High School Sports

High school softball: Previewing Friday’s state finals

Bald Eagle Area isn’t the only District 6 softball team to have a shot at winning a PIAA title.

Claysburg-Kimmel (22-4) can make school history Friday as the Lady Bulldogs take on Minerville (23-3) at 3 p.m. in the Class A championship game at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Softball Park.

Claysburg, the District 6 runner-up, advanced to the title clash with a 5-4 triumph in eight innings. The Lady Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, lost it, but bounced back on Kiersten Coho’s two-run double in the top of the eighth. Coho gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, but held on for the triumph.

Coho, a University of Hartford recruit, has a 19-3 record and a 1.96 ERA for the season.

She’ll face probably her stiffest challenge in the Lady Miners, who have rumbled through the PIAA Tournament. The District 11 champion has outscored its three PIAA foes 35-6, including a 10-1 semifinal romp over Bristol.

The Miners’ worst hitting in the starting lineup is hitting .341. Freshman Adrienne Kroznuskie swings the biggest stick, hitting .589 with nine homers and 37 RBIs.

Class AAA

Springfield Delco vs. Bethlehem Catholic

Thanks to Springfield Delco’s graduation, this title game was moved from last to first, with a 10 a.m. start.

Springfield Delco (22-4) is seeking its first PIAA title. The District 1 runner-up topped Greensburg Salem 3-2 in the semifinals behind pitcher Courtney Scarpato. Nikki DePietro singled home the game-winning run.

Bethlehem Cathlolic (20-6) ridden the arm of sophomore Elyse Cuttic. The sophomore has allowed just two runs in the PIAAs and no-hit Radnor 1-0 in the quarterfinals. She tossed a five-hitter in a 4-1 semifinal win over Lansdale Catholic.

Class AAAA

Souderton vs. Lower Dauphin

Lower Dauphin (23-5), the third place finisher in District 3, pulled off a miracle in the semifinals.

The Lady Falcons trailed 7-0 after 3 1/2 innings but stormed back to stun unbeaten Parkland 8-7 in eight innings. Kaylee Stoner scored the winning run on a squeeze.

Souderton (20-5) advanced more conventionally. Erelle Sowers tossed a four-hitter as the Lady Indians ended DuBois’ season with a 2-0 triumph. Amanda Brush’s diving catch with two runners on preserved the shutout.