MC trio named all-state

LEWISTOWN – Three Mifflin County High School athletes earned all-state honors for their performance during the spring season.

Two were second-team selections to their respective Class AAAA squads: pitcher Shelby Lyter in softball and in baseball, John Michael Maclay, who was named as a designated hitter.

The baseball roster also included Isaiah Kearns an honorable mention.

Maclay, whose senior year included notable performance in football and basketball before the first pitch – and who did not play baseball in high school until the 12th grade – was behind the plate for the Huskies in 2014. He hit .393 for the season, had a .433 on-base percentage and an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.220.

He had 24 hits for the team, including five home runs, one triple and seven doubles, scored 15 runs and drove in 11. He also stole four bases in four tries.

Maclay’s arm was strong enough to catch 13 of 21 base stealers. He had a .979 fielding percentage.

Kearns, just a sophomore, had an impressive year for the Huskies both at the plate and on the mound.

Pitching, he earned three wins in just 25.2 innings of work. Kearns started five games and pitched in one other. He had an ERA of 3.00, giving up only 11 earned runs. He struck out 20 batters – about one in six he faced – and not one extra-base hit was allowed when he was on the hill.

Kearns hit .426 on the season with 15 RBIs. Of his 23 hits, eight went for extra bases, including three home runs. He stole four bases in five attempts.

Kearns had a .913 fielding percentage, a .508 on-base percentage and a .703 slugging percentage.

Lyter made the all-state softball team after posting a 13-5 record, including wins in 11 of 14 Mid-Penn Conference contests. She didn’t sustain a loss against any team more than once.

Her ERA and WHIP both measured just 0.758.

Lyter had six hits in 33 at-bats, including one double, and drove in seven runs for Mifflin County.

In 107 regular-season innings, she allowed only 61 hits and 13 runs. Including the postseason, she struck out a whopping 145 batters faced.