Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League
2002 SEASON SUMMARY
The Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League had several composition changes from 2001. Bloomfield and Windsor entered our organization with teams in the U-16 league, increasing the number of member towns to sixteen. Enfield was unable to return in U-16; East Windsor combined with Ellington and Suffield with Somers. The twelve teams were formed into three 4-team divisions with Tolland, Simsbury and Bolton taking home the regular season trophies. West Hartford defeated Tolland 3-2 in an exciting U-16 tournament championship game.
The U-14 league gained two teams, as Simsbury and Suffield joined the seven returning teams from last year. Ellington, with an 11-2 record, finished in first place. Vernon successfully defended their U-14 tournament title with a 6-2 win over Enfield1 in the final.
Overall, NCGSL had a net gain of one team but total player registration decreased slightly (322) from 2001 (326).
Final League Standings
U-16 Final Standings
U-14 Final Standings
* * Most Valuable Player Awards * *
The 2002 U-14 M.V.P., selected by the U-14 coaches, is Alyssa Skewes, Ellington (right). Congratulations to the other nominees: Regina Falkowski (Enfield1), Barbara Kaplan (Enfield2), Jocelyn Dennen (Simsbury), Mindy Oswell (Somers), Danielle Usiadek (South Windsor), Jennifer Silva (Suffield) and Danielle Baker (Vernon).
Jessica Savino, Simsbury (left) was elected 2002 U-16 M.V.P. by the U-16 coaches. The other nominees honored by their teammates were Sarah Federico (Bloomfield), Samantha Morris (Bolton), Kerry Stoecker (Ellington/East Windsor), Jill Mangan (Hebron), Ashley Mazzoli (Somers/Suffield), Jen Wallace (South Windsor), Marcie Boldi (Stafford), Samantha Morrow (Tolland), Abby Johnson (West Hartford), Elizabeth Edwards (Windsor) and Melissa Rebai (Vernon).
* * Players of the Week * *
Week 1 (6/30): Marcie Boldi, Stafford. Struck out 13 in an 11-2 win over Bloomfield and followed with a no-hitter against Hebron.
Week 2 (7/7): Jessica Savino, Simsbury. Pitched Simsbury over Tolland 8-3 with 14 strikeouts, stole four bases, and doubled and singled at the plate.
Week 3 (7/14): Abby Johnson, West Hartford. Pitched her second no-hitter of the summer, blanking Somers 14-0, and went 2 for 2 at the plate in a 9-3 win over Hebron.
Week 4 (7/21): Becca Fuller, Tolland. Threw a one-hitter to give West Hartford their first loss of the summer and combined for another one-hitter as Tolland goes 2-0 for the week.
Week 5 (7/28): Elizabeth Edwards, Windsor. Pitched Windsor to 3-0 week with wins over West Hartford, Somers and Hebron (1-0, 8 innings).
Week 6 (8/4): Karlie Welsh, Simsbury. Hit a 2-out, 2-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game versus Ellington. Simsbury went on to win 3-2 in eight innings.
Week 7 (8/7): Samantha Morris, Bolton. (right) Pitched Bolton to a 3-0 week, including a 3-hit shutout of Vernon, to finish first in the South Division.
Week 1 (6/23): Alyssa Skewes, Ellington. Struck out 31 opponents as Ellington opens at 2-0 with road wins over Simsbury and Manchester.
Week 2 (6/30): Tori Savino, Simsbury. Pitched no-hit relief against Enfield2 then struck out 11 in 4 innings plus had 2 hits in 22-6 win over Somers as Simsbury outscored their opponents 39-8.
Week 3 (7/7): Alyssa Skewes, Ellington. Struck out 16 hitters in pitching both wins this week as Ellington improves to 5-0.
Week 4 (7/14): Insufficient Games Played.
Week 5 (7/21): Alyssa Cannella, Enfield1. Led Fireballs offense with seven hits, including two doubles, and made timely defensive plays in Enfield1's 3-win week.
Week 6 (7/28): Melissa Rebai, Vernon. Homered four times in five at-bats in 20-17 loss to Manchester.
Week 7 (8/2): Danielle Usiadek, South Windsor. (right) Pitched U-14's only no-hitter of the summer, a 7-0 decision over Vernon.
* * * N.C.G.S.L. Class of '02 * * *
Our 2002 summer season featured fifty girls playing their final year of ASA U-16 eligibility. The NCGSL directors and coaches extend their best wishes and thanks to those players and families for their support and participation in making this league a success.
Bloomfield: Alison Balcanoff, Heather Garrett, Genesis Hart, Julie Melanson and Aleesha Young.
Bolton: Heather Wright.
East Windsor: Erin Stoecker.
Ellington: Karyn Deptula, Ashley Gioia and Shelley Guerin.
Hebron: Amanda Brown, Kristen VonHone and Kate Wiley.
Simsbury: Amanda Cleveland, Natasha Fahey, Liz Mikkelson, Pamela Mills, Jessica Morris, Amy Neureither, Diane Rumbold and Jessica Savino.
Somers: Rachel Clark and Ashley Mazzoli (upper left).
Stafford: Stacey Beebe (upper right), Victoria Butler, Marcie Boldi, Britney Church, Amanda Syme, Michelle Syphers, Jessi Zeigler and Amy Zimmerman.
Suffield: Jessica Doane (left) and Mary MacKinnon.
Tolland: Lindsey DuBosar, Rachel Fain, Laura Filipek, Rebecca Fuller and Samantha Morrow.
West Hartford: Sheri Brick, Heather Corrigan, Theo Dworak (right), Abby Johnson, Kelly McCormick, Michele Ribeiro and Erica Stankoski.
Windsor: Elizabeth Edwards.
Vernon: Jessica Call, Shannon Miller, Julie Molina and Kellie Nelson.
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