Highlights: The Bucknell-bound senior helped lead the Panthers (30-2) to their first Group II championship since 2009. Nielsen, who is one of the most dominating pitchers in Morris County, allowed only 43 hits in 146 2/3 innings, allowed 11 runs, seven earned runs, walked 39 and struck out 247. She threw six no-hitters and 10 one-hitters. She pitched a one-hitter and struck out 19 against Robbinsville in the Group II final, struck out 10 against Ramsey in the North 1 Group II sectional final and allowed only one run and struck out eight against Morris Knolls as the Panthers won their fourth-straight Morris County Tournament title. Nielsen also had 16 runs batted in, four doubles, 20 runs scored and four stolen bases this year.
School: Whippany Park
Highlights: The All Daily Record Player of the Year helped the Wildcats to a 29-1 record and their first Group I crown since 1999. The junior pitched 191 innings, allowed 91 hits, 21 runs, 12 earned runs, walked 20 and struck out 310. Her opponent’s batting average was .133 and her ERA was .46. She pitched 21 shutouts, one no-hitter and three perfect games. Through Whippany Park’s first 16 games, Sanislo allowed only 13 runs and pitched 10 shutouts. The lone loss came to Pequannock in the MCT semifinals. In the Group I semifinals, Sanislo allowed only one earned run and struck out 12, then pitched a four-hitter and struck out eight in the final against New Egypt. Sanislo also batted .423 with 31 runs scored and 21 RBI, an on base percentage of .525, a slugging percentage of .580, four doubles, three triples and one home run.
Highlights: The Bucknell University-bound senior pitched the Cougars to a 23-6 record this season. Fazio allowed 84 hits, 26 runs, 17 earned runs, walked 13 and struck out 247 for an ERA of .76. She pitched 17 shutouts and in her first three games this season she had 40 strikeouts. At the plate she batted .370, had 27 runs scored, 11 RBI, two doubles, two triples and two home runs. The leadoff hitter went 3-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and a stolen base in the sectional final against Warren Hills and she was invited to play in the inaugural North-South All-Star where she allowed no runs on two hits and struck out two in two innings of work.
School: Whippany Park
Highlights: The College of New Jersey-bound senior batted .385 for the Wildcats this season. She had 25 runs scored, 28 RBI, and on base percentage of .435 and a slugging percentage of .684. She had nine doubles, six triples and two home runs and drove in the winning run for Whippany Park in the seventh inning in the Group I final. As Sanislo’s catcher for the majority of the season she was responsible for calling some of the best games Sanislo pitched and her defense behind the plate kept runs off the board.
Position: First base/Third base
Highlights: The James Madison University-bound senior led the Cougars with a .460 batting average, had 34 RBI, 25 runs scored, an on base percentage of .481 and played in all 29 games at either first or third base. She had at least one hit in 24 games. She went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in the North 2 Group III semifinals and 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the sectional final against Warren Hills. Her defense and leadership on the field kept the Cougars in many games this season.
School: Morris Knolls
Position: Second base
Highlights: The second baseman and leadoff hitter for the Golden Eagles (22-8) had a strong senior campaign. Baldassari, who is attending Providence College next season, batted .425 with 31 runs scored, eight RBI, 42 singles, one double, one triple and one home run and 24 stolen bases. Her slugging percentage was .481 and her on base percentage was .455. At second she had 60 putouts, 57 assists and only four errors for a fielding percentage of .967. She went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the Golden Eagles’ win over Chatham in the MCT semifinals.
School: Morris Knolls
Highlights: The senior shortstop will be attending Christopher Newport University in Virginia next season after a strong high school career with the Golden Eagles. Clarke batted .433 this season with 32 runs scored, 29 RBI, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs and 12 stolen bases. She had 35 putouts, 26 assists and only made five errors for a fielding percentage of .924. She went 2-for-4 with a double, two walks, and a run scored against Chatham in the MCT semifinals. She also went 3-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases in the sectional final against Roxbury.
School: Villa Walsh
Highlights: The Dickinson College-bound senior was consistently in the top 15 in the state for extra base hits, was in the top five for hits and had a batting average of .640 for the Vikings this season. She had 54 hits, 28 runs scored, 35 RBI, 15 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.
Highlights: Schwed was named the Colts’ captain for the second year in a row and started the season recovering from surgery. She bounced back and batted .452 with 24 RBI, 21 runs scored, 18 singles, two doubles, six triples, seven home runs and 16 stolen bases. Her slugging percentage was .932 and her on base percentage was .545. In the field she had 32 putouts, 65 assists and eight errors for a fielding percentage of .924. She was named an All NJAC Conference Liberty Division first teamer, the MVP of the Dover Tournament and was named to the All Morris County Senior All-Star team.
Position: Third base
Highlights: The William Paterson-bound senior helped the Bombers to a 16-6 record this season after finishing last year 11-10. Boonton started the season 11-0 before falling to Whippany Park on April 24. Noce had 25 RBI, 22 runs scored, six doubles and one triple. She had at least one hit in 20 games and went a combined 24-for-43 in the Bombers first 11 games for a batting average of .558. Her defense in the hot corner helped the Bombers to one of their best seasons and she was named to the NJAC Liberty Division First Team.
Position: Third base
Highlights: Booth, a freshman, had an outstanding season for the Mustangs. Booth batted .531 with a .724 slugging percentage and a .565 on base percentage. She had 39 singles, nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 13 RBI, 34 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. She had at least one hit in 26 out of 27 games, broke two school records for hits (52) and doubles. She made only three errors at third base and was one of three unanimous first team, all conference selections. She was a weapon because according to her coach John Immediato, “She could drop down a bunt and beat it out and then the next time up hit it over the left fielder’s head.”
School: Hanover Park
Highlights: The Virginia Tech-bound senior hit .550 on the season for the Hornets (17-11). She had 53 hits and 34 runs scored along with only one error in centerfield. LoConte helped Hanover Park make a strong run though the state tournament as the Hornets won their first North 2 Group II sectional title since 1980. The Hornets had won 10 of their last 12 games to get to the final, defeating top-seeded Caldwell, No. 4 Lyndhurst and No. 2 Rutherford.
School: West Morris
Highlights: The sophomore helped the Wolfpack to a 16-8 record this season. She scored 10 runs, had 23 singles, eight doubles, four triples, five stolen bases and 18 RBI for a .443 average. Her on base percentage was .606 and she made only two errors in the field. She had at least one hit in 19 games. According to coach Courtney Bertos, McCourt is “a team leader who is willing to dive, slide and crash into fences in order to make a play.”
Highlights: The Muhlenberg College-bound senior helped the Dodgers to a 18-9 record this season. She had batted .390 with 44 runs scored and 14 RBI. Her slugging percentage was .714 with three doubles, eight triples, two home runs and 15 stolen bases. She also walked 24 times and had at least one hit in 19 games.
Highlights: The junior helped the Falcons to a 19-8 season. Carlson batted .415 with a slugging percentage of .622 and an on base percentage of .463. She had 14 runs scored, 24 singles, six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 30 RBI. She walked 10 times and struck out only 12 times. She made only one error in the field, had 32 putouts and three assists for a fielder percentage of .972. The Falcons advanced to the quarterfinals of the MCT and made it to the North 1 Group III semifinals where they fell to eventual state champ High Point.
Highlights: The Lafayette College-bound senior had 29 runs scored, 28 RBI, 10 doubles, two triples and seven home runs as the Panthers won the MCT, the North 1 Group II sectional final and the Group II title this season. Thomas went 3-for-3 with three doubles and an RBI in the Group II final against Robbinsville, hit a two-run home run against Hanover Park in the sectional final and hit two home runs against Morris Knolls in the MCT final. She also was the only player in the North-South All-Star Game to have two hits and she scored a run.