PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bishop Fenwick Senior
At the beginning of the season, senior pitcher Taylor Ahearn of Salem was a mystery, since she had won a grand total of seven games for Bishop Fenwick the previous two years. By the end of the season, she could be viewed as the pivotal figure for the Crusaders, who made their deepest state tournament run since 2005.
Ahearn was fantastic in going 17-5 with a 1.07 ERA. She was a power pitcher with pinpoint control, striking out 194 and walking just 27 in 151 innings. She allowed just 84 hits all year.
Ahearn and her teammates also put it together in the postseason, beating Everett and Malden in Division 1 North before they lost to Acton-Boxboro, 1-0, in the semifinal round. She gave up just two hits in that game.
"It was probably the best game she pitched all season even though we lost," Crusaders coach Paul Lyman said of the Acton-Boxboro game. "Taylor just had a career-type year.
"She worked with a personal trainer in the offseason, played with elite teams last summer and got used to pitching against good competition. It made all the difference in the world."
The co-MVP of the Catholic Central League Large division, Ahearn also batted .337 and knocked in 14 runs. She will continue her career at Curry College.
The best pitcher in Salem history capped off her career with a 15-5 record and an 0.79 ERA during the regular season ... Struck out 203 batters and walked only 24 in 142 innings ... Had a couple of legendary performances, including a perfect game (3-0) vs. No. Shore Tech and 21 strikeouts in 15 innings in a 2-1 win over Revere ... Also led Witches with a .431 average and 15 RBI ... Ended career with 51 wins and a remarkable 574 strikeouts ... Salem Hall of Fame award winner ... Will pitch at Suffolk University
A four-year starter, Julia made a seamless transition to third base after playing shortstop her first three seasons ... Batted .354 with 15 RBI, 12 runs scored and 13 stolen bases ... Four-year Northeastern Conference all-star and team captain for two years ... Ranked No. 6 academically in senior class of 230 and was the school's nominee for Salem News Student-Athlete Award ... Salem Hall of Fame award winner and Defensive Player of Year at team banquet ... Headed for Wheaton College.
First-year catcher who adapted very quickly to the demands of the position ... Hit .403, scored 17 runs and had eight doubles, one homer and 16 RBI ... Gunned down a half dozen runners trying to steal third ... Two-year varsity player and Northeastern Conference all-star this season ... Named Offensive MVP at team banquet ... Going to Salem State for biomedical science.
Bishop Fenwick Junior
Rebounded from a broken wrist the previous season and was a big factor for the 17-5 Crusaders with a .411 average, 22 runs scored and 12 RBI out of the No. 3 slot ... Sure-handed infielder who made just two errors ... Cites the influence of former Danvers coach and current Tufts assistant Danielle Lopez for her instruction and teaching ... Exceptional student with a 4.94 grade point average while taking honors and AP courses.
Bishop Fenwick Senior
Transferred from Haverhill High before junior year and became a two-year standout and two-year Catholic Central League all-star ... Hit in the cleanup spot and delivered with a .333 average, 14 runs and a team-leading 23 RBI ... Coach Paul Lyman put her in right field because of her strong arm and she ended up throwing out several runners at first, nullifying potential singles ... Headed to Wake Forest and eventually wants to become a lawyer.
Expertly handled the Falcons' two freshman pitchers and was a huge factor on offense with a .564 average, a team high 26 RBI, five doubles and 10 home runs ... NEC South Player of the Year ... Discourages stolen base attempts because of her quickness behind the plate ... Team MVP ... Was strongly influenced by the late Ed Buddy Henry, the former Bishop Fenwick coach and North Shore softball guru.
One of the steadiest players that head coach Tara Petrocelli has ever had, Dean was a four-year starter and three-year NEC all-star ... Finished up strong with a .482 average, 14 RBI, six doubles, two triples and a homer ... Added eight stolen bases ... Petrocelli called attention to her unselfishness, citing the fact that she put down six suicide squeeze bunts ... Received the Coaches Award ... Headed to Ole Miss.
Three-year starter who played third base for the 15-5 Falcons, finishing with a .444 average, three doubles, a triple and three stolen bases ... Northeastern Conference all-star and winner of the school's Dana Rollins Award for her love for the game and dedication ... Tenacious infielder who will do anything to knock down a ball ... Will extend her career at Endicott College.
Really flourished as a two-way standout and was an easy choice for NEC all-star ... Batted .390, pounding out 34 hits, and had 11 doubles, three triples and a homer ... Scored 21 runs out of the leadoff spot ... Makes all the plays at short but this season she did it with a better backhand and quicker release ... Had two triples and two RBI in state tourney win over Triton ... Team MVP ... Excellent student with a 3.8 grade point average.
An unsung hero-type player for coach Johnny Gold, she batted .338 with 22 hits and 12 runs scored ... NEC all-star ... Proficient bunter who had several sacrifices and she also had a knack for drawing walks ... Ended one Marblehead win in dramatic fashion by making an outfield catch and then throwing a runner out at the plate ... Dynamic leader/captain who received a citizenship award at school ... Going to Elon College in North Carolina.
The most powerful slugger on the North Shore, Glavin batted .584 with nine homers ... Tigers coach Doug Woodworth insists she would've hit 18-20 bombs if the Ipswich field had a fence ... Knocked in 23 runs and teams often pitched around her ... Four-year starter and three-time Cape Ann League all-star ... .453 career average with 124 hits and 19 homers ... Woodworth said she had one of the best seasons of any player he's seen in his 25 years coaching ... Headed to Wentworth to study architecture.
No. Shore Tech/Essex Aggie Junior
Was named MVP of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference after going 8-6 with a 2.75 ERA and striking out 103 batters in 83 innings ... Threw a no-hitter against Minuteman Regional ... Led team with a .512 average ... Was the Bulldogs' Most Valuable Player ... National Honor Society student with a 3.8 grade point average.
One of the bright young players in the area, Raymond made the most of her first varsity season, hitting .453 with 18 RBI, five doubles, four triples and three homers ... NEC all-star ... Favorite moment was on defense when she hit the cutoff, who threw home to nail an Ipswich runner in the Corning Tournament ... Cites the influence of baseball coach John Myers, who taught her the techniques she's able to use now.
Made the transition from first base to catcher and was outstanding with a .526 average and 16 RBI ... NEC all-star and team MVP ... Best showing was a two-homer game against Beverly ... Surprised coach Butch Melanaphy with how well she adapted on defense, especially with Peabody's inexperienced pitching ... Also an excellent student with a 3.74 grade point average.
It was a year for exceptional catchers on the North Shore and LoVasco fit in with the best of them, batting .475 with a .495 on-base percentage ... Struck out just four times all season ... Threw out nine of 12 runners attempting to steal ... Led team with 32 hits ... NEC all-star and team MVP ... Eventually wants to get her doctorate in physical therapy.
Literally one of the cornerstones of coach Megan Sudak's program as a brilliant third baseman ... Three-time NEC all-star who batted .375 this season with 26 hits and 15 RBI ... Fearless defensive player who made spectacular plays ... Four-year player and team captain ... Lists top highlights as beating Bp. Fenwick in Corning tourney and beating Salem High and and all-star pitcher Sarah Chasse ... Will continue her career at Salem State.
A four-year starter from Hamilton, Grace batted .553 with 18 RBI and two homers, including a grand slam ... Superb first baseman who didn't make an error all season ... Eastern Independent League all-star ... Team MVP ... Credits coaches Jim MacLaughlin and Buddy Taft for teaching her that she can have fun and still excel in a sport ... Headed to Connecticut College where she hopes to play field hockey and softball.
A two-year starter from Byfield, Shelby paced the EIL with a remarkable .619 average and drove in 14 runs ... Led team with 10 stolen bases ... Had three doubles, a triple and two singles in a game against Newton Country Day ... Very quick outfielder who covers a lot of ground ... Named team's Most Improved Player ... Encouraged by her parents who tell her to "shoot for the stars."
Peabody: MaryKate Helas, Sr., SS
Pingree: Jill Witwicki, Fr., C; Christina Chalmers, Fr., pitcher
Bishop Fenwick: Kim Shinnick, Jr., SS; Gianna Pizzano, Fr., 3B; Katherine Melanson, Jr., 1B.
Ipswich: Katie Glaubitz, Jr., P; Jill Lombard, Fr., 1B; Carolyn Lynch, Fr., SS.
Salem: Sam Mento, Soph., RF; Gloria Mustafaraj, Sr., CF; Shylah Maloney, Sr., 2B; Sarah Mullarkey, Sr., 1B
Danvers: Gabby Vega, Sr., SS; Kendall Meehan, Fr., P; Janelle Saggese, Sr., OF.
No. Shore Tech/Essex Aggie: Kathryn Brebner, Jr., SS; Kelsie Webber, Jr., OF.
Marblehead: Lucia Chalek, Jr., 3B; Alexa Gross, Jr., 2B; Carly Score, Jr., C.
Beverly: Aimee McKenna, Soph., 2B/DH; Erin Silvestri, Jr., SS; Jen Ashton, Sr., CF.
Swampscott: Merry Ball, Jr., OF; Kellie Birchmore, Jr., INF.
Masconomet: Shawna DiPietro, Jr., C.