South Park is in the final four of the PIAA Class AA softball tournament after a wild PIAA quarterfinal win. South Park had not been to the PIAA semifinals since 2005 and this year looked to be no different after the District 6 champion Philipsburg-Osceola Mounties erupted for eight runs in the first inning. The WPIAL runner-up Eagles brushed aside the eight-run deficit and stormed back to stun the Mounties, 16-12. South Park was fueled by Kaitlyn Pavlick, who had a monster day going 3 for 5 at the plate with a home run, double and six RBIs. The last time South Park was in the state semifinals was 2005 when it lost to Bald Eagle Area.
South Park (16-4) will play Moniteau on Monday in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at North Allegheny High School at 4 p.m. In addition to defeating District 6 champion Phillipsburg-Osceola in the PIAA quarterfinals, South Park also defeated District 10 champion Northwestern in the first round. The Eagles will go for a third consecutive win over a district champion when they play Moniteau, the champions out of District 9. Moniteau has had success against WPIAL opponents, as it blasted WPIAL champion Ellwood City, 11-0, in the PIAA quarterfinals on Thursday. Previously, it also shut out District 5 champion Everett, 6-0.