All-everything pitcher Lauren Zola led the way for Seton-LaSalle last season. The Rebels won an outright section title, reached the WPIAL semifinals and state playoffs behind Zola's arm. This year they are showing they still have the talent to hang with anyone in Class AA, but getting into the playoffs will not be easy. A year after finishing 12-0 in Section 4-AA, Seton-LaSalle (2-4, 2-3) is in fourth place behind South Park (5-2, 5-0), Steel Valley (5-2, 4-2) and South Allegheny (4-2, 4-2).
The Rebels have been getting their offense from Lexi Wagner, a Pitt recruit. She belted a three-run home run in the sixth inning to break a tie and help Seton-LaSalle upset then-ranked No. 4 Steel Valley, 4-1. Seton-LaSalle is just a few runs away from being in playoff contention. It has been on the losing end of three one-run decisions, including a pair of section losses, 3-2 at East Allegheny and 7-6 at South Allegheny. Seton-LaSalle resumes section play on Tuesday when it hosts Shady Side Academy at Brookline Community Center.