York, PA - The Daily Record/Sunday News presents the 2012 YAIAA Division I Softball All-Stars:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Taylor Rohrbaugh, Central York, So., P: Being a shutdown pitcher and a strong hitter -- in a division full of tremendous hitters -- made Rohrbaugh the coaches' choice as player of the year.
Rohrbaugh struck out 140 batters in 156 innings with a miniscule 1.26 ERA and only 33 walks. At the plate she hit .446 with 29 hits, seven doubles, three triples and 16 RBIs.
Perhaps the biggest number in regards to Rohrbaugh is that she has two years left of high school softball.
Sarah Bortner, South Western, Jr., P: She pitched well, as her 135 strikeouts in as many innings would indicate, but Bortner really did damage with the bat. She hit a division-best .536 with 37 hits, nine doubles, three triples and a home run.
Kelsey Collins, Dallastown, Jr., P: She pitched the Wildcats to second place in District 3 and a berth in the PIAA tournament with only 13 walks in 109-plus innings. She struck out 125 and posted a 1.21 ERA, plus hit two home runs with 14 RBIs.
Jenna Eckenrode, Dallastown, Jr., IF: The corner infielder was stellar all season, hitting .423 with 22 hits. She repeated her all-star award from 2011 for the Wildcats, who finished 19-5 overall and reached the state tournament.
Sarah Groft, New Oxford, Jr., SS: Groft tied for the division lead with 33 hits, which made for a .465 batting average. The repeat all-star scored 18 times and pounded out eight doubles, two triples and two homers.
Sam Hartman, Dallastown, So., C: The left-handed catcher had 24 hits while hitting .407 on the season. She knocked in 18 runs, scored 25 times and drilled four home runs.
Courtney Hastings, Central York, Sr., OF: The only senior all-star in this incredible group of underclassmen, the standout center fielder hit .424 with 22 runs scored and 28 base knocks, including four doubles and five triples.
Amanda Jones, Dallastown, Jr., SS: The strong-armed shortstop is a repeat all-star after hitting .426 with 29 hits and 22 RBIs. She notched five doubles, two triples and three homers on the campaign.
Kayla Merriman, Dallastown, So., 1B: She posted some of the league's best offensive numbers with a .485 average on 33 hits, including five doubles, five home runs and a Division I-best 25 runs batted in. She also scored 23 times.
Jordyn Miller, Central York, Jr., SS: An excellent shortstop, Miller showed herself to be an offensive threat in her second straight all-star season. She hit .449 with 31 hits -- 12 for extra bases -- and a division-high 28 runs scored, with 21 RBIs.
Lindsey Miller, New Oxford, Jr., 1B: An all-star last year, this junior can flat-out hit. She had 29 hits -- five of which were triples and four home runs. Miller knocked in 22 runs while hitting at a .446 clip.
Hailey Orwig, Red Lion, Jr., C: She hit .382 with three home runs and 10 RBIs, but also garnered attention for being a solid catcher for the Lions, who improved greatly from a season ago and finished 9-7 overall.
Ali Posey, Red Lion, So., OF: A multisport all-star, Posey was a solid contributor for the Lions, hitting .452 with 19 runs scored and 17 driven in. Of her 28 hits, 12 went for extra bases (four doubles, five triples and three home runs).
Alexa Taylor, Red Lion, Jr., OF: With 27 hits, 15 RBIs, 24 runs scored and five homers, Taylor was an offensive machine for the Lions. She hit .443 on the season.
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Barry Brenneman, Central York: He pulled the right strings in helping his team win the Division I title, posting an 11-2 league mark, then finished 21-5 overall after winning the YAIAA tournament and placing fourth in District 3 Class AAAA.
Jeff Deardorff, Dallastown: He led the Wildcats further than any previous Dallastown team. A trip to the PIAA tournament capped a 19-5 season and a second-place finish in the District 3 Class AAAA tourney.
Central York: Kyla Caruso, Angie Delise, Ally Dziwis, Kayla Resh, Kelsey Wisner; Dallastown: Haylee Anders; Red Lion: Megan Chapman, Taylor Gould; South Western: Heather Dell, Alexis Giraffa, Taylor Leonard.