The 2014 All-Courant high school softball Fab 15 team, honorable mentions, story lines from the season and more:
THE FAB 15
Olivia Banulski, Bristol Central, Sr., CF — .538 avg., 42 hits, 31 runs, 5 HRs
Katelyn Corr, Suffield, Jr., CF — .575, school-record 9 HRs, 47 runs, 24 steals
Michelle Correia, Rockville, Sr., 2B — .417, perfect fielding percentage
Rachel Dube, Southington, Sr., C — .443, 34 RBI, 13 doubles, 5 triples, 3 HR
Astin Donovan, Mercy-Middletown, Sr., SS — .513, 40 runs, 40 hits, .582 OBP
Sydney Ferrante, Southington, Sr., SS — .570 BA, 53 hits, 54 RBI, 7 HRs
Kendra Friedt, Southington, Jr., P — 0.36 ERA, 24-0 record, school-record 247 K's, hit .500
Makayla Harris, Berlin, Sr., P — .438, 37 RBI, 19-4, 1.65 ERA, 134 K's
Erika Leonard, Rocky Hill, Sr., SS — .449, 17 runs, 18 RBI, .608 OBP
BryAnna McIntosh, Cheshire, Sr., SS — .390, .987 fielding pct., .691 slugging pct.
Charline Plasczynski, Bristol Eastern, So., SS — .500, 18 runs, 18 RBI, 4 HRs
Alex Saharek, Wethersfield, Sr., C — .582, 43 hits, 28 RBI, 15 doubles.
Peyton Silverman, South Windsor, So., P — 15-5, 1.04 ERA, 251 K's
Ariel Virgulto, Maloney-Meriden, Sr., SS — .667, 52 hits, 45 runs, 56 steals
Chandler Walker, Bristol Central, Sr., LF — .478, 32 hits, 21 runs
Honorable Mention: Courtney Ahearn, Granby, Sr.; Sam Anthony, Ellington, Sr.; Jelly Banning, Suffield, Sr.; Sarah Beliveau, Bristol Eastern, Sr.; Morgan Bolduk, Rockville, Fr.; Kolby Burger, Haddam-Killingworth, Jr.; Ileish Burney, Bristol Central, Sr.; Kristin Cancelliere, East Catholic-Manchester, Jr.; Saimara Cantress, Maloney, Jr.; Gabriella Diaz, Coginchaug-Durham, So; Alexa DiLeo, Cheshire, Sr.; Jessica Dombroski, Hale-Ray, Sr.; Olivia Gonzalez, East Hartford, Sr.; Alex Goslin, South Windsor, So.; Jessica Grabinski, East Granby, Sr.; Sam Groskritz, Granby, Sr.; Casey Harding, Cheshire, Jr.; Mallory Leone, Cromwell, Sr.; Tori Lillard, Platt-Meriden, Sr.; Stephanie Mangiameli, Mercy; Jr.; Olivia Odermatt, Cheshire, Jr.; Katie Omdahl, Hand-Madison, Jr.; Lauren Pascoe, Old Saybrook, Jr.; Kaitlin Paterson, Southington, Jr.; Lexi Pellotti, Suffield, Sr.; Missy Pereira, Sheehan-Wallingford, Jr.; Emily Popp, Morgan-Clinton, So.; Mel Rennie, Hand, Jr.; Courtney Silvia, Berlin, Sr.; Julie Slavin, Rocky Hill, So.; Katie Slavin, Rocky Hill, Sr.; Paige Trabucchi, Old Saybrook, Sr.; Melissa Wabble, East Windsor, Sr.; Eileen Zadrozny, Coventry, Sr.; Lauren Zazzaro, Southington, Jr.
STORY LINES OF THE SEASON
Southington lost its catcher and pitcher to graduation and its coach to retirement after the Blue Knights won the Class LL title in 2013. But they came back and did that team one better this season — Southington went undefeated (24-0) for the first time since 2004 and won its 15th state championship, 1-0 in a 15-inning thriller over Amity-Woodbridge. Senior catcher Rachel Dube, in her first varsity season, hit the winning home run in the bottom of the 15th off Amity pitcher Katie Koshes, who was brilliant with 21 strikeouts but made one mistake that Dube took advantage of. Coach Davina Hernandez won the title in her first season after losing twice in the finals as a player at Bristol Central in 2004 and 2005, the last time to Amity. Junior pitcher Kendra Friedt took over for Courant Player of the Year Jordyn Moquin and had an 0.36 ERA and a school-record 226 strikeouts.
Thomaston won a Class S basketball championship in two overtimes, and many of the same players were on the softball team that rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to beat Old Saybrook 7-6 in eight innings for the Class S title. Old Saybrook finished 20-8 after its first trip to the finals since 1989.
Berlin had a nice run through the Class L tournament, knocking off Torrington, which had only one loss (in the NVL tournament final), 4-2 in the quarterfinals. But the Redcoats lost 7-0 to Sacred Heart in the semifinals. Maloney, led by senior shortstop Ariel Virgulto, lost to eventual champion Fitch 4-3 in the Class L quarterfinals.
South Windsor, the 11th seed in Class LL, traveled to Middletown to beat No. 6 Mercy in the second round and to Greenwich to knock off the No. 3 Cardinals in the quarterfinals before losing to Amity 2-1 in the semifinals. Sophomore pitcher Peyton Silverman, who had 251 strikeouts, went 15-5 for the Bobcats.
Suffield won the NCCC title, with junior center fielder Katelyn Corr hitting three home runs in one day (one in the semifinal and two in the final), and advanced to the Class M quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Seymour, 5-0.
FINAL COURANT RATINGS
1. Southington (24-0)
2. Fitch-Groton (26-1)
3. Seymour (26-1)
4. Amity-Woodbridge (22-6)
5. East Haven (20-6)
6. Sacred Heart-Hamden (14-11)
7. St. Joseph-Trumbull (25-2)
8. Maloney-Meriden (18-4)
9. Berlin (18-6)
10. South Windsor (17-7)
4. South Windsor
5. Rocky Hill (21-3)
6. Hand-Madison (20-6)
7. Bristol Central (19-4)
8. Cheshire (17-7)
9. Mercy-Middletown (16-4)
10. Old Saybrook (20-8)
Class LL: Southington 1, Amity 0 (15 innings)
Class L: Fitch 3, Sacred Heart 1
Class M: Seymour 2, East Haven 0
Class S: Thomaston 7, Old Saybrook 6 (8)
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