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Jonathan Dayton’s Amanda Lau Achieves Another Milestone, 100 Hits in Her Softball Career

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Amanda Lau hits a home run Credits: Chip Dickson
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Making a play as shortstop Credits: Chip Dickson
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Sliding into third base Credits: Chip Dickson
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Springfield Lions Club Honors Top 21 Dayton Students of Class of 2018 (l-r) Lauren Rechner, Kelly Saverino and Amanda Lau Credits: Chip Dickson
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About to catch the ball Credits: Chip Dickson
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Infield session Credits: Chip Dickson
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Jonathan Dayton Softball Team Credits: Chip Dickson
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Jonathan Dayton Winningest Girls Basketball Team Credits: Chip Dickson
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Amanda with her parents, Lina and Jimmy Credits: Chip Dickson
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Amanda Lau Credits: Chip Dickson
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The Captains, Nicolette Angelo and Amanda Lau Credits: Chip Dickson
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After reaching 1,000 points Credits: Chip Dickson
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Being introduced before a game Credits: Chip Dickson
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At Senior Night (l-r) Melanie Schickler, Nicolette Angelo, Gabriella Petruzzella, Zoe Frei, Amanda Lau Credits: Chip Dickson
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Credits: Chip Dickson
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SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Amanda Lau is the only Dayton athlete to reach the 100-career hits milestone as a softball player and 1,000 career points milestone as a basketball player during her time at Jonathan Dayton High School.

The softball milestone was the last one to reach and she did it in her last game as a member of the Jonathan Dayton softball team.  She needed one hit and Lau got two hits in four at bats.  The hit that was number 100 was a triple.

Coach Pamela de la Llave said, “It’s an amazing achievement that many strive for, but not many reach it.  She is one of only three players at Dayton to reach the 100th hit milestone.  Amanda had a great career with us.  It’s pretty awesome to hit your 1,000-career point in basketball and 100th career hit in softball in the same year.”

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She joins Birana Koref and Marinna Kwinta as the only Jonathan Dayton softball players to reach the 100-career hit milestone.

On December 29, 2017, Amanda Lau became the 12th Dayton player to to reach 1,000 career point milestone and she did it in the championship game of the 14th Annual Joe Pepe Tournament.  She and Nicolette Angelo were Captains of Dayton’s winningest girls basketball team.  Junior Sayre Brandstatter became the 13th player to reach the milestone near the end of the season.

During her softball career, Lau played shortstop and did very well defensively.  She had 281 at bats and got 101 hits for a career batting average of .359.  Ten of her hits were home runs, six were triples, and 15 were doubles.  She also had 40 walks and was hit by three pitches.  She knocked in 68 runs and scored 82 runs.

In basketball, Amanda Lau played 103 games and scored 1,375 points.  She made 288 assists and 241 steals.  She pulled down 261 rebounds and blocked 20 shots.  Almost a third of her points, 450, came from three-point shots.  The rest of the points consisted of 366 field goals and 189 free throws.

During her four years at Dayton she maintained her focus on the court, the diamond and in the class room. 

Amanda Lau is also a member of the National Honor Society and achieved a grade point average that ranked her among the top 20 in the senior class.  Those are two other really impressive milestones to have reached.

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