History of Lady Mustang Softball


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From an e-mail I received from Patricia Allen
 My name is Patty Allen (maiden name Sutton).  I was the starting softball pitcher for the Plum Mustangs back in 1981, earning MVP my senior year.  If I recall there were a few pitching records I set and was just curious if any of those records still hold and if not, can you tell me for how long they were held in my name?

Fast pitch wasn't as fast....all that the Rec program had was slow pitch, so we learned from the coach and other upper class players.  We only had one team, no JV or 9th grade.  9th grade was actually still in the Junior High back then.  I didn't do a windmill....There actually weren't too many girls that did windmills back then.

Some of the players I remember are below, keeping in mind they are all probably married now with different names.  I live in Baltimore.  I'm pretty sure Sue Risher still lives in the area and possibly Michelle Sacco... I know she's married, but I forget her married name.  Pretty sure she married a classmate.

Ask Bill Rometo about us...I think we were the last team he coached before he moved onto football.  We had a blast our senior year....brings back many good memories and lots of smiles!!   If you have access to the old yearbooks you should look us up.  And if you have access to the old stats I'd be interested in seeing those too!  I do come back to the area pretty often, as I still have family there...If I have the opporutnity I'll try to stop by and see a game.

Sue Martin (married: Risher), Terri Trumble, Jodi Raschiatore, Michelle Sacco, Renee Gonzalez, Renee Ciccone, Sue Qualley,


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The varsity team, coached by Erica Exler finished 5 - 5 in section play, and 8 - 9 overall.
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The varsity team, coached by Jay Marston finished 6 - 4 in section play, and 9 - 10 overall.   Members of the team include freshman Lauren McGrath, sophomore Lauren Rupert, juniors Shannon Bradburn, Kaila Burns, Janna Zummo, Erin Adams, Val Dern, Kristi Konkus, seniors: Rachel Risbon, Ali Carr, Bethany Rupert, Alexa Yamnitzky, and Erin McGrath.

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This was the first year for the freshman team.   Jim McGrath coached the team with players: Ashley Adamski, Breanna Cass, Sami Crankshaw, Amanda Dargay, Kris DiDiano Amanda LeClair, Ashley Lovas, Christy Pastucha, Tiffany Ralston, Breanne Rings, Shannon Ritchey. The first year team went 7 - 8.

The varsity team, coached by Jay Marston finished 6 - 4 in section play, and 11 - 10 overall .   Members of the team include freshman Nina Donatucci, sophomores: Lauren McGrath, Julie DiLonardo; juniors: Gianina Romito, April Meli, Lauren Rupert; seniors: Shannon Bradburn, Kaila Burns, Janna Zummo, Erin Adams, Val Dern, and Kristi Konkus.


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VARSITY: The team included: Jay Marston (head coach), assistant coaches Tim McCann and Erica Exler; Players: Sara Daugherty, Julie DiLonardo, Celeste Donatucci, Nina Donatucci, Lexi Gryzbek, Nicci Guido, Courtney Keene, Lauren McCann, Lauren McGrath, April Meli, Jen Miller, Gianinna Romito, Laura Rosko, Lauren Ruppert, Sharon Witas.

JUNIOR VARSITY team, coached by Kevin Stark.  Players included: Ashley Adamski, Breana Cass, Nicole Comunale, Sami Crankshaw, Amanda Dargay, Kris DiDiano, Casey Garrity, Katie Lazar, Amanda LeClair, Ashley Lovas, Christy Pastucha, Tiffany Ralston, Shannon Ritchie and Breanne Rings

FRESHMAN: 2nd year for the freshman team, which finished 8 - 7.   Players included: Tina Caruso, Mary Cranshaw, Alexis DeShong, Caitlin Fratangelo, Sami Heinzl, Kristy Lagnese, Rachel Lee, Sara McCarthy, Shannon McClintock, Patyn McCune, Billi Marie Meli, Bailey Rings, Dina Silvis, and Sami Valimont.


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VARSITY: The team, coached by Jim McGrath, Kevin Stark & Tim McCann, finished just short of a playoff spot.  Seniors: Julie DiLonardo (pitcher), Lauren McCann (1st base), Lauren McGrath (2nd base), Laura Rosko (right field/DP).   Juniors: Sami Crankshaw (left field), Nina Donatucci (catcher), Casey Garrity (3rd base), Nicci Guido (short stop), Courtney Keene (center field), Ashley Lovas (outfield), Breanne Rings (outfield).  Sophomores: Alexis DeShong (outfielder), Kristy Lagnese (outfielder), and Bailey Rings (outfielder/DP).  Freshman: Athena Kaufman (pitcher).  The team finished 8 wins 7 losses.

JUNIOR VARSITY: The Junior Varsity squad, coached by Jason Cooper with players: Tina Caruso, Mary Crankshaw, Amanda Dargay, Alexis DeShong, Caitlin Fratangelo, Samantha Heinzl, Kelsie Kirchartz, Katie Lazar, Amanda LeClair, Rachel Lee, Sara McCarthy, Christy Pastucha.

FRESHMAN: The Freshman squad, coached by Samor Himes and Phil DiLonardo included players: Chelsea Bergamasco, Madison Butler, Amy Colalella, Shannon Dern, Chelsea Getsy, Sarah Jolly, Margo Laboon, Ashley Mitchell, Alysa Pivik, Kristin Rebel, Marissa Walkup, Addy Wilshire, Michaela Zanotelli.


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VARSITY: The varsity team, coached by Jim McGrath & Kevin Stark,  won the section champion title, and the first time in Plum history that the softball team was the sole champions.  Seven (7) seniors competed on the team: Sami Crankshaw (1st base), Nina Donatucci (catcher), Casey Garrity (3rd base), Nicci Guido (short stop), Courtney Keene (center field), Christy Pastucha (DP), Breanne Rings (left field).  Juniors: Alexis DeShong (right field), Kristy Lagnese (2nd base), Rachel Lee (pinch runner), Sophomore: Athena Kaufman (pitcher), and Freshman: Hunter DeShong and Megan Mariani.   The team finished 10 - 2 in section play.

JUNIOR VARSITY: The Junior Varsity Squad, coached by Amanda Churchfield (Kopec) and Brianne Brown with players: Madison Butler, Kaitlin Cliber, Chelsea Getsy, Samantha Heinzl, Sarah Jolly, Katie Lazar, Sara McCarthy, Jennifer Murphy, Alysa Pivik, Bailey Rings, Marissa Walkup, Addy Wilshire.

JUNIOR HIGH: This was also the first Junior High squad coached by Kate Meade and Phil DiLonardo.   Players include Sami Billstone, Taylor Cestra, Sabrina Ferguson, Lyndi Gareis, Taylor Johns, Heather Jo Kosmack, Melissa LeClair, Ashley Oravetz, Stella Pratt, Megan Scott, Jordan Seneca, Karlie Serakowski, Cassidy Sloan, Annie Workman.   As a result of gaining a Junior High Team, we gave up the Freshman team


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VARSITY: The varsity team, coached by Jim McGrath, Kevin Stark and Phil DiLonardo finished 2nd in Section 2 AAAA, with an overall record of 11-8 and 9 - 2 in section play.  The highlight of the season was defeating McKeesport 7 - 3 to give them their only section loss.   Players include Madison Butler, Kate Cliber, Shannon Dern, Hunter DeShong, Samantha Heinzl, Taylor Johns, Athena Kaufman, Kristy Lagnese, Katie Lazar, Rachel Lee, Megan Mariani, Sara McCarthy, and Bailey Rings.

JUNIOR VARSITY: The Junior Varsity team finished their season with an overall record of 8 - 3, with the Junior High team finishing their season with an overall record of 13-1.  The Junior Varsity team was coached by Tina Fluent, with assistants Amanda Churchfield, Brianne Brown and Kasey Poorman.   The Junior High team coached by 2nd year coach Kate Meade, and assistant Kayla Kober.

Junior Varsity players include: Taylor Cestra, Regan Donatelli, Lyndi Gareis, Sarah Jolly, Jennifer Murphy, Allison Pietryga, Alysa Pivik, Megan Scott, Addy Wilshire, Annie Workman, and Michaela Zanotelli.

JUNIOR HIGH: The Junior High players include: Rachael Adamski, Sam Billstone, Jessica Bitsura, Gabrielle Kadlecik, Melissa LeClair, Kaitlyn Mallik, Ashley Oravetz, Stella Pratt, Christina Risbon, Jordan Seneca, Karlie Serakowski, and Erin Shepherd.


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VARSITY: The varsity team, coached by fourth year varsity coach Jim McGrath, along with assistant coach Phil DiLonardo, finished 2nd in Section 2 AAAA, with an overall record of 12 wins, 6 losses.   In section play we won 10 games, losing only 2.

Last year, 2010, we scored 127 runs in 19 games, averaging almost 7 runs per game, with 179 total hits.  This year we score 149 runs 18 games, averaging 8 runs per game with 189 hits.   In the last 9 games of our regular season we scored an average of 11 runs per game.

The Plum varsity team made it to the playoffs the last three years in a row, and missed being section champs this year by only 7 runs.

Team leaders in batting averages: Athena Kaufman (.568); Jordan Seneca (.523); Megan Mariani (.426); Hunter DeShong (.390); and Taylor Johns (.379).    RBI Leaders: Taylor Johns (39); Athena Kaufman (21); Jordan Seneca (19); Hunter DeShong (15); Megan Mariani (14); Melissa LeClair (13).   Home Run hitters: Taylor Johns (4); Hunter DeShong (3).

Varsity Team consisted of: Seniors: Maddi Butler, Athena Kaufman, Alysa Pivik, Addy Wilshire; Juniors: Kaitlin Cliber, Hunter DeShong and Megan Mariani; Sophomores: Lyndi Gareis, Taylor Johns and Annie Workman; Freshman: Melissa LeClair, Ashley Oravetz, Stella Pratt and Jordan Seneca.

JUNIOR VARSITY: The Junior Varsity Squad, coached by Jen Cardinale, and assistant coach, Sami Crankshaw, consisted of Seniors: Erika Ohinata and Sofie Hermann, Junior: Jen Murphy; Sophomores: Amy Flynn, Allison Pietryga, Christina Risbon, Sarah Rumcik, Megan Scott, Amber Shields, Jessica Snyder and Alyssa Stonebraker; Freshman: Sam Billstone, Sydney Grieco and Gabrielle Kadlecik.

Team leaders in batting averages: Sam Billstone (.600); Sarah Rumcik (.474); Lyndi Gareis (.400); Alyssa Stonebraker (.400); Megan Scott (.375); Gabrielle Kadlecik (.333); and Amy Flynn (.333).   RBI leaders: Alyssa Stonebraker (3); Sam Billstone, Lyndi Gareis and Tina Risbon (1 each).   Home Run hitters: Gabrielle Kadlecik (1).

JUNIOR HIGH: The Junior High Squad, coached by Tim Clark and assistant coach Greg Bitsura, consisted of: 8th Graders: Rachel Adamski, Jessica Bitsura, Marietta Kocher, Kaitlyn Mallik, Heidi Vizino and Tytaeonya Williams; 7th Graders: Hannah Adamski, Morgan Booker, Madison Cheripka, Rebecca Lee, Jessica Lloyd, Annie Monfredi, and Savannah Schreckengost.

Team Leader in batting averages: Rachel Adamski (.559); Kaitlyn Mallik (.548); Jessica Bitsura (.500); Tytaeonya Williams (.447); Jessica Lloyd (.395); Hannah Adamski (.365).   RBI Leaders: Jessica Bitsura (28); Rachael Adamski (24); Tytaeonya Williams (18); Kaitlyn Mallik (17); Rebecca Lee (11) and Annie Monfredi (8).   Home Run hitters: Rachael Adamski and Kaitlyn Mallik (2 each).


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VARSITY: The varsity team, coached by fifth year varsity coach Jim McGrath, along with assistant coaches Phil DiLonardo and Jen Cardinale, finished 2nd in Section 2 AAAA, with an overall record of 14 wins, 6 losses.   In section play we won 9 and lost 3.

The team scored a total of 152 runs in 20 games, with a total of 218 hits (164 singles; 37 doubles; 11 triples; and 6 home runs).

Team leaders:
Batting Average: Jordan Seneca (.547); Lyndi Gareis (.500); Hunter DeShong (.485); Taylor Johns (.466) and Sarah Rumcik (.444).
RBI Leaders: Hunter DeShong (25); Jordan Seneca and Megan Mariani (23 each); Taylor Johns (18); Melissa LeClair (12); Ashley Oravetz and Annie Workman (10 each); and Kaitlin Cliber (8).
Home Runs: Hunter DeShong (4); Annie Workman and Melissa LeClair (1 each).

With the limited number of players, 18 girls participated on the varsity squad: Seniors: Kaitlin Cliber, Hunter DeShong, Megan Mariani, Jennifer Murphy.   Juniors: Amy Flynn, Lyndi Gareis, Taylor Johns, Sarah Rumcik, Annie Workman.  Sophomores: Sam Billstone, Melissa LeClair, Ashley Oravetz, Stella Pratt, Christina Risbon, Jordan Seneca.   Freshman: Rachael Adamski, Jessica Bitsura, and Kaitlyn Mallik.

JUNIOR HIGH: The team coached by head coach Chuck Froehlich, and assistant coach Greg Bitsura had a good year.

The team included 8th graders: Hannah Adamski, Morgan Booker, Ryley Handyside, Jessica Lloyd, Annie Monfredi, Emily Oehling, Lisa Reddington, Shelby Rodriguez.   7th Graders: Alyssa Cotter, Rayna Donatelli, Amanda Dynoske, Marissa Lynch, Michaela Palmieri, Delenn Poe, Gia Zazzera.


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One of the highlights of our season was this was the first year of playing games on our new high school softball field.

VARSITY:The varsity team, coached by sixth year varsity coach Jim McGrath, along with assistant coaches Phil DiLonardo and Jen Cardinale, finished 2nd in Section 2 AAAA, with an overal record of 14 wins and 7 losses.   In section play, the team won 10 and lost 2 to McKeesport Lady Tigers.

The team scored a total of 187 runs in 21 games, with a total of 183 hits (112 singles, 43 doubles, 11 triples and 17 home runs).

Team leaders:
Batting Average: Jordan Seneca: .564; Melissa LeClair: .426; Ashley Oravetz: .400; Savannah Zummo: .333; Annie Workman: .291; Lyndi Gareis: .278.
RBI Leader: Melissa LeClair: 32; Jordan Seneca: 24; Ashley Oravetz: 18; Annie Workman: 14; Stella Pratt: 12; Karlie Serakowski: 11.
Home Runs: Melissa LeClair: 6; Jordan Seneca: 5; Ashley Oravetz, Annie Workman, Stella Pratt, Karlie Serakowski, Savannah Zummo: 1 each.

Players Include:
Seniors: Amy Flynn (Team Captain); Lyndi Gareis (Team Captain); Annie Workman (Team Captain), and Savannah Zummo
Juniors: Sam Billstone; Melissa LeClair; Ashley Oravetz; Stella Pratt; Jordan Seneca, and Karlie Serakowski
Sophomores: Rachael Adamski; Jessica Bitsura; and Kaitlyn Mallik
Freshman: Hannah Adamski and Ryley Handyside

JUNIOR VARSITY: The JV squad, coached by head coach Jen Cardinale, won 12 games, and lost 4.   Because of the limited number of total players, some players split duties between the JV squad and the Varsity squad.

Players Include:
Junior: Sam Billstone (Team Captain)
Sophomores: Rachael Adamski; Jessica Bitsura; and Kaitlyn Mallik.
Freshman: Hannah Adamski; Maddi Cheripka; Ryley Handyside; Jessica Lloyd; Annie Monfredi and Emily Oehling

JUNIOR HIGH: The team, coached by 2nd year head coach Chuck Froehlich.

Players Include:
8th Graders: Meghan Barrett; Alyssa Cotter; Rayna Donatelli; Amanda Dynoske; Rebecca Hyland; Rachael Klipa; Marissa Lynch; Sabrina Maggio; Tara Marcyjanik; Michaela Palmieri; Delenn Poe; Nicole Polakovic and Gia Zazzera.
7th Graders: Marissa Beighley; Keri Bellisario, and Sidney Young.


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VARSITY: The varsity team, coached by seventh year varsity coach Jim McGrath, along with assistant coaches Phil DiLonardo and Tim Clark, finish 1st (co-section champs) in Section 2 AAAA, with an overall record of 11 wins and 1 loss.  Overall: 16 wins and 4 losses.

Players include:
(seniors) Sam Billstone, Melissa LeClair, Ashley Oravetz, Stella Pratt and Jordan Seneca, (juniors) Rachael Adamski, Ryley Handyside and Kaitlyn Mallik, (sophomore) Hannah Adamski, (freshman) Rayna Donatelli, Amanda Dynoske, Marissa Lynch,  Michaela Palmieri and Delenn Poe, .

Junior Varsity: The junior varsity team was coach by Tim Clark.

Players include:
Madison Cheripka, Alyssa Cotter, Rebecca Hyland, Rachael Klipa, Rebecca Lee, Tara Marcyjanik, Annie Monfredi, Emily Oehling, Nicole Polakovic, Shelby Rodriquez.

Junior High: Coached by Chuck Froehlich

Players include:
Marissa Beighley, Keri Bellisario, Sara Corcoran, Gabrielle Fischetti, Abbey Froehlich, Deanna Pernice, Melinda Pivik, Britney Shanter, Sidney Shanter, Karina Singh, Olivia Wendell and Sidney Young.


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VARSITY: The varsity team, coach by eighth year varsity coach Jim McGrath, along with assistant coaches Phil DiLonardo and Tim Clark, finished 2nd in Section 2 AAAA, behind Fox Chapel.  In section play the team won 9 and lost 3, overall: 11 wins and 8 losses.

Players include:
(seniors) Rachael Adamski, Jessica Bitsura, Kaitlyn Mallik, (junior) Hannah Adamski, (sophomores) Rayna Donatelli, Amanda Dynoske, Rachael Klipa, Marissa Lynch, Tara Marcyjanik, Michaela Palmieri, Delenn Poe, Nicole Polakovic, (freshman) Keri Bellisario and Sidney Young.

Junior Varsity: The junior varsity team was coached by 2nd year Coach Tim Clark.

Since we had a low number of players, some of the varsity squad players played in junior varsity games.

Junior High: Coached by 2nd year Coach Chuck Froehlich

Players include:
Sara Corcoran, Ashley Cotter, Chloe Fabio, Gabrielle Fischetti, Abbey Froehlich, Allie Galvach, Molly Giles, Olivia Grieco, Bailey Hulick, Kira Kiggins, MacKenzie Lake, Gianna Marasco, Melinda Pivik, Alyssa Schofield, Britney Shanter, Sidney Shanter, Karina Singh, Samantha Stapf and Olivia Wendell


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VARSITY: The varsity team, coach by nineth year varsity coach Jim McGrath, along with assistant coaches Phil DiLonardo and Tim Clark, finished tied for 2nd place in Section 2 AAAA behind Franklin Regional.  In section play the team won 9 and lost 3, overall: 12 wins and 8 losses.   Hopes of winning the section was placed on our laps when Gateway defeated Franklin Regional in their final game, placing the burden on the team to win its last game with Fox Chapel.   If the team had won that game, we would have shared section champ status with Franklin Regional.

The team scored 144 runs, with 124 singles, 38 doubles, 7 triples, and 9 home runs.  Home Run Leader: Gabriella Fischetti (5 home runs).

Team Leaders:
Batting Average: Hannah Adamski (0.421), Michaela Palmieri (0.383), Amanda Dynoske (0.358), Delenn Poe (0.340), Gabrielle Fischetti (0.333), Keri Bellisario (0.316), Abbey Froehlich (0.300), Sara Corcoran (0.281), Rayna Donatelli (0.235)
RBIs: Michaela Palmieri (19), Gabrielle Fischetti (19), Rayna Donatelli (18), Hannah Adamski (15), Delenn Poe (11)
Home Runs: Gabrielle Fischetti (5), Hannah Adamski (2), Michaela Palmieri (1), Sara Corcoran (1)

Players include:
(senior & team captain) Hannah Adamski, (juniors) Rayna Donatelli, Amanda Dynoske, Tara Marcyjanik, Michaela Palmieri, Delenn Poe, Nicole Polakovic, (sophomores) Keri Bellisario, Sidney Young, (freshman) Sara Corcoran, Alyssa Craver, Gabrielle Fischetti, Abbey Froehlich and Olivia Wendell.

Junior Varsity: The junior varsity team was coached by 3rd year Coach Tim Clark.   The team had a total of 5 wins and 4 losses.   Weather played a large part in the number of games played.

Players include:
Cheyanne Burris, Melinda Pivik, and Britney Shanter.  Since we had a low number of players, some of the varsity squad players played in junior varsity games.

Junior High: The junior high team was coached by 1st year Coach Linda Innocenti, along with assistant Karen Mienke.  The team had a total of 7 wins and 5 losses.

Players include:
Francesca Beighley, Hannah Blanford, Ashley Cotter, Chloe Fabio, Molly Giles, Bailey Hulick, Makayla Jackson, Brooke Kundla, MacKenzie Lake, Melanie Mienke,
Ashlynn Miller, Sydney Proden, Alyssa Schofield, Gabrielle Walkup


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