In their preseason poll, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference softball coaches have chosen the defending champion, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, to win the league championship again this season. 

The Panthers finished third in the regular season standings last season before making a dramatic run to the conference title in the season-ending tournament.  They upset top-seeded Frostburg State University, and the Bobcats were a close second in the coaches' poll for 2005.  Perennial contender La Roche College was voted to the #3 spot.

Pitt-Bradford sophomore Kristi Zavinski (Warren, PA/Warren) gets the preseason nod as the conference's leading pitcher.  An honorable mention all-conference team selection as a freshman, Zavinski will be expected to pick up where she left off statistically.  She had a 12-3 record in 15 appearances last season, and a league-best 1.81 ERA, while holding opposing batters to a .249 batting average.

La Roche College shortstop and outfielder Chrystal Delgado (Pittsburgh, PA/ Shaler HS) is the coaches' selection as Preseason Player of the Year.   Delgado, the AMCC Co-Player of the Year in 2004, is a two-time first team all-conference selection.  She hit .514 with 21 runs scored on 37 hits and 11 RBI.  Defensively, she had a .877 fielding percentage, 63 put-outs and 79 assists.

The AMCC welcomes three new members to the conference this season:  Hilbert College, Medaille College, and Mt. Aloysius College.  The conference will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament for the first time in Spring 2005.    

Preseason Rankings:
1. University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
2. Frostburg State University
3. La Roche College

Preseason Player of the Year:
Chrsytal Delgado, La Roche College

Preseason Pitcher of the Year:
Kristi Zavinski, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

                             Players to Watch

FROSTBURG STATE (11-1 AMCC, 26-14 overall)
1B Trish Brown (North Carroll HS/Manchester, MD)...JR...2004 AMCC Co-Player of the Year...batted .468 last season, with 34 runs, 12 doubles, 6 HR and  35 RBI...also boasted a .780 slugging percentage and .532 on base percentage.

P/OF Lori Potts (Loudon Valley HS/Purcellville, VA)...SO...
first-team All-AMCC outfielder as a freshman...impressive first year stats included a .343 batting average, 20 RBI, 18 runs scored...14-6 record on the mound, with a 3.07 ERA and 5 shutouts.

HILBERT (0-8 NEAC, 12-14 overall)
P Meghan Gallagher (Sepncerport HS/Rochester, NY)...SO...First Team ECAC Div. III South All-Star selection in 2004...11-11 record with a 2.37 ERA...hit .361 with 9 doubles and 19 RBI.

SS Kaitlyn Miller (Depew HS/Depew, NY)...SO...2004 stats included .324 batting average and .988 fielding percentage.

LA ROCHE (8-4 AMCC, 9-14 overall)
SS/OF Chrystal Delgado (Shaler Area HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...SR...AMCC Co-Player of the Year in 2004...two-time first team all-conference selection...stats highlights include .514 batting average, 21 runs scored, 37 hits and 11 RBI...defensively, she had a .877 fielding percentage, 63 put-outs and 79 assists.

P Beth Peracchino (Forest Hills HS/Sidman, PA)...FR...

LAKE ERIE (1-11 AMCC, 5-25 overall)

SS/P Jen Dodge (Riverside HS/Painesville, OH)...SO...was Honorable Mention
All-Conference in 2004...batted .323.

C Crystal Limpert (John Marshall HS/Cleveland, OH)...JR...

MEDAILLE (3-5 NEAC, 9-22 overall)

SS Sara Vertalino (West Seneca, NY/Mount Mercy Academy)...JR...impressive
stats in 2004 include a .348 batting average, .427 slugging percentage, and 31 hits...she
also pulled her weight defensively with a .961 fielding percentage.

P Michelle Peruzzini (Cheektowaga, NY/John F. Kennedy)...SO...2004 record
was 8-13...through 80 K's, averaging 1.74 strikeouts per inning...held opponents to a
.288 batting average. 

MOUNT ALOYSIUS (0-17 overall)
2B Stacey Hammond (Penn Cambria HS/Cresson, PA)...FR...transferred from Lock Haven.

C Gloria Straight (Berlin Brothers Valley HS/New Baltimore, PA)...FR

PENN STATE ALTOONA (6-6 AMCC, 18-19 overall)
C/OF Nicole Clapper (Hollidaysburg Area HS/Hollidaysburg, PA)...JR...second team All-AMCC in 2004...batted .423 including 12 doubles...had 35 RBI with 21 runs scored.
2B Amanda Shomo (Glendale HS/Fallen Timber, PA)...SO...second team all-conference selection last season...her .350 batting average included 38 RBI and 31 runs scored.

PENN STATE BEHREND (6-6 AMCC, 11-26 overall)
2B Shelle Roberts (Iroquois HS/Erie, PA)...SR...coming off an injury in 2004, when she still managed to hit .259...defensively had 36 put-outs, 18 assists and .885 fielding percentage...majoring in marketing.

3B Kristin Macha (Franklin Regional HS/Export, PA)...SO...Also hurt in 2004...can hit for power and average...posted a .387 batting average and 9 doubles as a freshman...majoring in mechanical engineering technology.

PITT-BRADFORD (8-4 AMCC, 22-8 overall)
2B/SS Calista Walker (Towanda HS/Towanda, PA)...SR...Second team All-AMCC last season...hit .328, including 8 doubles, 3 triples and 2 home runs...also scored 19 runs and 17 RBI.

LF Cassandra Walker (Towanda HS/Towanda, PA)...SR...Second team All-AMCC in 2004...contributed 10 RBI and 19 runs scored...batting .313, she had 2 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run.

PITT-GREENSBURG (2-10 AMCC, 2-12 overall)
C/1B B.J. Bertges (Plum HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...SR...the team's lone senior...hit .286 last season.

P Ashley Garnder (Geibel Catholic HS/Vanderbilt, PA)...JR...returning veteran pitcher...had only 14 walks in 75 innings pitched.