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Raiders, Falcons land 13 on all-star team

Posted 6/17/14

It was a landmark season for the Middletown and Lower Dauphin softball teams – and it showed in the Mid-Penn Conference all-star selections.Five Middletown players and eight Lower Dauphin players were named to the all-star team in the Keystone …

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Raiders, Falcons land 13 on all-star team

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It was a landmark season for the Middletown and Lower Dauphin softball teams – and it showed in the Mid-Penn Conference all-star selections.
Five Middletown players and eight Lower Dauphin players were named to the all-star team in the Keystone Division.

For the Blue Raiders, the 2014 season ended with a stunning 3-2 victory over Lower Dauphin, the Falcons’ only division defeat of the year. It marked the first time in years that the Raiders beat the rival Falcons.


It also marked the first time in school history that both the softball and baseball teams qualified for the District 3 playoffs in the same year.

The softball Raiders (12-6) qualified for the District 3 Class AAA playoffs, losing a tough 1-0 decision to Kennard-Dale in the first round.

Lower Dauphin reached the finals of the PIAA Class AAAA championship game for the first time in school history, losing the title to Souderton, 8-3 on Friday, June 13 at Penn State.

Middletown’s first-team all-stars and honorable mentions are:
• Emilee Ernst, shortshop, a senior who hit .384 and drove in 17 runs
• Halle Marion, center fielder, a junior who hit .541 with four home runs, drove in 27 runs and stole 20 bases; it is the third time she was named a first-team all-star
 • Emily Mattes, catcher, a senior who hit .406 with eight triples and drove in 17 runs
• Sarah Gossard, pitcher, who compiled a 13-6 record with a 2.52 earned run average and struck out 140 batters
It is the third time Marion was named a first-team all-star in the division.


Carlie Wolfe, Middletown’s left fielder, received an honorable mention. Wolfe, a senior, hit .352 and drove in 13 runs.

Lower Dauphin had four players named to the first-team:
• pitcher Ava Bottiglia, a freshman
• third baseman Sam Gorman
• first baseman Maddi Kotchey
• second baseman Maddi Lilliock

Four other Falcons received an honorable mention: catcher Shelby Alcorn, outfielder Tiffany Grubb, third baseman Emily Lingle and shortstop Kaylee Stoner.

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