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Softball: West Allegheny's dream season ends on defensive lapses

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It was a year to remember for the West Allegheny softball program, but a PIAA quarterfinal to forget. The Indians were undone by five errors that led to five unearned runs as they fell, 6-5, to District 3 champions Donegal on Thursday in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal game. West Allegheny still had a chance to win the game despite all the errors, a testament to the kind of team they proved to be all season. They scored five runs on 12 hits. Ashley Seamon allowed three walks, one earned run and struck out five. Brooke Wilson had a huge day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two runs for the Indians. West Allegheny was WPIAL runner-up this season and finished with a 20-3 record.

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Photo Journal: Softball WPIAL AAA Championship - West Allegheny vs. Mount Pleasant (June 3)

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West Allegheny and Mount Pleasant face each other in the WPIAL AAA Championship, Friday, June 3, 2016 at California University. Mount Pleasant shut out West Allegheny in 5 innings to win the Championship 10-0.

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Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Softball: West Allegheny into the state playoffs

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West Allegheny won a section title during the regular season last year and this year. The two postseasons, however, have been different. A year after being shellacked, 20-3, in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals by Trinity, the Indians are still playing softball well into June. West Allegheny will be seeking its 20th win and a trip to the PIAA quarterfinals when it plays Punxsutawney in the Class AAA first round. West Allegheny (19-2) will play the District 9 champions at 3 p.m. at Brockway High School.

The Indians have been strong in the postseason. They avenged the 17-run loss to Trinity last year by winning, 9-5, in the first round. They edged Beaver Area, 3-2, on a Mackenzie Partyka three-run home run in the fifth inning. Partyka had only two home runs in the regular season but the home run against Beaver was her second of the postseason. In the WPIAL semifinals, the Indians upset Yough. Sophomore Ashley Seamon's first-inning single was the difference in a 1-0 win over the Cougars. Seamon tossed a five-hit shutout on the mound.

Playing in their first ever WPIAL title game, things did not go as planned for the Indians. The 10-run mercy rule was activated in the WPIAL Class AAA title game for the first time ever and the 10 runs scored against them were the most in a Class AAA final since Baldwin scored 11 in 1994. The young Indians will look to rebound in the state playoffs. They start five sophomores.

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Photo Journal: Softball WPIAL AAA Playoffs - West Allegheny 1, Yough 0 (May 25)

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West Allegheny and Knoch meet in the WPIAL AAA Semifinal Softball game at Baldwin High School, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. West Allegheny won the game 1-0 and move on to face Mt. Pleasant in the finals at California University, Thursday, June 2.

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Softball: West Allegheny masters art of winning one-run games to reach first WPIAL final

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In 17 regular-season contests, only twice did West Allegheny play in a one-run game. It defeated Seton-LaSalle, 4-3, in the second game of the regular season and it was a 3-2 winner over Central Valley in the second to last game of the regular season. In the playoffs, as expected, things were much tighter. After a 9-5 win over Trinity in the first round, the Indians won back-to-back one-run games in the WPIAL quarterfinals and semifinals to reach the first WPIAL title game in program history.

Sophomore third baseman Mackenzie Partyka came up clutch in the first two rounds for West Allegheny. She only had two home runs in the regular season but she matched her regular season total after only two postseason games. Partyka hit a two-run home run in the first-round win over Trinity and her three-run home run was the difference in the 3-2 win against Beaver. The Indians were actually trailing 2-0 to the Bobcats when Partyka came up to bat from her three-hole in the lineup to belt the game winner.

In the WPIAL semifinals, the Indians overcame Yough and its ace pitcher Macy Mularski. They managed to get a run across the plate in the first inning on a single by sophomore Ashley Seamon. It was the only run in the game. Seamon made sure her RBI stood up as she fired a five-hitter.

West Allegheny's next game will be a one-of-a-kind WPIAL Class AAA final. Thursday's meeting at 6:30 p.m. will pit two first-time championship game participants. The No. 3-seeded Indians (19-1) will play No. 5 Mount Pleasant (12-5).