In becoming the 15th Merrimack player so honored (and first since 2009), Palmieri batted .432 with 54 hits and 34 RBI. She is a Daktronics All-East Region Second Team selection for the second time, and made the NFCA All-Region First Team.
The third baseman put her name in the Warriors’ record book all-time top 10 in several different categories after graduating this spring, including career home runs and RBIs.
“All-American is what every college athlete dreams about,” said Palmieri, who starred at shortstop in high school for the Tanners. “The first is a World Series Championship, and if that doesn’t happen All-American honors is right behind.
“I was so excited when I found out I had been chosen. After I made the All-Region team I knew I had a good chance, but it wasn’t a sure thing.”
Palmieri’s batting average was slightly higher than the athletes chosen at third base on both the Second and First Team, respectively. She thinks the difference may have been how far their respective teams advanced.
“The numbers Tawny put up in her career here in just three seasons (after transferring in from UMass-Amherst) are extremely impressive,” said Warrior head coach Jim Cardello in a press release. “She’s as talented at the plate and at third base as any I’ve seen. She has earned and deserves this national recognition.”
Peabody athletic director Phil Sheridan received a special award at the Peabody High Sports Awards Night last week. He was presented with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Distinguished Award by Mayor Ted Bettencourt and Peabody Superintendent Joseph Mastrocola.
“It was very nice to have the mayor present it to me,” said Sheridan. “I knew I had been nominated, but I would rather give out awards than get one. Every once in a while it’s nice to be on the receiving end, especially before a Peabody crowd.”