Being the defending PIAA Class AAAA champions, as well as possessing one of the WPIAL’s most potent offenses, earned the Canon-McMillan softball team a No. 1 seed when playoff pairings were released Thursday.
The Big Macs (15-3) are one of nine local teams headed to the WPIAL postseason and they received a first-round bye. Head coach Michele Moeller’s team will face the winner of McKeesport and North Allegheny in the second round at a site and time to be determined.
The WPIAL is expected to release playoff brackets for baseball today.
South Fayette’s first section title earned it the No. 2 seed in Class AAA and the Lions (13-1) will face Ambridge (5-6) Thursday, May 15, at Fairhaven Park (2 p.m.) in Kennedy Township. Trinity, which finished one game behind South Fayette in Section 2, drew Uniontown. The Hillers (15-2) will face the Red Raiders (10-6) Thursday at Hempfield (4 p.m.)
In Class AA, Charleroi (10-3) will face McGuffey (13-3) Tuesday at Cal U (4 p.m.) for the chance to face the winner of Deer Lakes and Our Lady of Sacred Heart. Chartiers-Houston (10-6), which grabbed the third playoff spot in Section 2-AA, will face Riverside Tuesday at Kennedy Township’s Fairhaven Park (4 p.m.). Waynesburg (11-8), which won its first section title with Jim Armstrong as coach, will face Freeport (10-4) Tuesday at Hempfield (2 p.m.).
Carmichaels (14-3) received the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in Class A after sharing the Section 2-A title with rival Jefferson-Morgan (15-2). The Mikes will face the winner of South Side Beaver and Leechburg at a site and time to be determined.
The Rockets captured the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye. Jefferson-Morgan will face the winner of Jeannette and Bishop Canevin at a site and time to be determined.
While a section title earned the Rockets and Mikes a first round bye, Burgettstown (14-4) was not so lucky. The Section 1-A champions earned the fifth seed and will face Frazier (10-5) Thursday at Fairhaven Park (4 p.m.) The winner of that matchup will face No. 3 Shenango at a site and time to be determined.