JACKSON TWP — It was a day to look toward the future.
Seneca Valley senior softball players Kearson Wagner (Edinboro), Julia Ehrman (Robert Morris) and Lindsay Hans (Chatham) recently shared their national letter of intent signing day with each other.
“All three of us are going to be outfielders on this year's team and I thought that was pretty cool,” said Wagner, who made first-team All-State last year after starring in left field for the Raiders. “I think we're going to have a really good season together.”
Ehrman will return as a starter in center field this spring while Hans, who was a key reserve on last year's 15-6 team that made it to the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals, is a top candidate to start in right field.
If that turns out to be SV's starting outfield, opponents may find the gaps hard to come by.
“Those three bring a lot of speed and that would help us out big time,” he said. “Their defense is phenomenal and they can cover a lot of ground.”
It didn't take long for Edinboro to sell itself to Wagner, of Evans City, who will major in speech pathology.
“I took my first visit there in July. Things really clicked for me with the girls and coaches and I thought, “I think I could really go here.'”
Wagner, expected to again be SV's leadoff hitter, batted .500 and drove in 23 runs as a junior.
“I've been playing competitive softball since I was 9 and can't imagine being done with it (after high school).”
With Ehrman batting in the No. 2 spot behind Wagner, the Raiders had a very potent 1-2 punch at the top of their lineup, something they hope to duplicate next season.
Ehrman, from Cranberry Township, batted .351 last spring with an on-base percentage of .493. She led the team in runs scored (18), stolen bases (9) and walks (10). She has started since her freshman year.
“When she gets on base, we score runs,” Trew said.
Several factors played into Ehrman's decision to go to RMU.
“I want to go into the medical field and Robert Morris is very close to Pittsburgh,” she said. “It also will allow my parents and family to come see me play and that was important.”
Hans made the most of her limited opportunities as a junior. She batted .667 (6-for-9) and scored 17 runs, second on the team.
“She ran for our pitchers and catcher,” said Trew. “She was behind three all-stars last year, including her older sister, Madison.”
“It was challenging coming in off the bench, but I knew if I wanted to see the field, I had to do my best with the opportunities,” said Hans. “I'm working hard to make sure I earn that starting spot. I'm really looking forward to it.”
Hans will study nursing at Chatham.
Wagner, Ehrman and Hans are close friends outside of softball, which made signing day a bit more memorable.
“It made me realize how fortunate we are to have friends on and off the field,” Hans said.
“Seeing those two sign along with me, I know they will go on to do great things,” said Ehrman.
And as for their last season as teammates, Ehrman has high hopes.
“We have a great team, a solid group of girls coming back,” she said. “There's a lot of chemistry between us and that should help.”