All-State trio: Warren softball’s Nyquist, Lobdell, Chase earn 2nd team honors in Class 4A

Ellie Lobdell

To be recognized among the state’s best, you have to stand out.

Three Warren softball players – junior pitcher Ellie Lobdell, junior first baseman Celia Chase and sophomore shortstop Lex Nyquist — did just that, as all there were named to the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association All-State Second Team in Class 4A.

For Nyquist, this is her second selection, earning second team honors as a freshman a season ago. It’s the first time Lobdell and Chase have been honored.

“The sky is the limit for these three, and that also goes for a few players whose names are not on the all-state list,” said Warren coach Jon Sitler. “If there’s one thing I have learned about this team over the past two seasons, they are never satisfied with what they have; they always want more. With that attitude, these players will have successful lives.

“I do want them to be able to reflect a little more on why they are being recognized but, again, this crew doesn’t look back,” said Sitler. “The moment I informed Ellie that she had been selected to the all-state second team, she replied, ‘dang.’

Lex Nyquist

“I’m assuming her goal was and always will be higher — first team,” he said. “Lex’s goal is probably something like all-state all four years. Celia has wanted to improve from one practice to the next ever since I’ve known her.

“There are other Dragons that could easily make this list next year, if that’s what they strive for,” said Sitler. “Something tells me they all want something more tangible, though.”

On the mound, Lobdell was simply dominant this season. She went 12-4 with a 0.86 ERA. She struck out 192 in her 114 innings, and allowed just 27 walks and six extra base hits. The walk total she more than cut in half from the 56 she issued as a sophomore. But it was more than just the numbers – the junior standout simply overpowered hitters, including a pair of no-hitters over Franklin. She kept offenses off-balance with an improved change-up and had very little in the way of hard contact against her all season.

Nyquist hit .439 with five doubles, a triple and a home run, driving in 16 and scoring a team-high 25 runs. She also stole a team-high nine bases and sported an on-base percentage of .537. She played an excellent defensive shortstop and was the perfect fit atop the Warren lineup.

Chase hit .465 with 33 RBI, which were tops in Region 6. She provided a steady hand at first base and her 33 runs batted in ranked third among first baseman in Class 4A.

Celia Chase

Punxsutawney’s Kylee Lingenfelter, a Penn State recruit her led her team to a state title, was named the Class 4A Player of the Year.

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Other District 10 and District 9 Players on All-State teams

Class 5A

Kylee Bundy – 2B – DuBois (First Team)

Lexi Ray – OF – DuBois (Second Team)

Class 4A

Cheyenne Hindman – P – Slippery Rock (Second Team)

Brooke Cline – SS – Clearfield (First Team)

Macy McCall – 3B – Slippery Rock (First Team)

Aspen Bishop – OF – Clearfield (First Team)

Class 1A

Ashley Wruble – P – DuBois Central Catholic (First Team)

Mia Meholick – C – DuBois Central Catholic (First Team)

Alexis Constantino – SS – Clarion (First Team)

Shayleigh Gulvas – SS – DuBois Central Catholic (Second Team)

Josie Smith – SS – Elk County Catholic (Second Team)

Kaitlyn Constantino – 3B – Clarion (Second Team)

Carley Semancik – OF – DuBois Central Catholic (First Team)

Chelsea Busatto – DP – DuBois Central Catholic (Second Team)