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CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP
11-1 Williams Valley (23-2) vs. 7-1 West Greene (23-4)
When: Today, 11 a.m. Where: Penn State University’s Nittany Lion Softball Park Tickets: $8 for adults, $4 for students
Live updates: Follow sports writer Bob Lipsky on Twitter @boblipskyRH and follow The Republican-Herald Sports page on Facebook during the games.
TV: Pennsylvania Cable Network
About the Vikings
Head coach: Ryan Underkoffler (2nd season)
How they got here: Defeated District 4 champion Northeast Bradford 16-0 in five innings in first round, rallied past District 3 champion Greenwood 5-4 in quarterfinals and downed District 6 champion Claysburg-Kimmel 6-1 in semifinals
About the Pioneers
Head coach: William Simms
How they got here: Defeated District 6 runner-up Glendale 12-2 in first round, shut out District 5 runner-up McConnellsburg 10-0 in six innings in quarterfinals and topped District 7 runner-up Monessen 7-4 in semifinals
No secrets here as Williams Valley and West Greene will square off for the Class A championship for the third straight season. In 2016, Rayanne Hawk’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Caitlyn Pinchorski with the winning run as Williams Valley won 3-2. Last season, the Vikings jumped out to a 7-0 lead only to see West Greene storm back for a 9-8 win. Morgan Updegrove had a pair of doubles and four RBIs for Williams Valley. Winning pitcher Jade Renner went 4-for-5 and Madison Lampe added three hits and two RBIs for the Pioneers . ... The Lampe twins — McKenna and Madison, both juniors — make the Pioneers go. McKenna Lampe is batting .545 with three home runs, 22 RBIs, 49 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. Madison Lampe checks in at .524 with seven home runs, 39 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 22 stolen bases. Madison Renner (.557, 7 HR, 41 RBIs), Jade Renner (.545) and Kaitlyn Rizor (.468) carry big bats, too, on a team with a .468 batting average . ... Williams Valley counters with Kali Whitcomb (.446), Mya Achenbach (.551, 4 HR, 30 RBIs), Stevie Unger (.514, 26 RBIs), Maddy Bordner (.408), Destiny Dubois (.439, 4 HR, 26 RBIs), Kenna Ferron (.397), Updegrove (.405, 30 RBIs) and Grace Hoffman (.433), among others . ... Expected pitching matchup: Unger (16-2, 1.83 ERA) or freshman Emma Crisswell (5-0, 0.53 ERA) for Williams Valley and Jade Renner (16-4, 2.23 ERA, 113 IP, 98 Ks, 8 BBs) for West Greene. It was Unger vs. Renner in last year’s game.