PIAA Class 3A softball final

Matchup: 6-1 Philipsburg-Osceola (24-1) vs. 2-1 Holy Redeemer (20-2)

Site, time: Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, 1:30 p.m., today

Coaches: Philipsburg-Osceola–Jim Gonder, 664-146 in 36 years. Holy Redeemer–Jerome Paulukonis, 100-10 in five years.

Possible lineups: Philipsburg-Osceola–Kylie Thal, c, sr. (.476, 5 HR); Hannah Thompson, ss, sr. (.414, 3 HR); Maddie Lucas, rf, jr. (.402, 12 HR); Kam Harris, p, jr. (.458, 10 HR); Jayde Burge, 3b, sr. (.317); Kylie Adams, lf, so. (.329, 3 HR); Rachel Simpson, 2b, jr. (.380, 3 HR); Kendra Carns, cf, jr. (.344, 1 HR); Lacey Potter, 1b, sr. (.346, 1 HR). Holy Redeemer–Morgan Bienkowski, p, sr., (.429, 5 HR); Samantha Rajza, ss, sr. (.424); Tiana Wren, c, jr., (.500, 7 HR); Taylor Josefowicz, 1b, jr., (.268, 1 HR); McKenna Dolan, 2b, jr., (.288, 1 HR); Allyson Laiuvara, cf, jr. (.234, 2 HR); Lynzie Skoronski, 3b, fr. (.130); Grace Dacey, lf, (.080); Bailey McDermott, dp, fr. (.167); Olivia Murray, rf, fr. (.000).

Notes: This will be the fifth time Philipsburg-Osceola has played for a PIAA softball title. The Lady Mounties are 2-2 in their four previous appearances. … P-O won its last title in 2011 when it beat Brandywine Heights, 1-0, behind pitcher Chelsea Rex. Kate Burge, Jayde’s older sister, scored the only run of the game. … The Lady Mounties also came into the 2011 game with a 24-1 record. … The 2010 P-O team lost, 3-1, in 11 innings in the state final to Nanticoke. … The Lady Mounties have hit 39 home runs this year. Holy Redeemer has hit 16. … Harris, P-O’s most used pitcher, is 17-1 with a 2.02 ERA, 113 strikeouts and 33 walks. … Holy Redeemer won state titles in 2015 and 2016. … Royals pitcher Bienkowski is 18-0 this season with an ERA of 0.26, 282 strikeouts and just 16 walks.

(Holy Redeemer stats courtesy maxpreps.com)

— Michael Boytim

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