Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Riverside softball team.
"Riverside, the defending WPIAL Class AA champions, has nearly everybody back this season.
The key word is "nearly." Although the Panthers only graduated two players from a 22-win, PIAA runner-up squad, those two players were one of the top pitcher/catcher battery's in recent WPIAL history.
Pitcher Kirsten Wilson and catcher Nicole Mansfield are now in college, leaving huge voids on the team at positions not easy to fill. Wilson was the 2013 Post-Gazette Player of the Year. She was 22-1 as a pitcher She struck out 271 batters in 150 innings where she allowed six earned runs all season. She tossed six no hitters and 19 of her 22 wins came via shutout.
At the plate, she batted .549 with six home runs while being intentionally walked 27 times. This season at Bloomfield College she has pitched 842/3 innings and maintained a 2.02 ERA while driving in 28 runs at the plate and batting .396."