Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League
2001 SEASON SUMMARY
The Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League underwent record growth for the 2001 season. Four new towns (Bolton, Manchester, Simsbury and West Hartford) entered the league, bringing our total to 14 member towns. The total number of teams increased from 14 to 20 and registered players rose to 326 from 220 in 2000. Ellington became the fifth member town to enter teams in both age groups. Five teams were added to the U-16 league; three new towns (Bolton, Simsbury and West Hartford) and two former U-14 teams (East Windsor and Tolland). The thirteen teams were divided into two divisions with Vernon and Enfield capturing their respective regular season titles. Simsbury emerged as victors in the U-16 league tournament, beating a tough Enfield team in the championship game. The U-14 league increased by one team as new entries Ellington, Enfield2 and Manchester replaced East Windsor and Tolland. South Windsor went undefeated to win the regular season trophies. Vernon narrowly defeated South Windsor in an exciting final to take the U-14 league tournament crown.
Final League Standings
U-16 Final Standings
|3||South Windsor||8||6||4 1/2||L2
|4||East Windsor||5||9||7 1/2||W3
|5||West Hartford||4||10||8 1/2||L4
U-14 Final Standings
* * Players of the Week * *
* * * N.C.G.S.L. 2001 U-16 Most Valuable Player - Rebecca Fuller, Tolland. * * *
Other nominees: Stephanie Maynard (Bolton), Julie Tetreault (East Windsor), Christine Frank (Ellington), Annie Tarbox (Enfield), Brittany Christensen (Hebron), Jessica Savino (Simsbury), Ashley Mazzoli (Somers), Jess Oliva (South Windsor), Victoria Butler (Stafford), Deedee Presser (Suffield), Lauren Person (Vernon) and Theo Dworak (West Hartford).
- Week #1 (7/1): Marcie Boldi, Stafford -Pitched two complete game wins in Stafford's 2-0 start.
- Week #2 (7/8): Rebecca Fuller, Tolland -Recorded 29 strikeouts in road wins over Suffield and Simsbury.
- Week #3 (7/15): Shannon Clancy, Vernon -Had a 3-run homer and a 3-hit game to power Vernon to a 3-0 week.
- Week #4 (7/22): Jess Oliva, South Windsor -Pitched a 2-hitter with thirteen strikeouts in 3-0 win at Tolland.
- Week #5 (7/29): Lauren Person, Vernon -Recorded 32 strikeouts in wins over Hebron (1-hitter) and East Windsor (10 innings, 24K).
- Week #6 (8/5): Jessica Savino, Simsbury -Pitched Simsbury to wins over West Hartford (3H,12K) and Vernon (14K).
- Week #7 (8/12): Stephanie Montville, Enfield -Pitched Enfield to road wins over Suffield and South Windsor, allowing four runs and striking out 17.
- Week #8 (8/15): Lauren Person, Vernon -Homered twice, including a grandslam, tripled and singled in 19-2 win over Tolland. Also pitched the complete game with 13 strikeouts.
* * * N.C.G.S.L. 2001 U-14 Most Valuable Player - Mary Gordon, Vernon. * * *
Other nominees: Alyssa Skewes (Ellington), Kim Collins (Enfield1), Barbara Kaplan (Enfield2), Katie Viara (Manchester), Melissa Vamvilis (Somers) and Christine Lemieux (South Windsor).
- Week #1 (6/24): Jenna Girard, South Windsor -Led South's offense to 2-0 start.
- Week #2 (7/1): Rebecca Mattern, Vernon -Had 4 hits with a homerun and double in win over Ellington.
- Week #3 (7/8): Dawn Ezold, Enfield1 -Led Enfield1 to wins over Ellington and Somers.
- Week #4 (7/15): Christine Lemieux, South Windsor -Played key role in South's two come-from-behind wins with timely hitting and good pitching.
- Week #5 (7/22): Mary Gordon, Vernon -Pitched and hit Vernon to wins over Enfield1 and Ellington.
- Week #6 (7/29): Amy Hartman, Ellington -Led Ellington offense to wins over Manchester and Somers with a 3-run homer, triple, double and 2 singles.
- Week #7 (8/2): Erin Diette, Vernon -Led team's offense to 4-win week with a homerun, two triples, a double and seven singles.
* * * N.C.G.S.L. Class of '01 * * *
After the 2001 season, thirty-eight players aged out of the A.S.A. U-16 guidelines. Several are charter members from 1998. The NCGSL directors and coaches would like to express their gratitude to these players and their families for their participation and support in making this league a success.
Bolton: Brienne Albasi and Lisa Irish.
Ellington: Christine Frank and Ashley Morgan.
Enfield: Samantha Eck, Kristy Farnan, Nicole Jones, Megan Macsata, Stephanie Montville and Annie Tarbox.
Hebron: Kelly Gardner and Laura McDonnell.
Simsbury: Jen Burns, Kathleen Heagney, Leah Seltzer, Jess Seraphin and Kim Trimble.
Somers: Kristine Anderson and Noreen Kelly.
South Windsor: Stacy Collins, Diana Gamache, Jess Oliva and Kelli Wallace.
Stafford: Amanda Litvinchyk.
Suffield: Moira Cahill, Amy Defocie and Cassandra Donnelly.
Vernon: Shannon Clancy, Melissa DeBarge, Sandra Luz, Colleen McNamara and Michelle Reichert.
West Hartford: Katie Albright, Jill Cetel, Julia Cohn, Jennifer Lacus, Samantha Munson and Kate Provencher.
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