By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- Most area softball fans remember Lycoming University coach Dan Lazorka as the coach of the Jersey Shore Bulldogs before taking the Warriors' softball job five years ago.
It was standing at third base while coaching the Bulldogs when Lazorka first met Amy Cline, then a third baseman for the Mifflinburg Wildcats.
"I used to talk to all the kids that played against us when I was in the third-base coaching box," Lazorka said. "When she was playing at Mifflinburg I think she was a sophomore or a junior. I just liked how she approached the game. She was intense, but you could also tell she's a good individual."
However, before Lazorka could make Cline part of his first recruiting class, Cline had other plans.
"I was initially sort of looking at (Division) II schools," Cline said. "I went and visited some of those schools. It just wasn't quite what I was looking for."
Lycoming didn't even enter Cline's mind until she made a visit.
"I heard that they were interested and that coach Lazorka was recruiting certain kids at Lycoming," Cline said. "I wasn't considering coming here, but once I visited it, I absolutely loved it."
Fast forward four years and Cline and the members of Lazorka's first recruiting class are ready to graduate with the school's only berth in the Commonwealth Conference softball playoffs and most of the school's career records. Cline will graduate with the school record for runs with 90 with a doubleheader on Saturday with Albright.
"That was a really neat accomplishment," Cline said. "It's a record you need your teammates to help set."
Cline is also one of five players tied with the single-season home run record with four.
She and her classmate, Janelle Poorman, joined the club this season. Former Selinsgrove standout Amy Long (class of 1997) is another player on that list.
"That group of seniors had four successful years. They sure raised the bar for other (classes) to follow," Lazorka said. "They rewrote the record books over the last few years."
Not only did Cline get to Lycoming on the strength of her bat, her voice played a role as well.
Cline, who sang the national anthem at lot of Mifflinburg sporting events in high school, also sang in the chamber choir all four years in Williamsport.
"I also sang in the fall at almost every home football game," Cline said. "I did a couple of basketball games in the fall as well."
Cline will graduate May 5 with a clinical psychology degree with a certification in special education.
"I've enjoyed almost every minute since I've gotten to Lycoming from sports to music to my education," Cline said.
Cline plans to teach after graduation and has applied to several school districts. She would also like to pursue coaching in either softball or basketball, a sport she played in high school.
"I would really like to coach and hopefully a teaching job would lead to that," Cline said. "I've played softball forever and I miss basketball a lot.
"I'll coach high school, college or Little League. I think I can show what I've learned over the years and the love I have for these sports."