The 2021 lehighvalleylive.com All-Area Softball first team is an experienced group.
The first team has all upperclassmen as there are 12 seniors and three juniors.
The All-Area team honors standouts from schools in Northampton, Lehigh and Warren counties, as well as Palisades in Bucks County, Palmerton in Carbon County and North Hunterdon, Voorhees and Delaware Valley in Hunterdon County.
See the first, second and third teams below as well as the honorable mention choices.
The pitcher was selected on the second team in Class 6A of the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association all-state team. Zaun was a first-team all-star in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Lehigh County Division. She struck out 19 and didn’t walk a batter in the Trojans’ 3-0 win over Emmaus in the district quarterfinals.
The pitcher helped lead Freedom to its first Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title in program history. Slanovec had three hits and two RBIs and held Northampton to four hits as she struck out six and allowed only one walk in the Patriots’ 10-0 victory in the EPC title game. She was selected as a second-team EPC all-star.
Statistics: 12-3, 1.76 ERA, 155 Ks, 29 BBs; .412 BA, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs.
The pitcher was a first-team Skyland Conference Valley Division all-star. Miller was selected for the Skyland Conference All-Star Game. She helped lead the Blue Streaks to a 16-3 record this season.
Statistics: 1.30 ERA, 240 Ks, 38 BBs; 15 RBIs, 4 2Bs, 4 3Bs.
The pitcher was a first-team Skyland Conference Delaware/Raritan Division all-star. O’Brien was selected for the Skyland Conference All-Star Game. She struck out 13 and allowed two walks in a 10-1 road win over Bridgewater on April 22.
Statistics: 11-6, 2.07 ERA, 105 Ks, 22 BBs.
The pitcher helped the Golden Hawks win the District 11 Class 4A title and advance to the state semifinals. Bond put up at least 10 strikeouts in five consecutive games in April. The junior struck out 10 and walked two in Becahi’s 3-2 victory over Archbishop Wood in the first round of states and then pitched a four-hitter in a 6-0 state quarterfinal win over Villa Joseph Marie.
Statistics: 13-9, 3.40 ERA, 167 Ks, 44 BBs.
The catcher made the first team on the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association all-state team in Class 3A. She hit a home run and had four RBIs in Palmerton’s 19-16 victory over Northwestern Lehigh on April 10. Green piled up a home run, a double and seven RBIs in the Blue Bombers’ 11-1 win over Salisbury on April 13.
Statistics: .494 BA, 12 HRs, 9 2Bs, 44 RBIs, 44 runs.
The first baseman was a first-team Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Lehigh Division all-star. Gawrys had three RBIs in a 7-0 win over Emmaus on April 14. The senior hit a triple and drove in two runs in a 7-4 victory over Stroudsburg in a District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal on May 27.
The second baseman was a first-team Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Northampton Division all-star. She helped lead the Konkrete Kids to the District 11 Class 6A championship. Kranzley had a double and a pair of RBIs in back-to-back wins over Liberty in April.
Statistics: .408 BA, 10 2Bs, 14 RBIs, 28 runs.
The shortstop helped lead the Tigers to their first Colonial League title in 15 years. Farthing was selected on the first team of the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association all-state team in Class 4A. In back-to-back victories over Palisades and Notre Dame in April, she piled up three home runs and nine RBIs.
Statistics: .597 BA, 40 XBHs, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs, 45 runs.
The third baseman was selected as first-team Northampton Division all-star. She helped guide the Patriots to their first Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title in program history. Piripavel tallied four RBIs in the Patriots’ 20-0 victory over Nazareth on March 30.
Statistics: .440 BA, 7 2Bs, 3 HRs, 27 RBIs, 25 runs.
The center fielder made the first team of the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association all-state team in Class 4A. She helped lead the Golden Hawks to the District 11 Class 4A title and a berth in the state semifinals. Spigner hit three doubles and drove in five runs in Bethlehem Catholic’s 15-5 win over Blue Mountain in the district semifinals.
Statistics: .443 BA, 3 HRs, 19 XBHs, 39 RBIs, 23 runs.
The outfielder hit three homers and piled up five RBIs in the Crusaders’ 17-11 victory over Northern Lehigh on April 21. Frederick hit a home run in Notre Dame’s 5-2 win over Allentown Central Catholic in a District 11 Class 3A quarterfinal.
The center fielder was selected to the first team of the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association all-state team in Class 3A. She had three RBIs in the Blue Bombers’ 10-0 win over Northern Lehigh on April 9. Serfass also recorded three RBIs in Palmerton’s 18-3 victory over Palisades on May 12.
Statistics: .510 BA, 4 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 33 RBIs, 41 runs.
The catcher/third baseman was named to the first team of the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association all-state team in Class 4A. Barbera was her team’s MVP in 2018, 2019 and 2021. She hit a homer and had three RBIs in the Panthers’ 10-8 victory over Salisbury on April 19.
Statistics: .471 BA, 14 HRs, 67 RBIs.
The shortstop was selected as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Northampton County Division MVP. Stuhldreher helped lead the Konkrete Kids to the District 11 Class 6A championship. She had two doubles and five RBIs in Northampton’s 7-6 win over Bethlehem Catholic on April 1.
Statistics: .383 BA, 11 2Bs, 26 RBIs, 26 runs.
P -- Regina Bangcoro, Easton, Sr.
P -- Carly Gaffney, Palmerton, Fr.
P -- Madison Cunningham, Whitehall, Sr.
P -- Nicky Smith, Bangor, Sr.
P -- Brynn Balliet, Northwestern Lehigh, Jr.
C -- Kaitlyn Fike, Delaware Valley, So.
1B -- Molly Mitman, Northwestern Lehigh, Sr.
2B -- Meghan Hutter, Whitehall, Sr.
SS -- Emily Baumgardt, Palmerton, Sr.
3B -- Holly Walter, Southern Lehigh, Sr.
OF -- Sage Toman, Northwestern Lehigh, Fr.
OF -- Rilee Ehrlacher, Northampton, Jr.
OF -- Brenna Ortwein, Freedom, Sr.
At-large -- Ashley Judd, Bethlehem Catholic, Sr. OF
At-large -- Sarah Harvat, Bangor, Sr. C
P -- Jenna Crampton, Voorhees, Sr.
P -- Olivia Fabiano, Notre Dame, Sr.
P -- Andrea McMahon, Hackettstown, Sr.
P -- Paige Brightwell, Delaware Valley, So.
P -- Delaney Troxell, Catasauqua, Fr.
1B -- Sage Snyder, North Warren, Sr.
2B -- Jordan Merklin, Bethlehem Catholic, Jr.
SS -- Morgan Benner, Southern Lehigh, Jr.
3B -- Grace Reed, North Hunterdon, So.
OF -- Rylee Hobel, Southern Lehigh, Sr.
OF -- Kylie Zentz, Northwestern Lehigh, Sr.
OF -- Jessica Forder, Phillipsburg, Sr.
At-large -- Jennifer Barbera, Saucon Valley, Jr.
At-large -- Rivers Edwards, Nazareth, Sr. C
Allen -- Sr. Alexis Kline.
Bangor -- Sr. 2B/OF Alexandria Carson, So. SS Kristina Langdon, Jr. SS/2B Lexi Bussenger.
Belvidere -- Jr. OF Audrey Charous, So. 3B/SS Kayla Connors, Fr. P/INF Mia Lawson, Fr. P/INF Gianna Nese, Sr. C/OF Hanna Chalmers, Jr. 1B/OF Emily Bellfy, Jr. SS/P Kylie Graham
Bethlehem Catholic -- Sr. SS Abby Rodriguez, Jr. C Teighan Boyle, So. OF Adrianna Truss.
Catasauqua -- Fr. 3B/C Sophia Becker, So. SS/2B/OF Alivia June, Sr. C/3B Hailey Deschaine.
Delaware Valley -- Sr. OF Lucy Nugent.
Easton -- So. C/INF/OF Rozalee Negron, Sr. OF Nequai Fersner, Sr. 1B Christina Clymer, So. DP/2B Sara Clymer.
Emmaus -- So. 2B Daria Krout, Jr. 3B Summer Lenhart, Sr. SS Mara Sisonick, So. OF Shayla Morgan, So. OF Rachel Sherman.
Freedom -- So. SS Julia Heineman, Sr. Corrin Gill.
Hackettstown -- Sr. 3B Marissa Caputo, Sr. 1B Stephanie Snyder, Fr. C Paige Russell, Sr. OF Megan Doyle.
Nazareth -- Sr. OF Madison Griffin, So. P/OF Sydney Harper.
Northampton -- Jr. OF Lily Stuhldreher, Sr. C Jessica Hunt, Jr. 1B Devyn Demchack, Jr. P Kaitlyn Renson, Sr. 3B Kendyll Strohl, Sr. DP Ren Herschman.
North Hunterdon -- Jr. 1B/P Grace Gigliotti, So. 3B/2B Mia Parker, Sr. C Chloe Bean.
North Warren -- Jr. C Olivia DiGiseppi.
Northwestern Lehigh -- Fr. DP Isabelle Akelaitis
Notre Dame -- Sr. SS Bridget Shields, Sr. 3B Bridget Pavelko.
Palisades -- Sr. C Kyleigh Davis, So. SS Ashley Amato.
Palmerton -- Sr. 2B Yesse Olewine.
Parkland -- Jr. C Shana Gugliandolo, Jr. SS Jenna Piatkewicz, Jr. OF Leanna Zagrodnik, Jr. Ellyanna Kromer, Jr. 1B Katie Gontkosy, Sr. 3B Maddie Konapelsky, Sr. DP Gianna Bigley
Phillipsburg -- Fr. C Paige Randazzo, So. 3B Holly Markus, Jr. SS Maggie Segreaves.
Voorhees -- So. 3B Sophia Charleston, So. OF Sofia D’Amelio, So. Kirstyn McKee, Fr. C Kylie Petak.
Warren Hills -- So. C Macy Pagano, Sr. OF Ashley Golden, Jr. 1B/3B Taryn Faccenda, Fr. SS Gianna Marinelli.
Whitehall -- Sr. SS Abigail Reese, So. 3B Jess Spanitz, So. Emma Bonshak, Jr. Mackenzie Laub, Fr. DP Kate Yadush, Sr. OF Abigail Vivian.
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