C-H Briggs shares MVP honor

Published Jul 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm (Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm)

Pick any position in softball and Kayla Briggs can play it. But, she pitches best.

After earning All-State honors playing first base as a freshman and right field as a sophomore, Briggs moved to the mound. She has dominated ever since.

Kayla earned all-state, all-district, all-section and all-Almanac honors, three times. Plus, she finished No. 10 for PA Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in 2012 and duplicated her Almanac MVP effort for 2013.

In earning the distinction last season, Briggs ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL with a 25-2 record and 215 Ks. And, though Chartiers-Houston moved from Class A to AA this spring, Briggs had the Buccaneers poised to defend their WPIAL title until her elbow and shoulder gave out. In plenty of pain, she still managed to play as much as she could but she was unable to pitch in the final two playoff games. The Bucs reached the district semifinals but lost to eventual WPIAL champion and PIAA runner-up, Riverside.

State semifinalists last year, C-H lost in the first round of the PIAA playoffs to Phillipsburg-Osceola, 4-1, and finished 19-2 overall. They were Section 2-AA champs with a 12-0 mark.

Briggs keyed that success. The all-section selection finished 17-1 on the mound. In 103 innings, she struck out 172 and owned a 1.22 ERA. Opponents batted .155 against her.

Offensively, Briggs continued to swing a hot stick. She batted .429. With five doubles, six triples and one homer, her slugging percentage soared to .714 and she maintained a .525 on-base percentage. Briggs led the Bucs with 32 runs scored. She drove in 16.

Briggs finished her career with a .518 batting average. She clubbed 29 doubles and 22 triples in her career.

“Kayla had an amazing season once again and closed out her career with some great statistics,” said CM manager Tricia Alderson. “We are proud of everything she has done for out team and the program. We know she was hurting most of the season and did her best to continue to pitch and play as hard as she could.

“While, we wish her the best of luck in the future, we know that Kayla will be very tough to replace.”

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