Two Lackawanna Trail softball players received recognition for their stellar performances on the softball diamond this season, and were named to the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches All-State team released earlier this month.
Senior outfielder Meghan Healey was named to the Class A second team and catcher Mackenzie Duffy was selected as an honorable mention.
They are joined by a record number of players from the league named all-state - 16 in all- including nine first-team selections.
Both girls helped lead the Lady Lions to an 8-7 record and a trip to the District 2 Class A semifinal.
For Healey, the nomination was the icing on the cake for her senior season.
“It’s a huge honor and I feel very accomplished,” she said. “It shows me that all the hard work really paid off in the end.”
Healey joined the Lady Lions for her senior season after playing previously for Tunkhannock, and quickly fit right in with her new team.
“They were all very welcoming from the start and I clicked with them automatically,” Healey said. “They were really supportive and we would help to bring each other up throughout the season. It just wasn’t one person, the whole team helped with my accomplishments.”
Healey finished the season with a team-high 21 RBIs and a .453 average. She started the season off on a torrid pace, going 11 for 14 with a .786 average and leading Division IV in RBIs (10), hits (11), triples (2) and home runs (1).
“I’ve been playing travel ball since I was 12 and have had several hitting coaches throughout my whole life, so I just took all the tips they’ve told me, like staying relaxed and taking it pitch by pitch,” Healey said. “I felt really prepared to go on to college and I’m really excited to see what that will bring me and see if I can keep it going.”
Duffy had an even better season at the plate, batting an even .500 with a team-high in hits (29) and runs scored (25). She also knocked in 12 runs and tied for the team lead in doubles with four.
Healey will continue her academic and athletic career at Southern Connecticut State University.
“When I visited the campus the program seemed great and I fell in love with them automatically.”
Until then, Healey is playing summer ball with the Abington Wildcats to continue polishing her skills before college.