Sports Town will review the 2012-13 school year during July. Today we are visiting the softball season.
A new Quad-A power emerged in the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh this season with Canon-McMillan staking its claim as the best team in the WPIAL and best team in the state. The Big Macs repeated their WPIAL Class AAAA championship season from a year ago and added the school’s first ever PIAA softball championship, as well.
It was the WPIAL’s first Class AAAA state softball title since Mt. Lebanon won iin 2010. Canon-McMillan swept Mt. Lebanon this year and just about everyone else during a historic 25-1 campaign. Senior pitcher Alayna Astuto was one of the top players in the state. She was dominant at times in the playoffs shutting out three teams. She saved her best performance for the state final when she took a no-hitter into the tenth inning and went on to strike out 18 in a 4-3, 12-inning win over District 1 Neshaminy.
In Class AAA Trinity won the Section 2 title with an 11-1 record but the Hillers could not make a deep run in the postseason, eventually losing, 9-5, to West Mifflin in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Speaking of West Mifflin, the Titans had one of the biggest turnarounds in the WPIAL, going from worst to first in Section 3. A year after going 8-11 overall and 2-8 in Section 3, West Mifflin went 9-3 to tie Elizabeth Forward for the section title. The Titans went 17-6 overall, reaching the WPIAL semifinals where they were edged by Ambridge, 5-4.
Seton-LaSalle was one of three undefeated section champions in Class AA, finishing 10-0 in Section 1 and 12-2 overall. Chartiers-Houston had continued success even with a bump up from Class A to Class AA. The Buccaneers finished 19-2 overall and went a perfect 12-0 to win Section 2. The two-time defending WPIAL Class A champions, Chartiers-Houston, had success in the Class AA postseason, reaching the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA playoffs.