May 9—Riverview graduate Molly Collins has been a key factor this season for the Penn State New Kensington softball team.
The Lions freshman outfielder went 2 for 3 with two doubles and four runs batted in as PSNK rolled past Penn State Beaver, 9-0, on May 1 in the first round of the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs.
The win put PSNK at 13-12 for the season and earned the team a trip to the double-elimination final four Sunday and Monday in DuBois.
The two hits against PSU Beaver marked the sixth time this season Collins tallied multiple hits in a game.
Heading into the final four, Collins owned a .313 batting average (25 for 80) with a home run, 20 RBIs and 12 runs scored in 24 games played.
Logan Schlegel (Plum)
The Clarion freshman posted a 3-1 record in five appearances (four starts) for the Clarion baseball team through its 31st game of the season May 3 against Mercyhurst. In his start May 1 against IUP, Schlegel pitched seven innings and gave up just three hits, two walks and one earned run while striking out six as the Eagles scored a 5-1 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader. It was his second complete game of the season.
Gabby Fischetti (Plum)
The freshman catcher on the Northwest Florida State Junior College women's softball team earned all-conference first-team honors in the Florida College System Activities Association after batting a team-best .467 over 47 games with 19 doubles, second most in the FCSAA. She posted a .526 on-base percentage and a .800 slugging percentage. Of her 63 hits, 28 went for extra bases as she also collected a triple and eight home runs, finishing with 49 RBIs. Northwest Florida State, which plays in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association, finished its season 35-17 overall.
Cal Fisher (Riverview)
The Penn State junior opposite hitter has been named the Off the Block National Server of the Year for NCAA men's volleyball in a vote by a national committee of 25 coaches and media members. The 2021 NCAA All-American recorded a nation-best 60 service aces (0.750 per set). His service-ace total ranks fourth in Penn State single-season history. Fisher moved into the top 10 in school history for career service aces with 95 since the start of the 2019 season. The lefty's seven service aces in a match against NJIT on Feb. 13 tied for second-most nationally in any match this season.
Sam Casile (Plum)
The sophomore defender/midfielder on the Washington & Jefferson women's lacrosse team was a defensive stalwart with four ground balls and three caused turnovers in W&J's 17-12 Presidents' Athletic Conference semifinal victory over Franciscan on April 28. The top-seeded Presidents went on to rout Thiel, 18-3, May 1 to claim the PAC championship and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. W&J will play in the third round Saturday.
Justin DeCheck (Plum)
The Gannon sophomore swimmer earned six podium finishes and several personal-best times April 21-22 at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships. He picked up a pair of All-PSAC honors with a third in the 100-yard backstroke (50.78 seconds) and a second as part of the 400 free relay (3:04.88). He also took fourth in the 200 back and 800 free relay and fifth in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.
Joey DeCheck (Plum)
The Gannon freshman made his PSAC championships debut and helped the Knights' 200 free relay place second and earn all-conference honors with a time of 1:25.72. He also earned All-PSAC honors with brother Justin on the second-place 400 free relay. He also was a part of the fourth-place 800 free relay (6:56.78).
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