PIAA Class A softball championship
Who: Minersville Miners (11-1, 23-3) vs. Claysburg-Kimmel Lady Bulldogs (6-2, 22-4)
Where: Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, University Park
When: Today, 3 p.m.
The coaches: Minersville-Dave Homa (13th year); Claysburg-Kimmel-Mike Barbarini (14th year, 203-85)
How they got here: Minersville-Defeated Moravian Academy, 13-0, in District 11 quarterfinals; defeated Marian Catholic, 15-0, in District 11 semifinals; defeated Williams Valley, 2-1, in District 11 championship; defeated Bloomsburg, 13-3, in six innings in PIAA first round; defeated Halifax, 12-2, in five innings in PIAA quarterfinals; defeated Bristol, 10-1, in PIAA semifinals. Claysburg-Kimmel-Defeated Purchase Line, 10-0, in five innings in District 6 quarterfinals; defeated West Branch, 4-0, in District 6 semifinals; lost to Southern Huntingdon, 7-3, in District 6 championship; defeated DuBois Central Catholic, 8-2, in PIAA first round; defeated Iroquois, 6-1, in PIAA quarterfinals; defeated Neshannock, 5-4, in eight innings in PIAA semifinals.
Pitchers: Minersville-Riley Gerenda (sr, 14-3, 1.21 ERA, 122 Ks, 98 2/3 innings). Claysburg-Kimmel-Kiersten Coho (sr, 19-3, 1.68 ERA, 176 Ks, 129 innings).
Probable lineups: Minersville-SS Reighly Melochick (sr, .492), CF Adrienne Kroznuskie (fr, .616), RF Lindsey Snyder (jr, .493), 1B Emily Mealey (fr, .439), C Morgen Woodford (sr, .479), 2B Leah Leshko (sr, .418), 3B Rachel Sterner (so, 425), DP Maura Bentz (fr, .341), LF Alyse Ryan (sr, .357), P-flex Riley Gerenda. Claysburg-Kimmel-2B Madison Ickes (sr, .438), RF Abby Kulick (sr, .518), C Mallory Cox (sr, .398), P Kiersten Coho (sr, .310), 3B Keyara Morgan (fr, .409), SS Hannah Claycomb (jr, .373), LF Mercedeze LeMaster (sr, .182), CF Christina Wannyn (jr, .230), DP Whitney Helsel (jr, .348), 1B-flex Kari Glass (.216).
The winner gets: The state championship
Notable: Minersville has won eight state titles (the last coming in 2011) and was runner-up in 1991. ... The Lancers have scored 35 runs on 37 hits in three state playoff games and scored in double figures in 15 of their 26 games. ... Lancers catcher Morgen Woodford has thrown out three runners trying to steal during states. ... Minersville's Adrienne Kroznuskie has hit nine home runs. ... This is C-K's first state title game appearance. ... C-K's Abby Kulick leads the team in hits with 44, batting average (.518) and at-bats (85) and is tied for the team lead with Madison Ickes in doubles (10) and runs scored (29). ... Kulick and Ickes are two of the seven C-K seniors who will play their last game. The others are Mallory Cox, Kiersten Coho, Mercedeze LeMaster, Rachel Walter and Katelyn Gerheim.