deer Lakes: WPIAL champion; Marion Center: District 6 runner-up
Winner plays: Everett/Moniteau winner Thursday in quarterfinals
Extra bases: Deer Lakes handled No. 2 seed Mohawk (16-1), 13-5, in the WPIAL championship as junior left fielder Maria Taliani had a game for the ages. Taliani hit three home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs, all in a 3-for-4 performance. Senior shortstop Katie Gozzard added a three-run shot, her first homer of the season, and drove in four. Gozzard has had an extra-base hit in every playoff game this season. Deer Lakes broke the school record for wins in a season. The Lancers have won 19 straight games and have scored 10 or more runs 17 times this season. The playoff-tested Lancers are seeking their third trip to the state quarterfinals in four years. ... Marion Center was upset in the District 6 final by Central Martinsburg, 6-5, in 10 innings. Senior pitcher Megan Risinger is one the of top strikeout pitchers in Class AA. She fanned 10 in the district final and 13 in the semifinals. She has thrown three no-hitters this season, including a seven-inning perfect game against Purchase Line where she had 14 strikeouts. Laken Ryen is one of the Stingers' top hitters, and Jess Gess, Sammie Frye, Olivia Riley and Courtney McMahan have had big games at the plate this season.