Cal dominates PSAC West softball team
California University’s women’s softball team, ranked 12th in the nation, dominated the All-PSAC West teams announced Wednesday, with seven selections on the first unit and nine overall.
The Vulcans, who qualified for the NCAA tournament, have a 35-5 overall record and have won 28 games in a row under head coach Rick Bertagnolli, who was named coach of the year in the PSAC West.
California also took home two of the three player honors, as catcher Natalie Wideman was named athlete of the year in the west and Alex Sagl was named pitcher of the year.
Wildman leads the Vulcans with a .458 batting average and 45 runs scored, while Sagl won 23 games and struck out 169 to go along with a 1.40 ERA.
Joining them as first-team selections were first baseman Lindsay Reicoff, second baseman Shelby Lia, short
High school softball
Taylor Staley and Jordan Moore combined on a three-hitter as Waynesburg wrapped up the Section 2-AA title with a 9-2 victory over Washington Wednesday in a high school girls softball game.
Jenna Henry, Staley, Emily Luckey, Shelby Hoy and Alicia Spitznogle all doubled for the Raiders (10-2, 11-8).
Alanna Ammon took the loss for Washington (2-10, 3-11).
• Burgettstown hit four home runs and Katie Tarr pitch a one-hitter as the Blue Devils defeated Bishop Canevin, 15-1, in Section 1-A.
Tarr struck out seven and went 2-for-5 at the plate with a home run and three RBI for Burgettstown (12-0, 14-4). Cheyenne Winters went 4-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI and Bryanna Lonick went 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI.
Kalee Sonson took the loss for Bishop Canevin (8-4, 8-4), which committed four errors.
• Anjie Tighlman had three hits and Charleroi scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the Cougars won their first section title in 22 years with a 5-4 victory over South Allegheny in Section 4-AA.
Jen Tighlman scattered five hits to pick up the win for Charleroi (8-1, 10-3).
• Chartiers-Houston took advantage of 15 walks to clinch a playoff spot in Section 2-AA with a 15-0 three-inning victory over Fort Cherry.
Char-Houston (8-4, 10-8) had just two hits – by Megan Kraushaar and Kayla Alderson – but Kassie Kesneck permitted just one in the victory.
Klarissa Diamond took the loss for Fort Cherry (0-12, 0-15), while Jodi DePaoli had the lone hit.
• Avella dropped both games of a Section 1-A double-header when they hosted North Catholic in a 11-8 defeat and a 8-1 loss to Sewickley on the road.
The Eagles (5-7, 5-9) had a strong offensive performance against North Catholic with a home run from Sunnie Liggett, doubles from Abby Dobbin and Kira Doaks, as well as a triple from Jade Georgetti. The Trojans (5-7, 6-7) scored nine runs in the first three innings and compiled 15 hits.
Avella struggled in the second game against Sewickley (10-2, 10-2), which was paced by Savannah Henry’s eight strikeouts and six doubles.
High school baseball
Andy Luts hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to lift Bentworth past Beth-Center, 7-2, in Section 2-AA.
Mackenzie Morrell added two RBI for the Bearcats (4-10, 9-11) and Zack Atkinson earned the win on the mound. Beth-Center (6-8, 7-11) recorded just four hits in the loss.
• Peters Township hit four doubles and Max Augenstein struck out four as the Indians held on to defeat Montour, 2-1, in a non-section game.
Jack Bittel, Ryan Tassone, Phil Mary and Tyler Schmidt hit doubles for Peters Township (13-5). Frank Jezioro also hit a triple and Chris Hanlon took the loss for Montour (11-6).