One of the area's truly elite pitchers will be taking her game to the next level this fall.
Wallenpaupack Area ace Brittany Guerrieri recently announced that she'll be continuing her academic and softball careers at Kutztown University.
"I definitely think that she can do well there," said Coach Dan Gumble.
"Brittany is a very hard worker and she's come a long way in the past couple of years. If she keeps doing what she's been doing and stays focused, there's no reason she can't succeed at the college level."
Bit of Bio
Brittany is the daughter of Steve & Susan Guerrieri, Hawley.
The fireballing senior righty has been the ace of Paupack's staff for the past two years, amassing gaudy numbers in the circle.
As a junior, Guerrieri posted a dazzling 15-4 record in leading the Lady Bucks to a second straight division title.
In addition, Paupack advanced to the District Two Class AAAA semis before finally being eliminated by Hazleton.
Last year, Guerrieri pitched in all 19 varsity games and wrought an ERA of 2.62. She piled up 79 strikeouts in 120 innings pitched and issued just 49 free passes.
Enemy batsmen managed just a paltry .246 batting average against her.
Brittany was no slouch with the bat either. She hit .373 as a junior with six doubles, 13 runs scored and 16 RBIs. Incredibly, she fanned just four times in 66 plate appearances.
On the heels of this stellar campaign, Brittany was one of five Lady Bucks named to the Lackawanna League's First Team All Stars in Division One.
She joined teammates Emily Winkler, Nicki Mann, Katie Marro and Caitling Donahue on this mythical squad.
Page 2 of 2 - Guerrieri has earned a slew of individual awards over the course of her high school diamond career,
Included among those are Junior Varsity Offensive Player of the Year ('09), Junior Varsity Defensive Player of the Year ('09) and Varsity Defensive Player of the Year ('12).
A New Chapter
Guerrieri is far from a "one hit wonder" on the local scholastic scene.
Brittany works every bit as hard in the classroom as she does on the diamond and is very involved in extra-curricular activities.
She's a fixture both on the Honor Roll and in the National Honor Society. She also participates in the Student Council and Students Against Drunk Driving.
Brittany is also active during the so-called "off-season," playing with the Tri-State Angels travel team. There, she showed her versatility by pitching, playing first base, third base and in the outfield.
Last summer, Guerrieri compiled a robust .358 batting average for Coach Angelo Matz's squad. She also collected 21 RBIs and tallied 10 times.
Thus far in 2013, Brittany leads all Division Two twirlers with six wins and a 2.60 ERA. She's also second in strikeouts with 32 trailing only Lauren Antosh of North Pocono (35).
When Guerrieri finally brings down the curtain on her scholastic career, Kutztown University will be getting one of the best pitchers to emerge from this area in quite some time.
The Golden Bears are coached by the legendary Judy Lawes who's been in the Kutztown dugout for the past 26 seasons.
This spring, the Bears are ranked 10th in Division II with a 25-21 overall record.