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2017 Softball All-Scholastics

April 19, 2017 - Natick's Ali Atherton pitches during a softball game against Hopkinton High School in Hopkinton, Mass. Photo Credit: Justin Saglio for the Boston Globe. Section: Regional. Slug: 23wesoftball(2). Reporter; Logan Mullen.
Justin Saglio for the Boston Globe
Ali Atherton went 17-1 to lead the Milford to the Division 1 State title.

Players of the Year

Division 1: Ali Atherton, Milford

Atherton went 17-1 to lead the Scarlet Hawks to the Division 1 state title. She tossed six shutouts and finished with 88 strikeouts and a 0.88 ERA, allowing 13 earned runs with a WHIP of .087. She’ll play at Southern N.H.

Division 2: Kelly Nelson, Norton

Nelson led the Lancers to the Division 2 state semifinals, going 21-2 with 398 strikeouts and a 0.21 ERA. The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year allowed five earned runs on 31 hits in 166 innings. She has 1,012 career strikeouts.

Division 3: Logan MacDonald, Austin Prep

The two-time Division 3 Player of the Year led the Cougars to the Division 3 state title game. MacDonald tossed 14 shutouts, struck out 202, and had an ERA of 0.46. The National Honor Society member has 670 career strikeouts.


Emily Arredondo, Woburn, senior


Arredondo went 19-4 with 122 strikeouts and a 1.22 ERA on the year. The two-time Middlesex Liberty MVP tossed 7 shutouts this spring, including a perfect game. The senior, who batted .366, will play at Westfield State.

Erin Barry, Braintree, junior

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The Bay State Carey MVP led the Wamps to a 16-5 record. The junior hurler struck out 226 batters while compiling a 1.69 ERA. Barry also tossed three no-hitters this year, including a perfect game against Natick.

Julia DaCosta, Bishop Feehan, senior

The Villanova-bound DaCosta batted .556 with 10 HRs, 34 RBIs, and 30 runs. The senior shortstop had a .925 fielding percentage and made only five errors this year. The National Honor Society member is a two-time All-Scholastic.

Adrianna Favreau, Tewksbury, senior

Favreau batted .507 with five home runs and 27 RBIs this season. The two-time All-Scholastic was also effective in the circle, with a 14-8 record and 100 strikeouts. The National Honor Society member will attend Endicott.

Kira Flegenheimer, Newton North, junior

Flegenheimer finished the season with a .432 average, 23 RBIs, and 6 triples. The Tigers catcher spent 147 innings behind the plate and posted a .991 fielding percentage. The junior also threw out 16 of 21 potential base stealers.

Allison May, West Bridgewater, senior


The Mayflower Comprehensive MVP led the Wildcats to the Division 3 state semifinal. The senior went 17-3, striking out 148 with a 1.09 ERA. May batted .560 with 12 HRs and 35 RBIs. She also captained the field hockey team.

Olivia McGrath, Latin Academy, senior

The two-time Boston City League MVP went 15-2. McGrath had an 0.99 ERA with 220 strikeouts and batted .456 with 31 RBIs as she led Latin Academy to the North sectional title game, the furthest any City League school has gone.

Lauren Nelligan, Abington, sophomore

The two-time All-Scholastic had a hit in 24 straight at-bats and finished with a .755 average. The leadoff hitter drove in 18 runs and had an on-base percentage of .794. Nelligan is a high honor student who also runs cross country.

Mia Nowicki, St. Mary’s, senior

The two-time Catholic Central MVP went 20-3 and finished with an 0.38 ERA and 294 strikeouts this spring. Nowicki led St. Mary’s to the Division 3 North semifinals allowing just 17 hits and 6 earned runs. She will attend Assumption.

Kyleigh O’Donnell, Archbishop Williams, senior

O’Donnell went 11-6 with 279 strikeouts and a 0.72 ERA to lead the way for the Bishops. The senior allowed just 12 earned runs and had 1,010 career strikeouts. O’Donnell hit .481 with 6 home runs, 13 RBIs, and 24 runs.

Emily Piergustavo, Milford, junior


Piergustavo was Hockomock MVP after batting .580 with 6 home runs, 38 RBIs, and 43 runs scored. The junior shortstop had a 1.086 slugging percentage with an .641 OBP and was the defensive leader on the Division 1 state champion.

Mckenzie Rae, Walpole, sophomore

Despite missing playing time due to a concussion, the outfielder batted .611 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs, and was named Bay State Herget MVP. A sophomore honor roll student, Rae also plays volleyball and basketball.

Jillian Richards, Silver Lake, senior

The Patriot League MVP finished with a 25-1 record while leading the Lakers to the Division 1 South final. Richards compiled 160 strikeouts and a 1.62 ERA. She batted .443 with 34 RBIs. She will play at UMass Dartmouth.

Madison Schaefer, Newton North, senior

The senior led the Tigers to the Division 1 state semifinal, with a 17-4 record, 182 strikeouts, and 0.69 ERA. Offensively, Schaefer batted .370 with a slugging percentage of .479 and an OBP of .440. She will play at Emory.

Ryley White, Dracut, sophomore

The sophomore was the Merrimack Valley MVP after going 20-3 with 287 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA. For her career, White has thrown two no-hitters, including a perfect game in the Division 2 North sectional semifinal.

Coaches of the Year

Division 1: Steve DiVitto, Milford

In his fourth season, DiVitto led the Scarlet Hawks to 25-1 record, a Hockomock League title, and a Division 1 state championship. DiVitto is 74-18 for his career and the Assumption grad was named Hockomock Coach of the Year.

Division 2: George Roy, Dracut

In his eighth season, Roy led the Middies to the Merrimack Valley Conference title and a berth in the Division 2 state championship game with a 21-5 record. The Fitchburg State graduate was named MVC Coach of the Year.

Division 3: Rocco Zizza, Latin Academy

Zizza led Latin Academy further than any City League team has ever advanced. The Dragons went 23-3 and made the Division 3 North final. Latin Academy won its 12th straight City League title in his 14 years at the helm.


Atlantic Coast — Dennis-Yarmouth: Meghan Coyle, Samantha Feinstein, Abby Hicks, Madison Medeiros. Falmouth: Maeve Cutter, Madi Lima. Marshfield: Meghan Doyle, Ellie Flemming, Maria Giordani, Abby Hagerty. Nauset: Olivia Fitzgerald, Abby Higgins. Sandwich: Jax Beaulieu.

Bay State — Braintree: Erin Barry (MVP), Rebecca Gozzo, Mackenzie Hayes, Julia Vaillancourt. Brookline: Taylor McClennon. Dedham: Sophie Boudette. Framingham: Kaitlyn Seeto. Milton: Libby Czarniak. Natick: Jordan Grignafini, Nicole Segale. Needham: Lucy Colarusso, Julia May. Newton North: Emma Arpino, Caroline Bass, Kira Flegenheimer, Madison Schaefer. Norwood: Bryn Garczynski, Janelle Kelleher, Siobhan Reen. Walpole: Tess Lawlor, Mckenzie Rae, Kate Wilmot.

Big Three — Brockton: Ashley Burke, Caroline Golding, Bryanna McDonald. Durfee: Katelyn Banalewicz, Jackie Dumont, Julia Kelly, Gabriel Streeto, Brittney Tabicas. New Bedford: Kiki Almeida-Sylvia, Hallie Boutin, Kendal Carvalho, Monica Eires.

Boston City — Boston English: Linette Oliveras. Boston International: Kateline De Dues Monteiro, Dinanyely Martinez Ruiz. Brighton: Alaina Aiello, Cassidy Aiello, Jayline Flores. Burke: Jeriya Atkins, Daniela Brandao Forte, Ashley Tavarez Casti. East Boston: Kayla Elliot, Theresa Forbes, Sabrina Rizzo. Fenway: Jasmine Dingle-Brown, Raven Richelieu, Kaleigh Roche. Latin Academy: Shaymia Banks, Olivia McGrath, Mackenzie Theriault. Madison Park: Mercy Avalo, Tehjia Kerr, Amanda Sanchez. New Mission: Alyjah Adams, Eliza Mojica, Kiara Serette. O'Bryant: Maeve Fitz, Naya Shedd, Madison Theriault. Snowden: Alida Antigua, Molly Crowley, Samantha Toledano. South Boston: Kora Bazile, Keila Dunne. Tech Boston: Sindy Dorvil, Alisha Vermet. West Roxbury: Lastarrsha Bradham, Delilah Polanco.

Cape & Islands — Cape Cod Tech: Jennifer Hollis. Nantucket: Kaley Chitister, Jenn Lamb, Mei Marks. Rising Tide Charter: Bella Falcone, Abbey Grey, Emma Riley. St. John Paul II: Sam Carlowicz, JoJo Carpenter. Sturgis East: Colleen Cameron, Kylie Decas. Sturgis West: Mary Kane, Alexis Machuck.

Cape Ann — Amesbury: Caity Baker, Hayley Catania, Maddy Napoli (MVP). Georgetown: Kylie Hayward. Hamilton-Wenham: Olivia Keane. Ipswich: Katherine Noftall. Lynnfield: Hayley O'Brien. Manchester Essex: Melanie Carter. Masconomet: Candra Pepper. Newburyport: Jade Carpenter. North Reading: Tara Driver (MVP), Cassidy Gaeta, Cassandra Pascucci. Pentucket: Fiona Hill. Triton: Bridget Sheehan.

Catholic Central — Archbishop Williams: Jamie Herrick, Megan Marcel, Mia Nguyen, Kyleigh O'Donnell. Arlington Catholic: Laci Morris, Michaela Noriello. Austin Prep: Kendra Currier, Frankie Frelick, Logan MacDonald, Lauren Sablone. Bishop Fenwick: Luciana Mastromatteo, Courtney Norton, Tessa Palermo. Cardinal Spellman: Kat Cowan, Emily Donohoe, Brit Walsh. Cathedral: Anell Guzman, Reyonta Ryland. Lowell Catholic: Emily Bartlett, Victoria Battaglia, Amanda Bursey, Andrea Cervizzi, Hailey Lowell (MVP), Brenna Riley, Mary Tibbets. Marian: Paige Deveau, Michelle Reilly. Matignon: Courtney Hardy, Leanne Medeiros. Pope John: Leah Brenton, Allison Collyer, Mackenzie Curtis, Alana Rizzuti (MVP), Maddy Smith. St. Clement: Katelyn Anderson, Caroline Hangi. Saint Joseph Prep: Alex Chaisson. St. Mary's: Victoria DiCenso, Casey Fraher, Mia Nowicki (MVP), Emily Stephenson.

Catholic Conference — Fontbonne: Leah Barnes, Elizabeth Will, Ilana Zack. Notre Dame (Hingham): Ava Bevilacqua, Meghan Buckley, Hanah Coulter, Kaleigh MacDonald. Ursuline: Isadora Bernasconi, Caroline Coyle, Maddie Higgins.

Commonwealth — Essex Tech: Sheree Fallon, Catie O'Shea Jr., Ali Viennueau. Greater Lowell: Julie MacFadgen, Ashli McInnis. Whittier: Allison Beauchesne, Olivia Beauchesne, Kayle Hobbs, Kaley Thibault.

Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Emma Bowe-Shulman, Kylie Frank, Sarah Keagy, Lauren Meinhold. Bedford: Elizabeth Carter, Nicole Kennedy (MVP), Kara Shelmire, Grace Wilson. Boston Latin: Nell Fredericks. Cambridge: Eliza McNulty, Zoe Smyth. Concord-Carlisle: Alyssa Attonito, Emma Della Volpe (MVP), Catherine Kingman, Virginia Ryan. Lincoln-Sudbury: Megan Cain, Allie Kantrovitz, Kerstin Kelly. Newton South: Adalia Rodriguez, Amanda Smith. Waltham: Julianna McGovern. Wayland: Kami Winter. Westford: Camille Desrochers, Allison Mulhern, Emma Paulauskas. Weston: Grace Bartolotti.

Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Gabby Comeau, Julia DaCosta, Caroline Deem, Carli Degirolamo, Sarah Magro. Bishop Stang: Sierra Majewski, Katie Pierce, Casey Thomas. Coyle & Cassidy: Samantha Flaven, Sadie Fuller. Martha’s Vineyard: Summer Cardoza. Somerset Berkley: Megan Antaya, Abigail Cadorette, Lindsay Chubbuck, Savannah Neilan, Aliyah Welker.

Hockomock — Attleboro: McKenzie Bergdoll. Foxborough: Hanna Davis. Franklin: Ally Shea. King Philip: Meghan Gorman, Jen Hutnyan. Mansfield: Madyson Bendonillo. Milford: Ali Atherton, Maggie Farrell, Kate Irwin, Emily Piergustavo (MVP), Jess Tomaso. North Attleborough: Megan Barlow, Bella Erti. Oliver Ames: Victoria Ziner. Sharon: Clara Cook. Stoughton: Gina Carafa. Taunton: Jaime Brown, Kya Enos, Courtney Fisher, MacKenzie Handrahan.

Mayflower — Avon: Laurel Potemri. Bishop Connolly: Corinna Cabral, Megan Quigley. Blue Hills: Madison Harris. Bristol Aggie: Alyssa Costa, Sarah Ellis, Cora Monast, Malarie Pittsley. Bristol-Plymouth: Carissa Cabral, Alexis Lundgren, Hannah Underwood. Diman: Kaylee Kochanek, Lauryn Macedo, Mya Parker, Stephanie Perron (MVP). Holbrook: Caroline Curtis. Norfolk Aggie: Allicyn Cole, Tori Cutler, Maddie Hockney. Old Colony: Emily Littles, Savannah Lopes. Sacred Heart: Jillian Blake, Olivia Dibiase, Emily Finn. South Shore Voc-Tech: Erin Riley. Southeastern: Jordan Burke. Tri-County: Ava Noble, Trinity Ragusa. Upper Cape: Gabby Brightman, Amber DiBona (MVP), Danielle Mueller. West Bridgewater: Ashley Congdon, Allison May (MVP), Meagan Outerbridge, Casey Willis. Westport: Alicia Reitano.

Merrimack Valley — Andover: Megan Hartnett, Alexa Pacy. Billerica: Katie Grant, Ashlie Jones. Central Catholic: Bella Jankowski. Chelmsford: Meg Dugas. Dracut: Sabrina Morse, Ryley White. Haverhill: Bryana Michitson. Lawrence: Emily Lanci, Brianna Rivera. Lowell: Emily Carboneau, Courtney Latta, Brittany Mota. Methuen: Coralie Mathieu. North Andover: Madison Laspisa. Tewksbury: Adrianna Favreau.

Middlesex — Arlington: Emily Benoit, Ellie Demaree, Holly Russell, Jamie Toomey. Belmont: Drew Bates, Christine MacLeod. Burlington: Kaitlin Campbell, Christina Clark (MVP), Chloe McGonagle, Kat Nikolopoulos. Lexington: Lindsey Porter. Melrose: Josephine Andruszkiewicz, Victoria Crovo, Rachel Pfeiffer. Reading: Meagan Eagleston, Julia McGurn, Taylor Perillo, Lily Tyler. Stoneham: Vanessa Bryan, Bella Dilorio. Wakefield: Vanessa Kaddaras, Julia Purcell, Alexis Truesdale. Wilmington: Jen Dovido, Shannon Horgan, Ally Moran. Woburn: Emily Arredondo (MVP), Nicole Cronin, Kaitlyn Delaney, Olivia Perenick.

Northeastern — Beverly: Marlee Hamor, Rona Scott. Danvers: Alexcea Glynos. Gloucester: Samantha Cominelli. Lynn Classical: Tori Adams. Marblehead: Montana Joyce, Charlotte Plakans. Peabody: Tianna Dawe. Revere: Victoria Correia. Swampscott: Hannah Leahy (MVP). Winthrop: Maddie Faigna'a.

Old Colony — Barnstable: Renna Alger, Sarah Colwell, Eleanor Swindler. Bridgewater-Raynham: Cecelia Barron, Kylee Piche, Hannah Rideout, Summer Sheerin, Alexis Silva. Dartmouth: Kayleigh Alfonso, Hannah Arruda, Lindsey Oliveira, Rachel Pereira, Jenna Rainville, Sophia Sousa.

Patriot — Duxbury: Leigh Brandenburg, Lill Foote, Mikayla Zukowski. Hanover: Maegan Amsler, Lauren Gelly, Lindsey North (MVP), Alissa Tofuri, Caroline Zielinski. Hingham: Maggie Mulkerrin. North Quincy: Johanna Douglas, Shannon O'Brien, Samantha Smith. Pembroke: Taryn Cahill, Jess Smith. Plymouth North: Jenna Crowell, Maddy Crowley, Emma Healy. Plymouth South: Danielle Loranger, Emily Spillane. Quincy: Madison Synan. Scituate: Natalie Meyerson. Silver Lake: Anna Battista, Emily Critch, Kelly Danahy, Jillian Richards (MVP), Caroline Videtto. Whitman-Hanson: Emily Cook, Colleen Hughes, Sarah Saccardo.

South Coast — Apponequet: Grace Boelher. Case: Madison Medeiros. Dighton-Rehoboth: Allison Ainley, Delia Ferreira, Kylie Fletcher, Maddie Nees. Fairhaven: Leah Major, Elyse Rebello, Shaina Thomas. Greater New Bedford: Sarah Duarte, Ayeri Soares. Old Rochester: Sophia Hubbard, Olivia Labbe. Seekonk: Kelsey Majkut. Wareham: Neely Eddleston.

South Shore — Abington: Lauren Keleher (MVP), Jenna McDonough, Jordyn Needle, Lauren Nelligan, Tori Young. Carver: Olivia Camelo. East Bridgewater: Emily Dyer, Jackie Gavin (MVP), Sophie Halverson, Emma Kenn. Mashpee: Sydney Pinsonneault, Jessica Schmelzer. Middleborough: Samantha Crowley, Laura Hatch, Lindsay Woodward. Monomoy: Mollie Charest, Eliza Hawthorne, Karley Marchese, Emma Thacher, Carley Tolley. Norwell: Chloe Hohmann. Rockland: Erin Buckley, Katie McGuirk, Ali Sammon.

Tri-Valley — Ashland: Jillian Celatka, Maeve Flynn. Bellingham: Julia Caddell. Holliston: Grace Dzindolet, Erin Kerr, Abby Wells. Hopkinton: Heather Holly, Katy Holly, Emily Whelan. Medfield: Alana Potts. Medway: Catherine Higgins, Kiley Sheehan. Millis: Hannah Finley, Cheyenne Whelan. Norton: Alexandra Frontino, Nicole Grainger, Kelly Nelson (MVP), Stephanie Nosky, Olivia Pietersen. Westwood: Dana Bamford, Courtney McCue, Simone Nevills.

Text by Brandan Blom.