Jones, Minney, Treibley receive All-State honors

By on July 10, 2019
Lititz Record file photos Warwick junior third baseman Danielle Jones fires across the diamond for an out this season.

Warwick junior third baseman Danielle Jones fires across the diamond for an out this season.

Last week, there were even more.

Junior third baseman Danielle Jones took home First-Team honors on the PAHSSBCA All-State 6A team, while senior shortstop Marissa Treibley and sophomore outfielder Katelyn Minney received Second-Team accolades.

All three were instrumental in leading the Warriors (18-5) to their first Section One title since 2015, then to the Lancaster-Lebanon League semi-finals, District Three 6A championship game and PIAA State playoffs.

“We were hoping that Bru (senior second baseman Catie Brubaker) might have gotten into that mix as well,” Hough said, “but I thought for all three of them, it was pretty impressive in light of what we accomplished this year to see them get those honors.”

This was just the latest recognition for Jones, Minney and Treibley, who were earlier named Section One First-Team.

Jones was shifted to what Hough said was her “natural position” this season after playing outfield as a freshman and shortstop in her sophomore season.

“I think quite frankly moving (Danielle) to third really allowed her to play the game she was capable of,” Warwick’s skipper remarked.

That was evident early on, when the smooth-fielding infielder snared a line drive and tug out a Penn Manor base runner retreating to third for a game-ending double play, clinching a 5-2 win.

Alas, when the Warriors and Comets played in Millersville on April 26, Jones assisted on another game-ending twin-killing.

“That’s just the way she plays the game,” Hough said, “and when every game ended, she was physically and emotionally exhausted.”

Jones played the game with passion. And she played it intensity.

Senior shortstop Marissa Treibley was a key player for the Warriors this spring, not only in the middle of the infield, but also in the pitcher’s circle.

Senior shortstop Marissa Treibley was a key player for the Warriors this spring, not only in the middle of the infield, but also in the pitcher’s circle.

At times, however, Hough had to be a little bit forgiving. During pre-game, Jones could be somewhat of a character.

“You catch her singing and dancing, and the casual passer-by might think, ‘Man, that kid is not at all prepared to play this game,’ and yet, I have to allow that,” Hough said, “because once she gets on the field, she is so intense. She’s one of the few players who can flip a switch and be in game mode once that first pitch is thrown.”

Batting in the middle of the Warriors’ order, Jones batted a team-high .514 (37-for-72) and led the squad with 30 RBI and six triples, in addition to scoring 23 runs.

“She’s a very talented player,” Hough said.

So, too, is Minney.

While splitting duties in the pitcher’s circle with Treibley, “Lefty” led the team in wins with a 10-3 record, 1.69 ERA, while striking out 123 batters and walking just 13 in 95 innings.

But it was in the outfield where she was named All-State, playing errorless ball with three OF assists.

“Lefty was definitely deserving of that award as an All-Star just because of how she’s played the last two years,” Hough remarked.

Minney also batted .451 (32-for-71) and led the team with 28 runs scored and seven doubles, along with adding 12 RBI.

Having players like Minney and Jones in the top four of his lineup was a treat for Hough.

“You almost get to a point as coach where you just are wondering where they’re going to hit it,” Hough said, “and it’s almost conceivable to think that they’re going to make an out.”

Those two illustrated the threat they were in the Warriors’ lineup in their 1-0 eight-inning win over Central York in the District Three 6A quarterfinals.

Twice, Minney got on base and went to third on a sacrifice by Brubaker. On the second of those two opportunities, Minney scored the game-winning run on Jones’ walk-off RBI hit.

“I think that’s a great exclamation point on why those two made First-Team and Second-Team All-State,” Hough said. “You see where two kids are putting something like that together and it makes it a lot of fun.”

Warwick sophomore Katelyn Minney batted .462 for the Warriors this spring, leading the team in runs scored (28) and doubles (7).

Warwick sophomore Katelyn Minney batted .462 for the Warriors this spring, leading the team in runs scored (28) and doubles (7).

As a pitcher, Minney defeated the Panthers’ Bri Smith in that game and then went toe-to-toe with N.C. State-recruit Sam Gress in the District Three 6A championship game, suffering a tough 1-0 loss.

Her devastating change-up is a serious weapon in her pitching arsenal.

“Oh my God, and the funny thing is, you can see when she’s throwing it,” Hough said. “The other team can yell, ‘change-up,’ and the (batter) sees it coming and they think, ‘I’ve got this thing lined up,’ and then the bottom falls out of it.”

With Treibley, the Warriors had a solid 1-2 punch at the pitcher’s spot.

“Marissa had a tremendous senior year,” Hough said. “We asked a lot of her from pitching and then moving to shortstop. It’s two positions that are so vital in terms of, you have to concentrate on the batters you’re facing and how you’re going to attack them, and then you have to go to almost being the captain of the left side of the infield and making sure that you know where to cover and where to be on every play.”

Concentrate she did.

Remarkably, in 41 2/3 innings pitched this spring, Treibley didn’t walk a single batter.

“I think that’s probably one of the most amazing stats out there,” Hough said of Treibley, who finished 8-0, 1.51 ERA with 52 strikeouts.

It wasn’t just in the circle where Treibley delivered, however. She also hit .462 (30-for-65) with 24 RBI and six doubles.

“The way that she was able to balance two different defensive positions and then to be able to do what she did offensively was just outstanding,” Hough said.

Handling 38 total chances, the sure-handed Treibley had 23 putouts and 15 assists, while turning one double play, all while playing errorless ball.

“She played a very consistent shortstop,” Hough said.

All stuff for which to be very proud.

 

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