Mount Union’s Roher recognized by PSCA

MOUNT UNION — The Mount Union Trojans went 18-3 this past season winning the Inter-County Conference championship for the first time in program history before falling short of the District 6 Class 2A title against Conemaugh Valley.

A huge part of the Trojans’ success this year was junior catcher, Diana Roher, who was named to the 2017 Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association All-State Class A/AA softball team as an extra player.

Roher was the lone player selected in The Sentinel’s regional coverage at any level.

“Diana really set the table for us this year,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “She was very upbeat and very supportive to her teammates and a natural leader because of her enthusiasm.”

During her junior campaign, Roher had 36 hits in 78 at-bats to give her a batting average of .462. She also carried along a slugging percentage of .628. Roher had 27 singles, seven doubles and two home runs while scoring 35 runs. She drove in 20 on the year.

It was rare for Roher to strikeout — only doing so five times the entire season.

“She’s probably one of the best hitters I’ve had,” Fiscus said. “She understands the pitchers and takes what is given to her.”

Roher was also a big part of the offense for her ability to reach base. Along with her hitting, Roher drew seven walks on the season and had a on-base percentage of .511. When she got on base, she was a risk to advance, having stolen a total of 28 bases.

“She led off for us and always seem to get on base,” Fiscus said. “She did a fine job behind the plate and was very good on the base paths which kept us in scoring position being able to steal second and third bases.”

With Roher now preparing for her senior season, she will return with a lot of expectations not only from herself, but from Fiscus, who wants to see the same numbers or even greater next season.

“You expect her to do that again next year,” Fiscus said. “She causes havoc whether it be bunting or getting extra base hits, she knows how to hit.”