High school softball roundup: Neshannock lands in PIAA semifinals

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Neshannock had little difficulty getting past Burgettstown in the WPIAL semifinals.

The Lancers didn't have much of a problem doing it in the PIAA quarterfinals, either.

Neshannock used another excellent pitching performance by Madison Shaffer to beat Burgettstown, 6-1, in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal Thursday at North Allegheny.

With the win, Neshannock (18-2) advanced to play Claysburg Kimmel Monday in the semifinals.

Neshannock, the WPIAL champion, will be striving to become the second WPIAL team to reach the PIAA final three years in a row. Shaler did it from 2004-06. Neshannock lost in the Class A final last year and won the Class AA title a year earlier.

Against Burgettstown (18-6), Shaffer allowed five hits and one walk to go along with six strikeouts in seven innings.

Neshannock scored two runs in the first, two more in the third, and Cassidy Burrelli hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Burrelli, Marissa DeMatteo, Ali Fischer and Marissa Kirkwood had two hits apiece.

DeMatteo also scored three runs.

Burgettstown scored on Morgan Ellek's inside-the-park homer in the seventh.

Burgettstown lost to Neshannock, 11-0, in the WPIAL semifinals.

With the victory, the Lancers improved to 63-6 over the past three seasons.

Class AAAA

DuBois 9, Latrobe 5: Latrobe (17-6) fell behind by four runs in the first and could not recover in being eliminated by District 9 champion DuBois (19-3) at Slippery Rock University. Latrobe starter Meredith Carr lasted only a third of an inning and gave up four runs. DuBois tacked on another in the second and three more in the third for an 8-0 lead. Latrobe was on its third pitcher at that point. Latrobe scored four runs on six hits in the sixth and added another run in the seventh. Latrobe's Shelby Noel doubled three times and scored a run. Jenna Adams, Ashley Perillo, Maddie Stein and Jenna Raccor had RBIs for Latrobe. Lexie Zoppetti scored two runs. Latrobe won the WPIAL third-place consolation game and defeated WPIAL champion Shaler in the PIAA first round.

Class AA

Philipsburg-Osceola 9, Beaver 6: Beaver (17-1) was dealt its first loss this season by District 6 runner-up Philipsburg-Osceola (21-5) at Saint Francis University. Beaver had allowed more than two runs just twice this season and had shut out six of its previous seven opponents. Beaver's Tayven Rousseau led off with a home run to help the Bobcats take a 3-0 lead, but Philipsburg-Osceola scored four runs in the bottom of the first. The score was tied, 4-4, in the fourth before Philipsburg-Osceola scored three runs to take the lead for good and reach the semifinals for the fifth year in a row. Trailing, 9-4, Beaver got a two-run single from Ashley Kondracki in the seventh. Kondracki finished with three RBIs. Bella Valent and Katie Glass had two hits apiece for Beaver, which had 10 hits total. Last week, Beaver won its first WPIAL championship, beating then-undefeated Deer Lakes.

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