The Queens Courier’s … End of Year Softball Awards

CHSAA Player of the Year:
Krystil Hoffman – St. Francis Prep
Determined and confident, Hofmann, the Dowling College-bound senior, was fearless. She evened the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens diocesan final series with a stupendous complete-game effort and also belted a game-tying three-run homer in the contest. When Hofmann was not dominating on the mound, she was tracking down line drives in centerfield and sparking the Terriers’ attack at the plate. Her 6-0 regular season mark, 70 strikeouts and 0.55 ERA barely told the story of her dominance.

PSAL Player of the Year:
Nicole Marra – Bayside
Guided the Commodores to their first ever appearance in the PSAL Class A championship game with three clutch performances. Facing elimination, she delivered consecutive complete games, allowing just one earned run, 10 hits, and struck out 31 in 19 innings, beating Curtis, Susan Wagner and Madison in the process. In addition, the windmiller led Bayside to yet another perfect regular season, leading the borough in almost every pitching category, including wins (16) and ERA (0.94). The Fresh Meadows native was also lethal at the plate, bashing seven home runs and driving in 32 runs.

CHSAA Coach of the Year:
Ann Marie Rich
St. Francis Prep

Her finest work came in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan final series, won by the Terriers in three games. After dropping the opener, rain forced a seven-day delay. During that break, she kept her players loose and confident, enabling them to sweep the final two, coming from three runs behind in the clincher. She also led the Terriers to yet another regular season crown, no small feat in itself considering the graduation of four seniors and insertions of so many underclassmen.

PSAL Coach of the Year:
Steve Piorkowski

He set the bar extremely high at the season’s outset - the program’s first trip to the finals - not letting his players think anything less was acceptable. They finally reached that plateau in his 12th season. His player-friendly yet intense style made the Commodores leave it all on the field, and was the prime reason for them surviving those thrilling elimination games. It, of course, helped that the he developed Marra into one of the city’s top talents.

The Courier’s All-Queens Softball Team:
Pitcher: Janelle Boyd Archbishop Molloy
Her junior year did not end with a crown, like the season before, yet it was another productive season for the power-hitting flame-thrower. She takes over the mantle next spring from Hofmann as Queens’ top talent.

Catcher: Danielle Brustmeyer Bayside
Transition from second base to behind the plate was seamless. The Commodores’ lone travel team player kick-started their lineup - she batted .431 with six home runs and 25 runs scored - and was their on-field general.

First Base: Carla Pennolino St. Francis Prep
This junior was the anchor to the borough’s top lineup, hitting .575 with five home runs, and should only get better.

Second Base: Jennie Angelone Archbishop Molloy
The Stanners’ sparkplug was efficient at the plate and in the field, often starting rallies for Molloy offensively and ending them for the opposition with her glove.

Shortstop: Laura Guzman Mary Louis
Slick with the glove and dangerous at the plate, Guzman heads to St. John’s in the fall.

Third Base: Johanna Rice St. Francis Prep
The Terriers’ ace next year, she was a key cog in the second hole and filled in nicely at third base and behind Hofmann in the circle.
outfield: Katie Shea Archbishop Molloy
Despite standing just 5-foot-5 and 115 pounds, she led the Stanners with five homeruns and added 17 RBIs. When the ball fell in front of opposing outfielders, they usually ended up on third base anyway because of her blazing speed.

Outfield: Tiffany Ott Archbishop Molloy
An all-around threat in center field and at the dish, Ott shined in many ways for the Stanners, including her .328 average and 21 RBIs.

Outfield: Amanda Kesner Francis Lewis
The senior, who batted .500 and scored 31 runs, made sure the Patriots got over a slow start, finishing third in Queens I-A.

Flex: Angelica Farrell Francis Lewis
Made the unselfish decision to cede her pitching duties to Tina DeLuca, and then led Queens I-A with 34 RBIs, eight home runs, 30 runs scored and a .600 batting average.

Utility: Megan White Mary Louis
The senior crushed opposing pitchers, forming a dynamic one-two punch with Guzman in the middle of the Hilltoppers’ batting order. She hit .712 with nine homers and 36 RBIs.

Honorable Mention:
Theresa Quinn St. Francis Prep
Nicole Weinman St. Francis Prep
Sheri Florio Archbishop Molloy
Domenica Marsala Christ the King
Lauren Russell Christ the King
Cecilia Ehresman Townsend Harris
Tina DeLuca Francis Lewis
Victoria Lynch Francis Lewis
Mariel Perez Bayside
Tai Anne Bishop Bayside
Jaclyn Liebowitz Cardozo
Anna Laboccetta Cardozo
Amanda Annicaro Cardozo
Bernarda Pupovic William Bryant
Sonam Kumar Richmond Hill