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Huskies keep making waves

Submitted photo Pictured are Mifflin County softball players Dakota Hershberger (left) and Madison Wolfgang (right). The duo was selected to the Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth All-Division first team.

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN — After a season where Mifflin County had won a District 6 softball title, the Huskies were rewarded with five selections to the Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth All-Division All-Stars. There were two selected for first team, one for second team and two honorable mentions.

The first of the two that were given first team selections was junior Madison Wolfgang. Wolfgang was a major contributor to both sides of the ball throughout the season. In the circle, Wolfgang tossed 114 innings with an ERA of 3.00 and collected 148 total strikeouts. At the plate, Wolfgang had a batting average of .276, an on-base percentage of .400, 16 hits, three doubles and a home run out of the leadoff spot.

“She improved throughout the season,” Huskies coach Craig Weston said. “Real impressed with her mental toughness. She was a real leader for us especially late in the season. She grew in confidence, which we saw with her pitching.”

The other selection to make it to first team was Dakota Hershberger. The sophomore first baseman contributed to a lot of offense throughout the year for Mifflin County. Hershberger had a batting average of .411, 30 hits, 10 home runs, six doubles and collected 28 RBIs.

“Offensively, she was a leader,” Weston said. “She is a real student of the game. She studies real hard to improve in every aspect of the game.”

Senior third baseman Payton McClure was the lone Mifflin County selection to the second team. The Mifflin County infielder had an average of .312, on base percentage of .397, 20 hits, six doubles, a home run and 18 RBIs.

“Payton from every aspect is everything you want in a softball player,” Weston said. “She led by example and people would follow the example that she set. She is definitely going to be missed.”

The Huskies also were given two more selections for honorable mentions. The first being freshman shortstop Riley Hine. Hine opened up her first season playing a position that she was not used to. But, nonetheless, she compiled an average of .387, 24 hits, five doubles, 17 runs scored and six RBIs.

“Just being a freshman, she played a position she wasn’t use to, but she worked to get better and really helped us out,” Weston praised.

The other honorable mention was Arika Henry. The sophomore centerfielder had a batting average of .366, 26 hits, nine RBIs and 20 runs scored.

“Arika really improved as the year went on,” Weston said. “Her defensive skills really helped us out throughout the year. She made great offensive and defensive plays throughout as well.”

The Huskies also had three players who were named all-stars in baseball. Xavier Smith was given first team honors. The sophomore infielder had an average of .453, an on-base percentage of .567, a slugging percentage of .585, four doubles, seven RBIs, 14 runs scored, 24 hits and a home run.

“Xavier had a phenomenal sophomore year,” Huskies coach John McGonigle said. “He was consistent from the start of the year to the end of the year. He led the Mid-Penn Commonwealth in batting average from start to finish. A lot of that comes from preparation and gamer work ethic he brings everyday. We look forward to seeing him grow over the next two years.”

Jaxson Pupo was placed on second team. Pupo ended his senior campaign with a batting average of .304, on-base percentage of .448, a slugging percentage of .652, 14 hits, a double, five home runs, 20 RBIs and eight runs scored.

“Jaxson was that big bat in the middle of the lineup all year that was a threat to go deep at any time,” McGonigle said. “He came through in a number of situations, including two big grand slams. We want to wish Jaxson nothing but the best as he continues his academic and baseball career at Lock Haven.”

Last but certainly not least for Mifflin County was Luke Lyter, who was given an honorable mention. Lyter collected 16 hits out of 54 at-bats for an average of .296. Lyter also had two doubles, seven RBIs, four runs scored along with an on-base percentage of .356 and a slugging percentage of .333.

“Luke was a constant for our team all year,” McGonigle said. “He was a leader that showed up everyday ready to work as well as showing the younger guys the way and how to carry themselves. We want to wish Luke nothing but the best as he continues his academic career at Messiah University.”

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