WARREN, Pa. – Chloe McManus of Fairview dominated this season both with her bat and in the field, leading the Lady Tigers to a 19-4 record and a run to the D10 Class 3A title game. For those efforts, McManus is the inaugural D9and10sports.com District 9 Softball Player of the Year.
The shortstop put together a truly special season, with a 1.698 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), Her batting average stood at .554 with 11 doubles, three triples, and seven home runs. She also drove in a whopping 45 runs and scored 40.
The Lady Tigers lost to Jamestown in the District 10 Class 3A championship game.
Joining her as major award winners are Union City’s Abby Tingley (Pitcher of the Year), Saegertown’s Mikaila Obenrader (Rookie of the Year) and Union City’s Jerry VanZandt (Manager of the Year).
Tingley was terrific for Union City. During the regular season, she put together an 18-0 record with an 0.80 ERA and a 157-12 strikeout to walk ratio, and a .203 opponent’s batting average. In the postseason, she continued her domination.
In three District 10 playoff games, a subregional game and a pair of PIAA playoff wins, Tingley threw 40 innings, with a 40-3 strikeout to walk ratio, allowing just 7 runs.
Obenrader, meanwhile, was terrific as a freshman both in the circle and at the plate. She put together a 12-5 record with a 1.03 ERA for the Panthers, In 102 innings pitched, she allowed just 43 hits, with a 188-30 strikeout to walk ratio and a .134 batting average against.
Offensively, she put together a .472 average with six doubles, two triples and 23 RBIs. She also had a 1.191 OPS in leading Saegertown to the District 10 Class 1A title game, where they fell in a hard-fought battle to Cambridge Springs, 6-2.
VanZandt provided a steady hand all season for the Lady Bears. They put together an unbeaten regular season and got to 20-0 before they lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Sharpsville in the D10 Class 2A final.
No matter, as the Lady Bears responded with a 4-0 win over Upper Dauphin in a subregional game, followed by wins over Moniteau and Laurel to get to the PIAA semifinals, a first in program history.
In addition to the major award winners, an All-District 9 team was named as well. The team consists of a catcher, a first baseman, a second baseman, a shortstop, a third baseman, three outfielders, two “utility” spots, and two pitchers.
2021 D9and10Sports.com All-District 10 Softball Team
C – Taylor Truran, Sr., Mercer – Mercer’s all-time leader in home runs, a record she set as a sophomore. Youngstown State softball signee.
1B – Halyn Cawthorne, Jr. Reynolds – .571 average, 1.804 OPS, 10 2B, 11 HR, 40 RBIs, 4 SB
2B – Sydney Gilbert, Sr. Union City – .541 average, 1.365 OPS, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 29 RBIs, 3 SB (Regular Season Stats)
SS – Chloe McManus, Sr., Fairview – .554 average, 1.698 OPS, 11 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 45 RBIs, 2 SB
3B – Dani Ficeti, Sr., Jamestown – .533 average, 1.630 OPS, 10 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 5 SB
OF – Paige Verbanac, Sr., Cambridge Springs – Was a catalyst at the top of a strong Blue Devils’ lineup while playing a superb defensive center field.
OF – Ella Holland, Sr., Hickory – .481 average, 1.343 OPS, 11 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 31 RBIs, 26 SB
OF – Reese Schaller, Soph., Jamestown, .368 average, 1.129 OPS, 5 2B, 6 HR, 26 RBIs, 20 SB
UTL – Eliza Reynolds, Sr. Union City .571 average, 1.543 OPS, 10 2B, 3 HR, 29 RBIs, 4 SB (Regular Season Stats)
UTL – Faith Jones, Soph, Wilmington – .674 average, 1.954 OPS, 8 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBIs
P – Abby Tingley, Jr., Union City – 18-0, 0.80 ERA, 95 ⅔ IP, 157 Ks, 12 BBs, .203 opponent’s average against (Regular Season Stats)
P – Hailee Rodgers, Soph., Cambridge Springs – Was a part of 7 shutouts. Went 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA in the postseason with 24 strikeouts and 5 walks in 32 IP
Player of the Year: Chloe McManus, Fairview
Pitcher of the Year: Abby Tingley, Union City
Rookie of the Year: Mikaila Obenrader, Saegertown
Manger of the Year: Jerry VanZandt, Union City