LAGRANGE — Keystone’s seniors had another chance to dominate on their home field Tuesday night and they did, sweeping the awards at the annual Lorain County Senior All-Star Games.
Shortstop Summer Constable was named Lorain County Miss Softball and catcher Destiny Weber won the Lorain County Coaches Association Senior Player of the Year award.
It was only fitting the two seniors who have played together since they were 10 shared the spotlight to end their high school careers.
“There were a lot of good players in Lorain County this year. It’s a real hotbed for softball so it was a surprise for me to win this award,” Weber said. “It’s special to share this day with Summer. We’ve been together through travel ball, high school, the whole recruiting process and playing in a state final. It’s been an awesome ride.”
Weber finished the year with a .471 average, 16 extra-base hits and 38 RBIs.
She also played spectacular defense with only one error all season.
Constable became the 12th Keystone player, and the third in five years, to win the Miss Softball award.
“I’m very thankful and glad my hard work was able to be recognized,” Constable said. “But I couldn’t have done it without teammates, parents, coaches and the support of our community.”
“It was amazing looking up in the stands at the state finals and seeing that ‘Sea of Purple.’ We have the best fans in all of Lorain County.”
Constable hit .582 with 11 home runs, six triples, 28 RBIs and a team-leading 20 stolen bases. Her average was the fifth-best in Keystone history.
“Both girls are really deserving of these awards,” Wildcats coach Jim Piazza said. “They have worked extremely hard, put in a lot of time playing travel ball all over the country. It’s amazing to see the effort they both put into their game.”
Next year the friends and teammates will be opponents in the Big Ten with Weber headed to Penn State and Constable going to Purdue.
“They had great careers,” Piazza said. “I’ve had the chance to watch them mature both as players and as young ladies. So many people have had a part in this — their parents, their families, the community and everyone associated with the softball program.”
While at Keystone, Weber and Constable went 104-20, won four Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division titles, three district championships, two regional championships and a state semifinal game. Weber set the state tournament record for most RBIs in a Division II state tournament game with six.
Weber, who set a Division II state tournament record with six RBIs in that semifinal, said she would not have accomplished all that she has without the support of her mother, Leeann.
“My mom has sacrificed so much for me,” she said. “I would not be here without her. She’s always there to yell at me when I need to be yelled at and tell me what I need to do.”
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