PIAA Class A softball championship

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.