Washington (Class AA) and Trinity (Quad-A) are the only local schools to advance from the first day of the WPIAL softball playoffs, the Prexies with a convincing 17-5 win over Brentwood and the Hillers eliminating McKeesport 9-0.
Beth-Center and Peters Township both lose 2-0, to Greensburg Central Catholic and North Hills, respectively, and Sto-Rox ousted Burgettstown, 7-1.
Some highlights from the tripleheader I saw: Morgan Meadows pitched great for Peters Township, giving up just four singles and not walking anyone. I think the Indians will be fine without Shaylee Ianno. In fact, they played pretty well without her this year.
Burgettstown shortstop Jessie Faloon went 3-4 and played great defense.
Pretty much everyone from Wash High, who killed the ball starting in the fourth inning. Apparently they needed to see the Brentwood pitcher once through the lineup before getting to her. Six players had at least two hits; the top three in the batting order (Alexis Lopez, Jordan Jackson, Jenna Phillips) each scored three times; Chelsea Evans had three runs and stole three bases as a courtesy runner for catcher Liz Bombara, who needed a home run for the cycle; Lopez had three RBI, Bombara drove in two, Larissa Bistarkey and Jessica Ketter had four each. Pitcher Ashley Sadler made a few mistakes, giving up three home runs but was also overpowering at other times.
Class AAA and A begin Wednesday, weather permitting.