Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League
2004 SEASON SUMMARY
The Northern Connecticut Girls' Softball League expanded to 24 teams in 2004, each age group growing by one, with a total of 362 players participating.
The U-14 division, with a total of 202 players registered on 13 teams, gained a second entrant from West Hartford. Manchester Blue took home the regular season title with a 12-0 record and then repeated as U-14 tournament champs, winning all their games to become the first NCGSL team to finish an entire season and tournament undefeated. They bested a tough West Hartford I team in the tournament final.
The U-16 league totaled 160 players on 11 teams. Mansfield did not return but Suffield and Marlborough entered teams, bringing to seven the number of towns fielding teams in both age groups. Vernon and Granby won their respective divisions and Enfield defeated Vernon 2-1 in an exciting U-16 tournament final.
Both All-Star games ended in 7-7 ties to conclude the league's seventh season.
Final League Standings
U-16 Final Standings
|--||South Windsor||7||6||4 1/2||L1
U-14 Final Standings
|8||Manchester Red||4||7||7 1/2||L2
|--||West Hartford I||4||8||8||L5
|12||West Hartford II||2||10||10||W1
* * Most Valuable Player Awards * *
The 2004 U-14 Co-M.V.P.s, selected by the U-14 coaches, are Katie Viara, Manchester Blue (left) and Kim Collins, Enfield (right). The other nominees honored by their teammates and coaches were: Melissa Hunt (East Windsor), Lindsey Gondek (Ellington), Joanna Kinghorn (Manchester Red), Chrissy Swider (Marlborough), Kacey Oswell (Somers), Marianne Specker (South Windsor), Sam Cieri (Suffield) and Katie Mainelli (West Hartford I).
Lisa Caruso, Granby (right) was elected 2004 U-16 M.V.P. by the U-16 coaches. Congratulations to the other nominees: Alyssa Cannella (Enfield), Kara Pinto (Hebron), Alyssa Hovanec (Marlborough), Kelly Overbye (Simsbury), Nicole Nixon (South Windsor), April McWha (Suffield), Mary Gordon (Vernon), Jennifer Alvarez (West Hartford) and Tracey Sanko (Windsor).
* * 2004 Players of the Week * *
Week 1 (7/2): Lisa Caruso, Granby - Recorded 26 strikeouts in wins over Enfield (7-6) and Windsor (2-1, 8innings) as Granby opens at 2-0.
Week 2 (7/9): Alyssa Cannella, Enfield (right) - Pitched Enfield to two wins, including a no-hitter over West Hartford.
Week 3 (7/16): Nicole Nixon, South Windsor - Pitched South Windsor to two wins, one a shutout and the other a one-hitter, and struck out a total of eighteen batters.
Week 4 (7/23): Lisa Caruso, Granby - Pitched Granby to a 3-win week to remain unbeaten and also hit for the cycle in the 18-11 win over Simsbury.
Week 5 (7/30): Hannah Koch, Vernon - Pitched Vernon to two wins, striking out 11 against Simsbury and limiting South Windsor with a 2-hitter.
Week 6 (8/6): Tracey Sanko, Windsor - Combined with Windsor relief pitchers in wins over West Hartford and Suffield and tossed a complete game 3-hit shutout against Enfield.
Week 7 (8/13): April McWha, Suffield - Pitched and hit well in Suffield's 3-game week, including a near upset of undefeated Granby.
Week 1 (7/2): Kacey Oswell, Somers - Pitched Somers to wins over Marlborough and South Windsor and had four hits as team begins at 2-0.
Week 2 (7/9): Kim Collins, Enfield (right) - Recorded 30 strikeouts in Enfield's two wins.
Week 3 (7/16): Monica Palmer, Somers - Went 3 for 4 at the plate, including a 3-run double, in Somers' comeback win over East Hartford.
Week 4 (7/23): Katie Mainelli, West Hartford I - Had nine hits to lead West Hartford I in a 4-game week.
Week 5 (7/30): Kim Collins, Enfield and Kacey Oswell, Somers - Pitched their respective teams to undefeated weeks.
Week 6 (8/6): Erin Skoly, Vernon - Played important roles on both offense and defense in Vernon's four games this week.
* * * N.C.G.S.L. Class of '04 * * *
Our 2004 summer season featured 42 players participating in their final year of ASA U-16 eligibility. The league directors and coaches extend their appreciation and gratitude to them and their families for making NCGSL a continued success.
Ellington: Tara Heffernan.
Enfield: Alyssa Cannella (upper left), Dawn Ezold, Regina Falkowski, Kelsey Flanagan, Kyleen Klement, Lauren Miles and Sarah Wenz.
Granby: Becca Gamble, Julie Kindl, Meagan McGuire, Kristin Veneziano and Ashley Yucha.
Hebron: Jessica D'Anzi, Allyssa Eisenberg (upper right), Danielle Dupont, Emma Rathbun, Stephanie Smith and Alyssa Yardis.
Simsbury: Sheila Capetta, Megan Neureither and Kelly Overbye.
Somers: Delia Bardsley, Kayla Bower, Sarah Hills (mid right) and Crista Maggio.
South Windsor: Marissa Foley, Nettie Marciano (mid left) and Kathy Marulanda.
Suffield: Caitlin McGunigle and Jaime Pearsons.
Vernon: Suzanne Carlson, Alyssa Hoyt (lower right) and Amanda Viens.
West Hartford: Jennifer Alvarez, Ashley Brazal (lower left), Rachel Dolin, Kelley Eblen, Kyle Roncaioli, Jessica Swetcky and Allison Tracey.
Windsor: Meaghan Maloney.
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