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28 Jun 2011

Taylor Concklin 2011 V845 All-Star Center Fielder

V845 softball first- and second-team All-Stars


Player of the Year: Marissa Diescher

School: Livingston Manor
Position: Pitcher Grade: Senior
The numbers: Went 14-1 with 0.14 ERA. Diescher tossed six no-hitters, including one in the state semifinals and final. She had 251 strikeouts in 103 innings and threw seven one-hitters.
The highlight: “Winning the (Class D) state championship again. It was great being a two-time state champion and ending my senior year with a win.”
The future: Diescher will play at Penn State next season on a full scholarship.
The player: “The impact she has had on (Sullivan County) and our community has been phenomenal. People have told me they want to see Marissa pitch once, so they don't miss out on it. They want to see her with their own eyes. They hear the hype and Marissa lived up to it. She is the real deal, a special kid.” – Livingston Manor co-coach Kevin Clifford

Courtney Schmelz

School: Marlboro
Position: Pitcher
Grade: Senior
The numbers: Went 16-2 with a 1.50 ERA and hit .434 with three homers, nine doubles and 32 RBI. Schmelz was 33-4 on the mound over the last two years.
The highlight: “The whole thing, we had a great season. We did great the whole season.”
The future: Plans on playing at SUNY Ulster next year.
The player: “Courtney is just an all-around player and a good person. She is always composed out there. If she has a bad inning pitching, she comes up and gets a hit. If she has a bad at-bat, she goes out and gets a strikeout. Courtney just always stays within herself.” – Marlboro coach Jen Veronesi

Danielle Gomez

School: Chester
Position: Catcher
Grade: Senior
The numbers: Hit .622 with nine extra-base hits, 22 runs, 25 RBI and just three strikeouts. Gomez called all the pitches behind the plate and has a strong arm.
The highlight: “Beating Millbrook for the Section 9 (Class C) championship. It was a great way to go out as a senior.”
The future: Gomez will play at Division II East Stroudsburg (Pa.) next season.
The player: “Danielle will be sorely missed. Catcher is just a position I've never had to worry about. Nobody ran on her and she, basically, hit everyone. If they pitched to her.” – Chester coach Mike Becker

Danielle Bitts

School: Valley Central
Position: First base
Grade: Senior
The numbers: A second-teamer last season, Bitts hit .402 with seven extra-base hits, 19 RBI and 27 runs. She often flashed her glove at first base.
The highlight: “Beating Minisink Valley (2-1 in 10 innings) in the Section 9 (Class AA) semifinals. Getting that last run, it was exciting, it was just great to get that run in.”
The future: Bitts will play at Hofstra next season.
The player: “I think Danielle really represents the tradition of Valley Central softball. She is just all about hard work and leadership. Danielle made up her mind this year that she was going to break out.” -– Valley Central coach Frank Jordan

Crysti Eichner

School: Pine Bush Position: Second base
Grade: Sophomore
The numbers: Pine Bush's cleanup hitter, a lefty, hit .403 with a triple, two homers, seven doubles and 19 RBI.
The highlight: “Playing Minisink Valley under the lights because it was a fundraiser (for late Marlboro softball player) Carmen Congelli and I had my first two home runs.”
The future: Already seasoned, Eichner returns for two more years.
The player: “She has come up with a lot of big hits for us. Crysti has always been steady for us, she has always been clutch. She isn't bothered by the big moment. We know she will get a hit when we need it.” – Pine Bush coach Mike Mancuso

Maggie Cocks

School: Valley Central Position: Shortstop
Grade: Junior
The numbers: A first-teamer two seasons ago, Cocks hit a team-leading .538, while playing flawlessly at shortstop.
The highlight: “The Kingston game on Senior Night. We came back from 4-0 to win (5-4). We had to come back and finish the game the next day, but it was still awesome.”
The future: Division I schools, including Marist, Albany University and Towson State, are interested in Cocks.
The player: “Maggie is just a tremendous softball player, defensively she's as good as anyone around. She just keeps getting better and better, that's because she never takes a practice off.” – Valley Central coach Frank Jordan

Leanna Feerick

School: Valley Central
Position: Third base
Grade: Junior
The numbers: A three-time first-teamer, Feerick raised her average 73 points from last season, hitting .439. She had two homers, 20 RBI, 20 runs and committed one error.
The highlight: “When we beat Pine Bush the second time we played them. I had a good game and we all wanted to win that game after losing to them the first time.”
The future: Binghamton, Rider and Quinnipiac are among the Division I schools interested in Feerick.
The player: “Leanna approaches the game with a great deal of pride, she's a gamer, a winner. She wants to go out there every day and play.” Valley Central coach Frank Jordan

Sammy Jo Muller

School: Port Jervis
Position: Utility player
Grade: Senior
The numbers: Muller went 12-6 with a 2.54 ERA – four of her losses came to state-ranked teams. At the plate, she hit .458 with 10 extra-base hits and 17 RBI.
The highlight: “It would definitely be winning the Section 9 (Class A) championship. What made it even better is that I threw a shutout (against Marlboro). I can't even describe how good that felt.”
The future: Muller, in the top five of her graduating class, will pitch at Alfred State next year.
The player: “Sammy is a pretty serious kid, she is serious in everything she does. She's tough, determined and she really took on a leadership role. Sammy Jo was determined to win a Section 9 title and I think our team fed off that.” – Port Jervis coach John Faggione

Emily McDonough

School: Marlboro
Position: Designated hitter
Grade: Junior
The numbers: Marlboro's leadoff hitter batted .735 with 61 hits, 44 runs, 48 stolen bases and just one strikeout.
The highlight: “I would say going 4-for-4 against (Rhinebeck pitcher) Megan Michie. She is one of the best pitchers in the league and it felt good to hit her. I respect her.”
The future: Division I schools have begun to recruit McDonough.
The player: “Emily is a threat to any team because they never know what's coming. She can slap, bunt or hit for power. You have to keep her off the bases because she is so dangerous.” – Marlboro coach Jen Veronesi

Taylor Concklin

School: Valley Central
Position: Outfielder
Grade: Junior

The numbers: One of the most improved players in Section 9, Concklin hit .380 in the leadoff spot, routinely showing off her glove and arm in center field.

The highlight: “Our Section 9 (Class AA) championship win against Kingston. The first games were close, but we came out in the championship (a 7-0 Valley Central win) and showed them we really wanted it.”

The future: Division I and II schools are inquiring about Concklin.

The player: “Taylor is our spark plug, she's loud, she's vocal, she demonstrates leadership. You talk about five tools, that's Taylor.” – Valley Central coach Frank Jordan

Ariana Darcy

School: Kingston
Position: Outfielder
Grade: Senior
The numbers: The repeat first-teamer hit .500 with three doubles, two homers, five triples, 16 RBI, 16 stolen bases and 23 runs; Darcy didn't make an error in center field.
The highlight: “Playing Pine Bush at home for our Senior Night. It was probably the best game (Kingston third baseman) Casey (Chapman) and I played together. We won, which was good, too.”
The future: Darcy will join former teammate Ali Ferraro, a shortstop, at Division II University of Massachusetts-Lowell next year.
The player: “Ariana is probably the best player I ever coached. I've had good players, but her work ethic is something. Ariana just gets down and dirty. She just goes out and plays hard for the team.” – Kingston coach Brian Mills

Caroline Staudle

School: Cornwall
Position: Outfielder
Grade: Sophomore
The numbers: The switch-hitting leadoff hitter batted .507 with 18 stolen bases.
The highlight: “Winning the Red Hook Tournament for the second year in a row. That was one of our goals that we worked hard for.”
The future: Will patrol center field for the Green Dragons for the next two years.
The player: “We turned Caroline into a slapper this year and nobody could stop her. She just had so much speed that she was always on base. Caroline ended up on third with steals and passed balls. It was hard to stop her.” – Cornwall coach Doug DeMartine


Pos. Player School Year Of note
P Alyssa Bua Cornwall Soph. Went 15-2 for the second straight season, lowering her ERA from 1.48 a year ago to 0.41.
P Anna Mallory Pine Bush Jr. Was 12-5 with a 1.75 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 116 innings.
C Megan Staudle Cornwall Jr. Batted .407 with a team-high 20 RBI and committed just one error.
1B Cassie Duffy Minisink Valley Sr. Split time between pitcher, going 8-4 with a 1.37 ERA, and hitting .353.
2B Kathleen Kehlenbeck Port Jervis Jr. After missing most of last season with injuries, Kehlenbeck returned to hit .349 with 15 RBI and 19 runs. She made one error.
SS Christie Nicolo Pine Bush Jr. Hit .476 with six doubles, 10 stolen bases, 19 runs and 21 RBI.
3B Ashley Sterritt Rondout Valley Jr. The repeat second-teamer hit .531 with five homers, eight doubles, 30 RBI and a .972 fielding percentage.
OF Megan Maisonet Pine Bush Sr. A first-teamer last season, Maisonet batted .333 with two homers, 10 RBI and 12 stolen bases, while making all the plays in center field.
OF Samantha Scott Livingston Manor Soph. Raised her average from .262 to .518 this season with eight extra-base hits and 19 RBI for the Class D state champs.
OF Christine McCormack Goshen Sr. Hit .627 with 12 doubles and 15 RBI.
UP Amber Butenhoff Port Jervis Sr. Hit .400 this year with 24 RBI, ending her career with a school-record 143 hits.
DH Diane Caruso Minisink Valley Jr. Batted .375 and .536 with runners in scoring position.

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