Penn State Altoona freshman Gianna Hoppel (Lewistown, PA/Mifflin County) was named to the third team of the Division III All-Region squad by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Hoppel is one of just three Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference players selected to the All-Region team, which represents Region VII of Division III softball.
Hoppel appeared in 29 total games for Penn State Altoona, including making 26 starts while enjoying a strong freshman season with the Lions. She led the AMCC in batting average (.462) this spring while also ranking second in on-base percentage (.488), sixth in sacrifice hits (4) and home runs (1), ninth in slugging percentage (.538), 16th in hits (36), 20th in runs scored (21), 22nd in total bases (42), and 26th in runs batted in (16). The freshman fielded her position well, finishing 13th in the AMCC in fielding percentage (.982) while ranking fourth in putouts (160).
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