Five area players named to CL softball first team
Five Times News area players received First Team honors on the Colonial League all-star softball team.
Palmerton had three of its players named, while Northern Lehigh and Northwestern each had one.
The Blue Bombers were represented by first baseman Kailah Altemose, outfiedler Paige Shupp and pitcher Lexi Merkel.
The Bulldogs’ Lauren Hoffman and Tigers’ Emily Akelaitis both made the squad as at-large selections.
In addition to its trio of first-teamers, Palmerton also had two players make the Second Team. They were third baseman Amanda Lalik and outfielder Madison Filey. Northwestern outfielder Molly Mitman was also chosen to the Second Team.
2019 Colonial League Softball All-Star Team
First base - Kailah Altemose, senior, Palmerton; Second base - Sydney Stine, senior, Southern Lehigh; Shortstop - Ashley Errico, junior, Wilson; Third base - Brianna Coyle, junior, Wilson; Outfield - Paige Shupp, senior, Palmerton; Peyton Stauffer, senior, Salisbury; Gianna Ianni, senior, Pen Argyl; Caitlyn Frederick, sophomore, Notre Dame; Catcher - Sarah Harvat, sophomore, Bangor; Pitcher - Lexi Merkel, junior, Palmerton; Emily Silberman, junior, Salisbury; At Large - Emily Akelaitis, senior, Northwestern; Lauren Hoffman, junior, Northern Lehigh.
First base - Mollie Veres, junior, Wilson; Second base - Gabrielle Weaver, senior, Pen Argyl; Shortstop - Bridget Shields, sophomore, Notre Dame; Third base - Amanda Lalik, senior, Palmerton; Outfield - Morgan Karasek, junior, Bangor; Molly Mitman, sophomore, Northwestern; Madison Finley, senior, Palmerton; Cassie Yesalonia, senior, Southern Lehigh; Pitcher - Ashlee Wood, senior, Wilson.
First base - Sky Gilligan, junior, Bangor; Ashley Sisco, senior, Northwestern; Gretchen Helsel, senior, Salisbury; Second base - Jenna Learn, senior, Bangor; Shortstop - Morgan Farthing, freshman, Northwestern; Morgan Benner, freshman, Southern Lehigh; Dani Hess, junior, Bangor; Thrird base - Brynn Balliet, freshman, Northwestern; Cheyenne Guinan, senior, Palisades; Emma Rudolph, freshman, Saucon Valley; Outfield - Lia Boyd, senior, Southern Lehigh; Mackenzie Rooks, sophomore, Wilson; Catcher - Eryn Binner, junior, Wilson; Sara Lamana, senior, Salisbury; Anna Akelaitis, junior, Northwestern; Pitcher - Nikki Smith, sophomore, Bangor.