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Godber, Clippinger and High named All-State
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
When the red light was on, Cassidy Godber was on top of her game for the Warwick softball team.
Ditto for Manheim Central’s Aerika High and Rachel Clippinger, whose consistent play in the middle of the Lady Barons’ lineup was a major boost to the team.
All three players were selected to the 2013 Pennsylvania High School Coaches All-State teams, which were announced last Friday.
Godber, one of eight L-L League players who earned First-Team honors, picked up her first berth on the Quad-A squad.
High, who was named Second-Team All-State in 2011 at third base, picked up Triple-A First-Team accolades at shortstop, while Clippinger, an Honorable Mention selection in 2012, received Second-Team recognition at first base.
"I was happy for (Cassidy)," said Don Miller, who recently stepped down as Warwick’s coach. "She’s been a four-year starter, so over the years, she’s built up a reputation as being a very solid defensive outfielder and she’s got a great arm and she’s gotten some big hits for us over the years."
"Consistency for both (Aerika and Rachel) I would say (was their greatest attribute)," MC skipper Steve Ginder said. "They came through when we needed it. The talent is certainly there."
As it was, too, for Godber, who batted .364, leading the team in runs scored (19) while finishing second in hits (24) in her senior season at the top of the order for the Lady Warriors, who advanced to the District Three playoff quarterfinals.
"She has a knack for getting a big hit in big games," Miller said. "She seems to always make big plays in those situations, whether it’s throwing somebody out. Like I said, she’s got probably one of the best arms in the league, as far as I’m concerned. So whether it’s throwing somebody out in a key situation or making a great catch or getting a big hit, she just seems to have a knack for making a big play in a big situation. Those are things that catch people’s eye."
Playing center field for the Warwick girls, Godber recorded 37 putouts this spring, with two outfield assists in 20 games. She also delivered 10 RBI’s, one double and one triple, with an on-base percentage of .432 and a slugging percentage of .409. She was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
"I’m happy for her – she’s a really good outfielder, so she’s deserving of the credit," Miller remarked.
Clippinger and High, meanwhile, were two key forces in helping to lead the Lady Barons to the L-L championship game and the District Three playoff semi-finals.
High batted .541 with seven home runs, 35 RBI’s, batting 46-for-85 with a .976 slugging percentage.
"I’m certainly very proud of (Aerika) – it’s well deserved, she’s worked very hard the last few years," Central skipper Steve Ginder said.
The Wagner University recruit, batting third in the lineup, also chipped in with eight doubles, four triples and compiled an on-base percentage of .573.
"She was very consistent – exactly what we needed to have, somebody that could drive the runs in and make contact, and she did that," Ginder remarked.
Across the diamond at first base, Clippinger hit .310 with 26 hits, 10 runs scored, eight RBI’s and on-base percentage of .326 in the Lady Barons’ clean-up spot. She also added three doubles and two triples.
"It certainly shows that her hard work has paid off," Ginder said of Clippinger, who played error-free ball at first. "She was very much our team leader and certainly came through in that aspect."
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