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Numerous area players receive all-state nods in high school softball

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Montgomery’s Faith Persing was named the Class A Softball Player of the Year.

Montgomery pitcher Faith Persing produced one of the more memorable seasons in recent area history. The entire state recognized it, too.

Persing earned Class A State Player of the Year honors and headlined a strong showing by area players who were showered with Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association all-state honors.

Twenty-one area players were selected to the all-state team and Loyalsock’s Summer McNulty became a two-time first team selection, earning that honor at a second different position. Loyalsock was the most represented area team with five players being chosen for the Class AAA squad.

Persing helped Montgomery reach the Class A state quarterfinals and win just the second district championship in program history, going 19-2 with a 0.60 ERA, seven no-hitters and 14 shutouts. The junior pitcher struck out 260 batters in 126 innings, allowed just 36 hits and topped 10 strikeouts in all but one game which lasted more than three innings. She also hit .494 with an area-high nine home runs, 30 RBIs, 37 runs and 12 multi-hit games as Montgomery went 22-2 and beat both Class AAA state semifinalist Central Columbia and AA semifinalist Williams Valley.

McNulty earned first team Class AAA honors as a sophomore and likely would have been a three-time all-stater had the 2020 season not been canceled. The dynamic shortstop hit an district-best .640 and led the area in hits (48), runs (44), multi-hit games (16) and RBIs (30, tied for first). Despite missing her junior year, McNulty still produced 123 career hits, 87 RBIs, 110 runs and 71 stolen bases while hitting .559 for her scholastic career. McNulty also earned first team honors in basketball last winter and never hit lower than .448 during her brilliant high school career.

Teammates Cassie Gee (third base), Kathryn Schluter (second base), Jocelyn Cruz (outfield) and Hannah Winter (utility) all joined McNulty on the all-state team earning second team honors. Lewisburg’s Brynn Wagner was a first team selection at second base.

The area was most represented in Class A where Bucktail and Canton each produced three all-staters. Bucktail freshman Makenzie Wagner was a first team shortstop as was Canton’s Emma Ward and Canton’s Molly Ward earned first team third base honors. Bucktail’s Emma Poorman (utility) and Haley Burrows (second base) were second team selections as was Canton’s Keri Wesneski (second base) and Sullivan County’s Jaeden Patson (third base).

Williamsport went 19-2 and reached the District 4 Class 6A final last spring and three players who helped lead the way collected second team selections. Aubri Blair (shortstop), Isabelle Griswold (first base) and Myla Kelley (outfield) all were chosen after each one played a key role in Williamsport featuring one of the district’s most potent offenses.

Muncy reached the District 4 Class AA semifinals and was the area’s second most represented team, getting four all-state selections. Freshman Nolah Moyer put together both a dominant pitching and hitting debut campaign and earned first team utility honors. Senior Rory Oden and junior Nicolette Johnson were second team outfielders and freshman shortstop Casey Fry a second teamer as well.

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