Public Opinion Softball All-Stars
ALLY BROWN, Greencastle-Antrim, jr., P/CF: The Mid Penn Colonial Division Player of the Year, Brown played hero for the Blue Devils in a myriad of ways this season. She led the team with a batting average of .505, and finished with a stellar 45 RBIs on 47 hits. Brown knocked out nine doubles, three triples and five home runs. "She was just a girl that we could always rely on," G-A coach Mark DeCarli said. "She always wanted to be up to bat to make that game-winning hit. She lives for those moments, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen for her next year." Brown also threw 92 1/3 innings, finishing with a 2.88 ERA. She struck out 57 batters.
LAKEN MYERS, Chambersburg, jr., P/1B/OF: Myers emerged as the Lady Trojans' go-to pitcher, throwing 94 1/3 innings this season. She finished with an ERA of 1.86, striking out 67 and walking 34. She averaged just 15.29 pitches per inning. "She was just very solid, and she was the pitcher that got us going," Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said. "The great thing is, she hit for us, too. She did whatever we asked of her, and that was her value. She found her groove in the playoffs, and she got really sharp. She is a great all-around team player." A MPC Commonwealth second-team selection, Myers had a batting average of .333, drove in 19 runs and scored eight of her own.
JENNA MONGOLD, James Buchanan, fr., P/IF: Mongold made a name for herself in her rookie campaign, leading the Rockets in numerous statistical categories. She finished with a .394 batting average and led the team in hits (26) and RBIs (21). Mongold filled much-needed pitching shoes, ending with the team's lowest ERA (2.85), and striking out 55 batters in 68 2/3 innings of work. JB coach Troy Pittman said, "I wouldn't say she surprised me because she plays travel ball, but she did very well for a freshman, even with the experience that she has. She gave us pitching that we drastically needed." Mongold was the only area freshman named to the MPC Colonial Division First Team.
NICOLE KREIMER, Waynesboro, sr., LF: Kreimer was a heavy hitter for the Maidens this season, finishing with the second-best batting average (.529) in the area. She drove in 27 runs and scored 22 of her own, first and second on the team, respectively. She struck out just twice, hit seven doubles and was named to the Mid Penn Colonial Division First Team. "Along with her ability and playing skills, her leadership as a team captain was huge," 'Boro coach Aaron Burke said. "She was steady all the time. When things got down for us, she brought us up. She always came through both defensively and offensively. She did all phases of the game really well, and the team fed off that."
COURTNEY COY, Shippensburg, jr., P/2B: For the second year in a row, Coy was the all-around MVP for the Lady Hounds. She led the team with a .453 batting average, driving in 19 runs and notching eight extra-base hits. In the circle, Coy was given the heaviest load, finishing with an ERA of 3.13 in 71 2/3 innings of work. She struck out 43 batters. "We expect a lot of Courtney, and this year was no different," Ship coach Mike Peters said. "She can play any position, so since Lexi Wolfe graduated, we moved her to second base when she wasn't pitching. She did a great job and made some key plays for us." Coy was also named to the MPC Colonial Division First Team.
JESS ROOT, Greencastle-Antrim, sr., OF: As a leadoff batter, Root did her job, leading the Blue Devils with an on-base percentage of .573. Her batting average was .457, good enough for second on the team, and she used her speed to swipe 21 bases. She was caught stealing just one time. "The biggest thing with her was her speed," Greencastle coach Mark DeCarli said. "If she got on first, she would turn it into a double on the next pitch with a steal because no one was going to throw her out. We're certainly going to miss that speed at the top of our lineup." Root was a co-captain, and was named to the MPC Colonial Division First Team.
TARYN MILLER, James Buchanan, sr., SS: With all of her focus on hitting and fielding, Miller delivered a batting average of .479, and she was also second on the team with 18 RBIs. She smacked nine doubles and five home runs, and drew 13 walks, giving her an on-base percentage of .590. "I think teams were hesitant to throw to her, and she had to be very selective and patient," Rockets coach Troy Pittman said. "With her reputation, she didn't get a bunch of very good pitches, and she did a very good job with that. She also became more vocal this year, trying to encourage the other girls." Miller was an MPC Colonial Division first-team selection.
JENNA POWELL, Waynesboro, so., 3B: As a sophomore, Powell came on strong for the Maidens with a batting average of .397. She was second on the team with 20 RBIs, and she had a team-leading 10 extra-base hits, including a game-winning home run against Mid Penn Colonial Division champion Greencastle-Antrim. "She was always putting the ball in play," Maidens coach Aaron Burke said. "There was a point in time where she went 12 games in a row without a strikeout. She hit the ball to all fields, and had a few big home runs and extra-base hits that really helped us out." Powell was also a Colonial Div. second-team selection.
MORGAN FETTER, Shippensburg, so., C: Finishing with a team-high 27 RBIs, Fetter was the clutch hitter for Shippensburg. Her batting average of .429 was good enough for third on the team, and she also scored 14 runs and smashed three home runs. "I don't think you'll find a more fundamentally sound catcher around," Lady Hound coach Mike Peters said. "Morgan does all those little things you want a catcher to do. As a sophomore, she was voted a captain by her teammates, which says a lot about her importance to our team." Fetter was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts, and also landed a spot on the Mid Penn Colonial Division First Team.
DORI LOUKOPOULOS, Chambersburg, jr., 1B/DP: A Mid Penn Commonwealth Division second-team selection, Loukopoulos jumped onto the varsity scene with a .406 batting average and a .543 on-base percentage. Loukopoulos had six doubles and three home runs, and drove in 28 runs, good enough for second on the team. She scored 18 runs. "Dori was (designated player) a lot of time, and she really took off in that role," Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. "She got a lot of big hits, and we could move her anywhere from fourth to seventh in the lineup, and she always got some key hits. For her to hit like that in her first varsity year, that's a feather in her cap."
ALICEN HOOVER, Greencastle-Antrim, jr., 1B
SAM BENDER, Chambersburg, jr., P/1B
KATIE WISE, Waynesboro, jr., CF
NINA SHATZER, James Buchanan, sr., P/1B
MAGGIE MYERS, Chambersburg, jr., 2B
CHELSEA COVER, Waynesboro, jr., C
SAMI BARMONT, Shippensburg, so., SS
MORGAN RITCHEY, Fannett-Metal, fr., SS
MALEA TRUAX, Forbes Road, sr., OF
Chambersburg — Lexi Leedy (jr., OF), Tara Harmon (sr., 3B); Greencastle-Antrim — Morgan Wagaman (jr., CF); Shippensburg — Amber Orndorff (fr., DP), Ashley Macedo (jr., OF); James Buchanan — Brooke Pittman (jr., OF), Charity Miller (sr., 2B); Waynesboro — Sara Gsell (jr., SS), Tiff Stull (sr., 2B); Forbes Road — Courtney Schoen (so., P/INF), Tina Parsons (jr., P/INF); Fannett-Metal — Brooke Harris (jr., P), Emily Metcalfe (jr., SS); McConnellsburg — Carly Swope (jr., P); Southern Fulton — Cheyenne Miller (fr., P).