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Softball: Hempfield's Monzo commits to Dickinson

Written by Brad Everett on .

To say Megan Monzo has been a part of some successful softball teams the last few years would be an understatement.

Over the past two years, her Hempfield team has won two WPIAL titles, two PIAA titles, and has an overall record of 52-2. The Spartans also won a WPIAL title when Monzo was a freshman.

In other words, her future college is getting a player who knows how to win.

Monzo, a senior third baseman, picked that college Wednesday when she announced via Twitter that she verbally committed to Dickinson College, which is located in Carlisle, Pa.

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Baseball: Hempfield's DiAndreth twins pick colleges

Written by Brad Everett on .

What a week it was for the DiAndreth twins, standout baseball players at Hempfield.

Last Tuesday, Isaiah made his college decision and, three days later, Nick did the same.

They may have a lot in common, but one similarity won't be where they will be attending college. Isaiah verbally committed to Seton Hill, while Nick picked IUP.

The DiAndreths are seniors-to-be at Hempfield and helped the Spartans go 12-9 and reach the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs this past season. Isaiah started at shortstop and was named to the all-section team. Nick was a starting outfielder and also saw time as a pitcher. Both ranked among the team's top hitters.

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Softball: Hempfield wins WPIAL, PIAA titles, named girls team of the year

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Sarah Spencer profiles the Hempfield softball team, the Post-Gazette's girls team of the year.

"With so many playoff-bound teams and memorable championship runs, it's hard for Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp to choose the best Spartans team he's coached after 21 seasons at the school.

His '99 state championship team was one for the books, but so was last year's, winning WPIAL and PIAA championships with the strong battery of pitcher Morgan Ryan and catcher Madi Stoner. This year's team was the first group of Spartans to go undefeated, stealing the title of best Hempfield team from last year's.

"Their reign only lasted one year," Kalp said. "Statistically speaking, anybody who would analyze it would say this is the best team we've had."

Hempfield finished 27-0, defeating Latrobe, 13-2, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship and Hazleton, 5-3, in the PIAA Class 6A championship, earning the Post-Gazette's girls team of the year. The Spartans have won back-to back state championships and three WPIAL titles in a row, the senior class missing the playoffs in 2013-14 a blip on its radar at this point."

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Softball: Hempfield caps undefeated season with PIAA title

Written by Sarah Spencer on .

Sarah Spencer covered Thursday's PIAA Class 6A softball championship between Hempfield and Hazleton.

Hempfield raises the trophy after winning the 2017 PIAA 6A softball championship.(Photo: Hempfield raises the trophy after winning the 2017 PIAA 6A softball championship. Antonella Crescimbeni/Post-Gazette)

"Hempfield pitcher Morgan Ryan faced chants of "overrated" coming from the Hazleton stands throughout the PIAA Class 6A championship.

Those chants picked up speed in the second inning, as Hazleton jumped out to a 2-1 lead, but eventually fell silent. The Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year and Notre Dame commit led the team to its second consecutive PIAA championship with a 5-3 win Thursday at Nittany Lion Softball Park in State College.

Ryan held Hazleton to three runs on seven hits, drawing encouragement from the noise.

"We kind of used it as motivation and fire, because any team who has to yell at the kids playing, it's just a game, we're all just kids playing, so that really just fueled our fire," Ryan said. "We really wanted to give it to the team and kind of shut their fans up.""

 

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Softball: Strong Hazleton team poses challenge to Hempfield's historical run

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Mike White profiles the Hempfield softball team.

"Excellent pitching and good defense have fueled what could be a historical season for the Hempfield softball team. But standing in the way of the Spartans' final step is a team that has been terrific offensively.

So when Hempfield plays Hazleton for the PIAA Class 6A championship this afternoon, it figures to be an intriguing matchup between the team that doesn't give up many runs against a team that scores often.

Hempfield (26-0) takes on Hazleton (22-3), 4 p.m. at Penn State's Nittany Lion Softball Park. A Hempfield win would make the Spartans only the third team from the WPIAL to go through a season with a perfect record, and the first ever from the WPIAL to win back-to-back PIAA titles.

Hempfield features standout pitcher Morgan Ryan, a senior and Notre Dame recruit who is 21-0 this season and 72-6 in her fabulous career. She has close to 600 career strikeouts."