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Hudson Valley Softball All-Stars: 2012
Hitter of the year: Anna Crowley, Eastchester. The numbers Crowley put up this season weren’t good. They were staggering. Crowley set a state record with 16 home runs this season, shattering the single-season mark of 13, while driving in 46 runs and scoring 40 times. She batted .603 and had a slugging percentage of 1.425 thanks to 27 extra-base hits in 73 at-bats. On the mound Crowley posted an 8-1 record with a 2.17 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Pitcher of the year: Jessica Calvini, Rye Neck. Pitching stats have declined slightly in the past two season with the mound — for everyone except Calvini. The four-year starter capped her remarkable career with a dominant senior season, posting a 16-2 record with a 0.68 ERA. She struck out 191 batters in 114 innings and guided the Panthers to the Section 1 Class B final for the third year in a row. Calvini really improved as a hitter, batting .500 with eight home runs and 45 RBI.
Newcomer of the year: Leandra Echi, Beacon. The eighth-grader is a gifted fielder and possibly the fastest player in the Hudson Valley. In her first season as the starting center fielder, Echi got better by the inning, finishing with a .390 batting average with 28 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. Echi really turned heads in the Section 1 title game, throwing out a runner on a double play and stealing three bases.
Coach of the year: John Hayes, Valhalla. A week into the season, the Vikings hardly looked like a team about to make a run at a fourth straight Section 1 championship. But by mixing a strong core of seniors with a promising young nucleus, he turned this group into one of the best teams in school history and had them playing longer than any team in the Hudson Valley. Valhalla won a nail-biter in the Section 1 final, beating Rye Neck 2-1, and then won its first ever state tournament games by sweeping a doubleheader in the regional to advanced to the state final four. With so much young talent, Hayes seems to have Valhalla pointed towards a dynasty.
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C: Ali Tobias, Sr., Clarkstown South: The Vikings’ rise to promise in Class AA this season was directly correlated with the emergence of Tobias as one of the region’s top hitters. She batted .355 and set team-highs with five homers and 31 RBI. Tobias had 12 extra-base hits and scored 24 runs to lead South to the Section 1 semifinals.
INF: Tateum Valentine, Jr., John Jay-East Fishkill: It’s not easy to stand out in a lineup as deep and talented as John Jay. But Valentine did it by delivering the biggest hit of the season for the Patriots, a walk-off RBI single in the Section 1 Class AA final as John Jay repeated as champs. Valentine is a gifted defensive player with a rocket arm and enters next season as arguably Section 1’s top player.
INF: Emily McDonough, Sr., Marlboro: There may not have been a more dangerous all-around player in the Hudson Valley the past two season as McDonough. Section 9’s top talent batted a staggering .667 this season (46 for 69) with 14 RBI and 33 runs scored. She stole a Hudson Valley-best 34 bases, and went 16-1 on the mound with 103 strikeouts. McDonough, who batted .735 with 48 stolen bases as a junior, helped Marlboro win 38 games the last two years.
INF: Sam Alicandri, Soph., Pearl River: A role player last season, Alicandri emerged as arguably the region’s top young stars. Stepping into the top of the Pearl River lineup, Alicandri was among Section 1’s leaders with a .500 batting average (40 for 80) with 14 RBI and 36 runs scored. She had hits in 17 of the Pirates’ 21 games and scored at least a run in 16.
INF: Brittany Mitchell, Jr. Ursuline: Coming off a breakthrough season, Mitchell helped maintain Ursuline’s status as one of the region’s premier softball programs. The pitcher/shortstop batted .500, hitting six homers while driving in 22 runs and scoring 32. She had 17 extra-base hits, walked 16 times and stole eight bases. Mitchell was a standout pitcher in the first half of the season, going 9-1 with a 1.34 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 68 innings.
OF: Anna Crowley, Sr., Eastchester: Hitter of the Year
OF: Jenna Webb, Sr., Harrison: Webb spent the majority of her senior season on base. The veteran star batted .540 with a .663 on-base percentage, belted 10 homers, drove in 56 runs and scored 28 times for a Harrison squad that went 16-5 and reached the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals. Webb had a five-game stretch late in the year where she went 15 for 20 with 22 RBI and had nine games this season with four RBI or more.
OF: Marisa Delzio, Sr., Brewster: The versatile veteran star posted impressive numbers while peaking during the Bears’ unexpected run to the Section 1 Class A title game. She finished with a .416 average with eight homers, 32 RBI and 22 runs scored, earning all-section honors. In the postseason, Delzio was 10 for 15 (.667) with seven RBI, including a home run in the title game, as seventh-seeded Brewster upset No. 2 Pelham and No. 3 Ursuline.
UTIL: Chelsea Dexter, Sr., Beacon: While Dexter set team-highs in most major offensive categories, she truly made her mark with an outstanding championship game performance. The star catcher batted .486 with seven homers and 34 RBI, and drew 17 walks while striking out just three times. In the final, she homered and drove in four runs as Beacon captured its first Section 1 title since 1989.
SP: Jessica Calvini, Sr., Rye Neck: Pitcher of the Year
SP: Mandy McCarthy, Soph., Pearl River: With big shoes to fill, McCarthy showed the future at Pearl River remains very bright. In his first season starer for the four-time Class A champs, McCarthy went 13-2 with a 0.99 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 99 innings. She threw a no-hitter against Class A power and rival Tappan Zee, and one-hitters against Eastchester, Albertus Magnus and Nanuet. McCarthy batted .406 and drove in 27 runs as the Pirates earned the No. 1 seed in the Class A playoffs.
SP: Paulina Gutkin, Soph., Tappan Zee: A second-year starer, Gutkin really came into her own as a pitcher this season. She went 16-5, carrying the Dutchies to the Section 1 Class A final for the first time in five seasons. Gutkin was unbeaten against Class AA competition, including a win over Clarkstown South, and took a no-hitter into the seventh in the first meeting with Pearl River. In 151 innings, Gutkin posted a 1.66 ERA with 151 strikeouts.
SP: Caitlyn Callas, Sr., Wallkill: A five-year varsity player, Callas was one of the most dominant Section 9 pitchers this spring. The Concordia-bound righty posted a 12-5 record and a 1.90 ERA while striking out 121 batters in 103 innings. Callas threw a perfect game in the regular season against Ellenville and carried the Panthers to their first ever Section 9 Class A final.
C: Maddy DeMilio, Sr., Valhalla
INF: Nadia Kemp, Jr., John Jay-East Fishkill
INF: Vicky Lattanzio, Jr., John Jay-East Fishkill:
INF: Meghan Reynolds, Sr., Pelham
INF: Tina Karaqi, Sr., Westlake
OF: Sam McDonald, Clarkstown South
OF: Alish Hogan, Sr., Kennedy
OF: Jade Fumarelli, Sr., Valhalla
UTIL: Brandi Coon, Fr., Valhalla
SP: Jamie Bucci, Sleepy Hollow
SP: Kathleen Boyle, Beacon
SP: Casey Herzog, Ketcham
SP: Amanda Gissoni, John Jay-East Fishkill
C: Kellie Panek, Fr., Highland
INF: Dee Sinanaj, Soph., Tappan Zee
INF: Marlene Cuevas, Jr., Ketcham
INF: Kelly Dillon, Jr., New Rochelle
INF: Amanda Hartigan, Sr., Pearl River
OF: Andrea Bombace, Fr., Ketcham
OF: Kristyn Neroda, Sr., Pearl River
OF: Danielle Maffei, Sr., Valhalla
UTIL: Miwa Wenzel, Sr., Yorktown
SP: Brittany Montana, Sr., Clarkstown South
SP: Sydni Holtz, Fr., Valhalla
SP: Katie Vellardito, Sr., Nanuet
SP: Kelly Keith, Sr., Pelham
About the MSG Varsity Hudson Valley All-Stars: The awards winners and first-, second- and third-team selections were limited to players from public and private schools from our regional coverage areas, including Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and sections of Putnam and Orange counties. For a list of MSG Varsity coverage schools, click here.
All-Stars and award winners were selected by MSG Varsity reporter Kevin Devaney Jr. with the assistance of a panel of coaches from throughout the region.
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