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Plum's Seneca earns all-state honor from coaches and sportswriters

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Plum's Jordan Seneca scores a run against Fox Chapel in a game at Fox Chapel earlier this season.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Jordan Seneca said she doesn't play the game of softball for personal accolades.

Team success, she said, is her main focus.

But she was happy to hear the news received last week that she is one of several WPIAL players to earn 2013 all-state honors.

Seneca is one of four WPIAL players on the Quad-A squad assembled by a group of coaches and sportswriters from across the state.

Joining Seneca on the Quad-A team is Canon-McMillan right fielder Abby McCartney and McKeesport junior pitcher Jess Beitler.

“This is a great feeling because I know all my hard work has paid off,” said Seneca, a rising senior who is committed to playing in college at St. Francis (Pa.).

“It's a great honor, and I am really happy.”

Eight total from the WPIAL were named to teams in each of the four classifications, and Canon-McMillan senior pitcher Alyana Astuto was named Quad-A's Player of the Year.

Astuto and McCartney helped lead the Big Macs to WPIAL and PIAA Quad-A softball championships this past spring.

Astuto finished with a 25-0 record and a 1.06 ERA. She struck out 142 and walked only 29 in 145 innings.

Seneca said the all-state honor is great, but it won't stop her from trying to get better and help the Mustangs do big things next spring.

“I want to work harder because we want to get that section title and do better in the (WPIAL) playoffs,” she said.

Seneca had a monster junior season at the plate for Plum.

She finished with a .564 batting average (31 for 55) and scored a team-best 35 runs.

Seneca collected 10 doubles, four triples and five home runs. She also drew 16 walks and stole 13 bases.

Plum finished 10-2 in Section 2-AAAA and second to McKeesport (12-0). The Mustangs wrapped up their season at 14-7 overall after a 7-0 loss to Penn-Trafford in the first round of the WPIAL Quad-A playoffs.

Seneca also is having a successful summer on the diamond with her Pittsburgh Power Gold team.

The team competed at the 11th annual Colorado Sparkler Tournament earlier this month and compiled a 4-2 record. The tournament hosts 600 teams from 45 different states and is scouted by more than 300 college coaches.

“It is one of the biggest showcases out there,” Seneca said. “We had a lot of fun and played really well.”

Pittsburgh Power Gold consists of players from all over the Pittsburgh area, as well as a couple of players from Ohio and West Virginia.

Seneca will be back at it this weekend with her Pittsburgh Power teammates at a showcase tournament in Buffalo, N.Y.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at

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