The 2016 Main Line high school softball scene included a variety of teams that had successful seasons on many different levels.
Villa Maria Academy (19-3) won the AACA championship, captured its second consecutive PIAA Class AAA District One title, and advanced to the PIAA Class AAA state tournament, led by pitcher Maddie Abbot, who set the Class AAA state softball record for career strikeouts.
Haverford (13-7 overall, 13-4 in Central League) advanced to the PIAA Class AAAA District One tournament, while Radnor advanced to the PIAA Class AAA District One tourney.
Other successful Main Line squads included Academy of Notre Dame (9-7), Agnes Irwin (8-7), Archbishop Carroll (9-7), Conestoga (11-9), Episcopal Academy (11-5 overall, 9-3 InterAc), Friends’ Central (second place in the Friends Schools League) and Shipley (6-5).
The All-Main Line high school softball teams are selected by the coaches. Because Main Line Media News covers 19 high schools, the Main Line Media News sports staff limits the number of sports available to first team, second team and honorable mention – but follows the priority of the coaches’ selections.
What follows are the 2016 All-Main Line high school softball teams:
Sophie Marlino, Academy of Notre Dame – Sophomore shortstop, a first team All-InterAc selection for the second straight year, batted .421 with 40 RBIs in 16 games with five home runs, six triples, eight doubles and a 1.035 slugging percentage. Had 57 assists and only two errors.
Katie Mayock, Academy of Notre Dame – Sophomore centerfielder, a first team All-InterAc selection, batted .528 with 10 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs, 25 runs and only one strikeout in 61 plate appearances. Posted a .792 slugging percentage from the No. 3 spot, and contributed some solid pitching during the season as well.
Michala Maciolek, Agnes Irwin – Junior catcher, a first team All-InterAc selection, batted .625 with 21 RBI’s, three home runs, a .755 on-base percentage and a 1.156 slugging percentage. Was Owls’ MVP.
Claire Boylan, Archbishop Carroll – Sophomore shortstop and co-captain was Patriots’ MVP led the team in batting average (.640), on-base percentage (.804) and OPS (1.584). Was a Carpenter Cup captain and received second team All-Catholic League shortstop honors.
Samantha O’Keefe, Baldwin School – Senior pitcher/first baseman/shortstop was first team All-InterAc selection, batting .486 with four home runs, 16 runs scored, nine stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .600. Posted 2.17 ERA on the mound, striking out 62 batters in 51 2/3 innings.
Noelle Zimmerman, Baldwin School – Senior shortstop/pitcher/left fielder was a first team All-InterAc pick, batting .318 with .446 on-base percentage, scored 14 runs in 16 games with 10 RBI’s and four extra-base hits.
Emily Conaway, Conestoga – Senior shortstop, a first team All-Central League pick, batted .419 with 18 RBI’s and 25 runs scored in 20 games. Will play softball at LaSalle University next year.
Callie Wang, Conestoga – Senior pitcher/infielder/outfielder, a first team All-Central League selection, was a potent force on the mound and at the plate, batting .407 with 20 RBI’s in 20 games and a .695 slugging percentage, and striking out 71 enemy hitters. Will play at Case Reserve next year.
Ariana Feliziani, Episcopal Academy – Junior outfielder, a first team All-InterAc selection, batted a team-high .417 with a slugging percentage of .523. Was excellent defensively, committing only one error all season.
Nina Pagano, Episcopal Academy – Senior outfielder and tri-captain was a key factor in EA’s success this spring, as the All-InterAc selection batted .353 with a .529 slugging percentage, scored 22 runs in 16 games and stole eight bases.
Caroline Fakharzadeh, Friends’ Central – Senior shortstop and co-captain, a first team All-Friends Schools League selection, batted .644 with an on-base percentage of over .700, and led the team in hits (29), extra-base hits (10) and runs.
Heather Lazer, Haverford High – Junior first baseman, a first team All-Central League selection, was the Fords’ MVP for the second time. Batted .424, scoring 18 runs in 20 games. A Carpenter Cup selection, she was also 2-0 on the mound.
Alison Murphy, Haverford High – Freshman was first team All-Central League outfielder, batting .426 with an on-base percentage of .487, stealing nine bases and scoring 23 runs in 20 games. Was excellent defensively, making only one error all season.
Lindsay Moran, Haverford High – Junior was first team All-Central League outfielder, batting .364 with 11 extra-base hits, 12 walks, 17 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 20 games. A Carpenter Cup selection, she had an on-base percentage of .478 and slugging percentage of .709.
Megan McGrath, Radnor – Senior outfielder and co-captain, a first team All-Central League pick, batted .397 with 27 hits, four extra-base hits and 14 RBI’s in 22 games. Will attend Smith College.
Ally Schell, Sacred Heart – Senior second baseman, co-captain and leadoff hitter batted .609 with eight triples, four doubles, nine walks and a .685 on-base percentage. Will play softball and volleyball for Cabrini University.
Christina Wentz, Shipley – Junior pitcher and shortstop, the Gators’ Co-MVP, batted .556 and posted a sparkling 1.31 ERA on the mound while receiving first team All-Friends Schools League honors.
Maddie Abbot, Villa Maria – Senior pitcher and co-captain set PIAA Class AAA state career strikeout record, finishing with 767. Was Hurricanes’ MVP all four years and AACA all-star each year. Headed to Lebanon Valley College.
Sarahrose Jonik, Villa Maria Academy – Senior catcher and co-captain batted .606 with 43 hits, seven doubles, five triples, four home runs, 12 stolen bases, 31 RBI’s and 23 runs scored, compiling a slugging percentage of 1.014. A four-year AACA all-star, she will play softball for Gettysburg College next year.
Academy of Notre Dame – Michele Bilotta, sophomore pitcher/first baseman; Marissa Mycek, sophomore third baseman/shortstop.
Agnes Irwin – Lily Zelov, sophomore second baseman; Paige DiLullo, freshman pitcher.
Archbishop Carroll – Julia Weimer, senior outfielder; Shannon Lloyd, senior first baseman.
Baldwin School – Samantha Martin, sophomore third baseman/second baseman.
Conestoga – Anna Comyns, senior third baseman/left fielder.
Episcopal Academy – Brooke Royer, junior catcher; Reilly Wright, junior shortstop.
Friends’ Central – Carolyn Spellacy, senior pitcher; Olivia Bartholomew, junior second baseman.
Haverford High – Madison Lane, junior shortstop.
Radnor – Brooke Nicander, junior pitcher; Amanda Davis, senior third baseman/pitcher.
Shipley – Elizabeth Durham, junior catcher; Sophie Weber, junior pitcher.
Villa Maria Academy – Bri Wright, junior second baseman; Elizabeth D’Ascenzo, first baseman; Lisa Becker, sophomore left fielder.
Academy of Notre Dame – Anita Bilotta, sophomore catcher.
Agnes Irwin – Rajaa Wilcox, sophomore shortstop; Carolyn Shipe, senior third baseman.
Archbishop Carroll – Jessica Redding, junior second baseman; Casey Maloney, sophomore catcher.
Baldwin School – Julia Kait, freshman second baseman/third baseman/first baseman/catcher; Angela Smith, junior catcher.
Conestoga – Bridget Whitlow, junior outfielder; Olivia Cepielik, freshman outfielder.
Episcopal Academy – Arianna Pompei, senior outfielder; Claire Smith, senior infielder; Maddie Loughead, freshman infielder.
Friends’ Central – Michele Meline, sophomore catcher.
Harriton – Sonia Groeneveld, junior pitcher; Xochitl Krumbiegel, sophomore center fielder.
Haverford High – Danielle Nester, senior right fielder.
Lower Merion – Moira McConnell, senior first baseman; Jessie Epstein, junior shortstop.
Radnor – Grace Moore, junior first baseman; Sarah Rosenblum, junior outfielder.
Sacred Heart – Nora Sonoury, sophomore third baseman.
Villa Maria Academy – Marissa Bruder, sophomore center fielder; Alyssa Viscardo, freshman shortstop.
(Eddie Levin contributed to this article. Barrack Hebrew Academy and Merion Mercy Academy did not send us All-Main Line ballots.)