Five Centre County softball seniors will play and three former Philipsburg-Osceola standouts will be honored at the annual Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association All-Star Game at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Lock Haven University.
Bellefonte will be represented on the District 6 squad by the left side of its infield with shortstop Erica DeVinney and third baseman Jess McClenahan. DeVinney, a four-year starter, helped the Lady Red Raiders win three District 6 titles and the PIAA Class AAA crown in 2010. McClenahan was a two-year starter, who helped Bellefonte win a district title in 2012.
Joining them is a pair of pitchers, Philipsburg-Osceola’s Kate Burge and Bald Eagle Area’s Megan Dudish. Burge, a three-year starter at pitcher, went 20-1 this season as she helped the Lady Mounties win their fourth consecutive District 6 title and advance to the PIAA Class AA semifinals. Burge was part of four District 6 title teams.
Dudish, a four-year starter, went 12-5 for the Lady Eagles this past season. She helped them reach the District 6 Class AA finals in 2010.
Penns Valley first baseman Madisyn Sharer joins DeVinney and McClenahan in the infield. The power-hitting Sharer, a four-year letterman, led the Lady Rams in home runs the past three seasons.
Other team members are: Southern Huntingdon’s McKenna Garlock (catcher) and Kelsey Jenkins (shortstop); Bellwood Antis’ Taylor Payne (pitcher) and Kelsey Decker (first base); Claysburg-Kimmel’s Kala Brumbaugh (outfield) and Courtlin Holland (catcher/third base); Mifflin County’s Taylor Boyer (pitcher/first base); Central Cambria’s Lexi Murin (shortstop/third base) and Kandace Long (first base/outfield) and Central Mountain’s Kayla Glossner (third base), Brit Koch (shortstop), Morgan Kunes (first base), Paige Dickey (catcher) and Johnna Garbrick (outfield).
The District 6 squad will face District 4 in a 10-inning game. That contest will be stopped after five innings to honor the Hall of Fame Inductees.
Three players who helped the Lady Mounties capture the 2007 PIAA Class AA title, the first state crown in school history will be honored.
Pitcher Brittany Murphy is the Lady Mounties’ all-time leader in wins (68), innings (548), strikeouts (642) and shutouts (25).
Infielder Mackenzie Gonder still holds the school record with 132 career hits and 100 career singles. Gonder also batted .431 for her career.
Catcher Abby Peangatelli possessed a big bat and a powerful arm. She is among the schools leaders in hits (79) and RBIs (56).
Other inductees are Lewistown’s Angela Rocco, Indian Valley’s Amanda Wilson, Southern Huntingdon’s Tia Whitzel and Claysburg-Kimmel’s Marissa Leslie and Amber Claar.
The PSCBA also released its list of District 6 All-Stars, which include many Centre County players.
Bellefonte catcher Vanessa Cooper, designated player Sarah Menna and DeVinney were the local players on the Class AAAA/AAA first team.
Philipsburg-Osceola placed four players on the Class AA/A first team with pitcher Kate Burge, shortstop Abby Showers, first baseman McKenzie Burge and outfielder Haley Frank. Bald Eagle’s Dudish, second baseman Allison Simpson and designated player Logan Fischer also made the first team. Penns Valley shortstop Ashley Struble and first baseman Sharer represented Penns Valley on the first team.
Second team members included P-O catcher Carly Gonder, third baseman Haylee Hayward, center fielder Megan Bainey and left fielder Aisha Goss; BEA third baseman Marissa Tobias, shortstop Haley Geidroc, outfielder Makenna Dyke and outfielder MiKayla Smith and Penns Valley outfielders Tangie Lyons and Kylie Wasson.