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2021 Season Recap and Picnic ~
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Typically our Bison sports teams finish out their seasons with a banquet at the school; Softball's
is normally in early to mid-June depending on how long the season lasts. Of course, nothing
"typical" or "normal" has been happening for a long time and this year's banquet took the
form of a picnic at the Curwensville Dam on August 11th. So everything was totally out of
the ordinary but lots better than last year when there was no celebration of any kind . . . 
. . . because there was no season. At all.

And even though the team had lost an entire year, what a season the girls had! A 15-6 record -
the best since 2006 - which included an 8 game win streak from May 11 thru June 1st
and a "first-ever" win over Philipsburg to open the season on March 30th.
( Previously 0-19 against the Lady Mounties ! )
A best ever 8-5 record (3rd place) in Mountain League, first-ever winning record.
And another d9 Championship to go with the one from 2019 and the d5/8/9 Crown, to boot.

There was only one graduating senior - we'll miss you, Morgan - so there will be a whole
bunch of girls coming back next year. Among those coming back are the newest crop of
seniors; ten of them - many of whom were the nucleus of the 2016 (4th)
& 2017 (2nd) 11-12 All-Stars State Little League Tournament teams. These girls . . .
2016 at Plains (Wilkes-Barre) PA
2017 at Saint Marys PA
This picture is pretty much redundant as
it shows the same gang as the one above
but it does such a good job of showing
off A.B.'s awesome pigtails.
(click to enlarge for full effect)

Anyway, can you believe that they're
all Seniors already?

OK, enough dwelling on the past,
it's back to the present and
on to the future.

and here's how they did in 2021 ~
2021 Lady Bison Softball Varsity Letter Winners ~

Olivia Bender - .318 (5th) , 6 HR (2nd), 5 2B (3rd), 23 RBI, 12 BB, .992 FP - 2 errors in 251
                            chances. Was also 2-0 in pitching circle / 2.0 ERA. Threw out 9 baserunners.
Defensive Player-of-the-Year. First Team Progressland Catcher, 2nd Team
                            Mountain League Catcher.

Alexis Benton - .274, 5 2B, 1 HR - Dedication Award 

Alexis Bumbarger - .242, 3 2B, 7 Game hitting streak thru mid-season.

Samantha Campolong

Morgan Cheek - The sole senior. She played in two varsity seasons, starting all 45
                               games in LF, winning 2 d9 Championships and 29 game wins.

Alaina Fedder - .319 (4th) Started season 0-13 then had hits in 14 of last 17 games;
                              8 multi-hit games. 6 2B, 2 HR. 1 error all season playing at Shortstop.
2nd Team Progressland SS. Rookie-of-the-Year. Best Cookies.

Kylee Hertlein - Started 2 for 27(.074), transitioned to 7 for 28(.250); 5 2B (3rd).
                             Looking for a breakout Senior campaign

Ruby Singleton - .329 (3rd), 22 runs, 25 hits, 2 2B, 16/16 on defensive chances after moving
                                to centerfield.
2nd Team Progressland OF, 2nd Team Mountain League OF

Anna Twigg -        Huge moment as Freshman, HR against Penns Valley (Bumgardner) , 5-14-21

Lauren Ressler - .471 - #1 Hitter, 20 runs, 33 hits, led team with 23 RBI, 2HR, School
                                Record 15 2B. Lauren had a hit in every game of the season except
                                the first; a 17 game hitting streak with 8 multi-hit games. She had 5
                                hits (in 5 AB) in the game at Central (including a HR and a double.)
                                She had 3 2B in the game at Bellefonte. She has 22 career 2B
                                (2 away from career record) and is the 8th member of the 30-hit club.
First Team Progressland 1st Base, 2nd Team Mountain League 1st Base.
                                Player of the Year, 1st Team State 4A 1B.

Emma Hipps -      .375 (2nd), 32 Runs (1 shy of school record), 27 hits, 10 HR, 5 2B - 9 Multi-Hit
                                games. 8 game hit streak - all but one multi; includes game with 3 HR -
                                Penns Valley, 5-14-21.
                                13 Wins, 1.89 era, 234 K. Joins herself in 200k Club.
                                Career 475 Ks - school record with another season to go. Career ERA 1.73
                                3rd member of 300K club, 1st Member of 400k club.

                                First Team Progressland Pitcher, 2nd Team ML DP/Offensive Pitcher.
                                2nd Team State 4A Pitcher. Progressland Player of the Year.

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Emma Hipps, Alexis Benton, Olivia Bender, Kylee Hertlein, Lauren Ressler, Alexis Cole,
Morgan Cheek, Alaina Fedder, Alexis Bumbarger

( in front - a future Lady Bison Softballer )