District 6 Class AAA champion Bellefonte will have four players headlining the District 6 roster for the annual Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association All-Star game, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 21 at Lock Haven University.
The contest features senior all-stars from District 6 battling their counterparts from District 4. The game is scheduled for 10 innings this season, with a break midway through to honor Hall of Fame inductees from both districts.
All-star Hannah Cooper, who is headed to Central Connecticut State as a catcher, went 15-3 as a pitcher for the Lady Raiders, who won the district Class AAA title. Cooper tossed a two-hitter and gave up an unearned run as Bellefonte fell to Big Spring 1-0 in the opening round of the PIAA tournament.
She will be joined by second baseman Jess Gmerek, center fielder Jillian Musser, third baseman Chrissy Tressler on the all-star roster.
Bald Eagle Area, which advanced to the District 6 Class AA semifinals, will send three players to the contest. Catcher Emilie Peters, center fielder Chelsey Poorman and shortstop Carrie Barnyak helped the Lady Eagles knock off top-seeded Ligonier Valley 7-6 with a seven-run rally in the top of the seventh in the District 6 quarterfinals.
Rounding out the area contingent is Penns Valley third baseman and leadoff hitter Clarissa Keller, who helped the 15th-seeded Rams thump No. 2 Richland 13-3 in the opening round of the Class AA playoffs.
No members of District 6 Class AA champion Philipsburg-Osceola and State College were named to the roster.
District 6s Hall of Fame inductees include a pair of P-O standouts and a BEA standout who were all part of PIAA Class AA title teams. Third baseman Mackenzie Gonder and catcher Abby Peangatelli were key parts of the Lady Mounties run to the 2007 title. Catcher Lauryn Weaver helped the Lady Eagles win the 2005 PIAA crown and went on to star at Pitt-Bradford.
Other Hall of Fame players to be inducted are Central Cambrias Mandee Jenkins and Jess Kemock and West Branchs Olivia Beveridge. Former Indian Valley coach Jaynee Carolus also will be honored.