GameTimePA.com softball all-stars
The top YAIAA athletes from the 2016 season, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff
Meet the all-stars
First-team all-stars capsules, Player and Coach of the Year, and honorable-mention list
Introducing the YAIAA first-team all-stars for the 2016 season.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rachel Butler, Central York, sr.
One of just three seniors on the Panthers' roster, Butler was the top pitcher and cleanup hitter on a team that lost just once in the regular season and captured its second straight YAIAA title. The southpaw went 11-1 with a 0.86 ERA and 71 strikeouts while hitting .390 with a team-high 21 RBIs and 11 extra-base hits in the regular season. Head coach Shane Walker also praised her leadership, saying, “coaches dream about having a player with her ability and attitude.”
Natalie Cutright, Dover, sr.
Cutright was the top hitter on a Dover team that finished second in YAIAA Division II and reached the District 3 playoffs. The shortstop hit .492 with 13 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs in the Eagles' first 18 games. She plans to play collegiate softball at James Madison.
Jaelynn Harbold, Dallastown, sr.
The Messiah College commit was the leader of a talented Dallastown squad that was the only York County team to beat Central York this season. The Wildcats' top pitcher posted a 1.50 ERA with 74 strikeouts. At the plate, she batted .400 with a .575 on-base percentage.
Shelbee Holcomb, Delone Catholic, sr.
The Squirettes shortstop continued to be one of the most dangerous hitters in the YAIAA this season. After posting triple crown numbers as a junior, Holcomb hit .515 with four home runs, 27 RBIs, 35 hits and 35 runs scored. She also anchored the left side of Delone Catholic's infield with fellow senior Katie Laughman.
Katie Laughman, Delone Catholic, sr.
One of the best all-around athletes in the YAIAA, Laughman was one of the anchors of a Delone Catholic team that rolled through Division IV this season. The third baseman led the team with a .597 batting average and racked up 37 hits, 33 runs, four home runs and 13 RBIs from the No. 2 spot in the batting order.
Mallory Lebo, Susquehannock, sr.
Arguably the most dangerous base runner in the league, Lebo was a threat to score every time she got on base for the Warriors. The lefty leadoff hitter batted .500 with .a 575 on-base percentage. She stole 21 bases and scored 32 runs in the regular season. She was also a terrific defender in center field.
Cheyenne Miller, Central York, sr.
After missing her entire junior season with a shoulder injury, Miller returned to lead the YAIAA champion Panthers with a .482 batting average. She didn't commit an error in the outfield all season, and she also registered a 2.00 ERA in 14 innings in the pitching circle.
Cassie Rickrode, Delone Catholic, sr.
After pitching the Squirettes to the District 3 Class AA title last season, Rickrode was just as strong in 2016, striking out 112 batters in 92 innings. She walked just 16 while posting a 1.67 ERA. Offensively, she batted cleanup and hit .547 with 24 extra-base hits, 33 RBIs and 28 runs scored.
McKenzie Somers, Littlestown, sr.
For the second straight season, the Thunderbolts rode Somers' arm to the YAIAA and District 3 playoffs. The senior pitcher and Gettysburg College commit went 11-2 with 63 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA. She also batted .349 with a .408 on-base percentage and 17 RBIs.
Maddy Staub, Susquehannock, sr.
The No. 3 hitter in the Warriors lineup, Staub hit .571 with a .662 on-base percentage, 32 hits and 20 RBIs. She was also Susquehannock's ace pitcher, posting an 8-2 record with a 1.48 ERA in 81 innings. Her ability to change speeds and throw an impressive changeup made her difficult to hit all season.
Kaitlin Yealy, Littlestown, sr.
The power-hitting shortstop was again one of the best hitters in Division III, batting .412 with a .538 on-base percentage, five home runs and 24 RBIs. She was the cornerstone of a lineup that helped lead Littlestown to a 16-2 regular season record and Division III title.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Shane Walker, Central York
The Panthers lost eight seniors from last year's YAIAA title team, but that didn't slow Walker. With a starting lineup that included just two seniors, Walker guided the Panthers to their fourth league title in the past five years. His handling of a deep pitching staff that included Rachel Butler, Courtney Coopersmith and Cheyenne Miller helped Central give up just 24 runs in 20 regular-season games.
Central York: Erin Cabry, Courtney Coopersmith, Cameryn Rothrock. Dallastown: Krista Flemmens, Maggie Noll. Dover: Taylor Lamparter, Alyssa Lawton. Gettysburg: Taylor Mummert. Kennard-Dale: Kaila Beach, Alexis Valentine. Littlestown: Amanda Dyson, Jill Gauthier. Red Lion: Taylor Radziewicz. Spring Grove: Julia Wivell. South Western: Bailey Moses. Susquehannock: Lily Yoakum.
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