- Last Updated: 10:09 PM, June 15, 2012
- Posted: 3:01 AM, June 15, 2012
Tottenville was back to being Tottenville this year – not that the Pirates ever left, of course.
Cathy Morano’s team won its second straight PSAL championship and eighth title in nine years with a powerhouse lineup and dominant pitcher (Cheryl Lopez). The Island was rife with quality teams, though. Wagner made its first PSAL city final since 1989 and McKee/Staten Island Tech advanced to the quarterfinals.
In the CHSAA, St. Joseph by the Sea won its sixth Archdiocesan title in the last eight years before falling in the state semifinals. Moore Catholic and St. John Villa also enjoyed typically solid seasons.
All-Staten Island softball Player of the Year: Cheryl Lopez, Tottenville
The junior windmiller has proven time and again that the bigger the moment the bigger the performance she turns in. This year was no different.
Lopez, arguably the city’s most dominant pitcher, led the Pirates to another unbeaten PSAL season and a second straight Class A city title. At times it seemed unfair as opposing hitters were late on her fastball and then were fooled by her deceptive changeup.
Lopez was just as important at the plate, particulary in the season's final game. She cracked the decisive three-run homer in a 3-1 win over rival Susan Wagner and allowed just two second-inning hits.
“If I didn’t get that home run God knows what would have happened,” Lopez said. “I didn’t think it was going out.”
In the Pirates brutal four-game stretch in the playoffs against four of the PSAL’s top clubs, Lopez surrendered just 12 hits, nine walks and struck out 44 batters in 26 innings pitched. She hit .511 during the league season, drove in 14 runs and pitched to a miniscule .28 ERA.
All-Staten Island softball Coach of the Year: Marco Altieri, Susan Wagner
Coming into the season, Altieri had Taylor Sarcone, one of the top players in the PSAL, and many players who opposing coaches couldn’t even name. Yet, in the end, Wagner was able to advance to the PSAL Class A city final for the first time in 23 years. Altieri and trusted assistants Tim McAuliffe and Melissa Zipf got the very most out of the group. Its only two PSAL losses came to powerhouse and champion Tottenville.
P Jackie Cautela, St. Joseph by the Sea
Cautela was invaluable to the Vikings in all aspects of the game. The junior was the team’s ace, pitching Sea to a 1-0 win over Preston for the CHSAA Archdiocesan title. When not in the circle, she played a superb shortstop and was also the Vikings third-place hitter.
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