2019 SALEM NEWS SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TIANNA DAWE

Peabody Senior

Pitcher

It was difficult to pick one Player of the Year for 2019 since there were so many outstanding senior athletes around the North Shore. Peabody's Tianna Dawe gets the nod for leading the Tanners to the Division 1 Tournament once again, and pitching two monster games to bring the Courtney Corning Tournament home to the Tanner City.

Dawe and her battery mate Kristina Rossignoll have had outstanding careers working closely together to lead the Tanners to victory the past few years. The job was more difficult this past season with freshman filling key spots.

Dawe was named NEC All-Conference, and the Peabody captain pitched more innings than anybody else on the Salem News All-Star team — 142. She was the team's only pitcher, and game after game went out and did her job with Janelle Richard taking over for a handful of innings. She struck out 201 batters and had a stingy 1.80 ERA.

When Dawe was hitting her spots she was unbeatable and posted eight shutout performances including a one-hitter against North Andover in the first game of the D1 tournament.

Dawe and Rossignoll were named co-MVP's for Peabody High. She fielded her position effectively, and was a big factor at the plate as well with a .450 batting average and 17 RBI. Her GPA was 3.63 and ranked 51 out of a class of 362. She will continue her softball career at Emanuel College.

"My father has been there for me on and off the field my entire softball career," Dawe said. "Whether it was helping me practice or giving me advice after a tough loss, he always pushed me to be my best."

First year coach Tawny Palmieri praised her pitcher for leadership qualities and being a good teammate. "She is never satisfied and consistently tries to improve some aspect of her game. When she swings you know it's going to be hit hard, and when she in on her game pitching the ball is moving, coming in fast, and hitting spots. 'T' is one of those kids you love to coach and work with every day because her attitude, drive, hustle, and love for the sport make her a leader girls look up to."

THE ALL-STARS

SHANNON CONTE

Pingree Sophomore

Catcher

EIL All-League and Highlanders' MVP for second straight season ... Amesbury resident hit .625 with 4 home runs, an on base percentage of .692 ... Attempted 23 steals and caught only once ... Best performance was against Chapel Hill with back to back homers to win game ... Defensively a standout behind the dish with great anticipation to prevent opposition from stealing ... Worked to improve communication and leadership skills ... Plans to play both field hockey and softball at Division 1 college ... 3.4 GPA and wants to major in physical therapy ... Said rain or shine her parents are always there to support her at every game.

SAMANTHA COOKE

Hamilton-Wenham Senior

Pitcher/Outfield

First team CAL All-Star ... Captain was MVP for Lady Generals in Gloucester Memorial Day Tournament, pitching 10 innings with 9 strikeouts and no walks ... Led offense with five hits in tourney ... Best batting average on team (.532) ... Agganis All-Star and Team MVP ... Highlight of season was striking out 15 against Pentucket and getting key hits in HW's first win ... Punched out 79 ... Only made one error all season ... Hit safely in 17 of 19 games with a pair of five hit games, five doubles and two triples ... 3.6 GPA and going to Roger Williams University where she will play softball ... Thanked her dad for bringing softball back to Hamilton-Wenham so she and her sister Sarah could have opportunity to play.

SARAH COOKE

Hamilton-Wenham Sophomore

Shortstop

Named to 2nd team CAL all-star squad ... Hit safely in 18 of 20 games played ... Made only three errors all season ... Batted .514 with 23 RBI, five doubles and a triple ... Highlight of season was playing at Gordon College on Senior Day and going 4-for-5 at the plate to help team win ... Received Defensive Player Award for H-W ... Captain-elect's GPA is 4.0 and plans to continue playing softball at college level ... Said her family, more specifically her dad and sister Sammy, have pushed her to work hard and be the best player and person she can be.

MYA CUEVAS

Ipswich Junior

Center Fielder

Tigers captain hit .417 with on base percentage of .468 ... Named CAL 2nd team all-star... Received Ipswich Coaches Award ... Highlight of season was going 5-for-6 in Hamilton-Wenham game with a double and three runs batted in ... Carries 3.9 GPA and ranked in top 30th percent of class ... Plans to go to college to study pre-law and play basketball or softball ... Influenced by Lexie Brown, a WNBA player for Minnesota Lynx ... "She is the humble underdog; her hard work and talent never go unnoticed, and she plays her game for the team."

SHEREE FALLON

Essex Tech Junior

Pitcher

CAC All-Star posted 10-5 regular season record and finished 11-7 including tourney ... Coach Julia Deleskey said she was thrilled with her improvement and team player attitude ... Hit .471 with 28 RBI ... Only struck out five times in 70 at-bats ... .686 slugging ... Pitched 109.1 innings, faced 510 batters and had 86 strikeouts ... 3.14 ERA ... Danvers resident fanned 10 in Shawsheen game and went 4-for-4 at the plate ... Plans to continue playing softball in college and study something involving animals ... Said high school coaches pushed her hard and family, especially her father, helped her get where she is today.

ALEXCEA GLYNOS

Danvers Senior

Pitcher

NEC All-Conference pick was injured at start of season but roared back ... Pitched perfect game against Lynn English ... Struck out 18 against Swampscott ... In 83 innings in the circle had 132 punchouts and a stingy 1.51 ERA ... Gave up 40 hits, 20 walks, and 18 of the 21 runs she allowed were earned ... 3.7 GPA and will pitch at Sourthern New Hampshire University where she is enrolled in business administration honors program ... Plans to go to law school ... Said her dad and brother are always there, pushing her to be the best she can be ... "I wouldn't be the person I am today without them."

BROOKE GRASSIA

Danvers Sophomore

Shortstop

Drove in 8 runs in Andover game ... Northeastern Conference all-star hit .372 with 21 RBI, 24 runs scored, and three homers ... 32 hits in 86 at bats ... Excellent lead off hitter ... Second year in a row as Salem News all-star ... Wants to play softball in college ... 3.7 GPA ... Thanked her dad for always putting her dreams as his priority and giving her support in everything.

HESTER MURPHY

Essex Tech

Third Baseman

Broke out of an early slump in big way ... CAC all-star went 15-for-36 with .416 average in last 11 regular season games ... Was 3-for-4 with two singles, a homer, and two RBI in Vocational Tournament ... Hit five triples this season and finished with 18 RBI, 18 runs scored and .500 slugging  ... Coach Julia Deleskey praised her defense ... "She is fantastic defending the small game" ... Beverly resident has 4.1 GPA ... Thanked her brother for always supporting her.

CHRISTIN NAPIERKOWSKI

Salem Sophomore

Pitcher/First Baseman

Received Witches' Defensive Most Valuable Player honors ... Averaged 8 strikeouts per game ... 5-5 record in 66 innings pitched ... Struck out 85 and had 2.67 ERA ... Hit .290 ... Stepped in to share pitching duties a year ago as freshman ... Carries 4.74 GPA and wants to major in biochemistry on pre-med track in college with plans to become a doctor ... Said her pitching coach Kristen Farrell pushed her to being the player she is today.

KATHERINE NOFTALL

Ipswich Senior

Shortstop/Pitcher

Captain was Cape Ann League All-Conference ... Agganis all-star ... Hit .449 with 25 RBI ... Had 31 hits with 14 for extra bases and 20 runs scored ... Was the Tigers' leader on a young team ... Hit for power ... Coach Mark Veilleux called her "An RBI machine who leaves a big hole in our team that will be hard to fill" ... Very versatile and helped out on mound a few times including one stint in tourney game with Lynnfield ... Will attend Bentley University and continue her softball career.

TESSA PALERMO

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Catcher

Captain from Saugus was defensive standout behind the plate ... Hit for power with five home runs ... Batted .310 ... Highlight of season was hitting first home run of season (a 3-run shot) against Cardinal Spellman to win the game ... CCL all-star and Crusaders' MVP ... Courtney Corning scholarship recipient ... GPA was 4.08 ... Going to Rogers Williams University to major in management or public relations ... Plans to walk-on for softball ... Said her mom helped behind the scenes and was always there for her while her dad spent countless hours in the back yard, on the field, or batting cages to help her improve skills.

MERCEDEZ PELLETIER

Marblehead Senior

Shortstop

Captain was three-year varsity starter ... Missed first fvie games of season with concussion ... Had .408 average with 20 hits and a homer ... For career racked up 82 hits, six homers and hit at a .455 average ... An exceptional shortstop with great range ... Worked on mechanics and communication skills on field ... Northeastern Conference all-star and Agganis all-star ... Named Offensive Player for Magicians ... 3.6 GPA and going to Fisher College ... Thanked all her coaches and family for support.

JULIA PITMAN

Beverly Senior

Shortstop

Two year captain was NEC All-Conference ... Agganis all-star ... Ironman played in all 87 games in four-year varsity career, 558.1 out of possible 561 innings ... Hit .430 with on-base of .680 ... Drove in 27 runs and scored 23 ... Slugger had a homer, three triples and nine doubles ... 73 assists defensively with .921 fielding ... Best game was against Revere with two bases loaded doubles ... 4.50 GPA, ranked 13 in class of 286 ... Attending University of Maine to study Animal and Veterinary sciences ... Will be walk-on for softball ... "My dad's support and help since T-ball, making sure I was being the best player I can be, both on an off the field had a big influence on me."

CHARLOTTE PLAKANS

Marblehead Senior

Pitcher

Highlight of season for captain was pitching 13 innings in win over Saugus ... Magicians MVP was NEC All-Conference, Agganis All-Star ... Received coach Bruce Jordan Sportsmanship Award ... 103 innings pitched, 103 strikeouts ... ERA was 2.85 ... Had 47 career wins with over 450 strikeouts ... Power hitter with 5 dingers ... Career average was .417 with 79 hits and 9 homers ... 3.6 GPA and will attend Bentley ... Will pitch for Falcons ... Thanked her high school coaches Johnny Gold, Todd Norman, Joe Fields, and Michael Joyce who helped her over past 4 years and supported her ever since she was the only freshman on varsity

CHLOE RAKAUSKAS

Swampscott Freshmen

Catcher/Third Baseman

Only a freshman but this was second year starting for varsity ... Continued to improve her skills ... All-Tournament Award at Holland Tourney ... Highlight of season was hitting first career homer ... .390 batting average along with six doubles, two triples, and 19 runs batted in ... Plans to continue softball career in college ... 3.8 GPA ... Said senior captains Sydney Cresta and Katie Watts had the biggest influence on her.

ELIZA REIMOLD

Masconomet Sophomore

Shortstop

Boxford resident was CAL first team all-star ... Hit .536 with .634 on base percentage and .857 slugging ... Drove in 12 runs with 30 hits including a homer, two triples and 11 doubles ... Scored 22 runs ... Only struck out once and walked 15 times ... Has 4.7 GPA ... Plans to major in music education or performance in college ... Said her dad has had the biggest influence on her because he helps her practice, gives her confidence, and cheers her on at every game.

KRISTINA ROSSIGNOLL

Peabody Senior

Catcher

NEC All-Conference choice ... Agganis all-star ... Tanners' co-MVP with pitcher Tianna Dawe ... Highlight of season was winning Courtney Corning Tournament ... Said it was not only for Courtney and Tanner coach Tawny Palmieri but because those two games were best for both her and the whole team ... Batting average was .415 and on-base was .525 ... Drove in 24 runs ... 3.65 GPA and ranked 47th in class of 380 ... Going to Quinnipiac University ... Thanked her family for coming to every game to cheer her on and offer support which made her a better player.

RONA SCOTT

Beverly Senior

Pitcher

NEC All-Conference ... Did it all both in the circle and at the plate ... Agganis all-star ... .484 batting average with area leading 30 runs batted in ... Had three home runs a triple and four doubles ... Intentionally walked 17 times ... On-base percentage .762 ... Pitched 118.2 innings with 9-6 record, 3.40 ERA and 95 strikeouts ... Fielded position well with 49 assists and .942 fielding ... Power hitter and pitcher ... Highlight of season was extra inning win over Peabody ... 3.34 GPA ... Will major in biology education and play softball at the University of Southern Maine ... "I would not be half the person I am today without coach (Megan) Sudak, who guided me through the ups and downs of high school."

NATALIE STILWELL

Beverly Senior

Second Baseman

Panther captain had 10 extra-base hits ... Slugger hit five dingers ... Drove in 22 runs and scored 17 ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Hit .301 with .568 slugging percentage ... Highlight of season was hitting game winning homer in extra innings against Peabody ... Solid defensive second baseman had 65 assists, 14 putouts, four double plays, fielding average of .875 ... 4.24 ERA ... Will play softball at Clark University ... "My love of the game started with my dad, and he is my biggest supporter."

ROSA VIDAL

Salem Senior

Center Fielder

Captain provided strong leadership on young team ... Hit .490 in lead off spot ... Stole seven bases and walked 13 times ... Dangerous on base paths with her speed ... Hit safely in 17 of 19 games and drove in seven runs ... Anchored outfield and used speed to get to a lot of balls ... Plans to take year off before deciding on future ... Thanked her father for his constant support.

ALI VIENNEAU

Essex Tech Senior

Center Fielder

Fast as the wind, CAC all-star stole 25 bases ... .444 batting average, 22 runs scored ... Drove in 13 runs ... Only struck out four times ... Batting average was .481 during regular season ... Great lead off hitter, constantly on base, and always threat to steal ... Four-year varsity starter ... 58 thefts in last three years ... Going to UMass Boston and may be walk-on for softball ... Coach Julia Deleskey called her "a true competitor" ... When she was dialed in the whole team followed.

KATELYN WATTS

Swampscott Senior

Shortstop/Second Baseman

Wrapped up stellar career with another outstanding season ... Big Blue MVP, NEC All-Conference and All Tournament Team at Holland Tourney, Agganis all-star ... Two-year captain started as a freshman ... Hit .593 with 24 RBI and scored 20 runs ... Had four triples and nine doubles ... Best performance was against Somerville with perfect 5-for-5, two doubles, two triples, and seven RBI ... Ranked 12th in class of 171 ... 98.02 average ... Going to Endicott College to major in mathematics with concentration in secondary education and play softball ... Said her mother in her No. 1 supporter and pushes her to be the best she can be.

HONORABLE MENTION

BEVERLY: Abi McGovern, Sr., 1B; Sarah Vallette, Sr., 3B.

BISHOP FENWICK: Nicole Modica, Sr., P; Emma Burke, Fr., P; Stephanie Steriti, Jr., 3B' Meredith McIntosh, Sr., DP.

DANVERS: Alex Marie, Sr., 3B; Lily Eldridge, Soph., P/OF; Kayla Robinson, Sr., C; Anna Lowd, Sr., 2B.

ESSEX TECH: Ally Countie, Soph., SS; Mya Doucette, Fr., C; Emily Graham, Fr., P/OF; Emily Atwood, Fr., DP/OF.

HAMILTON-WENHAM: Julia Seaward, Jr., C; Hannah Marie Akoury, Fr., 3B; Emma Connors, Sr., OF.

IPSWICH: Erika Noftall, Jr., /SS; Rowan Galanis, Soph., 2B; Brandie Melanson, Sr., C.

MARBLEHEAD: Frances Paik, Jr., CF; Jolie Quintana, Soph., C; Annika Haley, Fr., LF.

MASCONOMET: Brianna Melillo, Sr., 1B; Sophia Ciccarelli, Sr., CF; Rebeca Toomey, Jr., 2B; Brooke Donahue, Soph., LF.

PEABODY: Makayla Rooney,Jr., 3B; Makayla Iannalfo, Sr., 2B; Mackenzie Marmion, Sr., CF.

PINGREE: Maddie Massicotte, Soph., P/1B; Savannah Gibbs, Soph., SS.

SALEM: Jenna Tremblay, Jr., P/1B; Angelica Rego, Jr., C/SS; Braegan Fitzgerald, Soph., LF.

SWAMPSCOTT: Sydney Cresta, Sr., CF; Caleigh Hopkins, Jr., P; Nicolette Fraser, Fr., C.

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