WPIAL softball roundup: Canon-McMillan rallies to keep title hopes alive

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Dangerously close to seeing its two-year reign as WPIAL champion come to an end, Canon-McMillan used a furious rally to keep its hopes for a "three-peat" alive.

Olivia Lorusso's two-run single capped a four-run sixth inning and helped Canon-McMillan rally from three runs down to edge Latrobe, 7-6, in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal Thursday at California University.

Canon-McMillan (18-3), the No. 1 seed and defending PIAA champion, stormed in front of No. 5 Latrobe (15-5), 2-0, in the first, but the Wildcats fired back to take a 5-2 lead in the third and eventually a 6-3 lead in the sixth.

In the sixth, Linda Rush hit an RBI double and Abby McCartney followed with an RBI single to bring Canon-McMillan within a run. Lorusso, who finished with three RBIs, then knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs.

Latrobe's Ashley Perillo went 4 for 4 with an RBI. Jenna Adams had three RBIs and Meredith Carr chipped in two.

Brittany Crawford homered for Canon-McMillan.

Other Class AAAA

Shaler 4, Penn-Trafford 1: Amanda Sartori had two hits and an RBI, helping No. 2 Shaler (16-3) defeat No. 3 Penn-Trafford (15-4) at Fox Chapel. Winning pitcher Brianna Dobson added a pair of hits. A.J. Nichols, Lauren Miller and Lyndsey Lakatos also drove in runs for Shaler, which advanced to the championship game for the eighth time. The Titans have won two titles, the most recent in 2005. Hannah Dobrinick homered for Penn-Trafford.

Class AAA

Thomas Jefferson 4, Greensburg Salem 3: No. 13 Thomas Jefferson (14-6) reached the title game for the first time by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to stun defending champion and No. 1 Greensburg Salem (15-2) at California University. With Thomas Jefferson trailing, 2-1, Kyla Prickett's home run tied the score, and the Jaguars added runs on an error and wild pitch. Melissa Wagner's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning brought Greensburg Salem within one.

Mars 7, Elizabeth Forward 6: Mars (12-4), the No. 11 seed, jumped to a 7-0 lead and was able to hang on to defeat No. 7 Elizabeth Forward (14-7) at Fox Chapel. Elizabeth Forward scored four runs in the sixth to cut its deficit to one, but also had a runner thrown out at home plate in the inning. Mars got three RBIs from Kasey Jones and two from Blake Kitt. Mars will make its second championship appearance and first since winning the title in 2006.

Class AA

Deer Lakes 10, Seton-LaSalle 1: Katie Gozzard had three RBIs and Tiffany Edwards pitched a five-hitter to put No. 2 Deer Lakes (18-0) in the final for the third year in a row after beating No. 3 Seton-LaSalle (12-3) at North Allegheny. Siera Sarver had three of Deer Lakes' 12 hits. Seton-LaSalle scored the first run of the game in the first, but Deer Lakes scored two in the third, three in the fifth and five in the seventh.

Beaver 2, Keystone Oaks 1: Tayven Rousseau tripled and stole home with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to help No. 1 Beaver (15-0) edge No. 4 Keystone Oaks (13-5) at North Allegheny. Rousseau had two hits for Beaver, which will play in the title game for the first time. Winning pitcher Casey Farkasovsky struck out 10. Jada Justice's RBI single scored Ashley Kondracki to put Beaver ahead, 1-0, in the fourth, but Keystone Oaks rallied with a run in the sixth. Keystone Oaks freshman Lauren McMillan gave up six hits and struck out five.

Class A

Neshannock 11, Burgettstown 0: Madison Schaffer pitched a two-hitter and added a grand slam and five RBIs to lead No. 1 and defending champion Neshannock (15-2) to the five-inning win against No. 5 Burgettstown (16-5) at North Allegheny. Neshannock scored five runs in the third and six in the fourth. Madison Altmyer and Cassidy Burrelli each had three hits for Neshannock, which has not given up a run in the postseason.

South Side Beaver 5, Jefferson-Morgan 3: Toni Yacoviello's three-run home run highlighted a five-run first that propelled No. 7 South Side Beaver (16-3) against No. 3 Jefferson-Morgan (16-3) at California University. Connor McGaffic and McKenna Smith added RBI singles for South Side Beaver. Smith, a freshman, was the winning pitcher. Jefferson-Morgan's Morgan Simkovic hit a two-run home run.

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