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June 30, 2013

Eagle-Tribune Softball All-Stars: Timberlane's Lange named MVP


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Name School Year Pos.

Karoline Leavitt Central Soph. 3B

Krista Maloney Central Jr. CF

Leslie Moore Central Sr. 1B

Jane Erlandson Georgetown Sr. P

Shannon O’Brien Georgetown Sr. SS

Caitlyn McHugh Haverhill Sr. SS

Leah Hunt Londonderry Jr. P

Chrissy Scionti Methuen Sr. P

Kat LeFebre Methuen Frosh. C

Kim Crucioli North Andover Sr. P

Hannah Paitchel Pelham Jr. SS

Nikki Pelletier Phillips Academy Sr. C

Sam Cloutier Salem Sr. SS

Kate Hoadley Timberlane Frosh. P

*Masha Lange Timberlane Sr. SS

Cassey Glode Whittier Sr. SS

Kayla Riley Whittier Soph. P

Josie Sanchez Whittier Sr. 1B

agateText_Bold:* Eagle-Tribune MVP

Honorable Mention

Andover — Meg Leary, Sr., SS; Jordan Day, Sr., 3B; Paige Hartnett, Soph., 2B

Brooks — Amelia Hulshult, Sr., C

Central Catholic — Olivia Antczak, Soph., P; Meg Sears, Sr., P

Georgetown — Maddy Crateau, Jr., LF

Greater Lawrence — Kassandra Ayala, Soph., OF; Veronica Sheehan, Jr., INF; Maggie Santomassino, Sr., P

Haverhill — Susan Murphy, Jr., 2B; Theresa Ross, Jr., C; Kailey Suplinskas, Sr., P

Lawrence — Ashley Garcia, Jr., 1B; Karisha Jimenez, Jr., CF

Londonderry — Summer Vose, Jr., RF; Cassidy Litch, Jr., LF; Brooke Tulley, Jr., C

Methuen — Angelina Correia, Soph., SS; Kelly Blackwell, Soph., 3B

North Andover — Danielle Wilson, Soph., 2B; Dahlia Decologero, Soph., SS

North Reading — Terri Ferrazzani, Sr., P; Merri Moise, Sr., SS; Shelby Carney, Sr., CF

Pelham — Sarah-Jane Spicer, Soph., 3B; Elissa Mogauro, Jr., 2B; Jordan Parece, Jr., P

Pentucket — Sydney Snow, Jr., C; Tyler Feeney, Soph., P; Mary Kate Corrado, Jr., 1B

Phillips Academy — Kasey Hartung, Jr., 3B; Ravenne Nasser, Soph., P/CF

Pinkerton — Natalie Fabrizio, Jr., P/SS; Lauren Phillips, Soph., C

Presentation of Mary — Gabby Salerno, Frosh., INF

Salem — Brittany Wallace, Sr., C; Amanda Bickford, Jr., OF; Hannah Latham, Sr., 3B; Brianna Rastello, Sr., 2B

Sanborn — Erin Thompson, Frosh., LF; Caitlin Catalanotto, Frosh., P; Elyse Law, Sr., CF

Timberlane — Caroline Salvaneschi, Sr., CF; Meaghan Bishop, Sr., C; Madison Bishop, Jr., 1B; Christina Nye, Jr., OF

Whittier — Destiny Jordan, Sr., 3B; Dominique Ortiz, Soph., 2B

Windham — Heather Tornquist, Sr., 3B; Haley Psareas, Soph., SS; Cailyn Costa, Soph., CF; Rachel Vafides, Jr., P C

KAROLINE LEAVITT, Central Sophomore, Third Base

Top hitter for average (.442) and power for 20-5 Division 1 North champs. Racked up 24 runs, 26 RBIs, 9 doubles, 2 triples and 6 homers (2 grand slams). In state tourney, her bases-clearing double sparked comeback over Boston Latin and had three hits and three RBIs in win over Newton North. Scored 16 goals in field hockey. Younger sister of former Eagle-Tribune All-Stars Mike (football, wrestling) and Joe (golf MVP).

KRISTA MALONEY, Central Junior, Centerfield

Leadoff batter hit .421, scored 23 runs and only struck out five times. Outstanding centerfielder. “She has a great softball mind,” said coach Stacy Ciccolo. Was sidelined late in the season with a concussion but she came back strong in playoffs. MVC All-Star. Windham resident. Younger sister of two-time Eagle-Tribune MVP Kayla Maloney. Daughter of Greater Lawrence Tech volleyball/baseball coach Kevin Maloney.

LESLIE MOORE, Central Senior, First Base

All-MVC and All-Scholastic. Hit .416 with 25 RBIs and slugged four home runs and three doubles. Had a hit and reached base three times against Milford superstar Shannon Smith in state semifinals. Tall target at 6-foot-1. Terrific defensive first baseman. Only made one error all year. MVC All-Star as a junior. Three-year letterman. Earned academic scholarship to Babson. Atkinson resident.

JANE ERLANDSON, Georgetown Senior, Pitcher

All-CAL. Led Royals to 14-7 season, which was 10 more wins than last year. Had ERA of 2.05. Struck out 116 in 92 innings. Allowed just 15 walks. Batted .438 and scored 25 runs. Winning pitcher in the Agganis All-Star Game. Quad-captain. Will continue career at St. Michael’s College. Her father, Mark, was an assistant coach. Older sister, Sarah, was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star. They combined for a no-hitter in 2010.

SHANNON O’BRIEN, Georgetown Senior, Shortstop

Offensive and defensive leader for Georgetown. Hit .506, scored 18 runs and drove in 28 runs. Slugged four home runs. Had fielding percentage of .933. Repeat All-CAL. Quad-captain. Hopes to play softball at the University of Tampa next year. “I think she has the will, determination and talent for that,” said coach David Tullgren. The 5-10 O’Brien played basketball and was a football cheerleader.

CAITLYN McHUGH, Haverhill Senior, Shortstop

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Repeat All-MVC. Batted .492 after hitting .500 last year. Starred her first two years at Whittier before transferring. Surpassed 100 career hits early in season. “She’s aggressive and goes after everything,” said coach Andy Reusch. “And she’s a leader.” Headed to Emerson College to play softball and study TV production. Her sister, Devyn, plays volleyball and softball at Governor’s Academy.

LEAH HUNT, Londonderry Junior, Pitcher

First-team All-Division 1. Returned to pitching after standout sophomore season in centerfield. Led team with .443 average and 18 RBIs. Went 5 for 5 against South and drove in five runs against Pinkerton. Posted 3.72 ERA. Excellent fielder. “I don’t know where we’d be without her,” said coach Wayne MacDougall. “I wish I could use her in center — that’s her best position.” Younger sister of former Lancer Kelly Hunt.

CHRISSY SCIONTI, Methuen Senior, Pitcher

Workhorse for 14-7 Rangers. Pitched 135 innings with 1.45 ERA and 90 strikeouts. Batters hit .212 against her. Runner-up for MVC Division 1 MVP honors. All-MVC as junior. Methuen Tournament MVP. Co-captain. Football and basketball cheerleader. Ranked in top 15 percent of class. Her cousin, Kaitlyn Arsenault, was Salem’s ace pitcher. “I can’t say enough about her. She’ll do anything for the team,” said coach Jason Smith.

KAT LEFEBRE, Methuen Freshman, Catcher

Easily the area’s top freshman. Only freshman on All-MVC team. Hits for average (.386) and power (5 home runs). Scored 20 runs and knocked in 25. Didn’t make an error all year, ending with 109 putouts and 17 assists. Helped lead first-year Tewksbury-Methuen hockey team to state semifinals. Her father, Bob (10th-round pick of Phillies), and grandfather, Lefty LeFebre (started for Arizona St.), are Lawrence baseball legends.

KIM CRUCIOLI, North Andover Senior, Pitcher

All-MVC. Workhorse. Finished with 1.96 ERA, striking out 135 in 135 innings, walking just 24. Struck out 16 and gave up no earned runs in memorable 12-inning 3-0 loss to Methuen. Threw three-hitter to beat Newburyport. Co-captain. CAL All-Star as a junior and sophomore. Four-year starter. Field hockey starter. Headed to Suffolk to play softball and major in business.

HANNAH PAITCHEL, Pelham Junior, Shortstop

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Helped lead Pythons to best season since 2004. Batted .439 and scored 21 runs with 13 RBIs. Third straight year batting well over .400. Terrific arm from deep in the hole. Co-captain. Second team All-Division 3. “There’s no way she shouldn’t have been first team,” said coach Todd Lozeau. Honorable mention Eagle-Tribune All-Star in basketball. Active in student government.

NIKKI PELLETIER, Phillips Academy Senior, Catcher

Made tremendous jump from JV catcher as a sophomore. Batted .447 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in rain-shortened season for 13-0 Big Blue. Tripled and scored a run in 2-0 win over archrival Exeter. Two-year starter. Agile defensively and adept at blocking pitches. Good mind for the game. Andover resident. “She really emerged for us,” said coach Peter Drench. Headed to Cornell to study veterinary science.

SAM CLOUTIER, Salem Senior, Shortstop

Hit .378, scored 20 runs. Led 16-5 Blue Devils with 12 extra-base hits and had 16 RBIs. Turned herself into outstanding defensive shortstop. “Her growth defensively was spectacular,” said coach Harold Sachs. Team MVP. All-Division 1. Her sister Seanna was a freshman on varsity team. Tri-captain. Named Salem’s top female athlete for spring. Hit .449 as a junior. Was a captain in gymnastics. Will attend Merrimack.

KATE HOADLEY, Timberlane Freshman, Pitcher

Surprise player of spring. Not expected to be everyday pitcher but helped carry team to Division 1 state title. Finished with ERA of 1.31 and 150 strikeouts in 128 innings with just 22 walks. Allowed just two earned runs in four tourney games. Has terrific rise ball and improving change-up. “She never seems to get nervous,” said coach Jim Clavette. “She stepped in and just kept getting better and better.”

CASSEY GLODE, Whittier Senior, Shortstop

Led area in hitting with .531 average, collecting 51 hits while scoring 40 runs and knocking in 42. Whittier’s all-time hits leader with more than 150 despite missing much of last year with an injury. Eagle-Tribune All-Star as a freshman and sophomore. Played catcher as a freshman and can play any position. Has strongest arm on team. Had 100th hit — a home run — as a junior. Methuen resident. Will play at Merrimack.

KAYLA RILEY, Whittier Sophomore, Pitcher

Pitched nearly every inning for Division 3 North finalist Wildcats. Threw a four-hitter and a three-hitter in state tourney. Outstanding hitter, too. Batted .494, scored 44 runs and drove in 28 runs. All-CAC. Two-year starter. Ideal No. 2 batter. “She’s an excellent bunter and can move the runner over or hit for power,” said Whittier coach Cheryl Begin. Natural shortstop. Very athletic. All-CAC guard in basketball.

JOSIE SANCHEZ, Whittier Senior, First Base

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star racked up some major honors. CAC Large co-MVP. EMass. Division 3 MVP. Hit .466. Area’s premier power hitter. Slugged 11 home runs and had 39 RBIs. Belted a stunning 26 homers the last two years. Good height (5-10) and soft hands make her ideal at first. Quad-captain from Methuen. Headed to Merrimack College. Also plays basketball and was a former volleyball standout.

Lange caps great career on high note

Over the previous three years, Masha Lange had been the heart and soul of a Timberlane team that scored runs, but struggled for wins.

An Eagle-Tribune All-Star as a sophomore and junior, she hit for average and power and, as the team’s shortstop, was the team’s defensive leader.

Not satisfied, Lange stepped it up to another level and led the Owls to the Division 1 state championship. Lange hit .463 with five home runs, six triples and five doubles with 24 runs and 25 RBIs.

A free swinger, Lange took only three walks and still struck out just three times all year. She was at her best in the playoffs, batting .585.

Against N.H. Gatorade Player of the Year Katie Kennard of Concord in the championship game, she lashed a single and double and hit the ball hard all three times.

Defensively, Lange possessed one of the strongest arms in the state and attacked ground balls.

“She does so many things, she’ll be hard to replace,” said Timberlane coach Jim Clavette. “She’s a player that any coach would love to have.”

Lange will take her softball skills to Plymouth State next year where she will also play field hockey. She was the area’s leading scorer in field hockey and started for the basketball team.

Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2011-12: Kayla Maloney, Phillips; 2010: Nora Galvin, Salem; 2009: Britt Hart, Brooks; 2008: Steph Barrett, Timberlane; 2007: Britt Hart, North Andover; 2006: Alexis Souhlaris, Pinkerton; 2005: Ashley Waters, Amesbury; 2004: Renee Clavette, Timberlane; 2003: Krista Michalczyk, Salem;

2001-02: Karen Harrington, Salem; 2000: Emily Chaput, Amesbury; 1998-99: Michelle Ridings, North Reading; 1997: Nikki Savastano, Amesbury; 1996: Lauren Russell, PMA; 1995: Sara Jewett, Haverhill; 1994: Jennifer Arrajj, Lawrence; 1992-93: Katie King, Salem; 1991: Shawna Currier, Lawrence; 1990: Sue Habinowski, Salem