Just like in previous springs, Greene County softball teams have once again been a dominant force on the diamond.
West Greene won its fourth straight WPIAL crown and the Lady Pioneers saw their historic four-year run end with a 3-2 setback to Dubois Central Catholic in the PIAA semifinals.
Over the last four seasons, West Greene is 26-2 in the playoffs.
Jefferson-Morgan had a resurgent season, as the Lady Rockets finished second in Section 2-A, won two playoff games and then lost to Leechburg, 3-2, in the WPIAL consolation game.
Carmichaels continued its stellar play and secured a first-round upset of Seton LaSalle in the Class AA playoffs. Mapletown qualified for the postseason for the second straight season, while Waynesburg Central missed the playoffs after competing in a very tough Section 3-AAA.
With all that team success, a lot of individuals stepped up in 2019. Here are the top nine performers of the spring, followed by the rest of the 2019 All-Greene County Messenger Softball squad.
1.) McKenna Lampe, West Greene — The senior left-hander had another monster season, and proved to be steady at the plate and solid defensively in center field. She batted .556 with 42 runs, 24 RBIs, 13 extra-base hits (nine doubles) and 23 stolen bases.
For the fourth straight season, Lampe batted higher than .550 and compiled a total of 210 hits and 138 stolen bases in her career. Whether it was bunting to get on base or hammering a pitch for an extra-base hit, Lampe set the tone from her lead-off spot in the Lady Pioneers’ lineup.
2.) Jasmine Demaske, Jefferson-Morgan — As the lone freshman that made the top nine this year, Demaske didn’t play like a first-year varsity player for the Lady Rockets. Her intense and energetic nature rubbed off on her teammates and she was one of the reasons why J-M was so successful in 2019.
For the season, Demaske had a .521 batting average with a .775 slugging percentage. She recorded 37 hits, scored 28 runs and registered nine extra-base hits. Defensively, she was positioned at shortstop and played a consistent game in the field.
3.) Kaitlyn Rizor, West Greene — Rizor had one of her best seasons at West Greene and really took on a more significant role with the team as she was moved up to the three-hole in the lineup and switched from second base to shortstop. All those changes had no effect on her play in the field.
The senior batted .494 with 35 runs, 35 RBIs and 21 extra-base hits (13 doubles). In the postseason, Rizor was almost unstoppable at the plate with eight hits, 10 RBIs, eight runs and five extra-base hits over six games.
4.) Jade Renner, West Greene — Once again Renner showcased her duel-threat abilities this spring and was a huge factor for the Lady Pioneers. Batting clean-up, Renner held a .506 batting average with 37 RBIs and struck out just three times in 90 plate appearances.
From the circle, Renner went 20-5 with a 1.68 ERA. The junior lefty registered 122 strikeouts over 133 innings with just 13 walks. The opposition batted just .202 against Renner, who holds the school record for wins in a career with 57 and is 19-1 in the postseason.
5.) Kylie Sinn, Carmichaels — In her junior season, Sinn was able to elevate her game to new heights and led the Lady Mikes to another successful year. From her lead-off spot, Sinn had a team-high .492 batting average to go along with 16 RBIs, 28 runs and 12 extra-base hits.
Sinn was even more effective pitching for Carmichaels and at some points of the season was almost unhittable. After starting all 20 games, Sinn carried a 1.97 ERA and fanned 153 batters over 121 innings with just 22 free passes.
6.) Caitlyn Dugan, Jefferson-Morgan — The bigger the stage, the bigger the performance for Dugan this spring. Not including the 15-0 loss to West Greene in the WPIAL semifinals, Dugan was solid in the other three playoff games, allowing five runs over 18 innings with 20 strikeouts and four walks.
After being moved to the three-hole late in the season, Dugan finished the spring off with a .320 batting average. In the circle, she tallied 11 wins with a career-high 93 strikeouts. Her best performance of the season came against Mapletown on May 1, a 10-strikeout, complete game shutout.
7.) Madison Lampe, West Greene — Just like her fellow West Greene teammates, this senior third basemen had another outstanding season for the Lady Pioneers. She was charged with only one error in 26 games and had a team-high .985 fielding percentage.
Offensively, Madison batted .482 with 38 runs, 33 RBIs, 15 extra-base hits (eight doubles) and 10 stolen bases. In her four-year career at West Greene, she had a batting average of .512 to go along with 182 hits, 191 runs and 173 RBIs.
8.) Rachel Elsenheimer, Waynesburg Central — Despite her team missing the playoffs and facing stiff competition in the section against the likes of Keystone Oaks, South Allegheny and South Park, Elsenheimer had another consistent year at the plate for the Lady Raiders.
The versatile, senior infielder batted over .400 and led Waynesburg in several offensive categories like hits, RBIs and total bases. Elsenheimer had a county-high six home runs and was at her best late in the season, as she had a couple of key hits in a 5-3 upset of Keystone Oaks.
9.) Hannah Dusenberry, Mapletown — The senior center fielder provided leadership for a relatively young Lady Maples’ squad and had her best offensive season after sustaining an ACL injury the prior year. Mapletown won 10 games this year and finished third in Section 2-A.
On the season, Dusenberry led the Lady Maples with a .378 batting average. She also scored 16 runs and struck out just nine times while playing 90 of a possible 98 innings for Mapletown in 2019. The senior also was solid in the field, tracking down fly balls in the outfield.
The Rest of the Best
Carmichaels: Gina Ranieri, Shelbee McCann, Emma Holaren, Emily Conklin and Madison Ellsworth.
Jefferson-Morgan: Brynn Boyd, Maddie VanDivner, Autumn Gustovich, Abby Ankrom and Savanah Clark.
Mapletown: Taylor Dusenberrry, Macee Cree, Faith Burkholder-Walter, Makenzie Reda and Kailey Stover.
Waynesburg Central: Jordan Sibert, Bailee Shimek, Brooke Coss and Selena Phillips.
West Greene: Jersey Wise, Mackenzie Carpenter, Brianna Amos, Kiley Meek, Kylie Simms and Brianna Goodwin.