Monday, July 7, 2014

All-State softball selections announced

The 2014 high school softball season did not end with a local team hoisting a state championship trophy, but the success of several local programs is reflected on the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association post season honors announced Monday.

Canon-McMillan, which reached the WPIAL Class AAAA title game before losing to DuBois in the first round of the state playoffs, had four players receive first team honors - senior third baseman Olivia Lorusso, sophomore shortstop Linda Rush, senior catcher Gia Zeremenko and junior outfielder Abby McCartney.
Lorusso, who was named the Observer-Reporter Softball Player of the Year, batted .532 with a team-high 16 home runs and 46 RBI. Rush was a first-team all-district selection and batted .571 with a team-high 48 hits, 40 runs and 16 doubles.

Zeremenko, a Pitt recruit, did not commit an error in 2014 and batted .438 with five home runs, 24 RBI, 32 hits and just two strikeouts in 79 plate appearances. McCartney, who will join Lorusso at Robert Morris, led the Big Macs with a .575 average, while adding 12 home runs, 45 RBI, 42 hits and 36 runs. She struck out twice in 84 plate appearances.

In Class AAA, Trinity junior shortstop Olivia Gray and sophomore catcher/first baseman Delaney Elling received first team honors.

Gray, a Pitt recruit, batted .554 this spring with eight doubles, five home runs, 32 stolen bases and 32 RBI. Elling, who will play at Penn State, led the Hillers with 39 hits, 11 doubles and a .684 batting average. She also tied Gray with 32 RBI.

Also in AAA, South Fayette junior pitcher Ashley Iagnemma was named Class AAA Honorable Mention. Iagnemma led the Lions (14-2) to their first section title in program history with a 1.80 ERA and 151 strikeouts. She had a 14-2 record in the circle and batted .400 with a team-high 30 RBI.

In Class AA, Waynesburg junior third baseman Hannah Gibbons was a first team selection and McGuffey senior pitcher Cassie Weiss received second team honors. Gibbons, a Penn recruit, batted .614 with three home runs and 26 RBI, while Weiss led the WPIAL in strikeouts with 175 in 102 innings pitched.

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