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.”