Athens lands five on NTL softball All-star teams

The NTL softball first team (front row, left to right): Canton’s Emmi Ward, Athens’ Harley Sullivan and Emma Repsher, Wellsboro’s Jena Boyce, Athens’ Meg Bennett and Wellsboro’s Cathryn Brought; (back row, left to right): NEB’s Jorja Welch, Jordan Shumway and Emily Susanj, Troy’s Riley McClellan, Wyalusing’s Melody Kneller, NPL’s Savannah Doney and Troy’s Nicole McClellan and Roxanne Kingsley.

VALLEY — Athens’ Lady Wildcats tied for the Northern Tier League Division I Championship in 2019 and that success is reflected on the league’s first team All-star contingent.

Leading the way for Athens is Emma Adams. The senior was a key cog in Athens’ defensive machine and had a great year at the plate with a batting average of .564 with 24 runs, 13 RBIs and seven steals in eight attempts. She had eight doubles, seven home runs and a triple with 10 walks for an on-base average of .642, a slugging percentage of 1.127 and an OPSS of 1.769.

Senior Emma Repsher picked up an infield nod with a perfect fielding percentage to go with a .458 batting average, an on-base average of .529, a slugging percentage of .525 and a 1.094 OPS. She had 16 runs, 11 RBIs and clubbed four doubles on the year.

Athens’ battery also saw some love with junior pitcher Megan Bennett and sophomore catcher Harley Sullivan named to the first team.

Bennett had an ERA of 0.094 with 149 strikeouts in 104.33 innings. She allowed 14 earned runs on 67 hits and 18 walks. If she hadn’t made it as a pitcher she could have with her bat. Bennett hit for average with a .419 and had four doubles and a triple for a slugging average of .516 and an OPS of .925.

Sullivan was rarely tested behind the plate with only eight steals attempted all year. Offensively, she had a .431 batting average with 18 runs, 10 RBIs, eight doubles, a triple and two home runs. Her on base average was .507 and her slugging average was .706 for a 1,214 OPS.

The final member of the Athens team to make the list is designated hitter Haley Barry. The junior hit .361 with 12 runs, 14 RBIs with five doubles and a home run. With a .420 on-base average and a slugging percentage of .491, she has an OPS of .912.

Wyalusing’s Melody Kneller was named the Player of the Year and the Wyalusing staff was the Coaching Staff of the Year. Troy’s Riley McClellan was the Offensive Player of the Year; Savannah Doney took home the Pitcher of the Year award; and NEB’s Emily Susanj was the Rookie of the Year.

Rounding out the NTL’s first team All-stars are Canton’s Emma Ward; NEB’s Jorja Welch and Jordan Shumway; North Penn/Liberty’s Mariah Kshir; Towanda’s Hannah Chandler; Troy’s Roxanne Kingsley and Nicole McClellan, and Wellsboro’s Jenna Boyce, Kerrah Clymer; and Catheryn Brought.

Second team

The NTL’s second team softball All-stars are Canton’s Sarah Star; NEB’s Jenna Hansen and Lindsey Moore; North Penn/Liberty’s Mackenzie Heater, Jessica Kouba and Emma Williams; Towanda’s Cearra McLinko; Troy’s Arian Wilcox; Wellsboro’s Ryann Adams and Hailey Neal; Williamson’s Emily Yusco; and Wyalusing’s Emily Champluvier, HaileyJayne and Madelyn Valaroso.

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