East Xtra: Oberdorf was Golden Lions 'golden girl'

High School Athlete of the Year

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Since basketball season started in early December, there has been very little "offseason" for Greensburg Salem's Jayne Oberdorf.

The 23-game, three-month long basketball season gave way to a 25-game, three-month long softball season that gave way to a summer softball travel league schedule that featured multiple games on nearly every weekend.

The only thing more consistent than Oberdorf's demanding sports schedule was her performance.

In her senior year at Greensburg Salem Oberdorf was named to the East Xtra Fabulous Five all-star team for basketball and named the East Xtra Player of the Year for softball.

Now Oberdorf can add one more accolade from the Post-Gazette -- East Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

On the basketball court, the 5-foot-4 guard averaged a team-high 16.8 points per game, leading the Golden Lions to a WPIAL Class AAA playoff berth and a 10-2 record and the runner-up spot to Uniontown in Section 3.

It was on the softball diamond where Oberdorf shined the brightest.

A four-year starter and three-year starting pitcher, Oberdorf compiled a 48-8 career record with more than 500 strikeouts while helping her team win three consecutive section titles. She saved the best for last with a 21-1 record and 239 strikeouts as a senior while batting .390.

On the biggest stage, Oberdorf was at her best.

She led Greensburg Salem to its inaugural WPIAL softball championship with a dominating performance in an 8-0 win against Ambridge Area. Oberdorf tossed her 14th shutout of the season in the WPIAL final, giving up four hits and striking out 10.

"She just pitched so great in the playoffs," Greensburg Salem softball coach Jody Morgan said. "There was nothing more we could have asked of her. She pitched every game like it was her last game, she pitched her heart out. She is the best pitcher I have ever been around."

The Golden Lions reached the PIAA quarterfinals where Oberdorf fired one of her best games of the season in a losing effort. Oberdorf threw a one-hitter against District 10 champion Fort LeBoeuf but she was a tough-luck loser in a 1-0 game.

"Definitely the WPIAL title stands out the most," Oberdorf said of her four-year career. "Greensburg Salem softball has never experienced that before."

A week after the game, Oberdorf was back on the softball diamond playing with her travel team, the Steel City Cyclones. She was also spending time this summer working out of Hempfield with her pitching coach teaching pitching lessons.

"She's the real deal," Morgan said. "She's a pitcher who's gotten a Division I scholarship and that's what it takes to win."

In late August Oberdorf will head to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to begin her collegiate career at Marist College.

"I am super excited," Oberdorf said. "I have been really working hard. I am going to go and do whatever it takes. I really liked the coach and all the girls there and being in New York, it is something totally different and something I really wanted to experience. I knew I wanted to go there as soon as I got on campus."

Oberdorf started at shortstop on the varsity softball team as a freshman. She moved to pitcher as a sophomore and led the Golden Lions to three consecutive section titles while compiling a 31-1 section record.

In her sophomore year Greensburg Salem was eliminated in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. As a junior, Oberdorf led the team to the WPIAL semifinals where the Lions lost, 2-1, against Elizabeth Forward.

The postseason heartbreaks would end for Oberdorf and the Golden Lions this spring.

"I am going to miss [playing for Greensburg Salem]," Oberdorf said. "It is just one of those things where you have to take the next step.

"We did well in basketball and we won the section and WPIALs in softball. I will always be able to come back and see those banners hanging."


First Published July 11, 2013 4:00 AM


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