Campus Clippings: Alle-Kiski players boost Allegheny College softball
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And to think they're all coming back next season.
A group of Alle-Kiski Valley players helped the Allegheny College softball team make a postseason run to the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament, and there wasn't a senior in the bunch.
Led by sophomore pitcher Caitlin Nealer (Valley), the Gators finished 24-20, won the NCAC championship and posted three tournament wins as the No. 4 seed.
Nealer picked up Angola Regional All-Tournament and NFCA All-Central Region Team honors. She was 21-17 with a 2.31 ERA, 276 strikeouts and 72 walks.
Freshman catcher Katrina George (Valley) hit .300 with seven home runs and 22 RBI. Junior outfielder Maureen Pallone (Valley) batted .216 with 13 RBI.
Freshmen Allie Landowski (Burrell) and catcher Mikayla Moretti (Knoch) also contributed.
Pallone, George and Landowski all had key hits during the postseason.
Allegheny will have an even greater local presence next season. It recruited a pair of standouts who are seniors: Deer Lakes catcher Hannah Blinn and Freeport outfielder Taylor Massart.
Freshman catcher/outfielder Elly Wagner (Fox Chapel) appeared in 11 games this season for the Tar Heels (40-21), who reached the NCAA Regionals and recorded their sixth 40-win season in seven years.
Penn State New Kensington
Junior standout Tarra Oravec (Kiski Area) capped a stellar season by being named a USCAA First-Team All-American. Oravec had a career season, leading the Lions (10-12) in batting average (.444), hits (28), runs (18), home runs (8) and RBI (29). As a pitcher, she went 7-9 with a 3.27 ERA, 86 strikeouts and 23 walks.
St. Francis (Pa.)
Junior catcher Chelsy Cosentino (Kiski Area) was named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Team. Cosentino had career-best numbers in average (.354), RBI (29), hits (64) and doubles (13). She also had four homers and three triples. She started all 55 games for the Red Flash (25-30).
Cosentino also picked up Capital One Academic All-District honors as well.
Freshman Joe Killian (Springdale) was named NCAC Newcomer of the Year after leading the Gators (26-16) in batting average (.374) and driving in 31 runs. He also hit 11 doubles.
Sophomore teammate Eric Weyant (Kiski Area) hit .321 with 14 runs and was 6 for 12 with four RBI in the NCAC Tournament, in which Allegheny finished second. Senior pitcher Frank Brank (Kiski Area) was 3-2 this season.
Freshman infielder Zarley Zalewski (Valley) played a key role in the Golden Flashes' MAC regular-season championship run. Zalewski started 41 games, hitting .279 with 20 runs and 21 RBI.
Freshman Ronit Yurovsky (Plum) helped the No. 10-ranked Wolverines reach the NCAA Sweet 16 where they fell, 4-0, to No. 7 UCLA. Yurovsky will compete in the NCAA individual championships at Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign, Ill. The draw will be announced Tuesday.
St. Francis (Pa.)
Junior Ann Colligan (Kittanning) was named to the All-Northeast Conference first team after picking up two tournament victories at the Cleveland State and Purple Eagles invitationals. Colligan, who had a scoring average of 78.2, posted six top-five finishes, including fourth at the NEC championship.
— Bill Beckner Jr.
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