The Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association has made its list and checked it twice, and six Lancaster-Lebanon standouts landed slots on the all-state team for their efforts earlier this spring.
Two players — Penn Manor’s Emily Riggs and Donegal’s Bella Mackison — picked up coveted Position Player of the Year honors. Three players earned first-team nods and three players were second-team selections.
Riggs, who helped Penn Manor win L-L League and District 3 Class 6A championships this spring, was tabbed Class 6A Second Baseman of the Year for her efforts, as the Comets finished up 24-3 overall, including a trip to the PIAA playoffs.
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Mackison, who had incredible season at the plate for Donegal, was named Catcher of the Year in Class 5A for her hitting and receiving efforts.
Riggs and Mackison earned first-team all-state nods, along with Donegal’s Cara Biesecker, who was named to the Class 5A first team as a utility player.
Mackison hit .631 with eight home runs and 48 RBIs and Biesecker batted .500 with 25 RBIs and 14 doubles for Donegal.
A pair of Conestoga Valley teammates picked up second-team honors in Class 5A: Rebecca Hartranft, an outfielder, and ace pitcher Rhiannon Henry. Also in Class 5A, Elizabethtown outfielder Sydney Stewart picked up a second-team nod.
Riggs, a slugger who also served as Penn Manor’s late-inning pitching stopper, was also an All-League selection, and she was a first-team Section 1 all-star pick. Stewart and Mackison also garnered All-League honors earlier this spring, And they were both first-team all-stars in their respective sections. Biesecker was also a first-team section all-star for the Indians.
Hartranft and Henry both picked up Section 2 first-team all-star nods for their efforts with the Buckskins, as they both batted .400-plus this spring, and Henry had 188 strikeouts in the pitching circle for CV.
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