Jun. 14—PIAA semifinal capsules Class 3A Central Columbia (20-5) vs. Mid Valley (21-2)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Marywood University
How they got here: Central Columbia first beat Palmerton, 2-0, then topped Pequea Valley, 3-0, in the Blue Jays' quarterfinal matchup. Mid Valley whipped Loyalsock, 12-0, in five innings, in its opener and the Spartanettes rallied to edge North Schuylkill, 7-6, in the quarters.
Players to watch: Central Columbia — Payton Crawford .400 BA, 28 H, 22 RBI; Emmie Rowe .380, 30 H, 23 RBI; Ellie Rowe .367, 29 H, 18 RBI, 4 HR; Alyx Flick .355, 27 H, 16 RBI, 7 2B; Ali Heintzelman .324, 23 H, 15 RBI; P Mea Consentino 139 IP, 254 K, 0.95 ERA.
Mid Valley — P Maranda Runco 20-2, 1.31 ERA, 192 K, .691 BA, 19 HR, 1.706 slugging; 2B Kat Davis .414, 23 R; SS Lindsey Jason .427, 32 H, 28 R, 23 RBI, 9 2B, 3 HR; Chiara Zavislak .391, 25 H, 16 RBI; C Kaylee Terranella .361, 26 H, 23 RBI, 9 2B, 3 HR.
What's next: The winner faces either Punsutawney or Mount Pleasant in Friday's state title game at 1:30 p.m.
Buzz: In its two PIAA playoff games, five players have accounted for Mid Valley's six home runs. ... Runco has been intentionally walked 11 times in her last 16 plate appearances, and has 3 solo homers, a HBP and one unintentional walk. ... Terranella is 4 for 8 in the state playoffs with 2 doubles, a homer and four RBIs. ... Jason has homered in two of the last three games to either tie the game or put Mid Valley ahead. ... Mid Valley has plated 32 runs in its four postseason games. ... Loyalsock is the lone common opponent. Central lost two of three close, low-scoring games to the Lancers, including 2-1 in eight innings in the District 4 final. ... Consentino has pitched back-to-back shutouts in the PIAA playoffs and allowed one earned run in her last three games.
Class 5A Lampeter-Strasburg (28-1) vs. West Scranton (14-3)
When: Today at 2 p.m.
Where: Patriots Park, Allentown
How they got here: Lampeter-Strasburg tripped Marple-Newtown, 8-2, and the Pioneers knocked off Sprnigfield-Delco, 5-0, in the quarterfinals. West Scranton edged West Chester East, 7-6, in the quarters, and topped Elizabethtown, 6-2.
Players to watch: Lampeter-Strasburg — OF Brooke Zuber .639, 3 HR, 21 RBI; SS Chloe Blantz .449, 12 HR, 45 RBI; 3B Emily Platt .462; OF Ally Raub .421, 20 RBI; P Keiva Middleton .359, 11 RBI, 13-0 in league play, 1.97 ERA, 26 BB, 99 K.
West Scranton — 3B Olivia Dougher .554, 31 H, 17 R, 21 RBI, 11 2B; CF Gianna Russo .419, 18 H, 26 R, 14 RBI, 7 2B, 5 HR; P Mia Butka .412, 21 H, 19 R, 12 RBI, 5 2B, 3 HR, 14-3 pitching, 2.63 ERA, 90 K; C Isabella Summa .380, 19 H, 12 RBI, 8 steals; SS Maddy Maloney .333, 5 steals.
What's next: The winner faces Armstrong or North Hills in Friday's 4 p.m. state title game.
The buzz: Their common opponent is Elizabethtown, which L-S beat in all three meetings. ... West Scranton has rallied from behind to win both its PIAA games, down, 1-0 after a half inning, and down, 2-0 after a half inning, and 6-4, into the fifth against West Chester East. ... L-S shortstop Blantz will play at the University of Delaware. 2B Daisy Frank is going to Syracuse for field hockey. ... L-S is playing in its fifth straight PIAA semifinal and reached the final in 2016-18-19, winning it all in '18. ... Four of the six seniors started on the title team as freshmen and five of them played in the '19 title game. ... Russo has homered in four of the last six games, at least one to every field, including game-winning homers in the District 2 final against Abington Heights and her three-run homer to put West in the lead for good against WC East. West Scranton starts two freshmen, three sophomores and five juniors. ... West Scranton has eight players who have combined for 14 homers this season.
— MARTY MYERS
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