Penns Valley’s Keller caps softball career with league honor

Penns Valley graduate and Penn State Altoona softball player Clarissa Keller earned the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year award for his season with the Lions.
Penns Valley graduate and Penn State Altoona softball player Clarissa Keller earned the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year award for his season with the Lions. Photo courtesy of Penn State Altoona Athletics

Penns Valley graduate Clarissa Keller closed out her collegiate softball career in style last week when she was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.

The senior catcher for Penn State Altoona was also named to the first team All-Conference team for the third year in a row.

Keller led the AMCC with a .444 batting average and also in hits with 55. She was third in stolen bases with 15, 14th in runs scored with 36, total bases (76), on-base percentage (.478) and slugging percentage (.613), fifth in home runs (3) 12th in doubles (10), and 23rd in RBIs (23).

Behind the plate she only had three errors as Altoona finished with a 27-11 record.


Saige Jenco (State College, Virginia Tech) has a .310 average for the Hokies, who are 19-33. He has scored 32 runs and has 53 hits including seven doubles and a triple. He has driven in 22 runs and is 10 of 14 in stolen base attempts.

Mark Curtis (Philipsburg-Osceola, Shippensburg) finished his season at 5-6 with a 5.26 ERA. In 63 1/3 innings, he allowed 31 hits and 40 runs (37 earned) while walking 28 and striking out 42.

Mike Marcinko (P-O, Shippensburg) wrapped up his career with a .359 average as a senior. He scored 51 runs and had 66 hits including 12 doubles, two triples, six homers and 21 RBIs. He also stole 30 bases in 34 tries. The Raiders finished 25-27.

Kyle Peterson (State College, Millersville) is 5-0 with a 2.84 ERA. In 25 1/3 innings of work he gave up 18 hits and 10 runs (eight earned) while walking 14 and striking out 18. Millersville lost to West Chester 6-4 in the PSAC championship game. The Marauders (47-5) are the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Regional for the NCAA Division II tournament, which they will host starting Thursday.

Trey Nicosia (State College, Wagner) has a .353 average with 27 runs scored, 47 hits, 11 doubles and 17 RBIs. Wagner is 18-30.


Allison Simpson (Bald Eagle Area, PSU Altoona) finished the season with a .303 average, 15 runs scored, 33 hits, seven doubles, a triple and 21 RBIs. She was a third-team AMCC pick at second base.

Haley Giedroc (BEA, PSU Altoona) hit .289 as a freshman. She scored 24 runs and had 35 hits including six doubles, three triples and two homers. She drove in 11 runs and stole 16 bases in 17 attempts.

Ashley Struble (Penns Valley, PSU Altoona) was a third-team AMCC choice at first base after hitting .319 with 15 runs scored and a team-high 24 RBIs. She had 36 hits including five doubles and a home run. As a pitcher she was 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA and one save. In 29 1/3 innings she gave up 35 hits and 12 runs (10 earned) while walking 13 and striking out nine.

Kate Burge (P-O, PSU Altoona) was a first-team AMCC selection as a pitcher. She was 22-9 with a 1.61 ERA and one save. In 209 1/3 innings she allowed 169 hits and 74 runs, 48 earned, while walking 65 and striking out 167. At the plate she hit .317 with 14 runs scored, 33 hits, 12 doubles, two triples, three homers and 22 RBIs. A junior, she has been named to the All-AMCC team all three seasons, but this is the first year she has been a first-team choice.

Chelsey Poorman (BEA, Lycoming) was a recipient of the MAC Spring Sportsmanship Award. She hit .282 in her senior year with 15 runs scored, 22 hits, three doubles, two triples and nine RBIs. Lycoming finished 20-19.

Mackenzie Burge (P-O, St. Francis) hit .208 this year with 11 runs scored, 10 hits, two doubles, a homer and six RBIs. St. Francis lost to Robert Morris 5-4 in 15 innings in the NEC tournament, the longest game in NEC history. The Red Flash finished at 34-24, the most wins in a season in school history.

Liz Linn (Bellefonte, Lock Haven) was 0 for 1 in her freshman season. Lock Haven went 36-19.

Track & field

Carolyn Darr (Penns Valley, Delaware) earned All-East honors after running on the eighth-place 4x100 relay team that posted a time of 47.49 seconds in the ECAC meet. She also ran on the 4x400 relay team that finished 15th.