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East softball all-stars

| Thursday, June 26, 2003

Kelsey Knapp

  • School: Kiski Area

  • Class: Senior

  • Position: P

  • Notable: Second in WPIAL with 229 strikeouts in the regular season. ... Four-year starter had 0.29 ERA as a senior ... Committed to Division I University of Delaware

    Natalie Armstrong

  • School: Franklin Regional

  • Class: Senior

  • Position: Pitcher

  • Notable: Led Panthers to the playoffs, beating Kiski Area, 3-1, in the final Section 1-AAA game of the season to clinch the last playoff. ... Went 7-5 with a .120 ERA, 74 strikeouts and only seven walks, overcoming a defense that made 35 errors. ... Batted .313 with 10 runs scored and four steals in four attempts.

    Nicki Bush

  • School: Allderdice

  • Class: Senior

  • Position: P/SS

  • Notable: Two-time Pittsburgh Tribune-Review East Player of the Year still managed to bat .415 in a down season. ... Bush finished with 142 strikeouts to give her a school record career total of 667. Also finished with 45 career victories.

    Jackie Campbell

  • School: Gateway

  • Class: Senior

  • Position: CF

  • Notable: Four-year starter was one of only three seniors on Gateway team that made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. ... Batted .420 and tied for the team lead with 10 RBI. Scored nine runs and hit four doubles.

    Chrissy Chasko

  • School: McKeesport

  • Class: Senior

  • Position: P/1B

  • Notable: Veteran pitcher went 6-5 with 100 strikeouts, walking only eight batters all season and compiling a 1.72 ERA as McKeesport made the playoffs. ... Led the Tigers with a .391 batting average and only struck out twice all season. ... Will attend St. Francis University.

    Katie Francart

  • School: Valley

  • Class: Junior

  • Position: P

  • Notable: Emerged as a front-line pitcher to help Valley end a long playoff absense, earning the victory in the Vikings' 4-2 Class AA playoff game against New Brighton, the prgoram's first post-season win since 1991. ... Finished the season 14-3 with a 0.13 ERA. Struck out 210 batters in 119 innings pitched. Threw seven shutouts and one no-hitter.

    Britney Grabigel

  • School: Highlands

  • Class: Junior

  • Position: Outfielder

  • Notable: Top hitter on Class AA playoff team, batting .484. Had six triples and four doubles among her 32 hits. ... Drove in 20 runs and stole eight bases. ... Good defensive outfielder with a strong arm. Did not make an error this season.

    Kristin Hemingway

  • School: Highlands

  • Class:Senior

  • Position: C

  • Notable: Outstanding defensive catcher on team that made the second round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. ... Threw out 11 of 14 attempted base stealers. ... Batted .344 with 12 runs scored, 10 RBI and six stolen bases. ... Going to Division III Waynesburg on a softball scholarship.

    Sarah Holets

  • School: Elizabeth Forward

  • Class: Senior

  • Position: Pitcher

  • Notable: Led Elizabeth Forward to the playoffs, going 12-6-1 with 220 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 133 innings pitched. ... Threw three no-hitters, including two perfect games. ... Batted .349 with two doubes, one triple and one home run.

    Julia Stiffler

  • School: Valley

  • Class: Junior

  • Position:OF/P

  • Notable: Part of strong sophomore class that got Valley back into the playoffs this season. ... Led the Vikings' in batting average (.365) and RBI (18). ... Scored 17 runs and hit four doubles. ... Pitched only once all season, throwing a three-hitter and winning.

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