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Softball: 2017 South Season Recap

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Belle Vernon won 20 games and has now won two WPIAL titles in three years. It might come as a bit of surprise but Bailey Parshall still has one more season of high school softball. The junior pitcher committed to Penn State as a freshman and has been terrorizing opposition batters since then too. She led Belle Vernon to a 20-2 record and the PIAA quarterfinals, striking out 15 in a loss to eventual champion Mount Pleasant. Parshall amassed an 0.52 ERA and tossed three no-hitters, including a perfect game vs. Carrick. This is her third selection to the PG's all-area team.

Seton-LaSalle junior shortstop Lexi Wagner led the Rebels with 2 grand slams, 8 home runs, 1 triple and 9 doubles. Wagner's 32 RBIs are no surprise. She hit .467 in 60 at-bats and had no strikeouts. As a fielder, the Pitt recruit had 36 put-outs, 31 assists and contributed to seven double plays.

South Park senior pitcher Justine Dean was a three-year starter, was 18-3 with a 1.80 ERA, surrendering 35 earned runs in 136 innings. She tallied 133 strikeouts and 41 walks, only allowing one home run. She is a Mercyhurst Northeast recruit and hit .487 with 38 RBIs, and led South Park to its first PIAA championship. Her teammate, junior third baseman Katlyn Pavlick, hit .614 with 8 doubles and 4 triples, and led the team with 10 home runs. She also led it with 45 RBIs and 42 runs scored. She was 25 of 25 in stolen bases and only struck out once. She had a .936 fielding percentage and her accurate arm helped South Park to a state title.

Chartiers-Houston made somewhat of a surprising run to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals this season.