The finals for Friday’s PIAA Softball Championships have been set.

Central Bucks South (21-2) vs. Mount Lebanon (22-3) at Robb Field, Shippensburg University, Friday, June 18, 10 a.m.
Notes: This is the first appearance in a PIAA softball championship game for either school. … Central Bucks South has existed only since 2005, so the Titans at least have a good excuse. … South lost its season opener to Council Rock North, but has won 21 of its last 22. Its only other loss was to Suburban One colleague Hatboro-Horsham, which was beaten in the state semis by Mount Lebanon. Moot now, but if H-H had beaten Lebo, CB South and H-H would have met for a fourth time in the state finals; Mount Lebanon ruined that. … Mount Lebanon won a WPIAL title in 2004, but was rudely thrown out of the tournament by Shaler, the 7-4 team that year. Not that it made Mount Lebanon feel any better, but Shaler did go on to win states that year.

Jersey Shore (23-1) vs. Bellefonte (23-3) at Robb Field, Shippensburg University, Friday, June 18, noon
Notes: Jersey Shore is making its first PIAA championship game appearance, Bellefonte its third. … Bellefonte is 0-2 in its previous championship games, losing 4-0 to Kutztown in the 2002 Class AA final and 3-0 to Chambersburg in the 1997. AAA final … Jersey Shore pitcher Brooke Koch has five no-hitters this year … Two of Bellefonte’s three losses this year are to Class AA finalist Philipsburg-Osceola. … Jersey Shore’s only loss was a 4-3 setback to Troy, which won the 4-AA title. … Jersey Shore and Bellefonte are just 40 miles apart.

Nanticoke (20-1) vs. Philipsburg-Osceola (25-1) at Robb Field, Shippensburg University, Friday, June 18, 2 p.m.

Notes: Both teams have PIAA softball titles. Nanticoke won the 2003 Class AA title, beating Center 4-0. P-O (everyone calls it P-O, trust me) beat Brandywine Heights 11-6 in 2007, the highest-scoring PIAA softball championship game. … Nanticoke’s only loss was a 5-3 setback to Dallas on May 5. P-O’s only loss was a 10-6 decision to neighboring school and softball rival Bald Eagle Area in early April; the Mounties have won 22 straight since that game.

Montgomery (22-1) vs. Chartiers-Houston (21-2) at Robb Field, Shippensburg University, Friday, June 18, 4 p.m.

Notes: Montgomery is making its first PIAA championship game appearance. Not so Chartiers-Houston, which has had the most frustrating championship game history in the state. The Buccaneers are not only 0-5 in previous title-game appearances, they have been shutout in all five of those games. That includes an 11-0 loss to South Williamsport in the 2007 Class A final, the most lopsided Class A championship game in history. … Montgomery lost 8-1 to Warrior Run in its second regular-season game and has won 21 straight … Chartiers-Houston is the only team in the PIAA softball finals that is not a district champion; the Bucs were WPIAL runners-up to Vincentian.

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