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2017 HockomockSports Softball Awards
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Milford junior shortstop Emily Piergustavo has been named the 2017 HockomockSports.com Softball Player of the Year. Piergustavo had an impressive season at the plate, as well as in the field, helping the Scarlet Hawks to 25 wins, a Davenport division title and an MIAA D1 State Championship. Piergustavo was also selected as the Hockomock League MVP by the coaches.
“Whether it was at the plate or in the field, you could count on Emily to make a big play when needed this season,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “In a special season for the Scarlet Hawks, Emily had a special individual season and had one of the best offensive years in recent memory.”
At the plate, she smacked 44 hits in 77 at-bats hit for an outstanding 0.611 batting average, which led the Hockomock League. Piergustavo had 10 doubles, six triples and six home runs, scoring 40 runs. She also drew a team-high 17 walks while striking out just five times all season long. She finished second on the team, and second in the league, with 36 RBI.
“Emily is an extremely hard worker who puts in the time necessary to be an outstanding player with the bat and glove,” said Milford head coach Steve DiVitto. “As the league MVP and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year, she has earned every accolade that has come and will come her way.”
North Attleboro coach Bill Wallace, whose team played Milford twice this season, added, “She is an aggressive player but smart, she’s not going chase bad pitches but if you are around the plate, she’s going to get the barrel on it.”
Piergustavo is the second Milford player to be selected for this award and first non-pitcher to earn the honor. She follow’s Milford’s Shannon Smith (2013), North Attleboro’s Meg Colleran (2014), King Philip’s Kali Magane (2015) and Taunton’s Aimee Kistner (2016).
Honorable Mentions: Courtney Fisher, Taunton – Meghan Gorman, King Philip – Jess Tomaso, Milford
HockomockSports First Team
Kya Enos – Taunton – Catcher
Taunton junior Kya Enos had another terrific season for the Tigers, making the move back to behind the plate. After having an all star caliber season in center a year ago, Enos returned to her natural spot behind the dish. She batted 0.479 on the season (34 hits) with a team-high four home runs. Enos added 33 RBI and scored 18 runs. “Kya is an outstanding athlete and softball player,” said THS coach Dave Lewry. “She does a great job calling the game, receiving and blocking pitches, and has an accurate and strong arm which discourages opposing runners from attempting to steal.”
Jaime Brown – Taunton – Infield
Taunton sophomore Jaime Brown had another strong season manning third base for the 17-win Tigers. Despite being just a sophomore, Brown was one of the best defensive players in the infield and was a big threat at the plate, earning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year honors. She hit 0.507 on 38 hits, knocked in 13 runs and scored a team-high 34 runs from the lead off spot. “As only a sophomore, she is already recognized as a leader on the team with a love for the game that is evident daily in practices and games,” said THS coach Dave Lewry.
Meghan Gorman – King Philip – Infield
King Philip sophomore Meghan Gorman was a spark plug for the Warriors as the team’s lead-off hitter and jumped right into the starting role at shortstop and became one of the league’s best defensive infielders. The Central Connecticut State University-commit had team highs with 41 hits, 36 runs scored, 15 extra base hits, six homers, and 15 stolen bases (without being thrown out). Gorman struck out only three times in 105 plate appearance for the Kelley-Rex champs and made only five errors in 72 chances at short.
Emily Piergustavo – Milford – Infield
Milford junior Emily Piergustavo had a stellar season for the D1 State Champion Milford Scarlet Hawks. She dominated at the plate, hitting a league-best 0.611 on 44 hits. She drove in 36 runs while scoring 40 runs on her own. Along with a 1.167 slugging percentage, Piergustavo belted six home runs on top of 10 doubles and six triples, earning HockomockSports.com Player of the Year and Hockomock League MVP honors. “Emily is an extremely hard worker who puts in the time necessary to be an outstanding player with the bat and glove,” said MHS coach Steve DiVitto.
Victoria Ziner – Oliver Ames – Infield
Oliver Ames senior Victoria Ziner concluded a strong career with an impressive final campaign. A slick-fielding shortstop, Ziner also delivered a lot of pop on the offensive side of the ball. She was one of the top hitters in the league with a 0.493 batting average on 34 hits while adding nine RBI, 16 runs and a pair of home runs. “Ziner works harder at her craft than anyone I have ever coached, and she is the smoothest fielder I have ever had the pleasure of coaching as well,” said Oliver Ames head coach Lindsey Allison.
Mady Bendanillo – Mansfield – Outfield
Mansfield sophomore Mady Bendanillo continued her strong play in centerfield and at the plate for the Hornets and helped a young Mansfield team return to the postseason. Bendanillo batted a team-high .442 on the season and had an on-base percentage of 0.608. She had 23 hits and drove in a team-high 21 runs, while hitting six home runs. Mansfield coach Lori Letendre said, “Mady is a dynamic player with a quick first step in the outfield that allowed her to make some great catches for us this year.”
Maggie Farrell – Milford – Outfield
Milford senior Maggie Farrell capped her final season in impressive fashion, helping the Scarlet Hawks win the D1 State Championship. One of the most clutch hitters over the past four years, Farrell hit 0.492 on 30 hits, including eight doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs. She recorded 26 RBI and scored 20 runs on her own. “She is a tremendous hitter from the left side with a silky smooth swing,” said Milford head coach Steve DiVitto. “Her hard work has not only made her a feared hitter, but has made her an outstanding outfielder as well.”
MacKenzie Handrahan – Taunton – Outfield
Taunton junior MacKenzie Handrahan had a breakout year for the Tigers in 2017. One of the top power hitters in the league, Handrahan added a lot of pop to the Tigers’ lineup this year from the clean up spot. She hit 0.514 on 36 hits (eight doubles) and drove in 21 runs. In 70 at-bats, she only struck out twice all year. “Mack made the most of her first year on the varsity squad, not only winning a starting position in the outfield but becoming the team’s clean up hitter,” said Taunton head coach Dave Lewry.
Jess Tomaso – Milford – Designated Player
Milford junior Jess Tomaso followed up a successful debut season with an impressive 2017 campaign. She was one of the top hitters in the league, belting out a league-high 45 hits and a league-best 39 RBI for a 0.523 batting average. She also was a top defensive option at first base. “Jess is a deadly force with the bat, and has the ability to do something special every time she is up at the plate,” said MHS coach Steve DiVitto. “Her desire and drive to be the best she can be is what makes her such a dangerous player.”
Ali Atherton – Milford – Pitcher
Milford senior Ali Atherton put an exclamation point on a four-year career as a Scarlet Hawk with a memorable final season. Atherton really impressed during 2017, especially down the stretch as the Hawks won the MIAA D1 State Championship for the third time in the last six years. She posted a 14-1 record with a 0.91 ERA, allowing just 11 earned runs all season with 83 strikeouts in 84.1 innings. “Ali has been a rock in the circle for us since day one as a freshman, and as a senior, she took her game to another level,” said MHS coach Steve DiVitto.
Bella Erti – North Attleboro – Pitcher
North Attleboro freshman Bella Erti made a big splash in her rookie season with the Red Rocketeers. Erti showed no fear pitching in the best league in the state, earning a 14-6 record with a 1.43 ERA. She was one of the league’s leaders with 115 strikeouts and had a 1.08 WHIP. She also contributed at the plate with a 0.343 average, 10 extra base hits and two home runs. “Bella was fearless as a freshman, she attacked hitters, she had six shutouts including a perfect game,” said North Attleboro coach Bill Wallace.
Courtney Fisher – Taunton – Pitcher
Taunton senior Courtney Fisher made the most out of her one year as Taunton’s starting pitcher. Fisher had a league-high 15 wins, posting a 1.09 ERA with just 11 walks all season. She struck out 98 batters in 116 innings of work. “Courtney was at her best when the opponent was threatening, usually finding ways out of jams with her signature drop and change up,” said Taunton head coach Dave Lewry. “A highlight of the season was her seven inning perfect game against Attleboro.”
HockomockSports Second Team
Hannah Davis – Foxboro – Catcher
Foxboro junior Hannah Davis had another superb season behind the dish for the Warriors. A two-time Hockomock League All Star, Davis has been a rock defensively and one of the top hitters in the league. She hit 0.444 on 32 hits while leading Foxboro with 25 runs scored. She had 13 doubles and 12 stolen bases on the season. She struck out looking only once all season long. “Hannah is a terrific catcher who blocks balls as good as anyone, and has a strong accurate arm,” said Foxboro head coach Mark Maguire.
Hanna Aldrich – Taunton – Infield
Taunton’s Hanna Aldrich looked like a natural patrolling shortstop for the Tigers despite being just an eighth grader. In her first season, she hit 0.412 on 28 hits, knocking in 24 runs – second most on the 17-win Tigers. She also scored 15 runs from her fifth spot in the order. “Hanna may only be an eighth grader, but she plays the game like a seasoned veteran,” said THS coach Dave Lewry. “Hanna loves the game of softball and has a great work ethic which drives her to continually make the effort to get better and better.”
Megan Barlow – North Attleboro – Infield
North Attleboro senior Megan Barlow helped the Rocketeers to an impressive season and a memorable postseason run in 2017. While being one of the top defensive shortstops, Barlow also come up with a huge season on offense as well. She hit 0.456 – going 36-for-79 – with 19 doubles and two home runs. She also had 18 runs scored and 18 RBI in 2017. “Meg has been a three-year starter but had a breakthrough year this year,” said North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace. “She seemed to always come up at the right time.”
Lexi Buckner – Foxboro – Infield
After battling through an ACL injury for the past two years, Foxboro junior Lexi Buckner had a breakout year during the 2017 campaign. After transitioning to second base, she was Foxboro’s top hitter with a 0.452 batting average on 28 hits. She also had two home runs and had 12 RBI during the regular season. “She really played aggressive, solid defense for us,” said Foxboro head coach Mark Maguire. “She was voted ‘Teammate of the Year’ for all the positive support she gives her teammates.”
Hailey McCasland – King Philip – Infield
King Philip junior Hailey McCasland followed her breakout sophomore season with another strong year at second base for the Kelley-Rex champion Warriors both at the plate and in the field. The WPI-commit led the Warriors in batting average (.443), OPS (.506), and stolen bases (15), while striking out only three times in 93 at-bats this spring. In the field, McCasland made only four errors at second base in 75 chances and turned four double plays as the Warriors advanced to the Div. 1 South quarterfinal.
Olivia Capobianco – North Attleboro – Outfield
North Attleboro sophomore Olivia Capobianco had a breakout season starting in centerfield and helped the Rocketeers put together a memorable 2017 campaign. Capobianco’s speed on the base paths made her a dynamic option on offense as well as a top defensive outfielder. On the season, she hit 0.392 on 29 hits. She came around to score 28 runs, recorded 20 RBI and was one of the top base runners with an impressive 16 stolen bases. “She is a dynamic player who can influence games with her speed,” said North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace.
Kate Irwin – Milford – Outfield
Milford junior Kate Irwin continued to be one of the top lead-off hitters in the area during the Hawks’ memorable 2017 season. Irwin set the tone atop Milford’s order, hitting 0.437 with 35 hits and eight stolen bases. She came around to score 34 runs for the D1 State Champions, walked 10 times and added 14 RBI. “Kate is one of the fastest individuals I have ever coached,” said MHS coach Steve DiVitto. “She is a threat to be on base, and score whenever she is on because of her wheels. Those wheels have also made her an outstanding outfielder.”
Sydney Phillips – King Philip – Outfield
King Philip junior Sydney Phillips took over as the starting centerfielder for the Warriors this spring, bringing her athleticism to the lineup, and also added another strong bat near the bottom of the order. Phillips, who was the 2016 HockomockSports.com Volleyball Player of the Year, batted 0.431 for the Warriors, setting the tables for the top of the order, and she scored 22 runs for the Kelley-Rex champs. In center, Phillips committed only one error in 35 chances and had three outfield assists this year.
Liz Morehouse – North Attleboro – Designated Player
North Attleboro senior Liz Morehouse was a big factor in Big Red’s memorable season and impressive postseason run in 2017. Manning first base, Morehouse was a top defensive option – with a .982 fielding percentage – as well as one of the top power hitters in the league. She hit .386 for the year, knocking in an impressive 28 runs while scoring 17 runs herself. She also added two home runs among her 28 hits. “Liz has had a great three-year run for us with her bat and her glove,” said North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace.
McKenzie Bergdoll – Attleboro – Pitcher
Attleboro sophomore McKenzie Bergdoll emerged into a shutdown starter and helped Attleboro make a return to the state tournament by tossing a no-hitter against Quincy in the season finale. In her second year as the starter, Bergdoll finished with a 3.77 ERA and struck out 68 batters in 78 innings. She also batted 0.320 and had a 0.957 fielding percentage. Attleboro coach Mark Homer said, “McKenzie’s competitiveness resonates throughout the entire team and helps to motivate the younger players to be at their best while playing at the varsity level.”
Gina Carafa – Stoughton – Pitcher
Stoughton junior Gina Carafa was a force inside the circle for the Black Knights, who qualified for the state tournament for the second consecutive year. Maybe most impressive of all, Carafa was the Hockomock League leader in strikeouts, fanning 128 batters over the course of 108 innings. She finished with a 2.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. “She worked hard this offseason and came into tryouts with something to prove,” said Stoughton head coach Tim Norton. “This year, if she was on the field, we always had a chance to win the game.”
Jenn Hutnyan – King Philip – Pitcher
King Philip senior Jenn Hutnyan was the starting pitcher for the Kelley-Rex division champion Warriors this spring and the Merrimack College-commit proved to be integral for KP both in the circle and at the plate. Hutnyan led the team with 10 wins and struck out 81, while also leading the team with 31 runs driven in. She had 10 extra base hits, including four homers. Hutnyan was also solid with the glove, making only one error in 78 opportunities as either pitcher or first base.
Taunton sophomore third baseman Jaime Brown has been named the 2017 HockomockSports.com Softball Underclassman of the Year. Brown had yet another successful season with the Tigers, helping Taunton earn 17 wins and make yet another trip to the state tournament. She was also selected as a Hockomock League All Star by the coaches.
“Jaime put together yet another impressive season while manning third base for a powerful Taunton team,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “Even though just a sophomore, she was one of the top hitters in the entire league and made difficult plays look routine in the field. Softball is one of the most competitive sports when it comes to Underclassman of the Year and Brown is very deserving of this honor.”
Brown finished the regular season sixth in batting average and finished the entire year at 0.507 on an impressive 38 hits. She scored a team-high 34 runs while tying for the team-lead with eight walks. She added eight doubles, three triples and one home run to go along with 13 RBI.
“Her defense was nothing short of incredible this season as evidenced by just one error at the hot corner,” said Taunton head coach Dave Lewry. “Offensively, she sets the table from the lead off spot in the line up, hitting to all fields with her sweet left-handed swing. Jaime is an extremely hard worker in the off-season, always coming back the next season with new and improved skills.”
This is the first time a Taunton softball player has earned Underclassman of the Year honors and just fourth time overall. She is the first female Taunton athlete to win across all sports, joining EJ Dambreville (boys basketball, 2014-2015), Luke Figueira (baseball, 2014) and Noah Leonard (football, 2016).
Honorable Mentions: Hanna Aldrich, Taunton – Bella Erti, North Attleboro – Meghan Gorman, King Philip
Coach of the Year – Steve DiVitto, Milford
Milford head coach Steve DiVitto has been named the 2017 HockomockSports.com Softball Coach of the Year. Now in his fourth year, DiVitto led the Scarlet Hawks to a 25-win season and an MIAA D1 State Championship – his first and the program’s third in the last six years.
“Expectations were certainly high going into the 2017 season, and Coach DiVitto helped the Scarlet Hawks deliver,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “After losing the first game of the season, DiVitto kept the Hawks on the right path and they were rewarded with a well-earned state championship.”
Milford finished the regular season 19-1, earning the program’s fifth straight Davenport division title and the #2 seed in the D1 South tournament. Milford went on to pick up victories over Plymouth North, Norwood, Hopkinton and top-seeded Silver Lake. After beating Newton North in the D1 State Semifinal, the Hawks earned a come-from-behind win over Wachusett in the D1 State Final.
DiVitto is the third coach from the Davenport to win the award, following Stoughton’s Tim Norton (2016) and Milford’s Brian Macchi (2013). Taunton’s Dave Lewry won the award in 2014 and 2015.
Honorable Mentions: Norm Beauchemin, King Philip – Mark Homer, Attleboro – Bill Wallace, North Attleboro