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D9/10 Alums Well-Represented on All-PAC Softball Teams

Julia Hart. Photo Geneva College athletics.

TRAFFORD, Pa. – The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) announced its All-PAC Softball teams and top award winners on Tuesday, with District 9 and 10 alums well-represented.

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Geneva’s Julia Hart (Slippery Rock High School) was a first-team selection at first base, while Westminster’s Elizabeth Malczak (Grove City) was second team at pitcher.

Earning honorable mention All-PAC was Chatham’s Mackenzie Dunn (Karns City) at catcher, Bethany’s Morgan Huey (Hickory) at Utility, and Grove City’s Kaitlyn Constantino (Clarion Area) at pitcher.

Waynesburg University won its second straight PAC Tournament title on Saturday and the repeat theme continued with the award winners. Three of the four top awards went to previous winners, starting with Geneva College senior outfielder Sarah Johnson (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) earning this year’s PAC Player of the Year, the second of her career after she was the Player of the Year in 2021. Also earning a second award was Waynesburg sophomore pitcher Sydney Wilson (Pentress, W.Va./Clay-Battelle), who was honored as the PAC Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive year.

The Newcomer of the Year honor went to a Waynesburg player for a second straight season in sophomore second baseman Grace Higgins (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) and Waynesburg fourth-year head coach Brett Shimek collected PAC Coach of the Year honors for the second year in a row.

Johnson becomes the first player to win two PAC Player of the Year awards since Rachael Schafer from Bethany College won three straight from 2001-03. Johnson’s final season as a Golden Tornado saw her set a plethora of Geneva career records, including career hits, stolen bases, runs scored, and triples, as she earned First Team All-PAC for a fourth time.

Hart hit .350 with a .957 OPS with two home runs, 43 RBIs, and 20 doubles.

Malczak, meanwhile, compiled a 14-4 record and a 3.04 ERA for Westminster with a 1.28 WHIP, striking out 43.

Dunn hit .357 for Chatham with a .696 slugging percentage. She also had a team-high six home runs and 29 RBIs.

Huey hit a team-leading .320 for Bethany with 25 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

Constantino put together a solid season for Grove City, going 11-7 with a 3.55 ERA. In 114 ⅓ innings, she struck out 72 and had a 1.64 WHIP.

PAC Award Winners
Player of the Year: Geneva senior outfielder Sarah Johnson (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista)
Pitcher of the Year: Waynesburg sophomore Sydney Wilson (Pentress, W.Va./Clay-Battelle)
Newcomer of the Year: Waynesburg sophomore second base Grace Higgins (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan)
Coach of the Year: Waynesburg fourth-year head coach Brett Shimek

All-PAC First Team
Position Name Class School Hometown | High School
C Brin Hunter Sr. Waynesburg West Alexander, Pa./McGuffey
1B Julia Hart Jr. Geneva Prospect, Pa./Slippery Rock
1B Mackenzie Latess Sr. Westminster New Castle, Pa./Laurel
2B Grace Higgins So. Waynesburg Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan
SS Kimberly McDaniels So. Franciscan Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic
SS Alexis Yates Sr. Westminster Oakdale, Pa./South Fayette
3B Rachel Zona So. Grove City New Castle, Pa./New Castle
OF Sarah Johnson Sr. Geneva Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista
OF Alex Dillner Jr. Saint Vincent Irwin, Pa./Norwin
OF Brooke Atkins Sr. Westminster New Castle, Pa./Laurel
DP Sophia Godzak So. Allegheny Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon
UTIL Janessa Dawson Sr. Grove City Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley
P Aleya Belardinelli So. Allegheny Melbourne, Fla./West Shore
P Sydney Wilson So. Waynesburg Pentress, W.Va./Clay-Battelle
P Madison Brown Grad. Westminster Lisbon, Ohio/East Liverpool


All-PAC Second Team
Position Name Class School Hometown | High School
C Cameron Long Jr. Allegheny Midlothian, Va./Midlothian
1B Sofia Genareo So. Allegheny Lakewood, N.Y./Southwestern Central
1B Ella Brookman Jr. Waynesburg Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston
2B Maci Linhart So. Grove City Columbiana, Ohio/Columbiana
SS Peyton Eckenrode Sr. W&J York Haven, Pa./Northeastern
SS Kayla Gratton Jr. Waynesburg Monroeville, Pa./Gateway
3B Sydney Senay Jr. Waynesburg Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan
OF Reghan Benschoter Sr. Waynesburg Newark, Ohio/Granville
OF Jasmine DeMaske Fr. Waynesburg Waynesburg, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan
OF Ashley Wire Sr. Westminster Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary
DP Jessica LaPorte Jr. Saint Vincent Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks
UTIL Mia Meholick So. Westminster DuBois, Pa./DuBois Central Catholic
P Haley Smith Sr. Geneva Joshua Tree, Calif./Yucca Valley
P Autumn Stemple Sr Waynesburg Morgantown, W.Va./University
P Elizabeth Malczak Jr. Westminster Grove City, Pa./Grove City


Honorable Mention All-PAC
Position Name Class School Hometown | High School
C Mackenzie Dunn Sr. Chatham Butler, Pa./Karns City
1B Destiny Goodnight Jr. Bethany Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline
2B Kylie Heid Fr. Thiel Monaca, Pa./Central Valley
SS Lexi Buck Sr. Grove City Akron, Ohio/Lake Center Christian
3B Kylee Yothers Sr. Thiel Indian Head, Pa./Connellsville
OF Samantha Phillips Fr. Allegheny Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon
OF Paige Shaftic Grad. Chatham New Castle, Pa./New Castle
OF Payton James Fr. Geneva McKinney, Texas/McKinney
OF Julia DiPietro-Harvey Fr. W&J Pittsburgh, Pa./Taylor Allderdice
DP Kaitlyn Collins Sr. Chatham Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion
DP Peri Ceasri Sr. Geneva El Dorado Hills, Calif./Vista Del Lago
UTIL Morgan Huey Sr. Bethany Hermitage, Pa./Hickory
P Victoria Murren Fr. Chatham New Oxford, Pa./Bermudian Springs
P Kaitlyn Constantino Jr. Grove City Clarion, Pa./Clarion
P Olivia Bushore So. Saint Vincent Claysburg, Pa./Claysburg-Kimmel


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