Thomas Jefferson’s Zoe Krizan named Trib HSSN softball player of the week

by: Don Rebel

Trib HSSN softball player of the week: Zoe Krizan

School: Thomas Jefferson

Class: Senior

Position: Center Field

For complete story and interview, click here.

Inaugural Western PA Softball All-Star Game takes place tomorrow

Tomorrow the first ever Western PA Softball All-Star Game will take place under the lights at Plum High School at 8 p.m. as Team Gold will take on Team Black.

Players from throughout the Big 56 and WPIAL with many of them headed to college to play softball will be participating in the event. 18 players from the Big 56 will be playing in this game. The game will be at least nine innings long.

Here are the rosters with Big 56 players BOLDED:

TEAM BLACK

Pitchers:

Madison Baker – Armstrong

Makenzie Wade – Bethel Park

Madison Brown – Southmoreland

Autumn Boyd – Laurel

Catchers:

Alexis Brua – Laurel

Rylee Gray – Avonworth

Lauren Sipple – Penn Hills

1st Basemen:

Jessie Pugh – Armstrong

2nd Basemen:

Stephanie Esswein – Mars

Ali Giordano – Neshannock

3rd Basemen:

Mia Dunleavy – Fox Chapel

Bella Mubel – Shaler

Shortstops:

Emma Paul – Armstrong

Shaye Bailey – Freedom

Amarah McCutcheon – Soutmoreland

Outfielders:

Grace Kindel – Greensburg Central Catholic

Autumn Weitzel – Chartiers Valley

Jazalyn Sanders – Woodland Hills

Belinda Bova – Bethel Park

Mykayla Spoonhoward – Yough

London Irish – Penn Hills

TEAM GOLD

Pitchers:

Brooklyn Kotch – Norwin

Olivia Zimmerman – Indiana

Kayla Williams – Latrobe

Madisyn Zigarovich – Serra Catholic

Kelsey Ogin – Butler

Sydney Selker – Freeport

Catchers:

Haley Hamilton – Indiana

Gabrielle Perod – Neshannock

Morgan Mosqueda – South Allegheny

1st Basemen:

Gracie Sokol – Belle Vernon

2nd Basemen:

Caitlyn O’Farrell – Chartiers Valley

3rd Basemen:

Josey Michalski – Norwin

Marta Gualazzi – Chartiers Valley

Shortstop:

Aricka Young – Mohawk

Abby Dejidas – Freeport

Bailey Snowberger – Norwin

Outfielders:

Savannah Bodnar – North Hills

Trinity Seibel – Kiski Area

Emma Scanlon – Mt. Pleasant

Jocelyn Scardina – Highlands

Shaylyn Shall – Western Beaver

Mya McGreal – Mohawk

Thomas Jefferson takes home 1st state title with walk-off win

Taylor Karmic hit a bases loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning giving Thomas Jefferson a 2-1 victory over Pittston Area on Thursday afternoon at Beard Field on the campus of Penn State University. The state title is the first one in program history for Thomas Jefferson softball.

Both teams had multiple chances throughout regulation to come away with the win but neither could come through with Thomas Jefferson leaving eight runners on pace and Pittston leaving 10 runners on base.

The Jaguars got it going early when they got a leadoff triple and a sacrifice fly and just like that Thomas Jefferson was up 1-0 going into the bottom of the first inning.

In the bottom the second, Thomas Jefferson got back-to-back singles before Pittston pitcher Gianna Adams got three straight strikeouts to get out of the inning. The Jaguars got the leadoff hitter on in the fourth inning as well before another three straight strikeouts by Adams.

Pittston got even in the third inning when they got a double and a two-out single to even the score at one a piece.

In the fifth inning, it looked like Thomas Jefferson would have an opportunity to break the game open when they got the bases loaded with two outs. There was a well hit ball to right field but it was caught and the score remained tied 1-1.

The sixth inning it looked like Pittston’s was going to take advantage when they had two runners on but Thomas Jefferson pitcher Aubrey Shaffer got a pop out to end the inning and the score remained tied. Shaffer also got out of a bases loaded situation in the seventh and a second and third situation in the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Morgan Alisesky fell behind with 0-2 in the count but was able to battle and ended up with a leadoff single. Alisesky would steal second base putting the Jaguars in great position. Pittston would intentionally walk Alayna Grese. Grese got to second on a wild pitch so Pittston intentionally walked Alison Chalovich as well. Which set up Karpac who hit a single through the left side and won the game and the state championship for Thomas Jefferson.

Shaffer was the winning pitcher going eight innings striking out 10 batters. Adams also went the distance striking out 14 for Pittston.

PIAA 5A Softball Championship Preview

7-2 THOMAS JEFFERSON (15-8) vs. 2-1 PITTSTON AREA (21-1) – 4 PM TODAY at PENN STATE

THOMAS JEFFERSON

Was the #10 seed out of the WPIAL. Made the WPIAL Championship but fell to Armstrong. Defeated Solanco (17-4), West Chester East (3-1) and Central Mountain (4-1) to get to state championship.

Player to watch: Zoe Krizan – Center Fielder – Senior

This is Thomas Jefferson’s first trip to the state championship game.

Zoe Krizan has driven in 9 runs in Thomas Jefferson’s 3 state playoff games.

PITTSTON AREA

Was the #1 seed out of District 2. Beat Abington Heights in the District 2/4 sub-regional to make the state playoffs. Defeated Little Flower (19-0), Mechanicsburg (4-1) and South Western (2-0) to make the state championship.

Player to watch: Gianna Adams – Pitcher – Senior

This is Pittston Area’s second appearance in the state championship game. They defeated Armstrong, 4-0 in the 2022 state title game.

Gianna Adams has won 5A PA Pitcher of the Year twice in her career. She is 20-1 with a 0.33 ERA. She has 273 strikeouts and 18 walks this year. Adams is also hitting .433 with a home run and 15 RBIs. Adams will play softball collegiately at Carnegie Mellon.

What’s coming up: 6/10/24

by: Don Rebel

TOP CATS

Central Mountain won the District 6 Class 5A championship this spring while Thomas Jefferson was the runner-up in District 7.

Now the Wildcats and the Jaguars scrap to determine the top cat in the wild west of Class 5A.

TJ has relied on several players in its two state playoff wins.

Senior Zoe Krizan was 3 for 4 and junior Allie Chalovich had two hits, while the two combined to drive in nine runs as Thomas Jefferson crushed Solanco in the opening-round win, 17-4.

In the quarterfinals, junior Hannah Alonso was 3 for 3 with an RBI, junior Morgan Alisesky was 2 for 3 and sophomore Adalina Bracco delivered the tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning as TJ edged West Chester East, 3-1.

Central Mountain has already knocked out two teams from the WPIAL on its path to Penn State.

The Wildcats ousted Penn-Trafford in the first round, 10-0, then stunned WPIAL champion Armstrong in the quarterfinals, 4-1.

Central Mountain (16-5) faces Thomas Jefferson (14-8) at 4:30 p.m. at Mount Aloysius College.

The Jaguars have lost twice before in the PIAA semifinals, losing to WPIAL teams each time. The Jaguars lost to Riverside in the 2001 semifinals, 1-0, and then fell to West Allegheny in the 2018 final four, 7-5.

The Wildcats have never played in a PIAA semifinals game.

Seneca Valley’s Lexie Hames wins Gatorade PA Softball Player of the Year

Today, Seneca Valley’s Lexie Hames was named the Pennsylvania Softball Player of the Year but Gatorade. Hames is the first WPIAL player since 2018 to win state player of the year in softball when Lexi Wagner of Seton La Salle won the award. Hames is the first Big 56 player to win the award since 2017 when Hempfield’s Morgan Ryan was the recipient.

Hames is considered one of the top pitchers in the country for the Class of 2025 and has already committed to Clemson to play her college softball. She had a 16-1 record this season with 265 strikeouts in 114 2/3 innings. She also got it done at the plate hitting nine home runs and drove in 27 runs.

Recap: PIAA Quarterfinals, Day 1

SOFTBALL

PIAA 6A QUARTERFINALS

(1-3) North Penn 4, (7-1) Seneca Valley 0

Seneca Valley (22-2)

Lexie Hames – 6 innings, 12 strikeouts

Abby Kalkowski – Double

Anna Kalkowski – Double

PIAA 5A QUARTERFINALS

(6-1) Central Mountain 4, (7-1) Armstrong 1

Armstrong (19-4)

Emma Paul – Double

Lily Gutherie – 2 for 3

Natalie Zeigler – RBI

Madison Baker – 6 innings, 5 strikeouts

(7-2) Thomas Jefferson 3, (1-2) West Chester East 1

Thomas Jefferson (14-8)

Adelina Bracco – 2-run double in 6th

Hannah Alonso – 3 for 3, RBI

Morgan Alisesky – 2 for 3

Aubrey Shaffer – 7 innings, 1 run allowed, 7 strikeouts

*will face District 6 champion Central Mountain on Monday in the state semifinals

BASEBALL

PIAA 5A QUARTERFINALS

(6-1) Hollidaysburg 3, (7-1) Penn-Trafford 2

After controversial call in 7th inning, Penn-Trafford’s PIAA playoff run ends with loss to Hollidaysburg

What’s coming up: 6/6/24

by: Don Rebel

GOLDEN BOYS

Hollidaysburg (15-5) won the District 6 Class 5A baseball championship this season, beating Central Mountain in the D-6 finals, 9-1, and then they shut down City League champion Obama Academy in a 5A state preliminary round game, 5-1.

In the opening round of the PIAA playoffs, Hollidaysburg (15-5) defeated Franklin Regional, 4-2.

Now the Golden Tigers try to knock off a third straight area team when they battle WPIAL champion Penn-Trafford (21-3) at Point Stadium in Johnstown at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Warriors were led by Ian Temple and Carmen Metcalfe, who each had two hits and an RBI in P-T’s first round win over Lower Dauphin, 3-2.

On Friday, WPIAL runner-up Bethel Park (16-7) will take on District 12 champion Monsignor Bonner (18-8) at Cumberland Valley at 2 p.m.

These same two teams met in the state quarterfinals last year as Kevin McGonigle was 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBI as the Friars eliminated the two-time defending PIAA champion Black Hawks, 3-1.

ZERO TOLERANCE

The WPIAL Class 6A softball champions were in fine form Monday, whitewashing District 10 champion McDowell in Erie, 11-0.

Anna Kalkowski was 3 for 4 with a triple for the Raiders while start pitcher Lexie Hames struck out 12 Trojans in five innings.

It was the 12th time Seneca Valley had blanked its opponents, but it was only the second shutout in the Raiders’ last 10 games.

Seneca Valley (22-1) will take on the No. 3 team out of District 1, North Penn (22-3), at Chambersburg at 4 p.m.

5A FINALISTS ADVANCE

The two teams that played for WPIAL 5A softball gold enjoyed an offensive bonanza in the opening round of the PIAA postseason as Armstrong and Thomas Jefferson combined to score 30 runs Monday.

Shelby Cloak, Jessie Pugh, Jordyn Klingensmith and Lily Guthrie reached base three times as the WPIAL champion River Hawks rolled past Latrobe, 13-2.

Zoe Krizan and Allie Chalovich combined for five hits and nine RBIs in leading the Jaguars past District 3 runner-up Solanco, 17-4.

The two District 7 teams must win one more game before a district title game rematch is set in the state semifinals.

Armstrong (19-3) will go up against District 6 champion Central Mountain (15-5) at Heindl Park in DuBois at 1:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson (13-8) next takes on District 1 runner-up West Chester East (16-8) at Chambersburg at 2 p.m.

PIAA announces sites and times for Baseball/Softball Quarterfinals

The PIAA has announced sites and times for both the baseball and softball quarterfinals. All quarterfinal games will happen on Thursday except for Monsignor Bonner/Bethel Park that will take place on Friday.

BASEBALL

PIAA 5A QUARTERFINALS

Thursday, June 6

7-1 Penn-Trafford (21-3) vs. 6-1 Hollidaysburg (15-5) – Sargents Field at Point Stadium, Johnstown – 4 pm

Friday, June 7

12-1 Monsignor Bonner (18-8) vs. 7-2 Bethel Park (16-7-1) – Cumberland Valley HS, Mechanicsburg – 2 pm

SOFTBALL

PIAA 6A QUARTERFINALS

Thursday, June 6

1-3 North Penn (22-3) vs. 7-1 Seneca Valley (22-1) – Norlo Park Softball Complex, Chambersburg – 2:30 pm

PIAA 5A QUARTERFINALS

Thursday, June 6

6-1 Central Mountain (15-5) vs. 7-1 Armstrong (19-3) – Heindl Memorial Field, Dubois – 1:30 pm

1-2 West Chester East (16-8) vs. 7-2 Thomas Jefferson (13-8) – Norlo Park Softball Complex, Chambersburg – Noon

Recap: PIAA First Round

Photo Credit: North Allegheny Sports Network

BASEBALL

PIAA 6A FIRST ROUND

(3-3) Wilson 2, (7-1) North Allegheny 0

North Allegheny pins PIAA loss on tough lefty, not “WPIAL hangover”

(10-1) McDowell 1, (7-2) Mt. Lebanon 0

Mt. Lebanon (18-6)

Graham Keen – 6 2/3 innings, 1 run allowed, 4 hits allowed

PIAA 5A FIRST ROUND

(7-1) Penn-Trafford 3, (3-5) Lower Dauphin 2

Penn-Trafford baseball warms up in time to win PIAA opener

(7-2) Bethel Park 11, (3-1) Mechanicsburg 1

Bethel Park (16-7-1)

Ethan Stanhoff – Single, Double, 4 RBIs

Ryan Walsh – 5 innings, 1 hit allowed, 8 strikeouts

*faces Monsignor Bonner, the District 12 champion, on Thursday in state quarterfinals

(6-1) Hollidaysburg 4, (7-3) Franklin Regional 2

Franklin Regional’s season ends with loss to Hollidaysburg in PIAA playoffs

SOFTBALL

PIAA 6A FIRST ROUND

(7-1) Seneca Valley 11, (10-1) McDowell 0

Seneca Valley (22-1)

Anna Kalkowski – 3 for 4, Triple

Lauren Folino – 2-run double

Lexie Hames – Winning Pitcher – 5 innings, 12 strikeouts

*will take on North Penn, the 3rd place finisher out of District 1, on Thursday in the state quarterfinals

PIAA 5A FIRST ROUND

(7-1) Armstrong 13, (7-4) Latrobe 2

Armstrong’s early offensive outburst too much for Latrobe to overcome in PIAA softball playoffs

(7-2) Thomas Jefferson 17, (3-2) Solanco 4

Thomas Jefferson (13-8)

Zoe Krizan – 3 for 4, Double, Triple, 4 RBIs

Allie Chalovich – Single, Double, 5 RBIs

Morgan Alisesky – 5 for 5

*will meet West Chester East, the District 1 runner-up, on Thursday in the state quarterfinals

(6-1) Central Mountain 10, (7-3) Penn-Trafford 0

Penn-Trafford (15-7)

Cameron Ponko – Single, Double