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Softball: It was a landmark season for Beaver

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver softball team.

"Championship teams historically are not built overnight.

Butch Rousseau, the softball coach at Beaver Area High School, saw his team start coming together in early December.

Long before the first pitch of the season was thrown or the first "ping" of the bat, Rousseau could already see something special forming.

"The main thing about this team," Rousseau said of Beaver's historic 2014 season, "They bought into it from day one. From conditioning in early December, you could just see it in them. They knew we had a chance to be kind of special.""

 

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Softball: Beaver loses perfect season in PIAA quarterfinals

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Beaver Area had not lost a game all season. In four WPIAL and PIAA playoff games the Bobcats yielded only a single run. Neither of those two facts would mean much against District 6 runner-up Philipsburg-Osceola. Beaver (17-1) saw its perfect season and overall season come to an end after a 9-6 loss to Philipsburg-Osceola at Saint Francis University.

The Bobcats appeared well on their way to securing a berth in the PIAA semifinals. A Tayven Rousseau home run staked the Bobcats to a 3-0 lead. But a Beaver defense that had only allowed more than two runs twice this season and had shut out six of its previous seven opponents, allowed four runs in the bottom of the first inning. With the score tied, 4-4, Philipsburg-Osceola tacked on three runs to break the tie. The Bobcats continued to fight. Ashley Kondracki came through with a two-run single in the seventh to give her three RBIs on the day but it was not enough. Bella Valent and Katie Glass had two hits each for Beaver who captured its first WPIAL title earlier this month.

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Softball: Unbeaten Beaver advances in PIAA tournament

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Beaver softball team.

"All season long the Beaver Area softball team worked extensively on "small ball" situations ... just in case.

It just happened that the Bobcats were able to call upon the small ball approach in the biggest game of the season, a WPIAL Class AA title game showdown between the only two unbeaten teams in the WPIAL.

Senior Katie Glass started the third inning with a bunt single. Two sacrifice bunts later, she was on third base and she came around to score when sophomore Jennifer Kondracki reached base on an error.

In the fifth inning, sophomore Jayda Justice led off with a single. Two sacrifice bunts later she, too, was on third base and scored on a wild pitch."

 

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Softball: First WPIAL title in hand, Beaver turns attention to states

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Beaver has secured the first WPIAL softball championship in program history. Now the Bobcats hope to make a run at the program's first ever PIAA softball championship. That long journey begins on Monday in the PIAA first round when Beaver plays District 5 champion Everett at North Allegheny High School at 5 p.m.

As far as what Beaver knows about their next opponent, coach Butch Rousseau had not yet got around to scouting on Saturday.

"Absolutely nothing," Rousseau said of his knowledge of Everett. "We have been trying."

After an off day Friday following the championship, the Bobcats scrimmaged South Side Beaver on Saturday to prepare for the state playoffs.