September 1, 2014

Medina
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All-Gazette Softball 2013

Kaitlin Krajcik

Kaitlin Krajcik — Highland catcher

Class: Senior

Highlights: Division II Ursuline College recruit set Medina County record with 10 home runs. … Also led area in batting average (.530), on-base percentage (.621), slugging percentage (1.108), OPS (1.729), doubles (10), triples (4), RBIs (45), stolen bases (12) and hit by pitch (9). … Fourth in hits (44), sixth in runs (31) and ninth in walks (11). … First-team All-Suburban League and second-team D-I All-Ohio as senior after earning honorable mention All-Gazette as junior.

Hornets coach Nick Spirtos on Krajcik: “She was very quiet, but she carried a big stick. When she got to the plate, she knew exactly what she was going to do.”

Madi Tata

Madi Tata — Medina first baseman

Class: Junior

Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette pick was second in area in hits (47) and on-base percentage (.541), third in hitting (.480), runs (36) and stolen bases (10), fourth in OPS (1.163) and RBIs (27) and seventh in slugging percentage (.622). … Tied for county lead with four triples. … Possible Division I college recruit. … Solid defensively. … Bats left, throws right.

Bees coach Jessica Toocheck on Tata: “Madi’s ability to step up in big-time games and clutch situations is remarkable. She thrives on the pressure and has proven herself to be a dominant hitter.”

Sam Ryan

Sam Ryan — Wadsworth catcher

Class: Junior

Highlights: First-team All-Suburban League pick led Grizzlies in triples (2), home runs (3) and total bases (41) while batting .333 and providing excellent defense behind plate. … Second on team with 20 runs batted in and 12 walks. … Had .526 slugging percentage and .435 on-base percentage. … Honorable mention All-Gazette as junior.

Grizzlies coach Michelle DeAngelis on Ryan: “Sam Ryan is one of the hardest-working young ladies on the team. She is a positive, vocal leader when catching and leads by example at the plate. Sam is an all-around dynamic player and always going above and beyond our expectations during practice.” 

AnnMarie Kirchner

AnnMarie Kirchner — Highland first baseman

Class: Senior

Highlights: Four-time All-Gazette pick was second in county in home runs (6), RBIs (37), slugging percentage (.772) and OPS (1.282), fourth in runs (34), fifth in hits (42) and on-base percentage (.510) and sixth in batting average (.457). … In circle, second in area in wins (15) and strikeouts (112) and third in innings pitched (128 1/3). … First-team All-Suburban League. … Will play basketball at Division III John Carroll.

Hornets coach Nick Spirtos on Kirchner: “AnnMarie was a workhorse on the mound. She was a go-to pitcher for four years. She was also a solid offensive threat and excellent defensively.” 

Erin Calhoun

Erin Calhoun — Brunswick second baseman

Class: Sophomore

Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette pick moved from catcher to second base but never missed a beat. … Led Brunswick in hitting (.392), on-base percentage (.415), slugging percentage (.480), hits (40) and runs (20). … Leadoff hitter had five doubles, two triples and 12 runs batted in. … Struck out five times in 102 at-bats.

Blue Devils coach Julie Salzman on Calhoun: “We would be a completely different team without Erin. She sets high standards for the rest of the team to work toward. She is always the one putting in the extra time and taking extra reps to try to improve every day.” 

Taylor MacWhade

Taylor MacWhade — Highland second baseman

Class: Senior

Highlights: Second-team All-Suburban League selection finished tied for first in county in triples (4), second in hits (47) and runs (37), third in on-base percentage (.519), slugging percentage (.727) and OPS (1.246) and fourth in hitting (.475) and home runs (4). … Honorable mention All-Gazette as junior. … Will continue career at Division II Lake Erie. … Ranked second in senior class academically.

Hornets coach Nick Spirtos on MacWhade: “She was in charge of the infield. She’s an excellent defensive player and her attitude was always upbeat. Her offensive numbers speak for themselves.” 

Chrissy Nichols

Chrissy Nichols — Buckeye second baseman

Class: Junior

Highlights: Led Bucks in batting average (.438), hits (39), runs (20), home runs (1), on-base percentage (.509), slugging percentage (.584) and OPS (1.093). … Second on team in RBIs (22) and doubles (6). … Went 9-8 in circle with 106 strikeouts and 3.57 ERA in 90 1/3 innings. … Win total tied for fourth in county, while strikeouts ranked third. … Honorable mention All-Gazette last year. … Pitched against best teams on schedule.

Bucks coach Howie Calame on Nichols: “Chrissy Nichols was the best hitter on our team. Other teams had to worry about her when she was in the box.” 

Vanessa Scoarste

Vanessa Scoarste — Medina shortstop

Class: Junior

Highlights: Three-time All-Gazette pick hit .388 with .474 on-base percentage, .541 slugging percentage and 1.015 OPS. … Fourth in area with 27 runs batted in and second with 15 walks. … Has scholarship to continue career at Division I Kent State. … Unbelievable range and playmaking ability at shortstop. … Power numbers dropped from sophomore year, but still big threat.

Bees coach Jessica Toocheck on Tata: “Vanessa is a solid shortstop with incredible range. She is able to make plays that most shortstops can’t get to. … Offensively, she sees the ball well and finds a way to get on base. She’s a difficult out.” 

Lauren Strebel

Lauren Strebel — Cloverleaf shortstop

Class: Senior

Highlights: First-team All-Suburban League selection led Colts in slugging percentage (.667), hits (38), triples (2) and home runs (4) while providing rock-solid defense. … Second on team in batting average (.422), runs (22), RBIs (22) and on-base percentage (.495). … Honorable mention All-Gazette as junior. … Will continue career at Division III Muskingum.

Colts coach John Carmigiano on Strebel: “Lauren is just a very unique kid and has been a joy to coach. I appreciate all the hard work and effort she put into being the best. When I think of good examples of high school athletes, Lauren is right at the top of the list.” 

Jen Sansonette

Jen Sansonette — Medina third baseman

Class: Senior

Highlights: Third in county with 30 runs batted in. … Hit .319 with seven doubles, three triples and one home run. … Had .396 on-base percentage, .489 slugging percentage and .885 OPS. … Honorable mention All-Gazette as junior, when played right field. … Four-year starter.

Bees coach Jessica Toocheck on Sansonette: “She’s a leader on the field and at the plate. She always puts the team first and pushes her teammates to succeed. Jen’s leadership, work ethic and competitiveness have set the bar high for our program.” 

Hallee Smith

Hallee Smith — Cloverleaf outfielder

Class: Sophomore

Highlights: Sophomore sensation led Colts in hitting (.440), on-base percentage (.515), runs (30) and doubles (10) en route to first-team All-Suburban League honors. … Also had .583 slugging percentage, 1.098 OPS, seven stolen bases, nine walks and got hit by four pitches. … Possible Division I college prospect covers ton of ground in center field and has great arm.

Colts coach John Carmigiano on Smith: “It was exciting to watch Hallee have such a breakout year. There is a reason she is at the top of our lineup. Hallee is the type of player that gets a team going.” 

Jessie Holzman

Jessie Holzman — Medina outfielder

Class: Freshman

Highlights: Left-handed hitter was first in county in runs (39) and hits (51), fifth in batting average (.459) and sixth in slugging percentage (.649) and OPS (1.141) while leading Bees with three home runs. … Excellent bunter with great speed, tied for team lead with 10 stolen bases.

Bees coach Jessica Toocheck on Holzman: “She played like a veteran in the field and at the plate. She used her athleticism to make some incredible, diving catches in left field. Offensively, she proved to be a threat with her speed and power on the left side.” 

Megan Paradise

Megan Paradise — Medina pitcher

Class: Junior

Highlights: Led Medina County in wins (20) and innings pitched (166) after taking over for graduated Gazette MVP Bobbi Langlois and leading Bees back to regional championship game. … Second in area in winning percentage (.769), third in ERA (1.94) and fifth in strikeouts (82). … Walked 20 batters, or one every 8 1/3 innings.

Bees coach Jessica Toocheck on Paradise: “Megan’s performance this year was phenomenal. She worked hard all offseason and throughout the season to be our No. 1 and definitely established her presence. … Her (calm) demeanor on the mound was incredible.” 

Dagmar Smith

Dagmar Smith — Black River pitcher

Class: Senior

Highlights: Four-time All-Gazette pick had area-high 233 strikeouts to finish career with Medina County-record 810. … Finished 11-10 in circle with 1.25 earned run average. … Second in counting in ERA, innings pitched (140) and batting average (.486), fourth in slugging percentage (.698) and tied for lead in triples (4). … Ursuline College recruit helped Pirates reach D-III regional final as junior.

Pirates coach Lauren Toth on Smith: “She brings much more to a team than just her pitching and hitting ability. … She was a role model to this young Black River team this year.” 

HONORABLE MENTION

Black River – Megan Scott (sr.).
Brunswick – Jess Calhoun (jr.), Bri Bentler (jr.).
Buckeye – Kelsie Shultz (jr.).
Cloverleaf – Karissa Kelling (jr.).
Highland – Kelley Cejer (jr.), Malory Rymer (sr.), Amanda Schniegenberg (jr.).
Medina – Maria Vanadia (sr.), Lauren Peak (sr.).
Wadsworth – Julia Horton (fr.), Grace Zarley (fr.), Kelsie Wenger (jr.), Niki Weaver (sr.).