Shragher, Tannenbaum make grade
The trend in softball now is to have options when it comes to pitching. So while Player of the Year Bri Battavio is certainly an ace capable of a heavy workload, Archbishop Wood pitcher Marisa Browne makes for a solid 1-2 Allarea punch.
Browne, a junior, led the Vikings to the regular-season Philadelphia Catholic League title after a breakout sophomore season. The right-handed struck out a staggering 147 batters against just 19 walks with a 1.35 ERA. Her season highlight was an 18-strikeout shutout in the District 12-5A championship.
Gwynedd Mercy Academy senior Christina Shragher stood out as one of the best hitters in the AACA this past season, giving the Monarchs a power threat and a weapon on the bases. Shragher, who can play infield or outfield, hit a robust .552, doubled eight times, tripled twice and smashed five home runs to go with 22 RBIS and 27 stolen bases.
One of the area’s most prolific offenses was Hatboro-horsham’s and the Hatters belted a lot of hits en route to a second place finish in their first year playing in the Suburban One League American. Traditionally, Hatboro-horsham has had strong offensive catchers and outfielders and this season was no exception.
Behind the plate, sophomore Britt Hubler smashed her way to a .580 average with 39 RBIS and showed plenty of pop with four home runs and seven triples. She was a tough out too, striking out just one time all season.
In center field, Brynn Griffith posted a special senior season, also batting at a .580 clip and providing plenty of runs scored (30) and driven in (37).
The Hatters’ infield could also use the bat pretty well. Senior first baseman Kylie Flagler, a Coppin State recruit, was a top of the order threat in every area, hitting .414, scoring 34 times, driving in 25 runs and hitting with power for seven doubles, three triples and two home runs.
Another team that could score in bunches was District 1-AA champion Dock Mennonite. While senior shortstop Jill Bolton’s first sport is field hockey, accepting an offer to play at Liberty, she’s a pretty good softball player as well. A nearly .500 hitter for her career, Bolton swung a .507 average this spring and did plenty of damaged with seven doubles, five triples and 10 home runs. She also drove in a single-season record 38 runs and scored 36 times.
While Central Bucks West didn’t see many wins this spring, senior third baseman Cara Hatzinger did all she could to change that. The infielder batted .434, striking out just three times and drove in 10 runs for the Bucks.
North Penn had three newcomers in the starting lineup this season. Two were freshmen and the
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