They were two of the last four teams standing in the state 5A playoffs, so it’s no surprise that Lampeter-Strasburg and Donegal factor greatly in the 2019 PaHSSBCA All-State softball team.
With five members of the Class 5A first team, and nine selections altogether, the Pioneers and Indians lead a 25-strong L-L League presence on the teams, as selected by coaches and media statewide.
The state runner-up Pioneers placed three on the 5A first team: sophomore designated hitter Emily Platt and junior outfielders Julz Garber and Summer Peters. Peters earning her second first-team honor.
While Garber moves up from 2018 second team, it’s Platt’s first All-State nod.
Pioneers’ coach Gene Charles called Garber, “... a coach’s dream. She plays the game with heart. A smart player who knows when certain things are needed.”
“Outside of being an outstanding outfielder, Summer is a pure hitter,” said Charles. “She hits with power and drives the ball up the middle consistently.”
“Emily is a growing player,” he added. “She is a good hitter, has power and she filled in nicely when we needed her at the end of the year.”
Named to the second team were a trio of sophomores, catcher Camryn Byler, second baseman Daisy Frank and shortstop Chloe Blantz.
Junior pitcher Sierra Neiss and junior first baseman Steph Reider earned first team honors for the Indians, joined by senior catcher Morgan Biesecker on the second team.
It’s a first-team repeat for Neiss, while Reider’s plaudit caps a breakout season.
It’s the fourth salute, overall, for Biesecker who was an honorable mention in 2016, second team in ‘17 and first team in 2018.
Also getting recognition in 5A was Manheim Central junior pitcher Jordan Walter, named to the second team.
In 6A, Warwick junior Danielle Jones was named first team at third base for the first time in her career.
“Danielle was very deserving of this honor,” said her coach, Mark Hough. “She plays every inning with passion and emotion.
“She’s a very talented player and I’m lucky to have her one more year.”
Penn Manor freshman Emily Riggs, was tabbed for the first team at second base.
Warwick senior Marissa Treibly and sophomore Katelyn Minney were named to the second team at shortstop and outfield, respectively, joined by Conestoga Valley senior first baseman Lexi Mellinger — her second All-State acknowledgement — Manheim Township freshman Delaney Smith, also at first base, and Lebanon’s senior shortstop Aurianis Lassalle-Rivera.
The most successful season in recent Northern Lebanon softball history was reflected in six Vikings earning All-State acclaim in Class 4A.
“It was a true treat to coach these girls,” said Vikings coach Ed Spittle. “The team chemistry was as good as I have seen on a softball team.
“We won the games we were supposed to win in the L-L League, 17-3 is our best season in over 20 years.”
Three-quarters of the Viking infield was recognized as junior second baseman Hannah Bashore, senior shortstop Sydney Mengel and sophomore third baseman Summer Bohr were named first team, joined by junior outfielder Taylor Douple.
Spittle lauded Bashore’s tremendous range. “She was a leader in the infield, and also a solid RBI producer in the clutch.”
Mengel finished as the career RBI leader for the Vikings. “She was a very reliable player and exceled when the pressure was on,” said Spittle.
“Several coaches in the L-L and throughout the playoffs said that she was the best third baseman they had seen all year,” said Spittle of Summer Bohr. “She took most teams short game away.
Of Douple, Spittle shared, “She does not jump out at you, but is steady and gets the job done. A very solid player in the outfield.”
Freshman outfielder Autumn Bohr and senior pitcher Emma Kelliher were named second team, as was Lancaster Catholic senior shortstop Effie Jamanis.
Annville-Cleona senior first baseman Lexi Long was named second team in Class 2A.