The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 5, 2014

H.S. softball: Milton's Miller named Class AAA Player of the Year

It was approximately the fourth game of the season when a handful of media asked Milton coach Bill Keefer about the year Mackenna Miller was putting together thus far.

He simply said if she wasn’t an all-state player, then he’s never seen one. His words rang more than true.

Miller, who was named The Daily Item’s Player of the Year this season, was selected by coaches and media as the 2014 Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Player of the Year for the phenomenal season she put together.

The recently graduated Black Panther tied the school’s single-season mark for hits in a season with 39 and only allowed one steal the past two years. She also rarely let a passed ball get by her when crouched behind the plate.

She batted .549 in 2014 with 43 runs scored and 17 RBIs.

Miller also becomes the first Valley player to earn all-state Player of the Year honors since Warrior Run’s Tay Parker did so in Class AA two years ago.

Miller’s Player of the Year honor highlighted a list of Valley players who received all-state honors.

In addition to Miller, 25 other Valley girls were named to the Pennsylvania all-state team.

In Class AAA, fellow battery mate Taylor Batman joined Miller as a first-team selection, being named DH/DP.

Milton’s Kiah Brink was named a second-team shortstop while teammate Bethany Brennan was named second-team outfield.

Mifflinburg sophomore Kayla Kline was named a second-team shortstop as well while teammates Mackenzie Kyler (third base), Molly Davis (catcher) and Emily Stauffer (outfield) were all selected as honorable mentions.

Shamokin had four players all named second-team all-state players in second baseman Brie Bonshock, outfield duo Jenny Hornberger and Natalie Wolfe and third baseman Olivia Bonshock, who played the entire year with a torn ACL.

In Class AA, Southern Columbia junior Taylor Hoffman was named a second-team first baseman while teammate Jadyn Dunkelberger was named honorable mention. Lourdes catcher Caity Funk was a second-team selection as well.

Central Columbia, which won the Class AA state championship last month, had five players named to the all-state team including pitcher Paige Siegrist (first team), second baseman Kimmy Hollister (second team), outfielders Rachel Davis and Megan Grozier (both second team) and first baseman Allison McCracken (honorable mention).

Upper Dauphin senior Amber Bingaman, who ended her career as a Trojan with 11 school records, was named a first-team DH/DP alongside Tri-Valley League Most Valuable Player Marlo Roadcap, of Millersburg.

Freshman Joelle Snyder, of Line Mountain, was named as a DH as well, earning second team honors. Snyder’s teammate, junior Bre Boyer, was named to the Class A all-state team as well.

Bloomsburg outfielder Mallory Frye was selected as a second-team all-star.

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