Last Updated: Thu May 11, 2023 - 11:15PM
Westmoreland County high school softball recaps from Wednesday, May 10th 2023:
Hempfield Area 10 Butler Area 0
The Spartans kept their section title hopes alive, rolling to a 10-0 win at home against Butler Area. Hempfield Area improved to 13-2 in Section 1-6A, setting up a first-place showdown against Seneca Valley, while the Golden Tornado dropped to 2-15. Peyton Heisler and Sarah Podkul each produced a double for Hempfield, while Julia Varhola compiled five strikeouts in the circle.
Norwin 5 North Allegheny 2
Madie Kessler launched a pair of home runs, as the Knights ousted North Allegheny 5-2 in a battle for third place. With the victory, Norwin ascended to 12-4 in Section 1-6A, while the Tigers dropped to 11-5. In addition to Kessler’s three RBIs, Norwin was paced by Alyssa McCormick, who racked up six strikeouts in the circle and notched an RBI double.
Penn-Trafford 20 Penn Hills 4
The Warriors produced an offensive outburst, overmatching Penn Hills 20-4. Cameron Ponko posted four RBIs, Lorryn Sepe homered and contributed two runs batted in, and Rilie Moore also picked up two RBIs for visiting Penn-Trafford. As a result of the nonsection win, the Warriors elevated their mark to 6-10 overall, while the Indians fell to 7-9.
Franklin Regional 6 Knoch 0
The Panthers recorded their sixth shutout of the season, blanking Knoch 6-0. Homestanding Franklin Regional received a stellar effort from pitcher Carli Ramchandran, who allowed just one hit over six innings. Madison Nyugen anchored the FR offense, as she went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, while Sydney Jackson and Toryn Fulton also had two-hit efforts. With the nonsection triumph, FR elevated its mark to 11-6 overall, while the Knights dropped to 10-8.
Belle Vernon Area 10 Connellsville 1
The Leopards blasted a pair of home runs enroute to a 10-1 victory at Connellsville Area in a nonsection tilt. Maren Metikosh and Gracie Sokol each cleared the fence for BVA, as Metikosh contributed three RBIs and Sokol added a pair, while Talia Ross racked up 10 strikeouts in the circle. With the win, the playoff-bound Leopards improved to 14-4 overall, while the Falcons dropped to 2-13.
Thomas Jefferson 8 Yough 6
Despite three hits from Sidney Bergman, the Cougars suffered an 8-6 loss at home to Thomas Jefferson in a non-section matchup. Zoe Krizan and Allie Chalovich each homered for the Jaguars. With their playoff spot clinched, the Cougars fell to 9-4 overall, while TJ improved to 13-5.
Derry Area 8 Apollo-Ridge 5
Isabella DePalma keyed the Trojans to an 8-5 road win against Apollo-Ridge. The Derry Area standout delivered a pair of doubles and a triple, plating two runs, while Sophia Doherty also had two RBIs. With the victory, the Trojans moved to 3-12 overall, while the Vikings fell to 6-9.
Burrell 10 Deer Lakes 0
Katie Armstrong tossed a shutout in the circle and added three hits at the plate to lead the Buccaneers to a 10-0 win in six innings against Deer Lakes. Armstrong permitted just two hits, striking out nine, while Brae Jones smacked a three-run homer for homestanding Burrell. The playoff-bound Bucs improved to 7-3 in Section 1-3A, while the Lancers dropped to 6-4.
Greensburg Central Catholic 15 Ellis School 0
The Centurions cruised to a 15-0 victory in four innings on the road against the Ellis School. Abigail Dei tossed a three-hit shutout for GCC. Offensively, Erica Rodriguez homered and amassed seven RBIs, while Emma Henry and Maddie Bova notched a pair of extra-base hits apiece. With a playoff spot already secured, GCC finished the Section 2-2A ledger at 8-2, while the Tigers tumbled to 0-11.
Jeannette 10 Springdale 0
Grace Stein tossed a no-hitter in propelling the Jayhawks to a 10-0 home victory in five innings against Springdale. Stein recorded a dozen strikeouts in the process, while Franke Crosby had three RBIs for Jeannette. The Jayhawks, who have clinched a playoff berth, elevated their record to 8-4 in Section 3-1A, while the Dynamos remained winless at 0-11.