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WVHS Softball: Jennings Named NTL East Player of the Year

In the pitching circle or at the plate, Wyalusing Valley senior Brianna Jennings proved herself game after game.

The Northern Tier League East coaches recognized Jennings’s contributions, naming her the 2011 Player of the Year.

Jennings, who will take her talents to the University of Delaware, led the Lady Rams to a 20-4 record this season, including a District Four, Class A title. The team also advanced to the PIAA Class A semifinal game where it lost to Minersville, the eventual champion.

Joining Jennings on the All-NTL East first squad are teammates Bobbi Jo Loyack and Gabby Edsell, both seniors.

Earning second-team honors for the Lady Rams were senior Chelsea Epler, junior Laci Holdren and sophomore Arielle Kneller.

Senior Caitlyn Doerner, juniors Cathryn Pugh and Lauren Chadwick and sophomore Mackenzie Martin made the honorable mention list.

Jennings pitched 146 innings, posting a 1.055 E.R.A. She recorded 194 strikeouts, while walking just 44 batters.

At the plate, she led the team in most offensive categories, including home runs (6), RBIs (28), extra-base hits (13) and average (.400).

Loyack settled in at third base after starting the season on the right side of the infield. She batted .319 and was second on the team with seven extra-base hits, including six doubles. She drove in seven runs.

Edsell, the catcher, was second on the team in batting with a .348 average. She drove in 12 runs and had six extra-base hits, including a home run and five doubles.

Epler played a number of positions, but settled in at left field. She batted .213 with four RBIs.

Holdren, a shortstop, had a .268 average with eight RBIs. She had two extra-base hits, including a triple.

Kneller, a first baseman, batted .294 and drove in eight runs. She had three doubles.

Doerner, a right fielder, who made several key defensive plays during the playoff run, had a .172 average.

Pugh, who found a home at second base, drove in 18 runs and belted two home runs. She had a .188 average.

Chadwick and Martin both played the outfield. Chadwick batted .189 with three RBIs. Martin had a .206 average with three RBIs.

Despite Jennings’ gaudy pitching numbers, the league’s coaches named Northeast Bradford’s entire staff—Mindy LaBarre, Haylie Phillips and Chelsea Souto—Pitcher of the Year.

The other first-team selections were Athens’ Christin Dunkling; Canton’s Becca McMurray; Northeast Bradford’s Phillips, Souto, Nicki Emick, Taylor Keefe and Calla Martin; Towanda’s Cassie Benjamin, Alison Wickwire and Lexi Ripic and Troy’s Hannah Jackson and Amanda Goodwin.

The second team included Athens’ Ali Decatur and Jenn Wells; Canton’s Morgan Palmer, Kellsy Ross and Ekko Stimson; Northeast Bradford’s LaBarre, Kelsey Carlsen, MaKaylah Holbert and Alycia Parks; Sayre’s Kendall Martz; Towanda’s Karen Esmus, Emily Gorman, Alaina Wickwire and Koryn Wickwire and Troy’s Kelly Bridgham, Kate Jackson and Tiffani Mattocks.

On the honorable mention list were Athens’ Alexa Daddona and Searah Kennedy; Canton’s Chelsea Heatley and Randi Kutz; Sayre’s Ruby Wolcott and Troy’s Kayla Stephani.

Wyalusing Valley’s Brianna Jennings was named the Northern Tier League East Player of the Year in balloting by the league’s coaches recently.Wyalusing Valley’s Brianna Jennings was named the Northern Tier League East Player of the Year in balloting by the league’s coaches recently.

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