The softball season featured state-tournament bids, historic wins and a slew of breakout performances from talented underclassmen. Check out this year's All-Sentinel selections.
The Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association released its list of all-state teams Thursday, recognizing six local players.
Big Spring’s Fallon Feaser and Shippensburg’s Cierra Bender were named Colonial Division co-players of the year, and East Pennsboro’s Irys Kline was named the Capital Division Player of the Year.
Walks and untimely errors came back to haunt the Greyhounds as they lost 5-2 to Southern Lehigh despite a valiant effort.
Archbishop Wood weathered the Bulldogs’ bark and limited their collective bite, riding an early 3-0 lead to a 5-2 victory.
The final leg of the high school softball postseason kicks off Monday when teams across the state open the PIAA tournament.
Big Spring's bid for the program's first district title fell short in a 6-5 loss to Hamburg.
A complete-game pitching performance from Hailey Strunk and a pair of big offensive innings gave Hamburg enough to hold off a hard-charging Big Spring lineup for the District 3 title.
Mechanicsburg fought to end but fell short in a 3-2 decision to Lampeter-Strasburg in the 5A fifth-place game.
South Western broke the game open with three runs in the fourth inning, one run in the fifth and eight in the sixth to surge to a 15-1 victory in six innings.
Big Spring (Class 4A championship), Shippensburg (Class 5A third-place game) and Mechanicsburg (Class 5A fifth-place game) are set to wrap up the district playoffs Thursday.
A big swing from Twin Valley leadoff hitter Liv Litchner was the difference in Tuesday's District 3 Class 5A semifinal at Shippensburg.
Shippensburg (Class 5A) and Big Spring (4A) remain in the hunt for a District 3 softball title as they head into Tuesday’s semifinal bouts. Mechanicsburg (5A) is also looking to lock down a berth in the state tournament through the consolation bracket.
The victory marks Big Spring’s first win in District 3 playoff action since 2014.
Mechanicsburg is one of five local softball teams set for quarterfinal action Thursday, joined by Cumberland Valley (Class 6A), Shippensburg (Class 5A), and East Pennsboro and Big Spring (Class 4A).
The Thundering Herd fell in the District 3 Class 6A first round while the Shamrocks and Bubblers dropped decisions in the Class 3A quarterfinals.
The win was the first postseason victory in Gail Hiestand’s 24-year stint at the helm of the Mechanicsburg program.
Six local softball teams are scheduled to open the District 3 playoffs Monday.
Regular season games played through May 19 will count toward the D3 softball power ratings.
State College defeated East Pennsboro 4-2 Thursday for the Mid-Penn softball title.
Irys Kline gave East Pennsboro a spark with a two-run game-tying home run, but pitcher Zia Bodnar and the State College lineup dug in to capture the conference crown.
After escaping a first-inning threat from Big Spring, East Pennsboro built an early 6-0 lead, riding the momentum to a 6-2 win and a conference championship game berth.
The Bulldogs and Panthers, who ended the regular season on winning streaks, look to open the postseason strong when they meet each other in a Mid-Penn semifinal Wednesday.
The District 3 softball playoffs are scheduled to begin May 23. Here's a look at who's in and who's on the bubble among local teams as the power ranking deadline approaches.
A look at the Mid-Penn Conference softball standings through games played May 12:
Chambersburg entered the game tied with State College in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division, with the Eagles a game behind alongside Central Dauphin.
Carlisle's comeback, offensive outbursts, standings and scores from Monday's games.
The Wildcats held off Lower Daupihin 1-0 for a Mid-Penn Keystone win Monday afternoon in Mechanicsburg.
Jada Lacey's RBI double off the left-field fence and a complete-game two-hit shutout from pitcher Madisyn Saposnek, spurred Mechanicsburg over Keystone foe Lower Dauphin 1-0 Monday.