Monday, June 30, 2014

Observer-Reporter All-District Softball teams

Player of the Year 
Olivia Lorusso, Canon-McMillan
Senior, Third Base

It was hard to imagine the Robert Morris recruit improving at the plate, but she did just that. Lorusso batted .532 with a team-high 16 home runs and 46 RBI. She added eight doubles, 33 runs, 44 hits and had a 1.285 slugging percentage to lead the highest powered offense in the WPIAL.

First Team 
Erica Burns, Carmichaels
Junior, Pitcher

Few WPIAL softball players have been as consistent the past three years as Burns. She finished third in the area with 166 strikeouts in 108 innings while going 14-4 with a 1.23 ERA. At the plate, she led the Mikes with a .508 average while adding a home run, 20 runs and 13 RBI.

Delaney Elling, Trinity
Sophomore, First Base

A Penn State recruit, Elling led the Hillers with 39 hits, 11 doubles and a .684 batting average to lead all local players. She also tied for the team lead with 32 RBI and had 27 runs with two home runs.

Hannah Gibbons, Waynesburg
Junior, Third Base

A University of Pennsylvania recruit, Gibbons was dominant in the field and at the plate for the Raiders. Waynesburg’s leadoff hitter batted .614 and added three home runs, 34 runs, 26 RBI and struck out just twice in 87 plate appearances. She also drew 21 walks and committed just two errors in the field.

Olivia Gray, Trinity
Junior, Shortstop

Gray, a Pitt recruit, batted .554 with eight doubles, five home runs, 32 stolen bases and tied for the team lead with 32 RBI. Flawless in the field, Gray also led the Hillers with 34 runs and a 1.092 slugging percentage.

Ashley Iagnemma, South Fayette
Junior, Pitcher

Iagnemma was pivotal in the Lions’ first section title in program history with a 1.80 ERA in the circle and 151 strikeouts. She had a 14-2 record that included a three-hit shutout over Trinity to clinch the title. She also batted .400 with a team-high 30 RBI.

Abby McCartney, Canon-McMillan
Junior, Outfielder

The powerful left-handed hitter and Robert Morris recruit led the Big Macs with a .575 average, while adding 12 home runs, 45 RBI, five doubles, 42 hits and 36 runs. She struck out just twice in 84 plate appearances. One of the top fielding outfielders in the WPIAL, McCartney did not commit an error while recording 35 putouts.

Linda Rush, Canon-McMillan
Sophomore, Shortstop

One season after hitting the game-winning home run in the PIAA Class AAAA title game, Rush batted .571 and led the Big Macs with 48 hits, 40 runs and 16 doubles. She batted .471 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and struck out only six times in 89 plate appearances.

Cassie Weiss, McGuffey
Senior, Pitcher

Weiss was arguably the most dominant pitcher in the WPIAL this season, leading the district with 175 strikeouts in 102 innings to finish her career with 554. She also tossed 12 complete game wins.

Giorgiana Zeremenko, Canon-McMillan
Senior, Catcher

Zeremenko, a Pitt recruit, reinforced her status as the best defensive catcher in the WPIAL by not committing an error in 2014. She was her dominant self at the plate with a .438 average, five home runs, 24 RBI, 32 hits and just two strikeouts in 79 plate appearances.

Second team 
Bailey Bennington, West Greene
Sophomore, Pitcher

While the Pioneers experienced growing pains this season, Bennington was one of the most dominant players in Class A softball. She recorded seven double-digit strikeout games, including a 22-strikeout performance against Monessen. She finished second among local pitchers with 174 strikeouts this season in 108.2 innings. Opponents hit .242 against her, and she batted .507 with three home runs and 20 RBI.

Jasmine Fuqua, Trinity
Senior, Outfielder

One of the most improved players from last season, Fuqua led Trinity with eight home runs while batting .400. She also scored 20 runs, and hit five doubles. Her slugging percentage (0.980) and on-base percentage plus slugging (1.488) ranked third on the team.

Sara Jubas, South Fayette
Freshman, Catcher

A key cog in the Lions’ youth movement, Jubas led the team with a .648 average while driving in 19, and hitting 21 singles, nine doubles, four triples and a home run. Jubas caught one of the WPIAL’s most dominant pitchers, and was named South Fayette’s Rookie of the Year.

Kellyn Perich, Peters Township
Junior, Pitcher

Perich averaged more than nine strikeouts per game and finished with 65 on the season in 47 innings. She also hit .419 with 17 runs and four RBI.

Caley Ritts, Burgettstown
Junior, Catcher/Shortstop

Ritts was a key component in the Blue Devils’ first state playoff victory in 12 years and 18-5 overall record. The junior led Burgettstown with 33 hits, a .446 batting average and a .538 slugging percentage. She also had 17 RBI and only struck out twice in 23 games.

Reagan Rush, Jefferson-Morgan
Junior, Catcher

Rockets head coach Tony Barbetta calls Rush one of the best catchers he has coached and her offensive numbers help support the endorsement. Rush led J-M with a .540 batting average and hit two home runs, eight doubles, had 16 RBI, 26 runs, 10 stolen bases, a .900 slugging percentage and she drew a team-high 23 walks.

Tiffany Ross, Waynesburg
Sophomore, Second Base

Ross was an all-section selection and her offensive numbers supported a Raiders team that took a giant leap forward this season. Ross batted .447 with a team-high 26 RBI, 21 runs, two home runs and four doubles.

Haley Sutton, Chartiers-Houston
Senior, Catcher

A four-year starter, Sutton was asked to move to catcher after Casey Craig’s season-ending shoulder injury and Sutton did not miss a beat. She led the team in almost every offensive category, including batting average (.460), hits (23), home runs (3), RBI (24), slugging percentage (.820) and tied for first in runs (19) and doubles (5).

Kate Tarr, Burgettstown
Sophomore, Pitcher

Tarr led the Blue Devils with a 10-4 record and 104 strikeouts. She also was the team’s best hitter with a .333 average, a team-high 32 RBI, a .538 slugging percentage and a .384 on-base percentage.

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