WAHS softball standouts Wortman, Nyquist earn all-state honors

Warren Area High School’s Megan Wortman and Alexis Nyquist were both chosen as Second-Team Class 4A All-State selections by the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association, Wortman, as a catcher and Nyquist as a shortstop.

There might have been some delay in getting the All-State softball teams out this season, but for two Warren Area High School players, it was worth the wait.

Senior catcher Megan Wortman and freshman shortstop Alexis Nyquist were both voted Second Team Class 4A All-State selections by the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.

“Meg and Lex epitomize Warren softball,” said head coach Jon Sitler. “Their hard work, desire and never say die attitude were apparent from the first pitch of the season to the last.”

It was fitting that these two should be honored for the Lady Dragons, who went 13-7 this season.

Wortman, a starter at shortstop, took a team-first approach in the 2017 season, moving behind the plate to replace departing all-state catcher Paige Wilson. That move paved the way for Nyquist, an up-and-coming freshman, to become the starting shortstop.

Both had outstanding seasons both at the plate and in the field.

Wortman hit .486 with 35 hits, 23 runs scored, eight extra-base hits and 12 RBIs.

“Meg was an all-star shortstop who converted to catcher for no other reason than that is what the team needed and she was fully capable of doing it,” Sitler said. “As a team captain, she was as important to the team off the field as she was on. So her statistics and leadership abilities make this honor well-deserved. Meg’s presence will be greatly missed.”

Nyquist hit .371 with a team-leading 24 RBIs, a .438 on-base percentage and a .612 slugging percentage.

“As a freshman, Lex will now need to help carry that torch,” said Sitler. “Her talent was obvious even in her first year. I have always expected a lot from Lex and will continue to do so in the future. This honor given to Lex does not surprise me, but I don’t think it scratches the surface as to how important she is to the team. Lex plays shortstop, one of the most important positions on the field, for a reason – because I trust her. Down 6-1 in the playoff game (against Grove City), she made two remarkable plays on defense and then hit a grand slam, thus giving us a chance. This was an example of why she earned this award.”

Other District 10 players named to the All-State teams included Saegertown pitcher Courtney Hess (First Team 2A pitcher), Union City’s Brooke Shelton (Second Team 2A pitcher), Union City’s Kennedy Koe and Saegertown’s Katelyn Young, both second team at first base in 2A (there were two first teamers and three second teamers), Saegertown’s Carlie Schlosser and Union City’s Breanna Kinney (Second Team 2A shortstops), Saegertown’s Haley Hess (First Team 2A third baseman), Harbor Creek’s Ali Benim (First Team 4A outfielder) and McDowell’s Rachel Marsden (Second Team 6A pitcher).

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