H. Reid and Crawford selected to The Almanac’s Diamond Dozen; five others named honorable mentions

Russell Finelsen, Editor-in-Chief

The softball team ended the 2014-2015 regular season off strong after a 1-3 start. They won 12 straight games, and ended the regular season 13-5, before a disappointing loss to Gateway in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. Even though the team as a whole did not succeed in the post-season, individual players got rewarded for their efforts.

The Almanac released this year’s edition of the Diamond Dozen on July 1. And, BP stars Haley Reid and Morgan Crawford were included on this year’s senior-heavy roster.

Reid was the team’s leader both on offense and defense. At shortstop, she saved many ground balls from getting into the outfield, which saved several runs. She was even better at the plate. She hit .436, or 17 hits in 39 at-bats. She scored 15 runs and hit 17 RBI and four doubles. In addition, she displayed her speed throughout the season and led the team with five triples.

“Haley is a hard worker and continues to get better,” coach Heather Scott said to The Almanac.

This is Reid’s second selection to the Diamond Dozen.

Even with a season ending injury, Crawford was known to most teams as one of the best third basemen in the WPIAL league. She was selected to the first team of the Class AAAA Section 4 All-Star team. She hit .636 with four doubles and four RBI. However, like Reid, she was a spectacular infielder at the hit corner, stopping many ground balls from reaching the outfield and becoming doubles.

“Morgan was flawless at third until she was injured,” Scott said to The Almanac. “She was a key player to our success in the first half of the season.”

In addition, Jess Cook, Taylor Andres, Shelby Reid, Rachel Albert, Julia Sherwin, and Jordan Porzio were selected as honorable mentions.

Albert and Porzio starred in the outfield. Albert led the team in at-bats (42), hits (19), runs (22), doubles (6), and home runs (3). Meanwhile, Porzio was five for 14 during the season with eight runs scored and five RBI.

S. Reid was the team’s starting catcher before an injury set her back. She was 11 for 30 with nine runs scored and nine RBI. She also hit five doubles.

Sherwin was the team’s starting second baseman and made several great plays in the field. She hit eight for 31 with eight RBI and 12 runs scored. In addition, she was tied for the team lead with six walks.

Cook and Andres starred both on the mound, at the plate, and in the field. Andres was selected to the first team for the Class AAAA Section 4 All-Star team, while Cook was chosen for the second team.

Andres was 5-5 as a pitcher with 53 innings pitched, a 1.58 ERA, and 52 strikeouts, which amounts to just under a strikeout per inning. She also played first base. She  hit .400 with eight runs and 17 RBI.

“Taylor showed great composure on the mound,” Scott said to The Almanac. “She worked… hard during the season.”

Meanwhile, Cook hit .326 with 12 runs and six RBI. On the mound she was 6-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched. She also did well in the field.

“Jess not only pitched but she stepped up and played first and third base,” Scott said to The Almanac. “She did an excellent job no matter where she had to play.”

Furthermore, Carolyn Cook was named a Player to Watch. She did well in the catcher position while filling the void left by S. Reid’s absence due to injury. She hit .292 during the season with 14 RBI and nine runs scored.

In addition, coach Heather Scott was named the Class AAAA Section 4 Coach of the Year.