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Bucktail honors its seniors in softball, baseball with video tributes

The Bucktail softball and baseball programs honored their seniors with a virtual senior day tribute which was posted to YouTube.

The softball team honored its six seniors in Emily Cross, Rachel Goss, Tessa Cowfer, Myka Poorman, Sara Kepler and Emma Intallura.

Cross was a four-year player as a catcher and shortstop who earned all-state recognition in her career. She will attend Clarion.

Goss played three years as a third baseman and outfielder and will attend Susquehanna.

Cowfer was a four-year starter at second base and twice was an all-conference all-star. She plans to attend Lock Haven University.

Poorman has been playing softball for 10 years as a pitcher and third baseman and was a three-time first-team Mid-Penn all-star. She will attend Penn State University.

Kepler was a right fielder for her four years and Intallura played outfield for four years. Intallura was also a second team all-conference center fielder.

“Thank you for being my people. I would have not wanted to play with anyone else. You all have a special place in my heart and thank you for pushing me to be better than the game before and for picking me up when I needed a little boost,” Cowfer said to her fellow seniors. “I wish I was able to play in the field with you all one last time, but I would have not wanted to go out in a better way than to be a district champion. I love you all.”

“I am so sad we couldn’t have finished our senior year out with another great softball season,” Poorman said. “Good luck to everyone with what is to come.”

“I just want to thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout your careers here at Bucktail,” coach Mike Poorman said. “I want to wish you the best of luck with your future plans.”

The baseball program honored its two seniors: Devin Matthew Serafini and Liam Dwyer.

Serafini played four years as a pitcher, shortstop, second baseman, third baseball and center fielder. He plans to attend Lock Haven.

Dwyer was an outfielder during his four-year career and plans to attend Penn State Altoona.

“I want to thank Mr. (Bill) Probst for everything he’s done and caring for all of his players,” Dwyer said.

Coach Probst offered words as well to his seniors in the video.

“Both of you have fortunately been able to play in this sport where you know you’ll get curveballs in life. You have to file them off, you have to file pitches you can’t handle. You’re both tough participating in a failure sport where success isn’t reached very easily. It kind of humbles you,” Probst said. “You learn from every pitch. You move on, you grow. At the end of the day, life is really like a baseball game and you have to handle whatever pitch is thrown at us.

“It’s a pretty wicked curveball right now. But it will get better, it will get better for all of us. Some day I hope to see you here again.”

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