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Mt. Lebanon nips Shaler in PIAA softball quarterfinals |

Mt. Lebanon nips Shaler in PIAA softball quarterfinals

| Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:00 a.m

Tess Apke hit a solo home run over the centerfield fence in the fifth inning to lead Mt. Lebanon over Shaler, 1-0, in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals of softball today at Fairhaven Park in Kennedy.

Mt. Lebanon (21-3), the WPIAL champion, moves to the semifinals against the winner of a later game between District 1 rivals Bishop Shanahan and Hatboro Horsham. A date and site was not immediately determined.

Lefthander Geena Badolato, a Robert Morris recruit, limited Shaler(18-5) to four hits and struck out nine in beating the Titans for the third time this season.

Apke’s leadoff homer in the fifth against sophomore Sydney Smires was her second hit of the game. Mt. Lebanon managed just five hits against Smires, who took over as Shaler’s top pitcher at the start of the WPIAL playoffs.

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