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Baseball: Hempfield, Penn-Trafford to square off in a big one Thursday

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When Hempfield traveled to Penn-Trafford on April 10, the Warriors weren't very nice hosts, as they hammered the Spartans, 13-2, in five innings.

Hempfield would love nothing more than to return the favor Thursday.

One of the biggest Class AAAA games so far this season will take place that day when Hempfield (9-3, 6-1) hosts Penn-Trafford (10-1, 5-1) in a Section 2 showdown.

Depending on the results of games played earlier in the week, Thursday's winner could take over the section lead and keep their hopes alive for a possible No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Softball: Class AAAA Section 1 playoff race gets interesting after Latrobe is upset

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Norwin, Latrobe, Hempfield and Penn-Trafford have had a monopoly most seasons on the three playoff spots in Section 1-AAAA. This year Connellsville is trying to crash the party. The team is clinging to playoff life and it kept its playoff hopes alive and by opening the second half of the season with a major upset over No. 4 Latrobe on Thursday. Emily Keslar held the Wildcats to three hits in a complete-game shutout as Connellsville triumphed over Latrobe 1-0. A day earlier Connellsville was being thumped by Hempfield while Latrobe was triumphing over Kiski Area. So goes life in Section 1-AAAA, one of the consistently most balanced sections in the WPIAL.

One game into the second half of section play and Norwin clings to a lead in the section with a 5-1 record, ahead of Latrobe (5-2) and Hempfield (5-2) with Penn-Trafford (4-2) and Connellsville (3-4) very much alive in the playoff race.

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Sports Town East Week in Review (Apr. 13-19)

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Softball: Grand slam helps Penn-Trafford knock off Norwin

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Penn-Trafford's bats could not have picked a better time to come alive. The Warriors blasted Norwin 12-2 in six innings in a Section 1-AAAA showdown. The upset win against No. 2 Norwin was fueled by senior shortstop Ashley Yanniruberto. Yanniruberto hit a grand slam. It was a big win for Penn-Trafford considering the opponent and considering that just two days earlier the team lost a heartbreaker, 7-6, at Hempfield.

Latrobe earned a crucial section when at home against Hempfield on Thursday. Latrobe pitcher Meredith Carr fired a complete-game one-hitter, striking out five.

The upset win by Penn-Trafford and added to what should be an exciting race in the second half of the season for the section crown and three playoff berths. Latrobe (6-1, 4-1) and Norwin (5-1, 4-1) remain tied for first place with Penn-Trafford (6-2, 4-2) and Hempfield (3-2, 3-2) in contention with nobody ready to count out Connellsville (2-3, 2-3).

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Sports Town East Week in Review (Apr. 6-12)

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