Hempfield rallies for win
The Hempfield softball team was barely challenged during its undefeated regular season. The Spartans got their first real scare in the quarterfinals, but they showed no fear.
North Hills jumped out early, but the Spartans (21-0) chipped away late and picked up a 3-2 Class 6A victory at Gateway for the closest win of the year.
The Indians (11-10) scored both of their runs in the top of the third. Hempfield scored once in the bottom of the fourth and tacked on two more in the sixth.
Autumn Beasley provided the game-winning RBI by doubling home Olivia Persin.
"We get everyone's best shot," said Hempfield coach Bob Kalp. "The kids didn't panic. We knew we had time to come back."
Notre Dame recruit Morgan Ryan struck out 13 to earn the win.
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North Allegheny 4, Canon McMillan 2: The Tigers have been the comeback kids so far in the playoffs. Kristen Chomos cranked a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to lift North Alleghey (13-8) past the Big Macs (10-5) in a quarterfinal game played at Baldwin. On Monday, the Tigers used another seventh-inning RBI to pull out a win.
Baldwin 6, Shaler 1: Samantha Wampler whacked two home runs and drove in five for the Highlanders (13-3) in a quarterfinal victory played at West Allegheny. Winning pitcher Addie Tagg allowed only three hits and struck out five.
Latrobe 3, Seneca Valley 0: Meredith Carr scattered three hits and struck out five for Latrobe in its quarterfinal win at Gateway.
Yough 11, Indiana 1: Sophomore Kierra Waywood fired a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for Yough (16-2). She helped her cause by going 2 for 3 from the plate with a triple.
Belle Vernon 4, Central Valley 0: Penn State recruit Bailey Parshall sat down 13 batters and allowed only three hits as the Leopards (17-1) rolled through the quarterfinal contest at Baldwin.
Mount Pleasant 3, Elizabeth Forward 1: Autumn Shogun drove in a pair of runs and the Vikings triumphed in a quarterfinal matchup at California University.
Ambridge 6, South Fayette 3: Brooklyn Kotula struck out six to pick up the win, and she also smacked a two-run double to pace the Bridgers (12-3) in a quarterfinal win played at West Allegheny.
Ellwood City 6, Burrell 5: The top-seeded Wolverines narrowly avoided being upset when Zoe Kalantzis singled home Ariana Garroway with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Ellwood City (16-0) past Burrell (8-8) at North Allegheny.
South Park 13, Freeport 5: The Eagles (16-2) got a boost from their bench, which produced five RBIs to help them to the quarterfinal win at Hampton.
Deer Lakes 9, Avonworth 4: The Lancers (14-1) pounded out 16 hits and advanced past Avonworth (10-6) at Hampton.
Monessen 11, Riverview 0: Nearly all of Monessen's runs came from sophomore Mattie Telegraphis, who bashed a first-inning grand slam and finished with seven RBIs for the Greyhounds (14-5).