Seton-La Salle softball team racks up three consecutive section titles
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The Seton-La Salle softball team has had sensational success in Section 1-AA over the past three seasons.
The Lady Rebels have captured the past three section championships, and have lost only one section game in that span.
Seton-La Salle was perfect in league play, at 10-0 and 14-0, the past two years, preceded by a 13-1 slate in 2011.
The Lady Rebels have compiled a 40-3 regular-season record over the past three seasons, with two winning streaks of 11 games and another that extended through 14 contests.
Overall, Seton-La Salle is 42-6 since the 2011 campaign, including this year's 12-2 overall mark, and has advanced to the second round of the WPIAL playoffs twice, and to the first round once.
“This was a committed and hard-working team (in 2013),” Jay Krull, the Lady Rebels' head coach, said.
The team's catalyst this season was junior shortstop Taylor Mercurio, who had a monster year offensively batting in the leadoff position for the Lady Rebels.
Mercurio hit .560, with a team-high five doubles, two triples, one home run and 14 runs batted in.
She also led the club in hits, with 28 in a team-leading 50 at-bats; runs scored, with 20; and stolen bases, with 15.
“Taylor is a lefty slapper who is a very tough out as our leadoff hitter,” Krull said. “She's also solid in the field.”
Other top offensive players this season included senior catcher Jess Weiss, who hit .488, sophomore center fielder Danielle Dadig (.413), sophomore pitcher Laura Zola (.413), senior first baseman Raelyn Fencik (.410) and sophomore third baseman Tomasina Arrigo (.333).
Weiss led the Lady Rebels in the RBI category, with 15; while Dadig led in doubles, with 6, and also clouted one home run to go along with 14 RBI.
“Jess was a senior co-captain who hit and caught consistently all year,” Krull said.
“Both (Weiss and Mercurio)play in positions that are not their most comfortable, but was needed to make our team successful. Both have done that their whole time at Seton-La Salle. Both players also have a team-first attitude, and both hit timely. When a hit was needed, they would deliver.”
Weiss whiffed only two times in 43 at-bats, while Arrigo struck out just once in 24 plate appearances.
Zola, a right-handed hurler, compiled a 12-2 record in 2013, with seven shutouts and 150 strikeouts. She has posted a 27-4 overall record the past two years.
Seton-La Salle outscored the opposition by a 110-16 overall margin during the 2013 regular season, averaging 8.5 runs per contest.
The Lady Rebels fell to Beaver, 10-3, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
“We had a very good regular season, and a little disappointing playoff game,” Krull said.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or email@example.com.
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