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PIAA baseball championships (At Medlar Field at Lubrano Park)
Class A — Meyersdale 2, Clarion 0 — It’s the first state title for any Somerset County school in any sport. So, yeah, it’s safe to say there was cause to celebrate.
Class 2A — Neumann Goretti 7, Bishop McCort 4 — Neumann Goretti reliever Joe Messina was essentially faced with one pitch that could’ve changed the entire face of the game. But he didn’t let the pressure get to him.
Class 3A — Central 8, Holy Redeemer 3 — After finishing as runner-up in 2010 and 2014, Central finally pulled through and collected the state title as a member of the Mountain League.
Class 4A — Dallas 5, South Park 0 — Back in April, Dallas remembers riding back home in silence after a loss. They knew they were better than that, and they proved it by winning 13 straight games to capture the state title.
Class 5A — Greater Latrobe 7, Whitehall 0 — It may have taken a 90-minute rain delay, but Greater Latrobe still celebrated the win and dove headfirst onto the soaked tarp: “It was better than anyone getting hurt in a dogpile,” one player mused.
Class 6A — Pennsbury 1, Dallastown 0 — With two outs in the bottom of the final inning, Nick Price smacked the game-winning RBI single to send Pennsbury into a frenzy. “It was a feeling that you can only feel once in a lifetime,” he said.
PIAA softball championships (At Nittany Lion Softball Park)
Class A — West Greene 9, Williams Valley 8 — The Williams Valley Vikings stormed out to a 7-0 lead, but West Greene refused to give up. “Unfinished Business” was the theme since the beginning of the season. It’s finished now.
Class 2A — Minersville 4, South Side 1 — This has so far been the most controversial game of the PIAA championships. South Side was called for 11 — 11! — illegal pitches, and Minersville took advantage.
Class 3A — South Park 4, Pine Grove 2 — Penn State commit Kaitlyn Morrison finished 3 of 4 to help lift her team to the state title. “I definitely felt right at home,” she said.
Class 4A — Mount Pleasant 5, Tunkhannock 3 — A pair of Tunkhannock errors essentially did the team in, and Mount Pleasant capitalized for the program’s first-ever state title.
Class 5A — Donegal 9, Cedar Cliff 7 — Each team scored six runs in the fifth inning, but it was Donegal and its early lead who ended up coming out on top.
Class 6A — Hempfield Area 5, Hazleton 3 — Hazleton fans chanted “Overrated!” and Hempfield Area’s pitcher said, “We really wanted to give it to the team, kind of shut their fans up.” Mission accomplished. Hempfield Area has now won 41 straight games.