The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 8, 2013

H.S. softball: 16 area players receive all-state recognition


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There wasn't much that Tay Parker could not do either inside the circle or at the plate for Warrior Run in 2013, that's why the recently graduated Defender is one of several area players who were named to the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches All-State Team.

Parker was named to the Class AA first team as a pitcher, while her battery mate, Jackie Clemens, also earned first-team recognition.

Both Parker and Clemens were all-state players last year.

The Bloomsburg University-bound Parker went an area-best 20-4 on the season with 13 shutouts, eight no-hitters, two perfect games and 260 strikeouts in 152 innings pitched. At the plate, Parker had an area-best 39 hits and 36 RBIs, plus five home runs, six triples and 14 doubles.

Clemens ranked second behind her teammate with 33 RBIs, and she also was eighth in the area with 29 hits.

Also for Warrior Run, Katy Swartz landed onto the second team as an outfielder, as did Lourdes Regional's Emily Long. Swartz had 29 hits while Long had 27, including scoring an area-high 35 runs.

Southern Columbia had a trio named all-state with pitcher Mallory Tomaschik, short stop Kirstin Blass and third basemen Kayla Lavella all earning honorable mention nods.

Tomaschik and Blass were named first-team all-state last year.

In Class AAA, Mifflinburg first baseman Sara Stauffer and Danville outfielder Zina Knight were both first-team selections.

Knight ranked first in the area with 29 stolen bases, as well as second with her 36 hits and 34 runs scored. Stauffer hit four home runs, which were good for third in the area, plus she also scored 22 runs (9th).

Second-team honorees in Class AAA were fellow Mifflinburg player Alli Lloyd at pitcher and Milton's Mackenna Miller at catcher.

In the circle, Lloyd recorded 137 strikeouts in 105 innings while throwing six shutouts in the process.

Miller ended the year with 31 hits.recorded 137 strikeouts through 105 innings pitched, including throwing six shutouts.

In Class A, Upper Dauphin pitcher Amber Bingaman was named to the second team while Greenwood outfielder Amy Heggenstaller was named honorable mention.

Bingaman was named Tri-Valley League MVP after collecting 37 hits, including seven triples and home runs and striking out 142 batters through 95 innings.

Heggenstaller, a sophomore, had 26 hits this season and 17 RBIs.