Four Huskies honored by Mid-Penn
Souders, Kibe, Bailey and Lyter named All-Stars
LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Huskies went through a lot of adversity throughout the season but ultimately finished the season with a District 6 Class 6A Championship in softball. With that the Huskies were rewarded with two selections to the Mid-Penn Conference All-Star team with seniors Alyssa Souders and Josie Kibe being recognized.
“Anytime you get players on the All-Star team its an amazing feeling and with Souders and Kibe being seniors, they have contributed to the program for many years,” Huskies coach Craig Weston said. “It’s good recognition for them personally and for the Huskies softball program.”
Souders ends her career at Mifflin County with a nomination to the Commonwealth Division first team. Souders had a batting average of .483 with 28 hits, 17 of those were singles, nine doubles, two triples, 11 runs batted in and scored 15 runs.
“She has been a mainstay,” Weston said. “Defensively as a catcher she has been a real leader all year long. She leads by example does not yell or scream, she lets her actions do the talking.”
Fellow senior Kibe was given Commonwealth Division second-team honors. In 61 at-bats, Kibe had 25 hits for a batting average of .391. Fourteen of those hits were singles, six were doubles and Kibe hammered five home runs along with 28 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
“Another senior leader, she comes to practice everyday to get better and make her teammates better,” Weston said. “She has set a good example for everyone on the team. She has had some clutch hits for us this season including the postseason.”
Mifflin County also scored a pair of Mid-Penn all-star selections in baseball as well. The Huskies finished their season with an overall record of (7-11) and won the District 6 Class 6A title over rival State College before losing to Erie McDowell in the PIAA Sub-Regional play-in game, 5-3.
For their efforts, the Huskies had two players named to the Mid-Penn Conference baseball All-Star teams in Rylan Bailey and Luke Lyter. Both were named to the Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Division Second Team.
“It’s a great feeling,” Huskies coach John McGonigle said. “I’m proud of both them, they’ve worked very hard. Both are deserving.”
In 42 at-bats, Bailey had 14 hits and a .333 batting average. The corner infielder and pitcher also collected eight RBIs, two triples, two doubles, a home run and had three stolen bases.
Bailey tossed 20.1 innings, collecting 15 strikeouts while walking nine batters . Bailey had an ERA of 5.85 and a save this season.
“Overall I thought he had a very good season,” McGonigle said. “He battled through adversity throughout the season. He started off hot, got into a little slump but worked his way out of it. He never quit, kept battling and is very deserving of this award.”
Lyter, a junior, was nominated as a DH and in 44 at-bats, Lyter had 14 hits for an average of .318. Lyter had five RBIs and a double.
Lyter also appeared in three games as a pitcher going a total of four innings with an ERA of 3.50 with a strikeout and two walks.
“Luke was great this year,” McGonigle said. “He started off not in the starting lineup, but worked his way into it. He is just a great overall teammate and just wants to compete every single game and wants to improve every single day. He is a team guy, he just wants to do what’s best for the team. He goes about his business the right way.”