Penn-Trafford may miss their long-time section rivals Hempfield, Latrobe and Norwin. The four schools dominated the Class 4A Section 1 scene for years. That has been broken up now with the Spartans, Wildcats and Knights moving up to Class 6A and the Warriors only moving up to Class 5A. When it comes to compete for a section title, maybe Penn-Trafford may not miss their old foes which feature the defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Hempfield.
Their new section competition, Franklin Regional, Armstrong, Greensburg Salem, Gateway, Kiski Area, Woodland Hills and Plum, are by no means going to lay down but so far so good for the Warriors.
While Penn-Trafford bid farewell to the defending WPIAL and state champion Spartans in the section, they still went ahead and opened the season with them in a non-section tussel won by host Hempfield, 8-5. The Warriors were able to regroup five days later as they traveled to Woodland Hills to open Class 5A Section 1 play. Penn-Trafford made easy work of the Wolverines, finishing them off in five innings thanks to a three RBI day from Miranda Frye and a 3-for-3 day from Lydia DeFazio. Pitcher Morgan Hilty took the circle for the win.