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T-V Dominates All-Star List
By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY — July 14, 2000 – Western Sullivan League softball
champion Tri-Valley was well-represented when it came time for coaches
to pick an all-star team. Five Lady Bears — more than any other team
— were selected.
The players, position and class are listed, along with first team (FT)
and honorable mention (HM) honors.
We conclude our series on Tuesday with a look at the Narrowsburg and
Livingston Manor all-stars.
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 squad’s best fielding
“I’ll 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 wasn’t
pitching, Kawauchi was in the Lady Bear outfield.
“She is such a good player that we wanted her in the lineup when she
wasn’t on the mound,” Feusner commented. “We needed her in the
game because she has a good stick and knows how to run the bases. She’s
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 4–1 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 wasn’t 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 7–2 record.
“She’s pitching year-round and that [experience] showed this
season,” Feusner said. “She had a great year and is only going to
Jessica Miller • FT • shortstop • JR: It should come as little
surprise that Miller was chosen by her teammates and Lady Bear coaches
as the team’s co-MVP this season. Miller was chosen for that honor
along with fellow junior — and fellow WSL first-team all star —
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.
“That’s the kind of defense a team needs from a middle infielder,”
Feusner said. “Megan also had a good year at the plate, there’s 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.