Catching up with collegiate softball players

Kayla Kline

Editor’s note: Following each collegiate season, we like to catch up with area student-athletes competing at the next level. Today we feature women’s softball. If there’s someone we inadvertantly missed, please email us at sports@standard-journal.com.

Women’s softball

• Kayla Kline, junior, Lycoming College

Mifflinburg Area High School

The honors and accolades received by Kline in 2019 were numerous — not to mention the stats she put up this past season for Lycoming.

Kline, a 5-foot-8 infielder for the Warriors, most recently earned a spot on the Academic All-Middle Atlantic Conference Team for Lycoming. In addition, Kline received Lycoming’s Sol "Woody" Wolf Award, which is given to a junior who has shown the most improvement in the intercollegiate competition in his/her first three years at the college.

Kline also became the first Lycoming softball player in 15 years to earn All-NFCA Region Third-Team honors, and the junior earned All-MAC First Team honors as well for the second time in her career.

Kline finished the season with an MAC Commonwealth-leading .469 batting average (53-for-113, 3rd in program-history), a .708 slugging percentage (3rd in program-history) and a .512 on-base percentage (2nd in program-history).

The Mifflinburg native also produced her second 25-game hitting streak of her career this past season to tie her own program record, while notching multiple hits in 17 games. Kline was named MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week twice, while leading the team in hits (53), doubles (seven), triples (four), home runs (four), runs (26) and RBI (30).

Through two full seasons, Kline is in the school’s career top-10 in batting average (.456, 1st), on-base percentage (.491, 1st), slugging percentage (.676, 2nd), total bases (169, 4th), home runs (eight, 4th), hits (19, 7th), doubles (19, T-7th) and triples (six, T-7th).

Defensively, Kline also posted some solid stats for Lycoming in 2019. In 201 chances in the field, Kline had 85 put-outs (103 assists) for a .935 fielding percentage to along with five double plays turned and only 13 errors committed.

• Taylor Gessner, sophomore, Lycoming College

Meadowbrook Christian School

Gessner, a 5-2 catcher/infielder, followed up a freshman season in which she was an honorable mention All-MAC selection at catcher, by starting all 34 games for the Warriors in 2019.

Offensively, Gessner batted .269 (25-for-93) with 18 runs scored, nine RBI, five doubles, six walks and two stolen bases. Defensively, Gessner posted a .951 fielding percentage with 31 put-outs (47 assists) to go along with two double plays out of 82 chances in the field. She also only made four errors on the year for the Warriors.

• Kacee Reitz, freshman, Lycoming College

Milton Area High School

Reitz, a 5-2 utility player, started 21 games this past season for Lycoming. She posted a .300 batting average (18-for-60) and had 10 RBI, four runs scored, three doubles and three walks.

And despite playing at several different positions for the Warriors, Reitz posted a perfect .1000 fielding percentage in 2019. In 67 total chances, Reitz made 57 put-outs (10 assists) and did not commit a single error. In addition, she turned a double play and threw out four would-be base stealers.

• Katie Koch, freshman, Susquehanna University

Lewisburg Area High School

Koch, a 5-2 catcher, started all 34 games this past season for the River Hawks (20-17). She posted a .245 batting average (24-of-98) with 24 runs scored, 10 walks, nine RBI, five doubles, one stolen base, and she was also hit by a pitch seven times.

Defensively in those 34 games this year, Koch recorded a .953 fielding percentage with 123 put-outs (20 assists) in 150 total chances and committed seven errors. She also threw out two base stealers (out of 24 chances).

In the Landmark Conference Tournament, Koch singled and scored two runs in the opening two games against Catholic and Scranton, but in the deciding game of the championship round Koch stepped up to go 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run, but SU fell to Scranton, 7-2, to miss out on a trip to the Division III championships.

• Chloe Perrin, freshman, Wilson College

Milton Area High School

 Perrin, a 5-4 outfielder, started all 23 games this past season for the Phoenix. She batted .284 (19-for-67) and had 19 RBI, 16 runs scored, 10 walks, seven doubles, one triple and was hit by a pitch twice.

Defensively, Perrin had 19 chances in the field and had 17 put-outs (one assist) and one error for a .947 fielding percentage.

In the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship tournament, Perrin batted 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored; and then had an RBI and a run scored — both against Cedar Crest College — to help the Phoenix reach the Division III national championship tournament for the first time in school history.

In a Division III tournament elimination game against Dickinson on May 11, Perrin batted 1-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs although Wilson (27-8-2) fell by an 8-2 score to see its season come to an end.

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