The Courier News All-Area Softball Team

The Courier News All-Area Softball Team

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The Courier News All-Area Softball Team

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Amanda Carisone

School: Somerville

Position: Pitcher

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: Carisone was up for the challenge of proving that she could improve upon her rookie season and do even better. The sophomore right-hander, who was named to the second team last season, went 12-9 for the Pioneers and in 142 innings allowed 32 runs and struck out 151, including 19 against Mount St. Mary, with an ERA of 1.58.

Zara Jakubas

School: Voorhees

Position: Pitcher

Year: Senior

Highlights: Jakubas stepped up this season as a senior and helped lead the Vikings with a 16-4 record. The right-hander allowed 15 earned runs on 74 hits with 180 strikeouts. The Vikings’ pitcher allowed only nine walks throughout the season and had an ERA of 0.82 and got things done at the plate as well with 24 hits.

Shannon McMahon

School: South Plainfield

Position: Pitcher

Year: Junior

Highlights: After posting a 17-4 record with an ERA of 1.66 in her sophomore year, it was only a question of what McMahon could do in this season to top that. The junior-righty went 21-7 with a 1.11 ERA and recorded 13 shutouts through 190 innings. McMahon also stuck out 167 batters.

Mason Spichiger

School: North Hunterdon

Position: Pitcher

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: The Lions sophomore burst onto the scene in the middle of the season and in a big way. Spichiger helped lead North Hunterdon to the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex County final game and to the NJSIAA North 2 Group IV sectional title game. Leading up to the county final Spichiger threw two shutouts against Hunterdon Central. The right-hander finished the season 15-4 with a 1.31 ERA and 102 strikeouts.

Audrey Peterson

School: Westfield

Position: First base

Year: Senior

Highlights: In 82 at-bats this season Peterson maintained a .500 batting average to help lead the Blue Devils to its highest win total since 2009, 15. The Lafayette College-bound Peterson allotted 17 extra base hits including seven doubles, five triples and five home runs. The first baseman also scored 18 runs and drove in 29 while only making three errors in the field.

Nicole Braun

School: Bridgewater-Raritan

Position: Second base

Year: Junior

Highlights: In what was an up and down year for the Panthers one of the bright spots was the play of Braun. The junior drove in 17 runs while scoring 19 and hit .345 throughout the season. Braun also had nine doubles and three home runs, including a grand slam, for the Panthers.

Alexis Pezza

School: Hillsborough

Position: Shortstop

Year: Junior

Highlights: A first team All-Area pick for the second season in a row, Pezza had her third straight solid season. After hitting .432 last year the Raiders’ leadoff hitter topped that batting .444 this season, scored 28 runs and had seven doubles and hit a home run against Hunterdon Central as the team captured the Delaware Division title.

Alison Shimko

School: Hillsborough

Position: Third base

Year: Junior

Highlights: Like Pezza, Shimko is returning to the first team All-Area for a second consecutive season. Shimko hit a career-high .488, had 25 RBIs, scored 27 runs and posted three doubles, two triples and a home run for the Skyland Delaware Division champions. The junior was solid at the hot corner committing only three errors.

Kelly Goense

School: Governor Livingston

Position: Outfield

Year: Senior

Highlights: Goense helped lead the Highlanders to Union County Tournament and Union County Conference Watchung Division champions while batting .523. The senior, who will run track at The College of New Jersey, scored 18 runs, had 24 RBI and recorded three doubles, a triple and five home runs. Goense also committed no errors in right field.

Caitlin Lake

School: Hunterdon Central

Position: Outfield

Year: Junior

Highlights: The Red Devils third-place hitter posted a .403 batting average with 11 RBI and 16 runs scored. Lake was also instrumental in the field as she did not commit an error in centerfield for the NJSIAA Group IV runners up. While at the plate, Lake had five doubles, three triples and two home runs for Hunterdon Central.

Stephanie Zengel

School: North Hunterdon

Position: Outfield

Year: Senior

Highlights: In what was one of the Lions’ best seasons, the Gettysburg College-bound Zengel was a catalyst in their success. Returning for the second straight season to the first team All Area Zengel saved the best for her last, posting a .426 batting average with eight doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 43 RBI.

Alyssa VanDerveer

School: Hillsborough

Position: Designated hitter

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: The first year varsity starter caught much attention from not only her own team this season but her peers as well. The Raiders catcher batted .457 with five doubles, 10 home runs, including three against Watchung Hills and 32 RBI. VanDerveer scored 16 runs and was solid behind the plate committing no errors while handling three different pitchers.

Meghan Kovac

School: Watchung Hills

Position: Utility

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: A third team All-Area pick last season, Kovac climbed the charts this season and has become one of the players to watch in the Skyland Conference. The sophomore batted .342 with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, 16 RBI and only struck out three times for the Somerset County champions.

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