ShareThis Page
Prospects promising for Sewickley Academy softball |

Prospects promising for Sewickley Academy softball

| Monday, June 6, 2016 1:33 p.m
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Sewickley Academy's Savannah Henry celebrates with coach Win Palmer after hitting a triple during a game against Avella on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Sewickley Academy.

The Sewickley Academy softball team did better than expected and, with most of its starting lineup back, looks forward to next season.

The Panthers were 11-6 overall and 7-3 in Section 5-A. They lost to Union, 3-1, in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs May 16.

Savannah Henry was the lone senior and will be difficult to replace.

She pitched in all games and struck out 88, walked 18 and gave up 32 runs in 93 innings.

“Savannah made all the difference,” Panthers coach Win Palmer said. “She helped to build a cohesive unit that trusted each other.”

Palmer said a rising freshman had an outstanding season on the middle school team and likely will be on the mound next year.

Junior Chandler White moved from first base to catcher and was the Panthers’ top offensive player.

White had a .700 batting average, 24 RBIs and three home runs.

Sophomore Kaylee Patterson shifted from second base to shortstop and had an expanded role after playing only in the field as a freshman.

Freshmen Alyssa Winters, Alina Mattson, Kendall Lightcap, Lekha Amin and Theresa Wilson and junior Sarah Fruehauf also competed.

White, 17, of the North Side was impressed by the first-year players.

“The (freshmen) really stepped up,” she said, adding they make her optimistic about next season.

Henry, 18, of Cranberry said with so many newcomers, things were chaotic at the beginning of the season.

She was encouraged the Panthers lost by only two runs to Union in the playoffs after losing to the Scotties by 10 runs in the regular season.

“It was not like the last game,” she said.

“We gained incredible experience,” Palmer said.

The Panthers have qualified for the WPIAL playoffs the past five seasons and were a quarterfinalist in 2015.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.