Much like Major League Baseball teams are doing to power-hitting lefty Bryce Harper, it seems to only be a matter of time until Section 1 opponents start issuing free passes to Croton-Harmon sophomore Meghan Giordano instead of pitching to the slugging left-hander.
It’s doubtful anyone would blame them.
Giordano hit two home runs and drove in nine runs during the team’s rout of Keio on Thursday, the highlight of a week that included a 10-for-14 hitting performance with four doubles and 18 RBIs. Giordano, this week’s lohud softball player of the week, is hitting .821 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs this season.
– Olivia Dunne, Rye Neck: A former player of the week pick this year, the sophomore tossed her fifth no-hit performance of the season in an 11-strikeout win over Blind Brook. Dunne also drove in a run. Dunne also threw a 10-strikeout two-hitter while going 3-for-4 at the plate.
– Cassie McGrath, Tuckahoe: It was a double dose of milestone celebrations for the right-handed junior, recording her 200th career hit and 1,000th career strikeout this week. McGrath tossed three one-hitters in three games, racking up 39 strikeouts in the process. McGrath also went 8-for-10 with three doubles and six RBIs.
– Anastasia Pennacchio, North Salem: The Albany-bound senior hit for the cycle Thursday against Somers as part of a 5-for-5 day. Pennacchio went 13-for-15 with eight extra-base hits and 12 RBIs.
– Nicole Spiegelberg, Tappan Zee: The Felician-bound senior sent hit two homers against Nyack to help the Dutchies spoil the Indians’ Senior Day. The left-handed slugger went 7-for-10 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, five walks and a double this week.
– Sam Yannuzzi, Rye Neck: Making her second straight appearance on the Honor Roll, the sophomore catcher went 5-for-8 with three extra-base hits and seven RBIs in the Panthers’ two games this week.
Journal News/lohud.com softball beat reporter Mike Zacchio will pick a player of the week to be announced every Sunday. Fans, coaches, players, etc. can nominate players via Twitter (@Zacchio_LoHud), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or text (if you have my number). I will also select an Honor Roll consisting of upwards of five honorable mentions, so that their accomplishments will also be recognized.
Player of the week (Apr. 11): Angie Serrano, Yorktown
Player of the week (Apr. 17): Olivia Dunne, Rye Neck
Player of the week (Apr. 24): Cassie McGrath, Tuckahoe
Player of the week (May 1): Melanie Mandell, Rye Country Day
Player of the week (May 8): Kayla McDermott, North Rockland
Please include the players’ name, school, grade, position and stats for the week (all games from Monday through Saturday). Tournament performances (all-tournament team, tournament MVP, team win, etc.) count towards this award, even if you don’t have exact stats.
Example: Brooke Davis, Tree Hill H.S., Sr., SS: Brooke had went 13-for-16 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, four doubles, a triple and 12 runs in the Ravens’ wins this week over Catalano, Keller, and McFadden High. She was also MVP of the Whitey Durham Invitational on Saturday.
There is no science or exact formula to picking a winner, but everything counts — including team’s performance and strength of schedule. It’s not just a numbers game. A girl having a great week against tough competition will probably win over a girl who had an unconscious week against week competition.
There is no limit to how many times a player can win during the season. I will do my best to pick the best candidate. Sometimes that will be a repeat winner. I’ll try to spread the love as much as I can, but as the saying goes, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” Softball is different than other sports, since pitchers can produce every game in the circle and at-bat. I’ll try not to water it down with pitchers too much.
Announcements will usually be posted in the afternoons or evenings. Please try to submit all nominations by Saturday night (or sooner, if the team does not have a tournament/match over the weekend).