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Softball: Spirits unbroken for Trinity, Uniontown

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Trinity softball team.

"Trinity enters the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs with a chip on its shoulder. Uniontown's pitcher enters the playoffs with broken bones in her face.

The two teams have brushed aside injuries and the disappointment of second-place finishes in their respective sections and will meet today at 4 p.m. at Hempfield in a first-round game.

No. 5 seed Trinity (15-2, 10-2) ended its eight-game winning streak and hopes of a shared section title after a 10-0 loss to South Fayette. The loss denied the Hillers a share of the Section 2 title and, after weather postponements, forces the team to ride into the playoffs on a bitter note.

"Obviously we are a little disappointed in not winning the section," Trinity coach Shawn Gray said. "The big thing I stress to them is you can't change the past. We have to take one game at a time.""

 

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Alumni Update - Ashley Morran (Point Park)

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PITTSBURGH -- The 2014 All-KIAC Softball Team was announced by the conference on Monday (May 5), and shortstop Ashley Morran, first baseman Karen Mao and starting pitcher Hannah Harley made the all-conference team from Point Park.

The All-KIAC Softball Team had 17 players selected, and voting was done by the KIAC softball head coaches last week at the KIAC Tournament. There were four infielders, six outfielders, two catchers and five pitchers named. There was not an All-KIAC Second Team named.

Morran was in contention for getting the KIAC Player of the Year award for the second season in a row, but that honor went to freshman catcher Shelby Lucas of KIAC regular season and tournament champion IU Southeast (41-10, 25-3 KIAC).

Point Park finished the year at 26-17 overall and went 19-8 KIAC to place second in the regular-season standings and take the No. 2 seed in the KIAC Tournament. The Pioneers had their season come to an end with an 0-2 showing at the conference tourney.

Morran, a senior shortstop from Washington, Pa., and Trinity High School, had another great year at the plate hitting .364 with 14 doubles, 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 43 games. She led the KIAC in home runs, doubles and RBIs and was fourth in slugging percentage at .706.

Morran was 17th in the KIAC in batting average although only three players had more hits than the 52 that she totaled. Of those 52 hits, 36 of them went for extra bases.

For her career as a four-year starter, the 2012 and 2013 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American's statistics over 166 games include a .363 batting average, 40 home runs, 174 RBIs, 186 hits, 137 runs and a .699 slugging percentage.

 

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Track: Trinity’s Wehrle takes throwing events at West Mifflin

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Trinity’s Tyler Wehrle had a successful Big South Invitational at West Mifflin last Wednesday.

The Hillers senior won the discus with a throw of 122-3, which was more than nine feet farther than his teammate and second-place finisher, Matt Gabriel.

Wehrle also won the shot put with a top throw of 43-7 ¼. Thomas Jefferson’s Anthony Rash finished second at 41-2 ½.

Wehrle’s best throw in the shot put this season, 46-3, is good for 13th in the WPIAL Class AAA this season.  

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Alumni Update - Dan Burt (Duquesne)

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ATLANTA - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the finalists forBurt Duquesne the 2014 Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, which honors a WBCA Division I head coach who has led his or her team to a successful season during his or her first year at the helm.

Among the finalists are Duquesne's Dan Burt. The Trinity graduate joins Bunky Harkleroad (Cal State Sacramento), Billi Godsey (Iona), Mike Neighbors (Washington) and Megan Gebbia (American).

The winner will be honored during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel's Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention, which is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four.

(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)

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Softball: Trinity gets leg up in section race

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It was only one game, but Trinity has leapt to the top of Class AAA Section 3 with a win over Montour in the section opener for both teams. The win was significant for a number of reasons. For one it came against Montour, the second-place finisher from a year ago who appears to have the best chance to end Trinity's section title reign. The win also came on the road, at Montour. And lastly, the win was impressive, a 10-3 domination.

Trinity won the section last year with an 11-1 record ahead of Montour (9-3) and West Allegheny (8-4).

"The way that I see it, there are four teams looking to battle for those three spots, Trinity, West Allegheny, South Fayette and us," Montour skipper Sarah Capp said.