2019 Regional All-stars Gala softball and baseball
Our 2019 Regional All-Stars Gala softball and baseball athletes:
-- Softball Most Valuable Player: Cat Worthington, Mount Anthony senior
Cat Worthington was a potent hitter in the middle of the Mount Anthony softball team's lineup this season.
Batting in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, she was a constant threat for extra bases and home runs.
Worthington had many standout games throughout the season. Her best game of the year came against rival Burr and Burton, where she went 5-for-6 and hit for the cycle.
Along with her strong offensive output, she played great defense at shortstop.
Worthington will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.
-- Baseball Most Valuable Player: John Morgantini, Burr and Burton junior
John Morgantini had a breakout year for the Burr and Burton baseball team in 2019.
Hitting in the middle of the order, Morgantini hit over .500 for much of the season.
He had many standout performances, with one of his best coming against rival MAU, where he went 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
Along with his offense, Morgantini provided great defensive play at first base for BBA.
-- Softball Offensive player of the year: Keana Gauthier, Mount Anthony junior
Keana Gauthier was a spark plug near the top of the Mount Anthony softball team's lineup in 2019.
She was consistently getting on base, whether it be with hard liners or beating out her signature drag bunt. Her speed was a major asset on the basepaths.
She had good performances at the plate, with one of her best coming in a win against Rutland, where she went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI.
Gauthier is a three-sport athlete, also doing soccer and cheerleading.
-- Baseball Offensive player of the year: Chandler Pouk, Burr and Burton senior
Chandler Pouk remained as one of the best hitters in the Burr and Burton baseball team's lineup with a potent senior year.
In a run-rule win against MAU, he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Whether hitting in the middle of the order or in the No. 2 spot, where he was moved part way through the season, Pouk was always a multi-hit threat.
Pouk was last Gala's baseball Most Valuable Player.
-- Softball Defensive/Pitcher of the year: Emilie O'Brien, Mount Anthony junior
Emilie O'Brien filled big shoes for the Mount Anthony softball team following a major graduation at pitcher.
O'Brien more than proved herself as a crucial piece for MAU in the circle, with many standout games.
Her best outing of the year came against Otter Valley in early May, where she tossed a no-hitter, striking out six batters along the way.
In a Division I playdown game against Mount Mansfield, she allowed just three hits.
O'Brien is a three-sport athlete, also playing volleyball and basketball.
-- Baseball Defensive/Pitcher of the year: Evan Webster, Hoosick Falls junior
Evan Webster was the go-to pitcher for the Hoosick Falls baseball team all season long.
Webster turned into the Panthers' ace and stepped up in many crucial games.
Against No. 1 seed Chatham in the sectional tournament, Webster tossed a three-hitter, and in a pitchers' duel with rival MAU, he threw a five-hit shutout.
Webster is a major piece of the Hoosick Falls bowling team as well.
-- Softball Coach of the year: Jason Dicranian, Mount Anthony coach
Jason Dicranian took over the Mount Anthony softball team this year, following a dominant era under former coach Katie Contrada.
Dicranian led a team that lost a handful of crucial players to graduation last year to a 13-5 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals.
After starting out at 1-2, he led the Patriots to winning streaks of six and five games respectively. Against teams from Vermont, MAU lost just two games all season long.
-- Baseball Coach of the year: Mike Lilac, Hoosick Falls coach
Mike Lilac led a Hoosick Falls baseball team that was seeded No. 13 in the Class C sectional tournament, all the way to the sectional title game, where they fell to Fort Plain.
With a team that lost a handful of crucial pieces to graduation, he led the Panthers to a better record than last year, finishing at 12-10.
Pitching was a concern coming into the season, but under his watch, Evan Webster turned into one of the most reliable pitchers in the area and the pitching staff ended up being a strength.
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