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Five Lady Lions Voted to All-Conference Softball Team

Five Lady Lions Voted to All-Conference Softball Team



5/10/2017 — ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference released its 2017 All-Conference Team in softball on Wednesday, and a total of five Penn State Altoona softball players were voted to the squad.

The AMCC All-Conference Team is determined by a league-wide vote of the head softball coaches.

Selected first team All-AMCC was freshman third baseman Abby Showers (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola). Showers enjoyed a strong spring for the Lady Lions in her first year with the program. Among all AMCC players, she ranked sixth in stolen bases (12), 15th in hits (37), 21st in batting average (.343), and 25th in runs batted in (16) and total bases (43). Showers was also a very good fielder at the hot corner for Penn State Altoona, ranking second in the conference in assists (82) and posting a .938 fielding percentage.

Picked second team All-Conference were senior pitcher Kate Burge (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osecola) and sophomore shortstop Haley Giedroc (Howard, PA/Bald Eagle).

Burge entered the 2017 season by sharing the AMCC Preseason Pitcher of the Year honors, and she was also the first player in Penn State Altoona softball history to earn Preseason All-American status when she was picked to the second team of Fastpitch News’ NCAA Division III Preseason All-American squad.

Burge again proved to be a top pitcher in the AMCC this season. She led the conference in shutouts (6) and innings pitched (165.0) while ranking second in appearances (27), starts (21), wins (15), complete games (16), and earned run average (1.57). Burge was also third in the AMCC in strikeouts (131) and saves (1), fourth in strikeouts per game (5.56), and fifth in opponent batting average (.219). During the season, Burge became the career record-holder in 13 different Penn State Altoona softball all-time pitching categories, including wins (57), complete games (64), shutouts (17), innings pitched (569.2), and strikeouts (449).

This season, Burge took one AMCC Pitcher of the Week award, and she was also voted the Pitching Hero of the Week. This is the fourth time in Burge’s four-year collegiate softball career that she has been voted to the AMCC All-Conference Team.

Giedroc, who is making her first career appearance on the AMCC All-Conference squad, posted an excellent season at the plate and in the field. Among all AMCC hitters this season, she ranked third in home runs (3), sixth in slugging percentage (.583), seventh in batting average (.389), doubles (8), and total bases (63), 10th in hits (42) and stolen bases (10), and 13th in on-base percentage (.421). Giedroc also displayed good range at shortstop, finishing sixth in the AMCC in assists (72) while making several highlight reel plays.

Voted to the third team of the All-AMCC squad were sophomore outfielder Kelsey Bristol (Troy, PA/Troy) and freshman designated player Julia Helbling (Perkasie, PA/Pennridge).

Bristol was valuable for her team, both at the plate and as the starting center fielder. In the AMCC this year, she ranked 17th in walks (9), 20th in hits (35), 22nd in stolen bases (5), 23rd in runs scored (20), 26th in batting average (.324) and on-base percentage (.381), and 32nd in total bases (40). In center field, Bristol posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, recording 40 putouts to go along with three outfield assists.

Helbling worked her way into the lineup during the season, becoming the Lady Lions’ regular designated player. She batted .262 overall, with a .311 on-base percentage and a .310 slugging percentage. Helbling was at her best when facing conference pitching, as those numbers rose to a .308 batting average, .333 on-base percentage, and .385 slugging percentage against AMCC opponents.

Penn State Altoona softball finished the regular season with a 17-17 overall record, including a 12-6 mark in the AMCC. The Lady Lions officially placed third in the conference after the AMCC Tournament was rained out, but the team earned another opportunity at postseason play when it earned a berth into the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Softball Championship Tournament.

The Lady Lions open up the ECAC Tournament today, Wednesday, May 10 when they face Alvernia University for a 12:00 p.m. game at Marywood University.

Photo (left to right, top to bottom): Abby Showers, Kate Burge, Haley Giedroc, Kelsey Bristol, and Julia Helbling were voted to the AMCC Softball All-Conference Team.

TAGS: women's softball