Two area standout softball players who have gone onto play in college earned recognition recently.
The pitching of Elk Lake graduate Whitney Tyler, a sophomore at Keuka College and Lackawanna Trail’s Ally Decker, from Alvernia, put the athletes on the radar.
Tyler was named North Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week two weeks in a row for the weeks of March 25 and April 1.
The sophomore pitcher opened the week with a non-conference game against Houghton College. The Wolves and the Highlanders took the game to extra innings scoreless. Tyler threw the complete game for the Wolves where the only run allowed was the runner placed on second for the international tie-break to start the eighth inning.
Tyler then followed that up with a two-hit, career-best-tying eight strikeout performance in a five-inning victory over Wells College, shutting out the Express. Over the weekend, she continued her strong play as she threw the second no-hitter of her career. The sophomore did not allow a hit in a five-inning victory over SUNY Poly in the first NEAC doubleheader of the spring season.
On the season, Tyler is leading the North Eastern Athletic Conference with two shutouts and a 1.24 earned run average. Tyler also ranks sixth in the NEAC with 27 strikeouts this season.
Decker was named Alvernia Athlete of the Week for her performance during the week of March 25 - March 31.
Decker went 2-0 in three starts this week for Alvernia with a 2.78 ERA. She allowed six runs (five earned) over 16.2 innings pitched with nine strikeouts. She started the week with a complete game shutout against Stevenson, striking out five. She then struck out one in 4.2 innings pitched against Immaculata. She capped off the week with a complete game win over Messiah, striking out three and allowing seven hits.