Now in his eighth season coaching at Shaler, veteran coach Skip Palmer has seen plenty of dominant pitchers. He has seen some on his squad and he has gone up against some of the best at schools like Mt. Lebanon, Latrobe and Hempfield to name a few.
Palmer has a good pitcher this season in Brianna Dobson but she is a freshman and not yet dominant. Palmer has also noticed there does not seem to be another dominant pitcher in Class AAAA that can take over a WPIAL postseason.
"I think it is pretty even to be honest," Palmer said. "I haven't seen a pitcher dominate. There is nobody really dominating pitching wise in Quad A."
Defending WPIAL champion Canon-McMillan (12-1, 11-0) has a very good shot to sew up the No. 1 overall seed. After the Big Macs things are much less clear with Latrobe (11-2, 9-1) and Hempfield (13-3, 8-2) battling in Section 1, McKeesport (13-3, 10-0) a surprise story out of Section 2 and North Allegheny (10-1, 9-1) and Shaler (10-4, 9-3) battling in Section 3.
"Canon-McMillan has a good shot, Hempfield is a good team, North Allegheny is playing pretty good ball right now," Palmer said. "If somebody gets hot at the right time they could make a run. Don't count us out either, we are pretty tough to beat at times. There are a lot of even teams going into the playoffs. If you get a break, who knows. I am looking forward to it."