2003 SOFTBALL
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
 


AMCC COACHES PICK  LA ROCHE
TO DEFEND SOFTBALL TITLE
 


La Roche College is expected to successfully defend its Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title, according to the 2003 AMCC pre-season coaches’ poll.  The Lady Redhawks  received four of seven first place votes, followed closely by Penn State Altoona with three votes to finish first.  Pitt-Bradford was a solid pick for the #3 spot.

There was no consensus on a Preseason Player of the Year, but the Lady Redhawks would look to have the advantage on the field with three different players nominated for the honor:  2002 All-AMCC first team first baseman Casey Byerly (McGuffy HS/ Washington, PA), who batted .483 with 44 RBI and a .993 fielding percentage; fellow all-star outfielder Kristy Phister; and 2002 Newcomer of the Year Nikki Kress.  Penn State Altoona junior pitcher Amanda Rourke (Tussey Mountain HS/Saxton, PA) was the clear choice for Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
                            

AMCC
SOFTBALL POLL
Preseason Rankings:
1. La Roche
2. Penn State Altoona
3. Pitt-Bradford
 

Preseason Pitcher of the Year:
 Amanda Rourke, Penn State Altoona

Preseason Player of the Year:
No consensus



                                    Other players to watch:
Frostburg State
IF Richelle Foor (Everett HS/Everett, PA)...2002 stats:  .382 BA, 18 RBI, .513 slugging percentage, .453 on-base percentage...first team All-AMCC third baseman last year.
IF Stephanie Zych (Guilderland HS/Slingerlands, NY)...2002 stats: .333 BA, 13 RBA, 8 doubles, .440 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage

La Roche
P Amy Kurtz (New Brighton HS/New Brighton, PA)...12-3 in 2002...pitched 7 shutouts, .085 ERA...batted .304 with a .930 fielding percentage...first team All-AMCC last season.

Lake Erie
SS Kelly Trykowski (Chardon HS/Chardon, OH)...No information available
C Crystal Limpert (John Marshall HS/Cleveland, OH)...No information available

Penn State Altoona

C Stacey Detwiler (Bellefonte HS/Bellefonte, PA)...All-AMCC honorable mention selection in 2002

Penn State Behrend

C Cheryl Peterson (Rancho Bernardo HS/Carlsbad, CA)...First team All-AMCC in 2002...402 BA, .964 fielding percentage, 12 doubles.
P/1B Becky Corbin (Northeast HS/Erie, PA)...Honorable mention All-AMCC in 2002...led team with 33 singles

Pitt-Bradford
1B Julie Keane (Bradford HS/Bradford, PA)...Second-team All-AMCC in 2002...
11 RBI, .429 BA, 30 R
P Heather Nelson (Smethport HS/Smethport, PA)...Second team All-AMCC in 2002...96 K, 3.14 ERA, .327 BA

Pitt-Greensburg
SS Jess Porter (Clearfield HS/Le Montes Mill, PA)...transferred from Pitt-Bradford...As first team All-AMCC, hit .591 with a .909 slugging percentage in 2002.
2B Dee Sutlic (Penn Trafford HS/Harrison City, PA)...transferred from Clarion.