2015 MSA Sports Diamond Dolls
Friday, June 19, 2015 | 1:45 PM
Take a glance at the players on the MSA Diamond Dolls team this year and it’s obvious that youth is served.
The Diamond Dolls is MSA’s girls softball all-star team. It is made up of the top 10 players in the WPIAL, regardless of position. This year’s team includes six non-seniors. The player of the year is a freshman and the team also has a sophomore and four juniors.
Four of the players on the team won WPIAL titles.
Here is a look at the Diamond Dolls all-star team as well as the Player of the Year.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
BAILEY PARSHALL, BELLE VERNON
Yes, a ninth-grader has won the Player of the Year award.
Parshall had a reputation before she ever played a game at Belle Vernon. That’s because she already had accepted a scholarship from Penn State. Parshall did nothing to tarnish that reputation.
Parshall helped Belle Vernon win the WPIAL Class AAA championship. She finished 21-2 as a pitcher and had 214 strikeouts. Opponents hit only .182 against her and she had a 1.47 ERA.
As a hitter, Parshall carried a team-high .418 batting average and a .489 on-base percentage. She had 12 doubles, one triple and 17 RBIs.
MORGAN RYAN, HEMPFIELD
Hempfield won the WPIAL Class AAAA championship and this 10th-grade pitcher had a marvelous season. Ryan had a 19-2 record and struck out 145 in 136 innings. She also had a 0.98 ERA and gave up only 97 hits.
But Ryan also was a catalyst for the Hempfield offense, collecting four home runs and 23 RBIs.
MACY MULARSKI, YOUGH
Macy paraded to 17 wins and helped Yough earn a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA title game before losing to Belle Vernon. She finished 17-4 with a 0.95 ERA. She was overpowering at times, recording 213 strikeouts for the season.
CASEY FARKASOVSKY, BEAVER
Farkasovsky was a standout pitcher for the Bobcats, but Beaver also benefitted from Casey at the bat. Farkasovsky was 10-2 with 86 strikeouts and five shutouts. But she also batted .454.
MADI BEINING, NORTH ALLEGHENY
North Allegheny came close to winning a WPIAL championship, losing to Hempfield in the Class AAAA final. North Allegheny followed Beining’s lead all season.
Beining struck out more than one an inning. She had 166 in 156 innings, to along with a 1.15 ERA. She allowed 98 hits and had eight shutouts. Beining also had three home runs and 15 RBIs on offense.
CLAIRE OBERDORF, GREENSBURG-SALEM
There aren’t many WPIAL players who can say they had almost three dozen home runs in their career. But Oberdorf can make the claim. Oberdorf was a four-year starter and hit an amazing 30 home runs in her career, an extremely high number for a WPIAL player.
As a senior, Oberdorf got a hit in three of four at bats. She batted .775 (30 of 41) and also walked 14 times. She had 10 home runs, eight doubles and four triples to go along with 19 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. She is an excellent athlete. She was the second-leading scorer in WPIAL girls basketball this past season.
Oberdorf will play next year Marist, a Division I college where her sister, Jayne, also plays.
MARIA TALIANI, DEER LAKES
Taliani had one of the most unforgettable performances on the WPIAL’s grand stage. In the WPIAL Class AA championship game this year, Taliani smacked three home runs, including a grand slam. There are no records to prove it, but no WPIAL officials could ever remember a player hitting three home runs in the title game.
But Taliani’s power wasn’t just a one-game display. She hit 10 home runs this season for the WPIAL champs and PIAA runner-up. She also had more than 35 RBIs and hit better than .400. She did it all under the watchful eye of her father, Deer Lakes coach Craig Taliani.
LAUREN ZOLA, SETON-LaSALLE
Zola was a Rebel with a cause – striking out opponents. Zola finished as the WPIAL leader in strikeouts with 242, including 20 in one game. She had a 16-2 record with a 0.60 ERA. She also had one no-hitter and six one-hitters and 12 shutouts. On top of that, she batted .339.
Zola was a four-year starter who finished her career with a 55-10 record and 737 strikeouts. She will play next season at IUP.
OLIVIA GRAY, TRINITY
Trinity’s offense certainly had a Gray-ish tint to it this season. Gray helped Trinity reach the PIAA Class AAA championship game as she batted .611. She showed plenty of power as more than half of her hits went for extra bases. She had 15 doubles, four triples and seven home runs and struck out only once all season while walking 19 times. Also, she had a .696 on-base percentage. She was coached by her father, Shawn.
Olivia, also an excellent defensive player, will play next season at Pitt.
MADDIE LUDROSKY, JEFFERSON-MORGAN
Jefferson-Morgan won a WPIAL softball championship for the first time in school history, and Ludrosky was one of the main reasons. Ludrosky had a 15-3 record this season with 170 strikeouts. She pitched a three-hitter and struck out 12 in the WPIAL Class A title game against Chartiers-Houston.
Ludrosky had two no-hitters and eight shutouts.
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