Lady Falcons plays in WPIAL title game

Jim Downey | Herald-Standard

Connellsville’s Mia Burd fires a pitch during the WPIAL Class AAAAA semifinal on May 22 against Penn-Trafford at Seton Hill University. The Lady Falcons play West Allegheny today at Peterswood Park in the WPIAL Class AAAAA title game.

West Greene will play in its fourth-straight WPIAL softball title game today, while the Connellsville girls seek their first title since last advancing to the final 21 years ago.

The Lady Pioneers (18-4) seek their fourth consecutive district title when they face Union (12-5) in the Class A gold medal game today at noon at Peterswood Park. The Lady Falcons (16-6) play West Allegheny (11-7) in the Class AAAAA final with a scheduled start at 4:30 p.m. on the same field.

West Greene defeated Union in the semifinals last spring, 8-2.

The Lady Pioneers defeated Monessen in the past two title games, 5-4 in 2018 and 10-0 in 2017. West Greene cruised past Chartiers-Houston, 12-3, in the 2016 championship.

West Greene, the top seed, opened with a bye. The Lady Pioneers defeated Bishop Canevin, 6-2, in the quarterfinals and Greene County rival Jefferson-Morgan, 15-0, in the semifinals.

The third-seeded Lady Scotties also opened with a first-round bye. Union breezed past Springdale, 11-1, in the quarterfinals and downed second-seeded Leechburg, 5-3, in the semifinals.

The Connellsville softball team won the WPIAL Class AAA crown in 1997 and was runner-up in 1998. The Lady Falcons were also the state runner-up in 1998.

Connellsville, the fourth seed, opened the tournament with a convincing 15-1 win over Mars. The Lady Falcons eked out a 3-1 win against Trinity in the quarterfinals.

Connellsville faced Penn-Trafford in the semifinals, a Section 1-AAAAA foe. The Lady Falcons lost two close games to Penn-Trafford in the regular season.

The Lady Warriors scored first, taking a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Connellsville responded in a big way, however, scoring four runs in the top of the fifth after batting around and then tacking on six more runs in the top of sixth inning after 10 players came to bat.

West Allegheny was not seeded, but is shooting for its third straight WPIAL title. The Lady Indians opened the playoffs with a 7-5 win over Shaler, upset second-seeded Plum, 5-4, in the quarterfinals and advanced to the championship game with a 4-2 win over Franklin Regional.

All finalists advance to next week’s PIAA playoffs.

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