SUPER TEAM

Kayla DeMedeiros, GNB Voc-Tech, Senior

One of the area's top pitchers, and last season's Standard-Times Player of the Year, DeMedeiros put together a 17-6 record for the Bears. Finished with a 2.89 earned run average and notched 123 strikeouts in 161 innings of work. Stepped up with a 1.05 ERA in the state tournament and five of her seven shutouts came in the playoffs. Opponents batted only .233 against her. Batted .323 at the plate. "Kayla pitched us to a lot of wins," coach Mark Collins said. "She's one of the most consistent pitchers I've ever worked with and she never got rattled."

Sophie Hubbard, Old Rochester, Junior

Hit .471 as the Bulldogs leadoff hitter en route to being named a South Coast Conference All-Star. Finished with a .606 on-base percentage and .579 slugging percentage to help lead the team to the state tournament. Banged out 39 hits and knocked in 12 runs. A tough contact hitter with a good feel for the strike zone, she only fanned five times all season and proved to be one of the area's toughest outs. "Sophie is a solid defensive player with good range who made all the plays," Old Rochester coach Don DiBiasio said. "She fueled our offense from the leadoff spot and did a nice job getting on base."

Olivia Labbe, Old Rochester, Senior

Another talented shortstop, Labbe will continue her playing career next season at Div. 1 UMass Lowell. Batted .525 with 38 hits as the Bulldogs' No. 3 hitter and struck out only once all season. Finished with a .639 slugging percentage and knocked in 19 runs en route to being named a South Coast Conference All-Star. "She was my ace in the hole," coach Don DiBiasio said. "She saved us more runs and got more outs than anyone else. She's a contact hitter who hits the ball hard and she's made tremendous progress the last couple of seasons."

Leah Major, Fairhaven, Senior

A four-year starter at shortstop, Major hit .539 as the Blue Devils' No. 3 batter. Finished with 41 hits, knocking in 28 runs and belting nine doubles and three triples. Struck out only three times all season and played strong defense in the field. Earned South Coast Conference All-Star honors and will continue her playing career at UMass Dartmouth. "Leah had her best season," coach Cathy Silva said. "She played with a lot of confidence and was a team leader. She was fundamentally sound on defense and turned a couple of double plays with (sophomore second baseman) Cailin Aubut."

Rachel Pereira, Dartmouth, Junior

Anchored the Indians' outfield in center and batted .378 with 15 runs batted in, 27 runs scored and one home run as the Indians' leadoff hitter. Finished with a .483 on-base percentage and used her speed on the bases to put pressure on opposing defenses. Has a strong arm and ran down everything that came her way in the outfield. Got a quick jump on balls hit to her and ranged well to her left and right. "Helped us in the field and at the plate," coach Beth Arguin said. "She's a go-getter who plays with heart and intensity. She makes everybody around her better and she was a great team leader."

Jenna Rainville, Dartmouth, Sophomore

A talented catcher, Rainville batted .392 with 25 runs batted in and 20 runs scored as the Indians' No. 3 batter. Finished with a .418 on-base percentage and belted three home runs. Threw out five of nine base stealers from behind the plate, where she did a nice job handling sophomore left-hander Sophia Sousa. Earned Old Colony League All-Star honors for the second straight season and helped lead the Indians to a co-championship with Bridgewater-Raynham. "Jenna was a great player to have behind the plate," coach Beth Arguin said. "She's a phenomenal catcher with a strong arm and we liked to see her at the plate with runners in scoring position."

Elyse Rebelo, Fairhaven, Sophomore

Another talented catcher, Rebelo batted .494 and knocked in 37 runs as the Blue Devils' cleanup hitter. Finished with 38 hits, including nine doubles, six triples and three home runs. Earned South Coast Conference All-Star honors for the second-straight season and proved to be one of the top defensive catchers in the area, especially on balls in the dirt. "Elyse is a tough hitter and we loved to see her at the plate with runners on base," coach Cathy Silva said. "She hit the ball with a lot of power and she knocked in a lot of big runs for us. She's a solid defensive catcher with great skills behind the plate."

Averi Soares, GNB Voc-Tech, Junior

A talented shortstop and South Coast Conference All-Star, Soares batted .480 with 48 hits as the Bears' leadoff hitter. Knocked in 13 runs, stole 20 bases and scored 34 runs as a table setter for No. 2 hitter Sarah Duarte. Also belted nine doubles, three triples and a home run. "Averi is a dedicated player who works hard and is a student of the game," coach Mark Collins said. "She led by example and took our younger players under her wing. She was outstanding during the regular season and she stepped things up in the playoffs by hitting .500."

Casey Thomas, Bishop Stang, Junior

A two-year starter on the mound, Thomas finished 11-5 with a 2.86 earned run average and 65 strikeouts in 93 innings of work. Batted .493 with 30 runs batted in, 22 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .507. Belted four home runs, 10 doubles and two triples en route to being named an Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star. Hit safely in 16 of 19 games and had 10 multi-hit games. "Casey is a hard worker, who plays year round and it shows," coach Dan Sylvia said. "Without her in the circle, we wouldn't have made the playoffs. She was consistent on the mound and she hit the ball hard to give us a nice spark on offense."

Shaina Thomas, Fairhaven, Senior

A three-year starter on the mound, Thomas put together a 16-4 record and 2.67 earned run average for the Blue Devils. Allowed 109 hits and notched 80 strikeouts in 128 innings of work. Tossed five shutouts, pitched a six-inning perfect game in a win at Wareham and no-hit Ursuline in the first round of the Div. 2 South Sectional. Earned South Coast Conference All-Star honors and is headed to UMass Dartmouth. "Shaina pitched with a high level of confidence this season," coach Cathy Silva said. "She started out strong and stayed consistent all season."

THE ALL-STARS

Grace Boehler, Apponequet, Senior

A team leader and the Lakers' captain, Boehler proved to be one of the most versatile players in the area. Saw action as a center fielder, catcher, first baseman, third baseman and pitcher en route to being named a South Coast Conference All-Star. Batted .450, led the team in runs scored and struck out only three times. Will continue her playing career at Suffolk University.

Katie Peirce, Bishop Stang, Freshman

A good young catcher, Peirce batted .387, knocked in 18 runs and scored 21 runs as the team's No. 3 hitter. Finished with a .474 on-base percentage en route to being named an Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star. Had a knack for delivering clutch hits and keeping innings alive. Has a strong arm and did a nice job behind the plate blocking balls in the dirt. 

Hannah Arruda, Dartmouth, Sophomore

An Old Colony League All-Star at third base, Arruda hit .372 and knocked in 28 runs to help lead the Indians to a co-championship with Bridgewater-Raynham. Tied catcher Jenna Rainville for the team lead in hits with 29. Belted three home runs and finished with a .417 on-base percentage. Had to overcome back issues, but finished strong and made big strides in the field.

Sophia Sousa, Dartmouth, Sophomore

A left-hander who started on the mound for the first time, Sousa finished with an 11-7 record and 1.78 earned run average. Played a key role in helping the Indians to a co-championship with Bridgewater-Raynham in the Old Colony League, where she was named an All-Star. Notched 102 strikeouts in 133 innings of work with a consistent fastball that was her go-to pitch all season.

Skyla Berube, GNB Voc-Tech, Junior

A solid defensive player who built momentum at the plate as the season went on after a slow start, Berube finished with a .476 average, 47 hits, two home runs and 25 runs batted in for the Bears. Caught everything that came her way in left field and belted nine doubles and three triples as the No. 3 batter in a potent lineup.

Kiki Almeida-Sylvia, New Bedford, Freshman

Anchored a young infield at shortstop en route to earning Big 3 Conference All-Star honors. Batted .393 as the Whalers' No. 2 hitter and finished with a .626 slugging percentage and .422 on-base percentage. Scored 18 runs and knocked in 12. Played with great range and a strong arm in the field and was a tough out at the plate. Used her speed to go 11-for-11 on steal attempts.

Emily Littles, Old Colony, Junior

Finished 9-5 with a 3.24 earned run average and notched 140 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings of work. Two shutouts and pitched a no-hitter against Westport. A Mayflower Athletic Conference All-Star, she batted .462 with a .529 on-base percentage and 12 runs batted in. Helped lead the Cougars to the state tournament after missing the team's first five games with a concussion.

Ashley Soares, Old Rochester, Sophomore

Transferred from Bishop Stang and put together a 13-8 pitching record in her first season as a starter. Helped lead the Bulldogs to the state tournament, batting .468 as the teams' No. 5 batter. Knocked in 29 runs and finished with a .604 on-base percentage, a .698 slugging percentage and only three strikeouts all season.

Neely Eddleston, Wareham, Senior

Finished with an 8-11 record and 2.10 earned run average for the Vikings. Notched 179 strikeouts in 121 innings of work and walked only 21 batters all season. Gave up 117 hits and did a nice job keeping batters off-balance with a good fastball and changeup. Earned South Coast Conference All-Star honors in both of her seasons as a starter for coach Janine (Enos) Goulet.

Alicia Reitano, Westport, Senior

A team leader behind the plate, where she did a great job handling the Wildcats' pitchers, Reitano batted .511 and knocked in 22 runs en route to being named a Mayflower Athletic Conference All-Star. Belted two home runs and two triples. Was a captain on a young squad that played hard every time it took the field. A solid defensive catcher, she also proved to be a tough out at the plate.

HONORABLE MENTION

Sarah Blair, Apponequet, Sophomore; Kaitlyn Shaw, Apponequet, Senior; Alexia Bolduc, Bishop Stang, Junior; Lauren Jackson, Bishop Stang, Senior; Kayleigh Alfonso, Dartmouth, Sophomore; Lindsey Oliveira, Dartmouth, Freshman; Cailin Aubut, Fairhaven, Sophomore; Brianna Cruz, Fairhaven, Sophomore; Shaylen Amaral, GNB Voc-Tech, Sophomore; Lauren Cofer, GNB Voc-Tech, Senior; Hallie Boutin, New Bedford, Freshman; Kendal Carvalho, New bedford, Senior; Hannah L'Heureux, Old Colony, Sophomore; Savannah Lopes, Old Colony, Senior; Mikayla Murray, Old Colony, Junior; Alex Sheehan, Old Rochester, Sophomore; Maddie Pinkston, Wareham, Junior; Ruby Lopez, Westport, Senior; Ashlie Thatcher, Westport, Junior.