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July 6, 2013

Salem News 2013 Softball All-Star Team


The Salem News

---- — SALEM NEWS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

KENDALL MEEHAN

Danvers, Junior

Pitcher

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.

THE ALL-STARS

CHRISSY GIKAS

Danvers, Senior

Second Base

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.

CAITLIN MCBRIDE

Danvers, Sophomore

Catcher

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.

OLIVIA BROTHERS

Peabody, Senior

Catcher

Named the Northeastern Conference North’s Most Valuable Player ... A four-time NEC all-star ... Led the Tanners with 30 RBI, 30 hits, five homers, two triples, five doubles and a .491 batting average ... Three-time Salem News all-star ... Ranked 19th in her senior class and held a 3.75 GPA ... Will attend Salem State University in the fall ... Was named team MVP ... Hit two home runs against Lynn Classical ... Helped Peabody to one of its most successful season’s offensively.

JESS RAYMOND

Peabody, Senior

Outfield

Three time NEC and Salem News all-star ... Finished with a .460 batting average, 29 hits, 15 RBI, 13 doubles and one home run ... Was errorless in center field ... Named team’s Best Offensive Player of the Year ... Plans on attending Salem State University to study Elementary Education and potentially play softball ... Hit inside-the-park home run against Beverly ... Threw a runner out at home plate from center field in an NEC bout against Danvers.

SAMANTHA MARTIN

Masconomet, Senior

Outfield

A four-year varsity starter in center field for the Chieftains ... Named to the Cape Ann All-League team ... Led Masco in batting average (.460), on-base percentage (.519), runs scored, hits and RBI and was second in stolen bases ... A fantastic student who graduated 20th in her class (4.76 GPA) ... Headed to Boston College to study Biochemistry ... Head coach Mike Gibeley says she’s “everything a player should be, and always gives every single thing she has to give in an unselfish manner to make the team better.”

RACHEL SHAMON

Masconomet, Senior

Pitcher

Multi-year starter at Masconomet ... 2012 Salem News and Cape Ann League Division 1 Player of the Year ... Pitched 105 innings with 7 wins and 79 strikeouts and walked only 20 ... A clutch pitcher and outstanding leader as captain ... Batted third with .371 batting average and a .443 on-base percentage ... Led the team in slugging percentage ... Recent graduate held a 4.1 GPA and is headed to Bentley University in the fall ... Credits her dad as being her biggest athletic influence.

JEN CROVO

Bishop Fenwick, Junior

Second Base

Emerged as the Crusaders’ biggest offensive threat while batting cleanup ... Took home Catholic Central League all-star honors ... Transitioned from being a catcher last season to Fenwick’s second baseman this year with a .947 fielding percentage ... Named team’s Offensive Player of the Year ... Batted .480 with 26 runs scored, 36 hits, 23 RBI and nine stolen bases ... Is in the early stages of the college process, but hope to play either softball or volleyball at the next level.

CHRISTINA CHALMERS

Pingree, Junior

Pitcher

Started in 17 games for the Highlanders, compiling a 12-5 record on the hill ... Pitched 106 innings and notched 95 strikeouts with a 2.24 ERA ... One of two captains this year ... Named captain-elect for next season ... Three-time Eastern Independent League all-star ... Was given the Coaches Award at this year’s team banquet ... Carried a .387 batting average with 24 hits and 13 RBI ... Has worked hard this year on changing the speed and location of her pitches.

MICHAELA LEBLANC

Marblehead, Junior

Pitcher

One of three captains this season for the Magicians ... Helped her team to a 14-6 record ... Became all-time winningest pitcher in school history with 32 victories over her high school career ... Compiled a 1.74 ERA with 76 strikeouts and only 11 walks this season ... A two-time Northeastern Conference and Salem News all-star ... Recorded 16 put outs and 50 assists defensively ... Batted in 3-spot with 20 hits, 16 RBI and a .357 batting average.

OLIVIA VENER

Marblehead, Junior

Shortstop

Hit a a team-high .471 batting average with 33 hits ... Became the fourth player in school history to have more than 30 hits in a single season ... Excelled in baserunning ... Set a single season team record with 43 stolen bases and became the school’s all-time leader in stolen bases ... Outstanding athlete who switched from left field to short stop this season ... Hit for power with a pair fence-clearing home runs ... Tri-captain holds a 3.65 GPA ... Named Northeastern Conference all-star.

KRYSTAL DION

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, Sophomore

Shortstop

Tremendous athlete and fielder for the Bulldogs ... Hitting improved tremendously this season, finishing with a .340 batting average in 50 at-bats ... Gave the Bulldogs solid defense at both short and center ... Had 17 hits, 18 runs, 10 RBI and one home run ... Named a Commonwealth Athletic Conference all-star ... Carries a 3.69 GPA and hopes to study marine biology at the University of Tampa ... Credits her father as her biggest softball influence.

KAERA WYSE

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, Junior

Pitcher/ First Base

Given the Team Leadership Award this season ... Threw 92 innings with 138 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA ... Finished with an 8-7 record on the mound, ... Gave up 82 hits, 43 earned runs and just 22 walks ... Combined for a no-hitter along with teammate Kaylyn County against Greater Lawrence ... Junior ace also had a three-run homer in that 14-0 win over the Reggies... Had a tremendous outing against Greater Lowell, picking up 15 strikeouts in the win and qualified the Bulldogs for the state tournament.

DESIREE MARTIN

Salem, Sophomore

Shortstop

A two-time Northeastern Conference and Salem News all-star ... Honor Roll student dreams of going to Boston College ... Great combination of solid hitting and speed on the bases ... Racked up 25 runs scored and 10 RBI ... Was 34-for-36 on stolen base attempts ... Named team’s Offensive Player of the Year for her exceptional work at the plate for the Witches ... Showed tremendous leadership as a second-year starter on a fairly young team.

NATALIE SHEA

Beverly, Senior

Second Base

Panthers’ No. 5 hitter had a .345 average ... On-base percentage of .648 ... Knocked in 11 RBI ... A varsity starter since sophomore year ... Started every game at second for the past two seasons ... A tremendous leader both on and off the field ... One of three senior captains ... Named a Northeastern Conference all-star ... Was named a Salem News field hockey all-star this past fall ... Will attend UMass Amherst in the fall.

HONORABLE MENTION

Beverly: Hannah Silvestri, So., SS; Rachel Kenney, Sr., OF; Meaghan McLaughlin, Jr., C; Aimee McKenna, Sr., 3B; Kate Silvestri, Jr., 1B.

Bishop Fenwick: Gianna Pizzano, Jr., 3Bl; Gabby Hart, So., C; Chandler Wilder, Jr., CF.

Danvers: Julia Saggese, Sr., CF; Brittany Dougal, So., SS.

Ipswich: Carolyn Lynch, Jr., SS; Jill Lombard, Jr., 1B; Mollie Mello, So., C.

Marblehead: Emily Messinger, So., C; Rachel Mckay, Jr., CF; Allison Kapoll, Fr., LF; Emily Promise, Fr., 2B.

Masconomet: Alex Mendelsohnn, Jr., C; Madison Kelly, Jr., 3B; Emily Dow, Jr., P/IF; Erin Campbell, Sr., 2B.

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie: Christine Cafiso, So., C; Dianna LeBlanc, Fr., CF; Kasey Harris, So., DH.

Peabody: Mikayla Wallace, Sr. 1B; Shelbi Wilson, So., P; Holly Smith, Sr., 3B.

Pingree: Gabby Muniz, Jr., INF; Jill Witwicki, Jr., C; Haley Sabino, Jr., INF; Kelsey Dion, So., INF.

Salem: Joanna Coleman, Jr., 3B; Rachel Zipper, So., C; Hannah Wilkins, Jr., 1B; Katherine Towey, So., CF.

Swampscott: Tori Thistle, Jr., 3B; Tessa Bean, Jr., OF/C; Danielle Mayblyum, Jr., RF/P.