The Pennsylvania High School Coaches Softball Association (PaHSCSBA) released its 2017 All-State teams Thursday afternoon, and the Tri-County Area was once again well-represented with nine players earning honors across four different classifications.
DuBois Central Catholic, which made the state semifinals for a second straight year, led the way with four Class A All-State First Team players. Clarion garnered two All-State selections, while DuBois and Johnsonburg had one honoree each.
The Central Catholic quartet of seniors Jordy Frank (catcher), Riley Assalone (pitcher) and Macey Hanes (outfield) and sophomore Ashley Wruble (second base) all repeated as First Team All-State selections at those positions.
Frank also was named the PaHSCSBA Class A Player of the Year in 2016. That honor was shared this year by West Greene sophomores Madison and McKenna Lampe. The twin sisters, who play third base and outfield, respectively, helped lead West Greene to the Class A state title this past spring.
Frank ended her standout DCC career with another huge offensive season in helping the Lady Cardinals to a 23-2 record and second consecutive berth in the PIAA Class A semifinals.
Although she got off to a slow start to the 2017 season, Frank still hit an impressive .523 (45-for-86). She ripped nine doubles, seven triples, 11 home runs and scored 48. Her 11 homers were one shy of her Tri-County Area single-season record of 12 from a season ago.
She also shattered her own single-season RBI record of 42 set last year by driving in 59 runs in 2017. She collected 39 of those RBIs in the final 13 games of the season (7 regular season, 6 postseason) while hitting an absurd .674 (31-46) during that stretch.
Frank cemented herself as one of the greatest players in Tri-County Area history. She finished her DCC career with a .580 lifetime average (178-for-307) with 167 RBIs, 194 runs scored, 30 doubles, 32 triples and 32 home runs.
Assalone’s final season in the circle for DCC wasn’t quite as sharp as her junior campaign, but the Lady Cardinal was still the top pitcher in the Tri-County Area and among the best in the state.
She went 17-2 on the season with 130 strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA in 115 innings of work. Assalone threw 17 complete games and three shutouts, including one no-hitter. She led the area in every major pitching category but ERA.
The Lady Cardinal wrapped up her DCC career with a 60-7 record with a 1.76 ERA and 479 strikeouts in 417 career innings.
Assalone also enjoyed arguably her best season at the plate, hitting .463 (38-for-82) with 36 RBIs, 39 runs, 15 doubles, one triple and a homer. Her 15 doubles are believed to be a Tri-County Area single-season record.
Hanes, at times lost in the mix with her other teammates, proved to be the perfect table-setter for the DCC offense in the leadoff spot while also being a premier defender in center field.
Hanes led the area in batting average (.600), hits (54) and runs scored (56) while adding six doubles, three triples and eight RBIs. She finished just two hits and three runs off the Tri-County Area single-season records that Frank set a season ago.
Wruble, coming off a sensational freshman season, saw her numbers dip some as a sophomore. However, she was still among the area’s top hitters and always seem to come through with a clutch hit when her team needed it.
She finished the season with a .367 average (29-for-79) with 23 RBIs, 33 runs, 11 doubles, two triples and four home runs.
The DCC quartet was joined on the Class A First Team by Clarion senior Cora Zerfoss, as she and Frank swept the two First Team catcher spots in Class A.
Clarion junior Alexis Constantino (shortstop) was a Second Team selection in Class A, as was Elk County Catholic senior Emily Evers (third base).
Zerfoss put together a monster senior season hitting out of the leadoff spot for the Lady Cats. She finished with a .444 average (36-for-81) with 17 RBIs, 28 runs, five doubles, one triple and a homer. She led Clarion in hits and run scored.
As for Constantino, she hit a team-best .500 (34-for-68) with 17 RBIs, 25 runs, five doubles and three triples.
Evers ended her high school career with her best offensive season, hitting .429 average (33-for-77) with 30 RBIs, 22 runs, 12 doubles, two triples and a home run. Evers was second in the area in doubles, fourth in RBIs and seventh in hits.
DuBois senior Rachel Gildersleeve garnered Second Team All-State honors in Class 5A, while Johnsonburg sophomore Lindsey Kocjancic was a First-Team selection in the outfield in Class 2A.
Gildersleeve was another area player who put it all together to enjoy her best season as a senior — and did so with opposing teams knowing she was the one true power threat in DuBois’ lineup.
She posted a .448 average (30-for-67) with 22 RBIs, 13 runs, three doubles, three triples and four homers. She led DuBois is every major offensive category but runs scored. Her four homers tied for third most in the area.
Kocjancic quietly put together one of the best offensive seasons in the Tri-County Area in 2017.
All she did was hit .571 (36-for-63) with 36 RBIs, 33 runs, seven doubles, three triples and five home runs. Kocjancic finished second in the area in average and homers, tied for second in RBIs and tied for fourth in hits and runs scored.