PIAA softball playoffs begin today

Last updated: June 01. 2014 11:45PM - 1784 Views
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Berwick pitcher Moriah Lynn has filled a big void in the lineup.
Berwick pitcher Moriah Lynn has filled a big void in the lineup.
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The road to a PIAA state softball championship is never easy, so it’s probably good that Berwick and Hazleton Area were tested during their district title runs.

Hazleton Area escaped with a 4-3 victory over Williamsport in the District 2/4 Class 4A contest, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Berwick defeated Tunkhannock 5-0 for the D2-3A crown. But prior, the Dawgs edged Honesdale 1-0 and Wyoming Area 8-7 in the earlier rounds.

“They were like a school of piranha,” Hazleton Area acting head coach Ted Treon said of that seventh inning. “They weren’t going to be denied.”

Neither was Berwick, which won its first District 2 title since 1995. The Dawgs had to navigate through a tough D2-3A field where there were seven — maybe more — legitimate contenders in the 15-team field.

“We’ve had numerous one-run games and managed to win them all,” Berwick head coach Brian Bridge said. “That experience, you can’t practice it. I hope that helps us going forward.”

We’ll see starting today for both Wyoming Valley Conference teams.

Hazleton Area (20-2) vs. Lower Dauphin (18-5)

Class 4A First Round

3 p.m. today

Wilkes University

Lower Dauphin got a second crack at Cumberland Valley, which defeated the Falcons 5-2 during the regular season, in the District 3 championship game. Cumberland Valley had their number again, winning 4-0 Friday.

The loss denied Lower Dauphin its first District 3 title since 2008. The red flag was the lack of offense after scoring 10 or more runs nine times this season.

Lower Dauphin has some big bats in its lineup. Four girls were hitting over .400 entering the district championship game headed by Maddie Lilliock (.493) and Maddi Kotchey (.435). Kotchey also leads the team with three homers and 32 RBI. The Falcons also have an ace in the circle, freshman Ava Bottiglia. The righty has fanned 144 and surrendered just 67 hits in 85 innings.

The Falcons opened the D3 tournament by knocking off three-time defending champion Central Dauphin, 6-4. They followed with a 6-1 victory over Central York and a 4-2 win over Solanco in 10 innings.

Hazleton Area won its third consecutive D2-4A crown by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat D4’s Williamsport, 4-3. The Cougars’ only on-field loss was 3-2 to one-win Lake-Lehman. The other was a forfeit to Wyoming Valley West for using an ineligible player.

Pitcher Celine Podlesney has done an admirable job filling the biggest hole from last year’s team. She isn’t a high-volume strikeout artist, recording 51 in 82.1 innings, but has surrendered just 55 hits.

Everyone in the lineup hits over .300 with Abbey Sachse (.543), Lexi Wolk (.521), Maria Trivelpiece (.420), Podlesney (.414) and Hope Kinney (.400) leading the way. Regardless of what happens today, the future is bright as everyone returns for 2015.

The winner advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals, playing the winner of today’s game between D12 champ Archbishop Ryan and D1 runner-up North Penn.

Berwick (15-4) vs. Mifflinburg (17-5)

Class 3A First Round

5:30 p.m. today

Bloomsburg University

Like District 2 champ Berwick, D4 champion Mifflinburg has been in close games as well. The Wildcats defeated Shamokin 3-2 in their championship game. Four of their losses have been by one run.

The offense is loaded with sophomore Kayla Kline leading the way. She leads the team with a .524 average and six homers. A sidenote on Kline. She won the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick national competition for her age group two years ago.

Mackenzie Noll (.438), Emily Stauffer (.417) and Molly Davis (.410) are also among Mifflinburg’s top hitters. Pitcher Hannah Boop looks like several pitchers Berwick has faced during the WVC season. She doesn’t strikeout many hitters — 53 in 78.2 innings — but doesn’t allow many hits.

Berwick, which lost in last year’s district title game to eventual state champ Valley View, has a pair of .400 hitters in its lineup — Sara Berlin (.452) and Courtney Hummel (.449). Moriah Lynn (.360), Abbey Remley (.342) and Kylene Welsh (.317) all hit over .300 during the WVC season.

Lynn, though, was probably the most important cog. She has steadied the situation inside the circle, a spot vacant after standout Margaret Bridge graduated in 2013. Like Boop, Lynn won’t pile up strikeouts. She had just two in the 4-3 victory over Williamsport and 42 in 78.1 innings during the regular season. However, she rarely allows opponents to string together hits.

The winner advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals, playing the winner of today’s game between D12 champ Lansdale Catholic and D3 runner-up Donegal.



Numbers before each teams are district and seed.


Monday’s Games

• D1-1 Avon Grove vs. D12-2 Central, 4 p.m. West Chester East H.S.

• D11-1 Parkland vs. D1-4 Spring-Ford, 7 p.m. Patriots Park, Allentown

• D12-1 Archbiship Ryan vs. D1-2 North Penn, 5 p.m. Arcadia University

• D2-1 Hazleton Area vs. D3-2 Lower Dauphin, 3 p.m. Wilkes University

• D3-1 Cumberland Valley vs. D1-3 Souderton, 4 p.m. Messiah College

• D6-1 Central Mountain vs. D3-3 Manheim Twp., 4:30 p.m. Penn State

• D7-1 Shaler vs. D7-3 Latrobe, 4 p.m. Hampton Community Park

• D9-1 DuBois vs. D7-2 Canon McMillan, 5:30 p.m. Brockway H.S.



(Sites & times TBA)

• Avon Grove/Central winner vs. Parkland/Spring-Ford winner

• Archbishop Ryan/North Penn winner vs. Hazleton Area/Lower Dauphin winner

• Cumberland Valley/Souderton winner vs. Central Mountain/Manheim Twp. Winner

• Shaler/Latrobe winner vs. DuBois/Canon McMillan winner

Monday, June 9


Friday, June 13

Championship, 12:30 p.m. Penn State University



Monday’s Games

• D1-1 Radnor vs. D12-2 Franklin Towne Charter, 2 p.m. West Chester East H.S.

• D11-1 Bethlehem Catholic vs. D3-3 Lampeter Strasburg, 5 p.m. Parkland H.S.

• D12-1 Lansdale Catholic vs. D3-2 Donegal, 3 p.m. Arcadia University

• D4-1 Mifflinburg vs. D2-1 Berwick, 5:30 p.m. Bloomsburg University

• D3-1 Shippensburg vs. D1-2 Springfield-Delco, 5:30 p.m. Big Spring H.S.

• D9-1 St. Mary’s vs. D7-2 Mars, 3:30 p.m. Brockway H.S.

• D7-1 Thomas Jefferson vs. D6-1 Bellefonte, 4 p.m. Baldwin H.S.

• D10-1 Warren vs. D7-3 Greensburg Salem, 2:15 p.m. PSU-Behrend

Thursday’s Games


(Sites & times TBA)

• Radnor/Franklin Towne Charter winner vs. Beth. Cath./Lampeter Strasburg winner

• Lansdale Catholic/Donegal winner vs. Mifflinburg/Berwick winner

• Shippensburg/Springfield-Delco winner vs. St. Mary’s/Mars winner

• Thomas Jefferson/Bellefonte winner vs. Warren/Greensburg Salem winner

Monday, June 9


Friday, June 13

Championship, 5:30 p.m. Penn State University



Monday’s Games

• D3-1 Susquenita vs. D12-2 Swenson, 4 p.m. Carlisle H.S.

• D11-1 Pen Argyl vs. D1-1 St. Basil’s, 5 p.m. Partiots Park, Allentown

• D12-1 Conwell Egan vs. D3-2 Delone Catholic, 1 p.m. Arcadia University

• D4-1 Central Columbia vs. D2-1 Holy Cross, 4 p.m. Bloomsburg University

• D7-1 Beaver vs. D5-1 Everett, 5 p.m. North Allegheny H.S.

• D9-1 Moniteau vs. D6-2 Phillipsburg-Osceola, 5:30 p.m. Clarion-Limestone H.S.

• D6-1 Bald Eagle Area vs. D7-3 Seton LaSalle, 7 p.m. Penn State University

• D10-1 Wilmington vs. D7-2 Deer Lakes, 4:30 p.m. PSU-Behrend

Monday, June 9


Friday, June 13

Championship, 10 a.m. Penn State University



Monday’s Games

• D12-1 GAMP vs. D1-1 Bristol, 3 p.m. Archbishop Ryan H.S.

• D2-1 Old Forge vs. D4-1 South Williamsport, 4:30 p.m. Mid Valley H.S.

• D11-1 Minersville vs. D4-2 Bloomsburg, 4 p.m. Tamaqua H.S.

• D3-1 Halifax vs. D5-1 Hope of Hyndman, 3:30 p.m. Big Spring H.S.

• D7-1 Neshannock vs. D9-2 Smethport, 3 p.m. North Allegheny H.S.

• D6-1 Southern Huntington vs. D7-3 Burgettstown, 2 p.m. Penn State

• D9-1 DuBois Cent. Cath. vs. D6-2 Claysburg Kimmel, 3:30 p.m. Clarion-Limestone H.S.

• D10-1 Iroquois vs. D7-2 Southside Beaver, noon PSU-Behrend

Thursday’s Games


(Sites & times TBA)

• GAMP/Bristol winner vs. Old Forge/South Williamsport winner

• Minersville/Bloomsburg winner vs. Halifax/Hyndman winner

• Neshannock/Smethport winner vs. Southern Huntington/Burgettstown

• DuBois Cent. Cath./Claysburg Kimmel winner vs. Iroquois/Southside Beaver winner

Monday, June 9


Friday, June 13

Championship, 3 p.m. Penn State University

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