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Hometown Softball Program Game Recap - Brentwood

At Brentwood High School, the home standing Spartans had a rough day on the field losing to section rival the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles  by a score of 14-1. Coming into the game the Spartans were a half game out of 3rd place with a 3-3 section record, now they are 4-5 overall and 3-4 in AA section 1. 

Half way thru the season but still hope for a playoff berth, the Spartans just couldn't get any runs off Eagle pitcher Bree Fisher.  Any time Brentwood had runners on, the KO defense made a big play to thwart a rally. The Spartans had runners on in every inning but the second, but had runners thrown out at 3rd base three times, at home once, and after a single in the final inning at first to end the game. 

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Softball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net, including NEW #1 teams again this week in Class AAAA and Class AAA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts, including the Hometown Softball Program here on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Softball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1)   SHALER TITANS  (8-2)
(Last Week #5)

2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (8-1)
(Last Week Unranked)

3)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (6-3)
(Last Week #4)

4)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (8-3)
(Last Week #1)

5)   CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (7-2)
(Last Week Unranked)

6)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (8-2)
(Last Week #9)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Baseball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings, including a NEW #1 team in Class AA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (7-1)
(Last Week #1)

2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (7-0)
(Last Week #2)

3)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (8-1)
(Last Week #4)

4)   SHALER TITANS  (7-2)
(Last Week #6)

5)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (7-2)
(Last Week #7)

6)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (7-2)
(Last Week #5)

7)   BUTLER GOLDEN TORNADO  (6-2)
(Last Week #3)

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

While it is a taxing time for some, it will be a golden time for others as the first WPIAL spring sports champions will be crowned this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We feature the 2012 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships along with a steady dose of WPIAL and District 6 baseball and softball along college baseball featuring Slippery Rock University and WPIAL boys volleyball, plus we have news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, April 16th:

TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Baseball - Norwin vs Laurel Highlands at 4:15pm on WMBS-AM 590

WPIAL High School Baseball - Shaler vs Seneca Valley at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

Scholastic Notebook

Tis’ the season for basketball all-star games. The top senior players – boys and girls -  in the WPIAL and City League will be playing in two all-star events the next two Saturdays.

The Roundball Classic will be played next Saturday at Geneva College’s Metheny Fieldhouse. This has become the top all-star games in the area. The event includes two boys games and two girls games. The girls games are at 2 and 4, and the boys games at 6 and 8.

A few of the top players in the girls games are Oakland Catholic’s Bobbi Baker, Mount Lebanon’s Kelly Johnson and Fort Cherry’s Beka Bellhy, Bethel Park’s Justine Carroll and North Allegheny’s Alexis Aiken.

The boys games feature, among others, Highlands’ Micah Mason, Beaver Falls’ Sheldon Jeter, Butler’s Nate Snodgrass, Plum’s Nolan Cressler and Lincoln Park’s Devontae Watson.

Hometown Softball Program Game Recap - Elizabeth Forward

Sometimes the team that gets the better pitching and hitting fails to win. That was the case Thursday evening, as Elizabeth Forward fell to West Mifflin 4-1 in the third section game of the season for each squad.

Three errors and eight stranded base-runners doomed the Warriors, who got a fantastic effort from starting pitcher Portia McBride.

McBride, who was a backup hurler to start the season but has pitched every inning this season due to injuries, struck out a career-high 15 West Mifflin batters. Her defense did her no favors though, has they would commit those three errors, with one costing the Warriors a run.

After 3 scoreless innings, EF would strike first on an RBI base hit by Megan Sorton off Titans pitcher Paige Flore  that would score Kelsey Havel in the bottom of the 4th.

However that would be the last run that the Warriors would bring across the plate.

Hometown Softball Program Game Recap - Chartiers-Houston

In a game fitting of two teams previously unbeaten in Class A, Section 1, the Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers outlasted Frazier by one run extra innings. 

The Buccaneers had averaged nearly 13 runs per game and had only scored less than 10 runs one other time but struggled to get runs against Commodore starting pitcher Andrea Lash who scattered seven hits.  Lash deserved a better fate on this day as all five of the runs she gave up were unearned. 

MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program Salute - SOUTH SIDE BEAVER RAMS

The South Side Beaver softball team are in the hunt for a playoff spot and section championship in the WPIAL's Class A Section 5. The Rams have qualified for the playoffs three straight years and in 2011, beat Jefferson-Morgan and Frazier in the WPIAL playoffs before losing to Chartiers-Houston in the Semifinals. The team did however qualify for the PIAA state softball playoffs for the first time in school history. They are a proud member of the new MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program this season. Here is an inside look at the Rams.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Softball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net, including NEW #1 teams this week in Class AAAA, Class AAA and Class AA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts, including the Hometown Softball Program here on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Softball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (6-2)
(Last Week #2)

2)   FRANKLIN REGIONAL PANTHERS  (6-0)
(Last Week #5)

3)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (7-1)
(Last Week #6)

4)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (3-3)
(Last Week #3)

5)   SHALER TITANS  (5-2)
(Last Week #1)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Baseball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (5-1)
(Last Week #1)

2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (5-0)
(Last Week #3)

3)   BUTLER GOLDEN TORNADO  (6-0)
(Last Week #5)

4)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (5-1)
(Last Week #2)

5)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (6-1)
(Last Week #9)

6)   SHALER TITANS  (4-2)
(Last Week #4)

7)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (4-2)
(Last Week Unranked)

8)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (4-2)
(Last Week #7)

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

Spring continues to bloom with a mixture of cold and mild temperatures in the air, and red hot action on the diamonds and courts all this week here on the MSA Sports Network. After the Easter break, we have plenty of diamond action with WPIAL and District 6 baseball and softball along with WPIAL boys volleyball, WPIAL boys and girls lacrosse and college baseball featuring Slippery Rock University, plus we have news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, April 9th:

TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Baseball - McGuffey vs Waynesburg at 3:00pm on the Greene County Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Baseball - North Hills vs Hampton at 3:45pm on the Hampton Talbots Sports Network at MSAsports.net

Scholastic Notebook

It is most certainly one of the oddest sports combinations you will see in the WPIAL. You’ll be scratching your head trying to figure out how many times you have seen a championships golfer who also is one of the best shot putters and discus throwers in the district.

As odd as it sounds, Katerina Luttner is living out the combination at Fox Chapel High School. She won the WPIAL girls golf championship in 2010 and was the runner-up in 2011. She also has been a medalist at the PIAA level and has a golf scholarship to the University of Mississippi.

But in the spring, she throws the discus and shot put for Fox Chapel. This spring, Luttner is the No. 1 discus thrower in the entire WPIAL with a mark of 111 feet, 8 inches. She also has the fourth-best shot put at 34-10.

MSA Sports Top Ten - Boys Volleyball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten boys volleyball teams in the WPIAL in both classifications every Wednesday at www.MSAsports.net  Log on every day for updated standings and match broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

Section record in parenthesis.

WPIAL CLASS AAA TOP TEN:

1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (3-0)

2)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (2-0)

3)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (2-0)

4)   BUTLER GOLDEN TORNADO  (3-1)

5)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (4-0)

6)   FOX CHAPEL FOXES  (1-1)

7)   LATROBE WILDCATS  (1-1)

8)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (2-1)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Softball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net  Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts, including the Hometown Softball Program here on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Softball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1)   SHALER TITANS  (3-1)
(Last Week #2)

2)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (1-0)
(Last Week #3)

3)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (2-2)
(Last Week #1)

4)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (5-0)
(Last Week #5)

5)   FRANKLIN REGIONAL PANTHERS  (5-0)
(Last Week #8)

6)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (5-1)
(Last Week #10)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Baseball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (3-1)
(Last Week #1)

2)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (4-0)
(Last Week #2)

3)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (3-0)
(Last Week #3)

4)   SHALER TITANS  (3-1)
(Last Week #4)

5)   BUTLER GOLDEN TORNADO  (4-0)
(Last Week Unranked)

6)   MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (3-2)
(Last Week Unranked)

7)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (3-1)
(Last Week #5)

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