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HS SOFTBALL: PIAA quarterfinal preview capsules


Jun. 10—CLASS A QUARTERFINAL

11-1 Tri-Valley (22-2) vs.

4-1 Montgomery (22-1)

When/Where: Today, noon, Central Columbia HS

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Tickets: Cost $8 and must be purchased online at www.piaa.org/tickets

Up next: Winner advances to Monday’s state semifinals against the Halifax-Meyersdale winner.

About the Bulldogs

Head coach: Marty Shade (30th season)

How they got here: Routed District 1 champion Faith Christian 13-1 in five innings in PIAA first round.

About the Red Raiders

Head coach: Chris Glenn

How they got here: Shut out District 2 champion Old Forge 7-0 in PIAA first round.

Game notes: Montgomery won its first District 4 championship since 2010 last Saturday by beating previously undefeated Northeast Bradford 2-0. It was the second district title in program history. … Montgomery won 10 straight games since losing to Class 4A Jersey Shore 4-2. … Red Raiders have one of the best pitchers in the state in junior Faith Persing (19-1, 14 shutouts, 7 no-hitters). She has 252 strikeouts, including 46 in three playoff games. Against Old Forge, she was two outs from a no-hitter and struck out 16. … Persing and first baseman Taylor McRae hit home runs in the win over Old Forge. … Six starters are back from the 2019 team that was the district runner-up and lost in the opening round of states. … Tri-Valley has five victories over teams in the state quarterfinals: North Schuylkill (4-3), Brandywine Heights (13-8), Williams Valley (1-0 and 18-10) and Halifax (8-1).

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CLASS AA QUARTERFINAL

11-1 Williams Valley (20-4)

vs. 6-1 Mount Union (19-3)

When/Where: Today, 1 p.m., Milesburg Little League Complex, Bellefonte

Tickets: Cost $8 and must be purchased online at www.piaa.org/tickets

Up next: Winner advances to Monday’s state semifinals against the Line Mountain-Brandywine Heights winner.

About the Vikings

Head coach: Ryan Underkoffler (5th season)

How they got here: Crushed District 12 champion Conwell-Egan 15-0 in four innings in PIAA first round.

About the Trojans

Head coach: Matthew Fiscus

How they got here: Defeated District 4 runner-up Wyalusing 12-3 in PIAA first round.

Game notes: Like Williams Valley, Mount Union looks like a powerhouse offensive team. Morgan Brumbaugh homered for the Trojans, who scored five runs on five hits in the first inning against Wyalusing. Williams Valley can’t afford to have a similar slow start today. … Williams Valley is rounding into form at the right time and has defeated its four playoff opponents by a combined 55-0. … Ace pitcher Emma Crisswell has thrown four straight shutouts, with 35 strikeouts in 16 innings. … The Vikings were the 2019 PIAA Class A state champions.

CLASS 3A QUARTERFINAL

11-2 North Schuylkill (20-6)

vs. 2-1 Mid Valley (20-2)

When/Where: Today, 1 p.m., Marywood University, Scranton

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Tickets: Cost $8 and must be purchased online at www.piaa.org/tickets

Up next: Winner advances to Monday’s state semifinals against the Pequea Valley-Central Columbia winner.

About the Spartans

Head coach: Dominick Grasso (14th season, 18th overall)

How they got here: Cruised past District 12 champion Philadelphia Academy Charter 19-0 in three innings in PIAA first round.

About the Spartans

Head coach: Michael Piercy

How they got here: Defeated District 4 champion Loyalsock 12-0 in five innings in PIAA first round.

Game notes: Mid Valley won its second straight District 2 Class 3A championship with a 4-2 win over Holy Redeemer. … Sophomore RHP Maranda Runco has a 19-2 record with a 1.22 ERA, 188 strikeouts and has been clocked at 64 mph. At the plate, she’s batting .691 with 19 HRs, two against Loyalsock in the first-round PIAA game. In her last 12 plate appearances, Runco, a lefty who hits leadoff, has three solo HRs, eight intentional walks and a hit by pitch. For the season, Runco also has 10 doubles and a triple and 49 RBIs. She’s struck out once. … Senior SS Lindsey Jason (.431, 21 RBIs) was All-State first team as a freshman. … Behind Runco, Mid Valley has gotten homers from its Nos. 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 hitters in its last two games. … Mid Valley reached the state semifinals in 2017, losing to Pine Grove 10-5.

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CLASS 4A QUARTERFINAL

3-2 Hamburg (21-4)

vs. 2-1 Tunkhannock (21-2)

When/Where: Today, 2 p.m., Patriots Park, Allentown

Tickets: Cost $8 and must be purchased online at www.piaa.org/tickets

Up next: Winner advances to Monday’s state quarterfinals against the Bethlehem Catholic-Villa Joseph Marie winner.

About the Hawks

Head coach: Zena Lutz (5th season)

How they got here: Defeated District 12 champion Archbishop Ryan 20-0 in six innings in PIAA first round.

About the Tigers

Head coach: Bob Hegedty

How they got here: Shut out District 4 champion Danville 1-0 in nine innings in PIAA first round.

Game notes: Sophomore Kaya Hannon does the pitching for Tunkhannock. She’s 21-2 with a 1.53 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 141.2 innings. … At the plate, sophomore Paige Marabell leads the way with a .437 batting average, eight home runs and 30 RBIs. Senior Nicole Howell (.417, 4 HR, 28 RBIs), sophomore Ella McNeff (.441, 34 runs) and sophomore Gabby Wood (.433, 2 HR, 20 RBIs) are other big bats in the lineup. … The Tunkhannock sophomores, who finished second in the 2018 Little League Softball World Series, occupy six of the nine starting spots. … Lost 8-3 to Williamsport Area and 4-3 to Pittston Area but defeated Hazleton Area twice and own an 11-1 victory over 3A quarterfinalist and fellow District 2 powerhouse Mid Valley.

— Compiled by Bob Lipsky

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