Chartiers-Houston built an early lead then held off a seventh inning rally ro defeat Mohawk, 5-3, in a WPIAL Class AA softball playoff game at North Allegheny Monday.

The Bucs advance to the semifinals and will take on Frazier Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.

Chartiers-Houston scored three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth for a 5-0 lead. Winning pitcher Ella Brookman doubled in two runs and Kaci Alderson added another RBI.

The Bucs took advantage of Mohawk’s defense as three of the runs were unearned.

Alyssa Young hit a solo home run and Trinity Voss had a two-run blast in the seventh inning.

Laurel 12, Carmichaels 4: Carmichaels committed six errors, leading to a loss in the WPIAL Class AA softball quarterfinals to third-seeded Laurel at Montour High School.

Laurel improves to 17-2 and plays Freedom in the semifinals Wednesday at a site and time to be determined. Freedom advanced to the semifinals by upsetting second-seeded Neshannock, 7-2.

The Mikes close the season with a 14-6 mark.

The Spartans scored three runs in both the first and second innings, but Carmichaels cut into the deficit with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.

Laurel pulled away with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Mikes scored single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, and Laurel closed the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Kayla Ruperto allowed seven hits and walked three, but struck out 15 in the complete-game victory. She also drove in a run and scored twice.

Mackenzie Lattess had a double, two singles, three RBI and three runs scored for Laurel. Madyson Boyd had a pair of singles and drove in three runs.

Kylie Sinn went the distance in the loss, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits with three walks and three strikeouts. She also doubled, singled and scored two runs.

Emma Holaren drove in three runs for the Mikes with a pair of singles. Mia Ranieri finished with two singles.

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Steel Valley 8, Beth-Center 0: Steel Valley held the Beth-Center offense to only one hit, while the Ironmen pounded out 11 for a victory in WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal action at West Mifflin.

Ryan Ross’ double was the lone hit for the Bulldogs, who finish the season with an 8-10 record. Cameron Palmer took the loss.

Steel Valley’s Nick Harhai pitched 5.2 innings in the win, not allowing a hit while striking out nine.

Mason Haley had a double and single for the Ironmen (11-8), while Josh Fossick and Aidon Good both finished with a pair of singles.

In the Class AAAA baseball quarterfinals, Blackhawk edged Mt. Pleasant, 7-6. Blackhawk improves to 15-4 and plays the Greensburg Salem-New Castle winner Wednesday in the semifinals. The Vikings close the season with a 10-9 record.

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