Warren softball seniors Hoffman, Lobdell, Wood honored among Pennsylvania’s best

Kiersten Hoffman

The accolades continued to roll in for a trio of Warren softball seniors.

Kiersten Hoffman, Gracie Wood and Ellie Lobdell all earned Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association All-State Class 4A honors when the teams were announced Saturday. All three were first-team all-region selections as well this season.

Hoffman earned the distinction at two positions, third base and catcher. She earned second-team at catcher after switching to the position mid-season. Hoffman earned first-team honors at third base. During the regular season (only regular season numbers were used in the selection process), Hoffman slashed .481/.548/1.455 with six doubles, a triple, five home runs, 22 runs scored and 13 RBI. As a catcher, she gunned down four of the six runners who attempted to steal. Hoffman will continue her academic and athletic career next season at Edinboro University.

Wood earned second team honors as an outfielder. The speedy senior was stellar in centerfield for the Dragons. She had 11 assists on the year, with only a single error. At the plate, Wood hit .458/.500/1.270 with eight doubles, two triples, a homerun, 12 runs scored and eight RBI. She also had three sac hits and stole two bases.

Lobdell earned all-state honors at pitcher for the second straight season. She was a second-team honoree last year, and earned first-team this season. Lobdell pitched the Dragons to a 16-1 regular season record. In 104 innings she allowed just 47 hits and sported a spectacular 0.67 ERA. She walked 24 and struck out 158. She was also dominant in the batter’s box. Lobdell led the team in average (.508), homeruns (9) and RBI (27). She’ll head to California University (PA) next season where she’ll be joined by fellow first-team all-state pitcher Kierra Waywood (Yough).

Ellie Lobdell

“Of course, I’m a bit bias, but I would tell you we’ve had some of the best players in the state all three years I’ve coached,” said Warren coach Jon Sitler. “So, it doesn’t surprise me when we get Dragons on this list. But, not being a part of the voting process, there’s no guarantee how it turns out, so I’m happy these female athletes have been recognized on a much larger scale. If there is anything I can say about these three together from their senior seasons, we knew exactly what we were getting out of them day in and day out, and they will be missed. They have paved a way for the returning players that can’t be measured. In addition to these three, we’ve had two others from this roster named all-state in the past, including senior Celia Chase, and junior Lex Nyquist twice in the last three years, so it epitomizes how talented this roster has been.”

Knoch senior shortstop Monica Gourley was the Class 4A Player of the Year.

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Other District 10 and District 9 All-state selections

Class 1A

Gracie Wood

Mia Meholick-Catcher-DuBois CC (First team)

Shayleigh Gulvas -Shortstop-DuBois CC (Second team)

Avery Sickeri-Third base-DuBois CC (First team)

Carley Semancik-Outfield-DuBois CC (First team)

Sady VanAlstine-Outfield-Elk County Catholic (Second team)

Ashley Wruble-Utility-DuBois CC (First team)

Kaitlyn Constantino-Pitcher-Clarion (First team)

Class 2A

Courtney Hess-First base-Saegertown (Second team)

Abby Pentz-Shortstop-Curwensville (Second team)

Joslynne Freyer-DH-Curwensville (First team)

Carlie Schlosser-Utility-Saegertown (First team)

Katelyn Young-Pitcher-Saegertown (First team)

Class 3A

Emma Hipps-DH-Clearfield (Second team)

Class 5A

Lauren Walker-Outfield-DuBois (Second team)