SALEM NEWS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
There was no one player in the Northeastern Conference this year more dangerous than Danvers’ junior ace Kendall Meehan. As she went, so did the Falcons, putting up an impressive 19-2 record overall — all of which she started in.
Meehan hit her spots well and had the ability to switch up her pitches on fly. She had the ability to completely shut a team down or take over a game with her confidence and precision.
It was nearly impossible to get a hit of the 17-year-old right-hander. Meehan threw 10 shutouts and one perfect game against Lynn English in April.
As the NEC South’s Most Valuable Player, Meehan and Danvers went undefeated in conference play. She also compiled a 0.54 ERA and only gave up 22 runs the entire season.
One of three captains this past season, Meehan is also captain-elect for the 2014 campaign. Not only a force on the mound, Meehan was equally strong at the plate. As the Falcons’ cleanup hitter, she knocked in a season-high 26 RBI and finished with a .520 batting average.
A two-year captain and Northeastern Conference all-star, Gikas is true leader in every sense of the word ... Named the North Agganis Softball MVP after going 2-for-3 with two RBI and playing stellar defense ... Endicott College-bound standout held a 3.4 GPA ... Carried a .500 batting average and .580 on-base percentage ... Helped teammate Kendall Meehan secure a perfect game with excellent defense against Lynn English ... Batted in the No. 2 spot ... A master at bunting with her exceptional speed.
Stepped up in a big way for the Falcons behind the plate after playing third base her freshman year ... Caught all 21 games for the Falcons, helping them to a 19-2 record ... Three-sport athlete also plays field hockey and ice hockey ... Finished with a team-high .666 batting average and was named a Northeastern Conference all-star ... Her best performance came against Beverly in the Courtney Corning Tournament, in which she hit a grand slam.