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WSL Softball All-Stars Cited

Compiled by Frank Rizzo -- July 11, 2000

Beth Fanning HM catcher SR: Fanning, along with fellow senior and all-star Kelly Theis, formed one of the Western Sullivan Leagues top batteries.
She and Kelly worked very well together, J-Y coach Mike Ellmauer said of Fanning. Defensively, nobody seemed to want to run on her and when they did, she threw them out. She threw out at least 10 runners this season.
At the plate, Fanning had a .357 batting average and knocked in 17 runs. She also stole 10 bases.
She had a good year, said Ellmauer.
The coach added that he will miss Fanning, who played on the varsity team for four years. Fanning was an outfielder as a freshman and sophomore and moved behind the plate for the past two seasons.

Kelly Theis FT pitcher SR: When Theis wasnt dazzling opposing hitters, she was ruining the earned run averages of her fellow WSL hurlers.
At the plate, Theis finished the year with a .547 average and 25 RBI. She also swiped 22 bases.
Kelly batted fourth in the lineup and we had some good plate setters hitting ahead of her, Ellmauer stated. When they got on base, she knocked them home.
On the mound, she posted an 83 record, struck out 57 batters and issued 23 walks.
She threw hard and tried to change up the hitters as well, Ellmauer noted. Kelly was a great pitcher and she really could play any position. Im really going to miss her next season.

Danielle Austin FT pitcher/shortstop JR: Danielle was unbelievable this season, Roscoe coach Pete DeVantier said. She is just an outstanding pitcher.
Austin finished the year with a 73 mark. In WSL competition, she recorded six wins and just two losses.
At the plate, Austin hit .420 for the Lady Blue Devils.
DeVantier praised Austin, as well as fellow all-stars Becky Evans and Mary Kate Johnston, for being a team leader. And he is pleased that Austin was only a junior this season.
I expect her to pitch very well again next year, he commented.

Becky Evans HM pitcher/shortstop SR: Evans led the Roscoe offense this season with a .480 batting average.
She also posted a 54 mark on the mound.
And when Evans wasnt getting a key hit to bring home a teammate or keeping opposing hitters off balance, she was playing the shortstop position very well.
Becky was a really outstanding shortstop for us, Pete DeVantier commented. Shes a player you can put anywhere on the field. No matter where she is, she will make plays.

Mary Kate Johnston FT catcher SR: Coach DeVantier noted that Johnston was the spark of the team.
While Johnston hit .350, she also made an impact behind the plate.
She must have thrown out at least 10 runners trying to steal, DeVantier said. Part of the game is stealing and she knew that and was able to get a lot of those runners who were attempting to steal a base.

Rachel Altbach HM first base SR: From her number two spot in the batting order, Altbach, who played on the varsity team for three seasons, hit .310, scored 23 runs and pilfered a dozen bases.
Altbach was just as steady in the field, playing first base for the Lady Bears. She had a team-high 120 putouts and squads best fielding percentage (.954).
Ill miss both Rachel and our other senior Mia Kawauchi, T-V coach Mary Feusner said. Rachel was a real team player and a hard worker. She had a lot of leadership skills.

Mia Kawauchi HM pitcher/outfielder SR: When she wasnt pitching, Kawauchi was in the Lady Bear outfield.
She is such a good player that we wanted her in the lineup when she wasnt on the mound, Feusner commented. We needed her in the game because she has a good stick and knows how to run the bases. Shes a versatile player.
Kawauchi batted .321 and knocked in 12 runs. She also stole seven bases and had a .905 fielding percentage.
On the mound, Kawauchi posted a 41 record.
She did a very nice job pitching for us, Feusner said.

Heidi Manell FT pitcher/designated player SO: Despite hitting fifth or sixth in the Lady Bear lineup, Manell managed to register a team-best 63 at-bats. And she made the most of those trips to the plate.
Manell had a .349 batting average, 15 RBI and scored 25 runs. She also swiped eight bases and had five extra-base hits this season.
When she wasnt pitching, we used her as the designated player to give her those extra batting opportunities, Feusner said. She had pretty good offensive statistics.
Manell also excelled on the mound, where she posted a 72 record.
Shes pitching year-round and that [experience] showed this season, Feusner said. She had a great year and is only going to get better.

Jessica Miller FT shortstop JR: It should come as little surprise that Miller was chosen by her teammates and Lady Bear coaches as the teams co-MVP this season. Miller was chosen for that honor along with fellow junior and fellow WSL first-team all star Megan Sheeley.
Miller hit a team-best .517 on the season and knocked in 26 runs, also most on the team. Miller scored 30 runs and stole 12 bases.
Jessica batted cleanup or third or fifth, always in the heart of the lineup, said Feusner. She sprayed the ball to all fields. She was able to put the ball where she wanted to.

Megan Sheeley FT second base JR: With fellow team co-MVP Jessica Miller, Sheeley formed a solid defensive pairing in the middle of the infield.
Sheeley finished the season with a sparkling .941 fielding percentage, meaning that the vast majority of line drives and ground balls hit her way resulted in outs.
Thats the kind of defense a team needs from a middle infielder, Feusner said. Megan also had a good year at the plate, theres no doubt about that.
Sheeley hit .435 and had 20 RBI. She also recorded a team-best eight extra-base hits, scored 29 runs and stole 11 bases.
I am loving that fact that we will see Megan and her co-MVP Jessica Miller back next year, Feusner noted.

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