Poughkeepsie Journal 2015 softball all-stars

Poughkeepsie Journal 2015 softball all-stars

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Poughkeepsie Journal 2015 softball all-stars

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Allison Pritchard went 16-2 this season for Franklin D. Roosevelt with a 1.53 ERA and 127 strikeouts.

Allison Pritchard went 16-2 this season for Franklin D. Roosevelt with a 1.53 ERA and 127 strikeouts.

Ketcham Softball Andrea Bombace

Ketcham Softball Andrea Bombace

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Andrea Bombace

Roy C. Ketcham

Grade: 12

Position: First base

Vital stats: The Syracuse-bound slugger posted eye-popping statistics. She batted .541 with seven homers, 30 RBI and 22 runs. So feared at the plate was Bombace that she walked 26 times. Bombace — literally and figuratively — powered the Indians to the second round of the Section 1 Class AA playoffs. A two-time Journal All-Star, she also was named to the All-Section 1 team.

Quotable: “It was an absolute pleasure coaching her,” Ketcham coach Scott Satterlee said. “It’s nice to see a kid pursue a dream the way she did and have it come to fruition through hard work and dedication. To get to a major Division 1 school like Andrea did definitely sends a positive message to other kids that you can dream, but you also have to work hard. She set a standard for us, letting everyone know that it’s possible to achieve that level of success.

“Offensively, she was a great power hitter. She worked a lot on her swing in the past year and made it more contact. Everything she put in play was hit hard. She learned what pitches she could drive and didn’t swing at others. On defense, she had excellent hands, quick feet and a good arm at first base. I had watched her as a spectator before coaching her, and once I got to know her, she was an even better athlete and person than I had realized.”

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Allison Pritchard

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Grade: 12

Position: Pitcher, third base

Vital stats: With an overpowering fastball that reached 65 mph, combined with an excellent screwball and curveball, Pritchard was a stalwart in the circle. She went 16-2 with a 1.53 ERA and 127 strikeouts, leading the Presidents to a Mid-Hudson Athletic League title and the Section 9 Class AA final. The three-time Journal All-Star also was a force at the plate. She batted .544 with four home runs, five triples, 34 runs and a team-leading 30 RBI. The Binghamton-bound standout is an aggressive hitter who is able to make solid contact on any pitcher, anywhere in the strike zone, Roosevelt coach Samantha Mantor said.

Quotable: “When she was on her game with that velocity, there weren’t a lot of teams that could catch up to it,” Mantor said. “When she needed to turn it up, she brought it and she was blowing the ball past kids. Offensively, not a lot of pitchers could get her out, and she knew it. She would step to the plate, calm and confident. She believed in herself … Allie is an amazing pure athlete. She has the quickest hands I’ve seen at third base in a long time. In practice, we’d even fool around and put her at shortstop, and she could handle it. We’re going to miss her, and any coach would’ve been lucky to have her.”

First team

Riley Croghan

Team: Pine Plains

Grade: 10

Position: Pitcher, third base

Vital stats: Croghan was a dominant offensive weapon, batting .529 with five home runs, 39 RBI and 45 runs to anchor a potent Bombers lineup. She also did well in the circle, going 8-0 with a 2.79 ERA as Pine Plains went 18-4 and reached the Section 9 Class C final.

Quotable: “Riley had an awesome year, both at plate and pitching,” Pine Plains coach Les Funk said. “She really had a breakout year this season. Riley hit for great power and average, and she took her pitching skills to another level.”

Taylor Felicello

School: Marlboro

Grade: 10

Position: Center field, pitcher

Vital stats: Felicello showed her offensive versatility, hitting .390 with a home run, 29 runs, 20 RBI, seven walks and 10 sacrifice bunts. Felicello was a big contributor in the circle, as well, taking on the role of closer for the Iron Dukes. She was a literal changeup, utilizing off-speed pitches in relief of the starter, and pitched to a 2.60 ERA.

Quotable: “Taylor is someone who works extremely hard outside of softball practice,” Marlboro coach Jennifer Veronesi said. “She is so composed. She’s the person you want to go to when things aren’t going your way. I have a lot of confidence in her as a player and as a person. She’s always focused on team and is the kind of player you want all your players to be like.”

Sam Fitzgerald

School: John Jay

Grade: 11

Position: Shortstop

Vital stats: Fitzgerald hit .592 with two homers, three triples, 31 RBI, 24 runs and eight stolen bases. She received her team’s Silver Slugger award and was named to the All-Section 1 team. She is a contact hitter who sprayed line drives to any direction and also excellent defensively at shortstop with range and a strong arm.

Quotable: “She was ‘Ms. Consistent,’ ” John Jay coach Michael Crocco said. “Sam was the best contact hitter in our league, possibly the section. She is amazing at making adjustments and in the one game she went hitless this year, she was robbed twice with great defensive plays. This kid is loaded with talent and Sam always smiles and has a positive attitude.”

Emma Izzo

School: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Grade: 11

Position: Third base, outfield

Vital stats: The junior hit .485 with five doubles, 17 runs and 14 RBI. Izzo, who was utilized as a slap hitter this season, has a good batting eye and is excellent at making contact. Her speed also put constant pressure on defenses. Defensively, she made only one error this season, despite mostly playing third base.

Quotable: “Emma is a very smart and clutch player,” Roosevelt coach Samantha Mantor said. “Her plate coverage is great, and she can handle pitches inside or outside. Even as a junior she was one of our captains. She’s very responsible, has great character and has never been afraid to be a vocal leader.”

Grace Jacobs

School: Arlington

Grade: 12

Position: Center field

Vital stats: Jacobs was a steady and consistent force in the Admirals’ lineup, batting .408 with four homers, three triples, 20 runs, 19 RBI and a .775 slugging percentage. She also played stellar defense, possessing the range to cover the outfield gaps to either side, and a powerful arm that threw out three runners at home plate this season. Headed to Division II College of St. Rose, she received All-Section 1 honors after leading Arlington to the second round of the playoffs.

Quotable: “I’ve coached Grace since she was a Little Leaguer at 7 years old,” Arlington coach Dave Ballantyne said. “It was fun to watch someone like her progress and develop into a very good player who will now get to go on and play in college. She’s a good all-around player. Solid bat, good defense, strong arm. She does it all.”

Morgan Kelly

School: Pawling

Grade: 12

Position: Second base

Vital stats: Kelly batted .481 with seven triples, three home runs, 33 RBI and 30 runs. The Pace-bound star also had a .810 slugging percentage and a .565 on-base percentage. She is a contact hitter with good power who also runs the bases well. Kelly holds the program records with 144 hits and 119 runs, and struck out only three times in the last three seasons, according to Pawling coach John Hodge.

Quotable: “She was our anchor on the infield, a great fielder with a great arm,” Hodge said. “She was also an outstanding captain, leading by example, steadying and encouraging our younger players. The other players loved her and all looked up to her.”

Cassie LaPointe

School: Marlboro

Grade: 11

Position: Pitcher, third base

Vital stats: LaPointe batted .500 with nine doubles, a homer, 35 runs and 18 RBI. She took over as the starting pitcher during the season and excelled in the circle. With her overpowering rise ball, LaPointe went 12-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 77 innings, helping lead Marlboro to the state Class B semifinal.

Quotable: “This was her first year as a leadoff hitter and she really responded well to that role,” Veronesi said. “Her defense was always fantastic and she was a big part of our team. It was also her first year as a pitcher for us and she did a very good job.”

Maddy Lee

School: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Grade: 12

Position: Center field, catcher

Vital stats: Lee batted .541 with two homers, including a grand slam, and five triples, helping lead the Presidents to the Section 9 Class AA final. She also scored 29 runs and had 20 RBI and, despite being a leadoff hitter, was walked five times. Lee has great speed and was clocked going from home to first base in 2.8 seconds, Mantor said. The two-time Journal All-Star displayed great range in the outfield and didn’t commit an error this season.

Quotable: “Maddy doesn’t settle for anything less than excellence,” Mantor said. “She practices just like she plays and always goes hard. She was a starting catcher for three years, but we needed someone to solidify the outfield so we moved her there and that’s exactly what she did. That’s the kind of player she is.”

Kellie Panek

School: Highland

Grade: 12

Position: Catcher, pitcher

Vital stats: A four-time Journal All-Star selection, Panek batted .590 with a .648 on-base percentage, three homers, 13 doubles, 23 RBI and 16 runs. The Division II New Haven-bound superstar struck out only once in 71 plate appearances this season and helped Highland reach the Section 9 Class B playoffs.

Quotable: “Kellie is very intelligent and was a leader on and off the field,” Highland coach Mike Milliman said. “We had a lot of young girls on the team this year, starting four freshmen, and Kellie was like a coach, working with the girls to improve their hitting and fielding. She’s one of the top two players I’ve ever coached and her dedication to the game was a pleasure to watch.”

Melissa Sadler

School: Marlboro

Grade: 11

Position: Left field, center field

Vital stats: Sadler batted .576 with a homer, two triples, 22 runs and 21 RBI in helping Marlboro reach the state tournament. Perhaps even more impressive was Sadler’s defensive prowess in left and center field. She showcased amazing range, was fearless in chasing fly balls, and routinely made spectacular catches that drew the awe of teammates and spectators.

Quotable: “She is extremely aggressive and has a really great work ethic,” Veronesi said. “She’s the one who comes before practice, who stays after practice, and she was a very clutch player this year. Defensively, she was always diving and making spectacular plays. She really impressed me.”

Coach of the Year

Jennifer Veronesi

School: Marlboro

Vital stats: Veronesi led Marlboro to a third straight Section 9 title and the Iron Dukes won the Class B southeast regional championship en route to the state semifinal. Veronesi shifted her lineup, changed positions in games, and strategically used two pitchers in each game, employing a closer. All helped the Iron Dukes go 20-3.

Quotable: “We had a tremendous season and this is an honor,” Veronesi said. “We didn’t accomplish everything that we wanted to, but we did a lot of positive things and I’m proud of the girls. We have a very talented group coming back and hopefully we’ll be hungry for next year and work even harder and get back to states.”

Honorable mention

Beacon: Sydney Dexter

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Madchen Knauss, Amanda Owens, Alyssa Pfitscher

Haldane: Marley Chefalo, Missy Lisikatos, Allie Monteleone, Hannah Monteleone

Highland: Michaela Raffaele

John Jay: Erika Flemmig, Jaimie Harney, Bridgette Rooney

Marlboro: Amber Mianti, Lily Moresco, Allison Swartz, Ashley Votta

Millbrook: Sierra Guardiola, Sara Ruiz

New Paltz: Bridget Bennett, Karly Giancola, Lea Jones, Ally Pannuto

Our Lady of Lourdes: Anna Anderson, Abby Weeks, Chloe Weeks

Pawling: Kayla Chavarri, Natalie Grillo, Lily Prinz, Katie Reynolds, Nicolette Smith, Sandy Spicer, Olivia Zoeller

Pine Plains: Brooke Hapeman, Anna Lonczak, Makayla Long, Jo Schmidt, Cat Simmons

Poughkeepsie: Jenna Salmonese, Georgie Super

Red Hook: Brooke Corbett, Grace Folmsbee, Lauren Marici, Nicole Marici, Cassidy Murray

Rhinebeck: Anna Booz, Anna Charny, Maggie Dull, Natalie Hutchins, Sara Stiverson

Roy C. Ketcham: Kyra-lee Scianna

Spackenkill: Gabi Mastrantuono, Noelle Winnis

Webutuck: Elizabeth Cullinan, Kaylie Johnson, Cassandra Lopane, Theresa Schoonmaker, Emily Tanner

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