Softball: Mount Pleasant beats Tunkhannock for PIAA championship

Written by Sarah Spencer on .

Sarah Spencer covered Thursday's PIAA Class 4A softball championship between Mount Pleasant and Tunkhannock.

Mount Pleasant celebrates its PIAA 4A championship Thursday.(Photo: Mount Pleasant celebrates its PIAA 4A championship Thursday. Antonella Crescimbeni/Post-Gazette)

"Mount Pleasant's philosophy was simple — it's OK to have butterflies. It's OK to be nervous, especially in your first PIAA championship appearance.

That motto ended up helping the Vikings to victory, a 5-3 win for the Class 4A title against Tunkhannock on Thursday at Nittany Lion Softball Park in State College. But it would have been impossible to guess just how key it would be.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Tunkhannock threatened as Hope Jones, Faith Jones and Paige Mokychic singled consecutively to load the bases with no outs.

Mount Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic got Jenna Simmons to strike out looking and Kendra Shultz to fly out. One gentle toss of Sarah Traver's grounder to first base, and Alcinic had effectively crawled out of the jam, preserving the Vikings' 5-2 lead."


Softball: 2017 PIAA Class 4A Championship Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

The game: PIAA Class 4A championship
The teams: Mount Pleasant vs. Tunkhannock
Where and when: Nittany Lion Softball Park, Penn State, Thursday, 1:30 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Vikings
Record: 16-3
District finish: WPIAL third-place finisher
How they got here: (First round) Harbor Creek, 3-0; (Quarterfinals) Belle Vernon, 5-4; (Semifinals) Yough, 7-2.
PIAA titles: None
Last time in final: First appearance
What you should know: It's doubtful that many people figured Mount Pleasant would be in this spot, playing in the PIAA final for the first time. At least not after Vikings lost to Belle Vernon in the WPIAL semifinals. Well, let's just say the Vikings have bounced back in a big way. First came the win against Ambridge in the WPIAL third-place consolation that earned the Vikings a PIAA invite. Then came a shutout of District 10 champion Harbor Creek followed by wins against WPIAL champion Belle Vernon and defending PIAA champion Yough. Sophomore pitcher Caroline Alincic fired a three-hitter against Yough.
Player to watch: Ava Gnibus. The team's leadoff hitter, Gnibus has been sensational, batting better than .500 on the season and coming up with some big performances in the playoffs. She had three hits and three RBIs against Penn State recruit Bailey Parshall in the win against Belle Vernon, and added an RBI in the victory against Yough.


Girls Soccer: Mount Pleasant’s Bloom picks Seton Hill

Written by Brad Everett on .

Mount Pleasant junior Ally Bloom has already blossomed into an excellent soccer player.

She's already decided where she will play in college, too.

Bloom, a standout midfielder, committed to Seton Hill on Wednesday. Bloom is a two-time all-section choice who scored 17 goals her junior season.

Seton Hill is not only getting an terrific player; the Griffins are getting a winner, too. A three-year starter, Bloom has led Mount Pleasant to two consecutive section titles and has helped the Vikings reach the WPIAL playoffs each of her three seasons. The Vikings are a combined 36-15-5 during Bloom's career.


Alumni Update - Paige Hertzog (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

After closing out their season at the PSAC Tournament last week in Quakertown, the Griffin softball teamHertzog SHU learned that four of its players were named to the All PSAC West team.  

Redshirt junior pitcher Amanda Huff, junior outfielder Paige Hertzog, junior third baseman Ashley Perillo and redshirt junior first baseman Abbey Suhoski were all named to the team.

The All PSAC teams were announced by the league on Monday afternoon. It is the first PSAC award for all four of the student athletes.

Hertzog, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, was the second leading hitter on the team with a .354 average. She also led the team with 22 runs scored, 10 doubles, three homers and 22 RBI.  She made just three errors in 77 chances in the outfield. 


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)