Shragher, Tan­nen­baum make grade

Springfield Sun - - SPORTS - By An­drew Robin­son arobin­son@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Adrobin­son3 on Twit­ter

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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