Shamokin’s Andrea Segura was named to the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association (PaHSSBCA) all-state second team on Monday.
The senior led Shamokin in hits (29), runs batted in (19), doubles (5) and triples (2) while adding one homer and 21 runs scored to the stat sheet. Segura ended her final season with a .392 batting average and .554 slugging percentage.
Getting on base in big moments and being a reliable outfielder for the Indians defense may have played the part in her all-state selections, but her leadership, along with several other seniors, guided the team back to district semifinal this past season.
“Over the last three years, she made great strides as a player and became a leader for us this year. She led by example and was a great help to the coaching staff,” said Rick Kashner, head coach of the Shamokin softball team.
“She was outstanding for us on and off the field. We don’t win 13 games without her.”
Segura’s strong offensive output was low-key at times and may have been unnoticed by an average fan. Her subtle, yet important, offensive play was exemplified in a district quarterfinal matchup with Danville. In the first inning of the playoff game, Segura led the way by reaching first on a single, stealing second and ultimately scoring on a base hit. Getting the Indians on the scoreboard early was important and it helped them capture a 3-2 victory over the Ironmen.
Despite other local players posting some impressive numbers during the 2019 campaign, Segura was the only local athlete to be named to this year’s all-state softball team.
Other notable selections include North Schuykill’s Violet Ryan and Schuyler Ossman, Shikellamy’s Kayleigh Lenner and Selinsgrove’s Elise Hessek. Central Dauphin’s Samantha Gress was named Pa. Player of the Year.
Players of the year were: 6A Gianna Coyle, Oxford Area; 5A Grace Marsalo Twin Valley; 4A Monica Gourley, Knoch; 3A Trish Kopinetz, Pine Grove; 2A Jenna Bradley, Holy Cross; 1A Mya Achenbach, Williams Valley.