Riverside High School will play in the PIAA softball finals tomorrow. Here is Ryan Riordan's preview of the game. Click here to see his story.
(In a cloud of dust, Riverside's Natalie Pritts slides safely into home plate against Deer Lakes' Hannah Blinn in the WPIAL Class AA championship game May 30. Photo by Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
District 6 champion Phillipsburg Osceola has been a one-team WPIAL wrecking crew in these PIAA Class AA playoffs.
In the PIAA first round Phillipsburg Osceola defeated Chartiers-Houston 4-1 and in the PIAA quarterfinals it defeated Deer Lakes 3-1. Chartiers-Houston was the third-place finisher out of the WPIAL while Deer Lakes was runner up.
The next WPIAL team to take a shot at the District 6 champions will be WPIAL champion Riverside. Riverside and Phillipsburg Osceola will meet at 4 p.m. today at Brockway High School. The winner advances to the PIAA championship game on Friday at Penn State University.
The Riverside softball team took this year's Class AA WPIAL championship and them kept on going. Today in the state quarterfinals, the Panthers will play Ligonier Valley.
Here are some photos from Riverside's Class AA WPIAL championship game. Enjoy:
This week: Wilson threw a perfect game and hit two homers to lead WPIAL champion Riverside to a 6-0 win Monday against Curwensville in a PIAA Class AA first-round playoff game.
Check this out: Wilson, a senior, has been dominant for Riverside, the only remaining undefeated team from the WPIAL. Wilson is 20-0 with 237 strikeouts and is hitting better than .560 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. She pitched a three-hitter in the WPIAL final, this after tossing a perfect game and no-hitter earlier in the playoffs. She has given up one run in the past 13 games. Wilson will attend Bloomfield College, a Division II school in northern New Jersey.
• What did it mean to win a WPIAL championship? It meant everything. I'm going to college and I wanted to go out with a bang. I couldn't do it with a better group of girls.
• Have you ever been asked for an autograph? Besides my grandpa? (Laughs) No.
• We hear one of your home runs against Curwensville went really far. Is that true? Yeah, that one went over the scoreboard.
• Favorite field you've played on? I like North Allegheny's.
• Complete this sentence: [Riverside] coach [Pam] McCarty is ... amazing.
• Have you ever pitched against baseball players? Well, I have a bet going right now with one of the baseball players, Ross Maietta. Coach said not until after the season. So after the season, we'll do it.
• What's the bet? He said he could hit a home run off me.
• Happy or sad to have graduated? It's mixed feelings. I'm sad to lose our team. It's the last time I'll get to play with [senior catcher] Nicole Mansfield. But I'm happy to go to college and start a new chapter.
• An influential person in your softball career? I give all the credit in the world to my dad.
Name: Kirsten Wilson