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Pennridge’s Mayhew mashes for Bloomsburg

DON LEYPOLDT



Pennridge’s Emily Mayhew continues to swing a hot bat for Bloomsburg. The rising senior and older sister of recent Pennridge graduate Andrew Mayhew clubbed .325 with 20 RBIs for the 2017 Huskies.

“My parents put me in tee-ball when I was 4 and I haven’t stopped playing since,” Bloomsburg rising senior outfielder Emily Mayhew mused.

Pennridge’s Mayhew has not stopped hitting or winning, either.

Mayhew earned an outfield spot on the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) Central Division all-conference team in May. She batted .325 with 12 doubles and 20 RBIs in 49 games. In the PSAC tournament, held in Quakertown, Mayhew went 6-for-19 with three runs. She ripped the game-winning single and made two diving grabs in the Huskies’ second-round win over Gannon.

Playing pivotal games so close to her Perkasie home “is really nice because my family is able to come and they don’t have to drive super far,” Mayhew said. “It’s also nice for the younger girls who are following in our footsteps. The high school girls can come and watch. It’s great to have the support from the people from home.”

The Huskies earned a berth to the 2017 NCAA tournament and finished with a 31-20 record.

“Our being best friends off the field helps us to work better and to be successful on the field,” Mayhew speculated. “That helps us a lot. We do a lot of team bonding outside of softball.

“Basically, from the time we get there in August until when we leave in May, we’re with each other constantly. We like to hang out with each other,” she pointed out. “Some teams have to force the girls to hang out with each other. We don’t have to do that. We invite everybody to do things and we try not to exclude anybody, especially the underclassmen and freshmen because they’re coming into a new environment.”

All-conference honors and NCAA trips are not a new environment for Mayhew. Last season, the Huskies went 45-9 and won the PSAC. Mayhew hit .372, slugged .616, belted nine homers and drove in 42 runs. She garnered a spot on the all-PSAC Central team, as well as the all-Atlantic Region squad.

“Emily is a naturally talented athlete with tremendous athleticism. Playing softball seems to come very easily to her,”

Bloomsburg head coach Susan Kocher emailed. “She has great range in the outfield and a strong arm with the ability to throw out runners at home.

“Emily has been a starter since she stepped on campus. She brings outstanding defense to our team and is also one of our best hitters. She handles pressure well and seems to play her best when the pressure is on,” Kocher concluded.

Mayhew made an immediate impact for the Huskies. Her .303 average, 13 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs helped her to win the PSAC Freshman of the Year ... as well as the now familiar spot on the all-conference first team. During eight conference games between April 13 and 19, Mayhew hit .469 with four doubles, four homers – including a grand slam – and 11 RBIs.

That earned her the first of her three PSAC Player of the Week awards.

“I came in the fall, watched the older girls and saw what they were doing,” Mayhew remembered. “I was just trying to compete with them. I knew that if I could compete with them, then I was at the right place.

“As soon as I step on the field, it’s business. I’m there to work hard,” she emphasized. “I’m there to earn a spot, so right from freshman year until now, where I’m going into my senior year, I haven’t stopped. Softball is fun, but it is also work. I’m there to better myself and better the team.”

Mayhew entered this season focusing on her glovework. She made 21 more putouts and one less error this season than in 2016.
“I wanted to improve my defense, so I spent a lot of extra time working on that,” she explained. “In practice, I would go off on my own and work. I actually did see a big improvement in my defense in 2017.”

The Mayhew family will have a minor dilemma next April 17 when Millersville visits Bloomsburg. Emily’s younger brother, Andrew, was a standout pitcher at Pennridge who has committed to play for the Marauders.

“We’ve definitely helped each other. When I was in high school, we would go to the field and work together,” Emily recalled. “He would ask me questions about the recruiting process and what he needed to do for coaches to look at him.”

That time invested working out in high school, and in taking 4-year-old Emily to tee-ball, has paid ample dividends.

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