Jenn Sanislo excelled at hitting, pitching for Whippany Park

Jenn Sanislo excelled at hitting, pitching for Whippany Park


Jenn Sanislo excelled at hitting, pitching for Whippany Park


Take one look around Morris County softball and you are sure to see an incredible amount of talent.

Everywhere you look there seems to be a dominant pitcher in the circle facing off against a great hitter at the plate.

But it is rare to see someone combine both of those talents — elite production in the circle with a devastating bat when they stride to the plate.

But this season, Whippany Park’s Jenn Sanislo did just that, and because of it she has been named the 2013 All Daily Record Softball Player of the Year.

The pitching was the expected part as Sanislo gave her team a dominating 13723 innings, striking out 166 batters and shutting out six opponents on her way to 15 wins and a 1.49 ERA.

On offense, Sanislo said she knew she needed to have a good season to help replace what her team had lost from the 2012 season.

“Last year we lost a lot of offense in Brianna Cetrulo and Hannah Mucerino so I felt like I did need to step up this year and be a big hitter,” she said. “It was exciting. I worked on my swing a lot over the winter so it was nice to see the work pay off.”

Pay off it did as Sanislo hit .575 for the season, collecting 50 hits including 12 doubles, two triples and four home runs. Those hits led to her team-leading 35 RBI and her second-on-the-team 33 runs scored from the three spot in the lineup.

Despite the great numbers, Whippany Park head coach Todd Callaghan said he felt the hitting of Sanislo was underrated.

“I think because of the pitching everyone focused on that,” he said. “There were some teams and coaches that realized she was a good hitter but I don’t think anyone realized how good.”

The numbers look even more impressive considering Sanislo produced them while playing through a stress fracture in her left tibia, and tendonitis that also affected her left leg.

“I just tried to go out there and play the best game I could,” she said. “It was tough at times but I really wanted to be there for my team and help them win a county championship.”

That goal was accomplished as the Wildcats defeated Montville 12-2 in the finals, thanks in part to Sanislo who went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and four RBI, while not allowing a hit to the final 17 hitters she faced.

Callaghan knew going into the game his star would produce.

“I definitely expected her to come out and have a good game that day,” he said. “I knew just based on how much she wanted it and conversations that she and I had, had leading up to that game that she was going to do everything she could possibly do mentally, physically and even emotionally to win that game.

“And she did, she pitched fantastic, they got to her a little in the first inning and then she dominated and hitting wise when she is on she is unstoppable. I expected it that day; I really did because I knew how bad she wanted it.”

Sanislo will now move on to play at Seton Hall University next season, but she leaves behind a great legacy at Whippany Park.


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