What a year for the L-L League softball teams. First Lampeter-Strasburg wins the Class 5A state PIAA title. See the video for highlights.
And now 17 players from the L-L League have been voted onto the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association First Team All-State squad.
For Lampeter-Strasburg’s Hanna Garber, this is her fourth year as a First Team All-State player. She will be attending the University of Delaware this fall.
Garber swung a hot bat all season long for the PIAA Class 5A champion Pioneers. She led the team in batting average (.563), hits (49), doubles (10) and home runs (four) while also scoring 41 runs and driving in 38 more.
She is one of three players from the L-L League who were honored with their 4th such title.
Penn Manor pitcher Brittany Hook earned her third, First Team selection at pitcher in 6A.
The University of South Florida softball signee, who was also an Honorable Mention as a freshman, turned in a strong senior season to cap a stellar high school career.
Hook went 14-3 in the circle with a 1.19 ERA, 199 strikeouts and a mere 14 walks.
Donegal third baseman Peighton Hornick, headed to West Chester University, nabbed her second, Second Team honor in 5A after twice earning Honorable Mention.
Joining Hanna Garber from the state champion Pioneers is sophomore outfielder Summer Peters, named to the First Team.
Fellow sophomore Julz Garber, Hanna’s sister, was named to the Second Team at second base, although she played most of the season in the outfield.
Rounding out the Pioneers foursome is junior Brynne Baker, a Second Team selection at pitcher.
Brynne was the winning pitcher in the state semi-finals against Solanco and in the title game against West Allegheny.
In fact, four of the six pitchers so honored in 5A are from the L-L League.
Solanco junior Hanna Phillips repeated as a First Team honoree. Phillips is her school’s first and only member of the 500-strikeout club, was a true ace for a Solanco team that made the PIAA Class 5A final four. She also hit .372 with 29 hits and 19 RBIs., joined by Donegal sophomore Sierra Neiss, taking her first All-State nod.
Garden Spot junior Elizabeth King collected her second Second Team recognition, to go with an Honorable Mention — at third base — in 2016.
King’s teammate, senior Brandi Clark, returned to the All-State stage with a Second Team outfield nod. Clark was Honorable Mention in 2015.
Climbing the ladder one rung per year, Donegal junior Morgan Biesecker added First Team catcher to her resume. She was Honorable Mention as a freshman and Second Team as a soph.
Joining Hook on the 6A team were Warwick’s Amanda Herr and Katelyn Minney and Conestoga Valley’s Karla Munoz Santiago and Michele Lopez.
Herr, an L-L League All-Section 1 and 2 pick, excelled at the plate and on the mound for the Warriors as they made the PIAA Class 6A tournament. Herr batted .508 with 33 hits, 37 RBIs, eight home runs and nine doubles while going 11-7 with a 2.60 ERA and 92 strikeouts in the circle. It’s the third All-State nod for Herr a repeat First-Teamer at first base. The St. Joseph’s University recruit was also Honorable Mention as a pitcher in 2015.
In her first season of varsity, Minney, a freshman, was a Second Team selection in the outfield.
Lopez, a junior, added Second Team honors at catcher to the Honorable Mention she earned as a frosh.
Santiago Munoz, who will play at Barry University in Miami, Florida next year, repeated as a Second Team shortstop.
A pair of Pequea Valley sophomores scored their first All-State recognition in Class 3A.
Sarah Moore is Second Team at first base. Over at the other corner of the infield, Maggie Johnson earned Second Team at third base.