2017-07-17 / Sports

Lakers’ Frederick heads up All-Eagle Softball

Katie Frederick (above) and several of her Sunapee teammates raked in state championship after state championship over the past few years, the last being a softball title in June. — TIM TAYLORKatie Frederick (above) and several of her Sunapee teammates raked in state championship after state championship over the past few years, the last being a softball title in June. — TIM TAYLORKatie Frederick had a storybook career at Sunapee, winning championships in soccer, basketball and softball. In fact, she played on three NHIAA Division IV state championship teams in her senior season, capping her high school career with a title on the diamond.

Her accomplishments this spring have earned her the Eagle Times Softball Player of the Year honor. A pitcher, Frederick racked up149 strikeouts this season (478 career Ks) and posted an impressive 099 ERA. She was also a major threat at the plate, carrying a .557 batting average. Her offensive stats included three home runs, three triple, 45 runs and 24 RBIs.

Following are the other members of the All-Eagle team.

Aly Bashaw, Bellows Falls

A senior, she was a solid defensive catcher, but could also swing the bat. Bashaw was named a Marble Valley League Division B honorable mention.

Murphy Hicks, Bellows Falls

A four-year starter in the circle, the senior was one of the area's most consistent pitchers. She was chosen a Marble Valley League Division B first-team all-star.

Erin Devanney, Fall Mountain

The key to the Wildcats' success this spring was a well-rounded team effort. And it didn't hurt to have a pair of solid pitchers in the circle. One was the junior Devanney, who brought some experience with her and could also help with her bat.

Allie Stoddart, Fall Mountain

A veteran catcher, the junior was a strong backstop for two different pitchers and filled a solid role as the clean-up hitter.

Zoe Utton, Fall Mountain

With all but one roster player being either a junior or sophomore, the Wildcats needed youth to step up and this sophomore fulfilled the need. She was a key performer in center field and at the plate as FM's lead-off hitter.

Chloe Vogel, Fall Mountain

One of six sophomores on the roster, she stepped in to share the pitching duties, registering 76 strikeouts in 61 innings (8 games) with a 2.64 ERA, and threw a no-hitter. At the plate, she hit .347 with two home runs, three doubles, and four RBIs. Vogel was an NHIAA Division III second-team all-state selection.

Hanna Veysey, Green Mountain

The senior shortstop played steady defense all season and led GM at the plate with a .440 batting average, four home runs, 28 runs and 23 RBIs.

Kassidy Cummings, Green Mountain

A senior, the third baseman was another of the Chieftains' key defenders. She batted .395 with 13 extra base hits. One of her highlights was a grand slam in an 8-7 VPA Division 3 semifinal loss to Leland & Gray. Cummings was named a Marble Valley League Division C first-team all-star.

Noelle Gignoux, Green Mountain

With the ability to hit the ball hard, the junior second baseman hit. 500. Of her 22 hits, 11 went for extra bases. She was also voted a Marble Valley League Division C first-team all-star.

Kim Schultz, Green Mountain

The senior center fielder was one of the top defensive players in the area. She also gave the bottom of the batting order some pop with a .422 average. She was chosen a Marble Valley League Division C first-team all-star.

Lexi White, Green Mountain

The junior was one of the top lead-off hitters in the area with a .435 batting average and .565 on-base percentage, and she stole 22 bases and scored 33 runs. She also boasted strong defensive ply at first base. White was named a Marble Valley League Division C first-team all-star.

Stacia Dame, Newport

A junior starting catcher and one of the team captains, her coach called her a true leader of the team. She finished the season with a .327 average and .444 on-base percentage, 18 RBIs, 22 runs, six walks five hit by pitch and a .615 slugging percentage. She had seven triples and one double. Dame was talked about highly at the D-III all-state meeting for how well she communicates and takes control of the game. Many coaches said they wished they could have her on their team.

Kendall Hamilton, Newport

The junior took over third base and brought a solid glove with her. She was always a threat with her bat and on the base paths.

Lacey McNeel, Newport

The freshman starting pitcher finished the season with a 7-5 record — three losses coming against teams finishing in the top five of NHIAA Division III and two vs. D-IV state champion Sunapee. She carried a 3.36 ERA with 94 strikeouts against 26 walks. McNeel led the team on offense with a .548 batting average, .655 on-base percentage, 25 RBIs, 31 runs, five walks, eight hit by pitch and a 1.378 slugging percentage. She had six doubles, four triples and a division-leading eight home runs.

Hailey Perry, Newport

A junior, she moved in from the outfield to fill a void at shortstop, and also brought a solid bat with her.

Hannah Crosby, Springfield

The sophomore took over the Cosmos' pitching duties this season and threw all but four innings. She registered 174 strikeouts in 116 innings in the circle. She was also solid at the plate, hitting .364 with 15 RBIs and she led the team with a .537 on-base percentage (36-for-67). She was also known for leadership, intensity, passion for the game, and getting it done on the field. Crosby was selected a first-team Marble Valley League Division B all-star.

Lina Geyer, Springfield

A senior captain, she hit .373 from the lead-off spot, scored 18 runs and drove in 18 more, and had a .486 on-base percentage. Known for her strong, high-energy defense at second base, she played every inning. Her coach said she saw a lot of action due to Crosby's pitching speed and had some highlight reel plays with her all-out effort on defense. Leadership, intensity passion for the game, and getting it done on the field were among the qualities she was know for. Geyer was named a Marble Valley League Division B first-team all-star.

Cassidy Otis, Springfield

The senior captain batted .441 with 26 hits in 17 games, and had 10 extra-base hits, 17 runs and 18 RBIs. She also carried a .515 on-base percentage. The defensive team leader from catcher position, Otis caught every inning of the entire season. A 4-year varsity starter with more than 30 career extra-base hits, she was selected to play for South team in the Vermont North-South games. She was also voted a Marble Valley League Division B first-team all-star. She too was credited for her leadership, intensity passion for the game, and getting it done on the field.

Faith Larpenter, Sunapee

Solid and consistent on the hot corner, the senior third baseman allowed very few balls to reach left field. She was a powerful performer at the plate, hitting .590 with two home runs, two triples and eight doubles. She also drove in 26 runs.

Jessica Parsons, Sunapee

One of the best defensive first basemen in the area, the senior hit .493 with a pair of home runs, nine doubles and 26 RBIs.

Meg Frederick, Sunapee

The senior second baseman played a key role in the Lakers' infield and handled 29 chances without a single error. Her coach said she also had the best arm in the infield. Frederick also contributed 11 RBIs, three homers and three doubles offensively.

Ellie Frederick, Sunapee

The freshman had big shoes to fill behind the plate and met the task. She also stepped up to meet the task at the plate in the lead-off spot, hitting .522 with eight home runs, three triples, and nine doubles, as well as 14 RBIs.

Katlyn Chambers, Stevens

The sophomore played center field to start the season, but about halfway through the season became the first baseman. She had a knack for scooping the ball out of the dirt and turned multiple double plays. Chambers was the lead-off batter and ended up with a .450 average.

Amber Duford, Stevens

A senior catcher, she had a big season behind the plate calling pitches, catching pop-ups and throwing out 10 runners on base. She finished the season with a .340 batting average.

Marti Milan, Stevens

A senior shortstop and third baseman, she had a stellar final season. In addition to being very solid defensively, hit .381 with 10 extra base hits. Milan was named an NHIAA Division III honorable mention. An interesting side note to her career was her first regular season home run (as a freshman) and final regular season home run this year both occurred at the same field, Fall Mountain.

Carah Rugg, Windsor

The sophomore shortstop/pitcher led the team with 24 hits and in batting at .414. She was second in slugging percentage at .466, on-base percentage at .477, total bases at 27, and runs with 17. She also had a double and a triple. She was the winning pitcher when the Yellow Jackets won their first game in two years. Rugg exhibited a strong arm and good glove when she played shortstop late in the season.

Annie Soho, Windsor

The senior center fielder was one of coach Phil Hathorn's “redshirt seniors,” playing softball for the first time in her high school career this year. She had a batting average of .236, an on-base percentage of .354, scored 12 runs and had seven stolen bases, a double and triple. As the season wore on her base-running improved and she showed good range in center field while communicating well with her other outfielders. She made two big defensive plays in Windsor's “senior game” and was named a Marble Valley League Division B honorable mention.

Erin Wierzbicki, Windsor

A senior catcher and three-year captain, she led the team in slugging and on-base percentage at .500, and in total bases with 29. She was second on the team in batting average at .397, and hits and runs with 23 and 17, respectively. She also had two doubles, two triples and seven RBIs and eight stolen bases. She was a calming influence behind the plate, as her young pitchers sometimes struggled to find the plate, necessitating visits to the mound to talk things over. Her hustle behind the plate allowed her to record three outs at home on wild pitches in a game against Thetford. Wierzbicki was a Marble Valley League Division B first-team all-star and an all-MVL selection for the second year in a row. She was also selected to represent Windsor on the South team in the annual North-South Classic.

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