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Westmoreland campus clippings: Gatti joins softball staff at St. Francis (Pa.)

October 5, 2018

AnnaMarie Gatti was one of the top strikeout pitchers in the WPIAL when she played at Greensburg Central Catholic and Southmoreland.

She committed to Syracuse when she was a sophomore and continued to mow down batters at the collegiate level.

But now she is taking her pitching expertise to the sidelines as a coach. St. Francis (Pa.) hired Gatti, a Scottdale native, as a graduate assistant.

Gatti joins the staff of first-year coach Jessica O’Donnell, who was going to lead the team at Seton Hill before joining the Red Flash.

At Syracuse, Gatti was an All-Region pitcher, winning 33 times and finishing with 22 complete games over three seasons. She went 12-7 as a senior last year with a 3.16 ERA for the Orange (30-20).

She was a fourth-round draft pick in the American Softball Association. She went 5-4 in her first season as a professional.

Gatti logged some coaching experience with the Rhode Island Thunder travel program.

Women’s volleyball

Grove City: Senior Laura Buchanan (Norwin) had 12 kills in a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-15, 25-14) over Saint Vincent. She added nine kills and two blocks as the Wolverines lost to Westminster.

Penn State Behrend: Senior setter Lexi Irwin (Hempfield) had 24 assists as the Lions blanked Medaille, 3-0. She added 28 more in a 3-0 sweep of Hilbert for the Lions (11-7, 4-0 AMCC).

Pitt-Greensburg: The Bobcats (0-16) posted a season-high 39 kills and 59 digs but could not get past Franciscan in a 3-1 loss. Freshman Alexis Ray had 14 kills, and freshman Mackenzie Schropp (Penn-Trafford) added 12.

Seton Hill: Redshirt junior Leah Bisignani (Greensburg Central Catholic) posted 11 kills in the Griffins’ 3-0 victory over Slippery Rock. Sophomore Viktoria Farian added 10 kills for Seton Hill (10-6) in a three-set sweep over Edinboro.

Westminster: The Titans ran their winning streak to 16 and moved to 20-1 (7-0 PAC) with a tri-match sweep of Grove City and Saint Vincent plus a win over Geneva on Tuesday. Freshman Sam Kelly (Penn-Trafford) had 15 assists, and senior Rachel Moore (Greensburg Central Catholic) had a match-high 30 digs against Grove City. Kelly had 14 assists, and Moore posted 24 digs in the win against Saint Vincent (7-10, 3-4).

Against Geneva, Kelly had 17 assista and seven digs, and Moore had eight digs and six assists.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

IUP: Four area players have contributed this fall for the Crimson Hawks, including sophomore forward Kelly Kingerski (Norwin), who has a goal across six games; junior forward Taylor Karan (Penn-Trafford), who has played in nine games; junior defender Mya Hilliard (Hempfield), who has made nine starts; and junior forward McKenna Keffel (Belle Vernon), who has appeared in five games and has one goal and one assist.

WOMen’s golf

Saint Vincent: Sophomore Sydney Ball carded rounds of 89 and 88 to post a three-shot victory at the PAC fall championship at Squaw Creek in Vienna, Ohio.

Men’s golf

Pitt-Greensburg: With a season-best 2-over-par 74, freshman Joe Doubt finished second at Penn State Behrend’s James M. Bowen Invitational at Lawrence Park Golf Club. Senior Javon Trout (Hempfield) tied for 13th with a 79.

Washington & Jefferson: Freshman Ben Peticca (Franklin Regional) finished 13th at the PAC championships with a score of 160 (84-76) at Avalon Lakes Golf Course in Warren, Ohio.

Women’s basketball

Seton Hill: Mansfield, Conn., native Kelley Sundberg will join the Griffins coaching staff as an assistant to Mark Katarski. Sundberg, who played point guard at Gannon, was an assistant the last two years at Mansfield, which last season won its first playoff game in 11 years.

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