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Adams leads all-state selections

By Tom Robinson,

Pittston Area sophomore Gianna Adams, who tossed a shutout in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 5A state championship game, led a large representation of District 2 players when the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association named its all-state team June 30.

Adams went 21-0 with an 0.88 earned run average for the unbeaten Lady Patriots. She struck out 214 and walked just 33 in 128 innings.

“We know every game, going in, that we’re in the game because we have her,” Pittston Area coach Frank Parente said. “She was like an artist with her ability to locate.”

Adams had two district tournament no-hitters, a one-hitter against the defending state champions in the quarterfinals and a two-hitter in the state final. She shut out four of seven postseason opponents.

The list of District 2 players honored as well as the other state award winners:

District 2 selections:

Emily HennDelaware Valley6AFirstCatcher
Gianna AdamsPittston Area5AFirstPitcher
Mia ButkaWest Scranton5AFirstPitcher
Ava CallahanPittston Area5AFirstCatcher
Lauren StalicaAbington Heights5AFirstFirst base
Olivia DougherWest Scranton5AFirstThird base
Tori ParaPittston Area5AFirstShortstop
Sage WeidlichPittston Area5AFirstOutfield
Megan HeardAbington Heights5AFirstUtility
Maranda RuncoMid Valley3AFirstPitcher
Isabella SummaWest Scranton5ASecondCatcher
Kallie BoothPittston Area5ASecondOutfield
Gianna RussoWest Scranton5ASecondOutfield
Bryn StilesAbington Heights5ASecondOutfield
Marina AntalPittston Area5ASecondDesignated player
Bella GiardinaPittston Area5ASecondUtility
Kaya HannonTunkhannock4ASecondPitcher
Paige MarabellTunkhannock4ASecondCatcher
Gabby WoodTunkhannock4ASecondFirst base
Ella McNeffTunkhannock4ASecondSecond base
Victoria SpacianoDallas4ASecondShortstop
Hannah JamesTunkhannock4ASecondOutfield
Jocelyn WilliamsWyoming Area4ASecondOutfield
Emily SchultzTunkhannock4ASecondUtility
Courtney RebarMid Valley3ASecondFirst base
Emma ConteDunmore3ASecondDesignated player

State Award winners

Overall Position Player of the YearCatcher Deirdre FlahertyMount Lebanon
Co-Overall Pitcher of the YearPayton ListBeaver Area
Co-Overall Pitcher of the YearJulia ShearerLansdale North Penn
Class 6A Position Player of the YearSecond baseman Emily RiggsPenn Manor
Class 6A Pitcher of the YearJules ScognaSpring-Ford
Class 5A Position Player of the YearCatcher Bella MackisonDonegal
Class 5A Pitcher of the YearGianna AdamsPittston Area
Class 4A Position Player of the YearOutfielder Maren MetikoshOxford Area
Class 4A Pitcher of the YearEmma HippsClearfield
Class 3A Position Player of the YearThird baseman Lacey LynnCentral
Class 3A Pitcher of the YearMea ConsentinoCentral Columbia
Class 2A Position Player of the YearFirst baseman Natalie BowserKeystone
Class 2A Pitcher of the YearAddy FryeNeshannock
Class A Position Player of the YearSecond baseman Anna GunbyConemaugh Valley
Class A Pitcher of the YearFaith PersingMontgomery

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