Softball: Semifinal Preview Greensburg Salem Primed to Get over Hump

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Softball: Semifinal Preview Greensburg Salem Primed to Get over Hump


Meyer, Craig, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Last season, the Greensburg Salem softball team was a hard-to- control force.

The Golden Lions won 22 of their first 24 games, often in overwhelming fashion, on their way to the program's first WPIAL championship, an eight-run win.

Because of that, Jody Morgan believed. The longtime coach saw everything she needed to know her team could be something special, that it could win a state championship.

Ultimately, that vision never played out like she imagined, as Greensburg Salem's bats fell silent in the PIAA quarterfinals in a 1- 0 loss to Fort LeBoeuf.

One year later, that same instinctual feeling has returned.

"Last year we thought we could win the states," Morgan said. "Well this team right now I'm feeling can win the states and that's how we're looking at it now. ... I'm just excited to know that in possibly one game, we could be playing for a state title."

After finishing third in the WPIAL, the Golden Lions (18-2) have found their stride at the most critical juncture, advancing to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals where they will face District 1 runner-up Springfield Delco. Along with Neshannock in Class A, they are the only WPIAL softball teams remaining.

The most recent win came Thursday against Thomas Jefferson, which beat them two weeks earlier for Greensburg Salem's second loss of the season.

While some teams would attempt to downplay such a setback, the Golden Lions acknowledged it helped provide them with extra motivation. …

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