So many names. So many honors.
The fact is that choosing the Westchester/Putnam Journal News softball all-star team was a laborious task because there were so many deserving candidates.
Below is our feature on Jasmine Ennabe (photo graph by Ricky Flores), who repeats as our top winner because she combined incredible dominance on the mound with a very strong bat.
She is gifted — naturally gifted, as are so many players listed below.
But the list also reflects hard work.
Many players could be interchangeable and there is plenty room for debate.
Our Honorable Mention selections, for instance, include Sydney Ginsberg of Rye Country Day, who hit .543 with six home runs and 22 RBI in just 15 games. She’ll play for Yale next year. There are other kids on HM who also topped .500 for the season — really, am amazing stat. And there were kids who could be described as the heart and soul of their teams. They may be HM here but were MVP on their squads.
In any case below are our selections. Placement may be debated but not the fact that all can really play the game. –Nancy
CARMEL Jasmine Ennabe was about 13 years old when she lost her backyard batterymate.
Her mother, Maureen, decided she “valued her shins,” Ennabe explained.
Countless batters have felt a different kind of pain from the Carmel High pitcher, who repeats as The Journal News Westchester/Putnam softball player of the year.
Ennabe, who’ll pitch next year for Long Island’s Adelphi University, went 15-5 with 11 shutouts this year. She sported a 0.63 ERA, walking just 21 and striking out 265 in 144 innings. Included were the state-record 28 she struck out in a 13-inning, 5-4 win over neighboring Brewster.
Batters hit a paltry .111 against her but she hit .383 with five home runs and 15 RBI.
“Being able to do both is amazing,” she said of her success pitching and with the bat.
A cool demeanor — “As a pitcher, everyone is always watching me. I’ve kind of learned not to feel the pressure” — has helped her mound performance. And her pitching has helped her both recognize pitches and guess what’s coming when at bat.
Ennabe who throws a two-seam fastball that acts like a curve, a screwball, a rise and a change, plays softball year-round. Summer and fall includes games with her 18U team, Long Island Gold, and winter is spent practicing indoors.
Ennabe has played for Carmel shortstop Sam Fernandez’s dad, Tim, on outside teams since she was 8. Fernandez started Ennabe pitching but it was some time before she could throw strikes.
“She was brutal,” he said.
That changed when Ennabe was 11. By 12, Ennabe pitched their Carmel-based Lunachicks team to the national finals and was, Fernandez said, the best pitcher of her age in the Northeast.
Numerous colleges recruited Ennabe, who was clocked throwing 62 mph two-and-a-half 2 1/2 years ago and guesses she has added a couple of mph to that. But she turned down several D-I schools, Cornell included, in favor of a scholarship from perfect-distance-from-home D-II Adelphi, where she’ll study psychology
Ennabe will go there with some special memories. She’s proud of her strikeouts against Brewster but, when the game concluded, her feeling was, “Sixty percent, ‘Wow, I’m glad that’s over.’ Maybe closer to 70. I was tired,” she said, adding she didn’t know about the strikeout record until after the game.
Her top overall moment was last year’s Section 1 Class AA 2-1 win in 11 innings over powerhouse Ketcham. It marked the third time the Rams defeated Ketcham that season and Ennabe K’d 16.
As a young kid, Ennabe admired Team USA pitchers Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott. Finch is famous, in part, for striking out numerous big-league sluggers, including Albert Pujols and Mike Piazza.
Ennabe has had plenty of opportunities to pitch against baseball players and others but, for their sake, she has turned them down.
“I get asked plenty of times to pitch to people,” she said, explaining, “I don’t want to embarrass them.”
The rest of The Journal News/lohud.com first team includes:
Cassidy Boyle, Hen Hud: The senior, who will play for the University of South Florida next year, made a seamless transition from short to catcher this season. She batted .574 with 11 home runs, eight doubles, one triple and 35 RBI in 68 at-bats. She also swiped six bases and scored 31 runs.
Francesca Chiodi, Eastchester: The senior pitcher went 18-5 with eight shutouts and a 1.43 ERA and hit .380 with 21 RBI.
Kelly Dovi, Brewster: The freshman second baseman hit .537 with 11 doubles, three triples and one home run and drove in 14 runs. She led her sectional finalist team with 51 hits.
Alycia Feeney, Brewster: As elite a pitcher as there is in the section, Feeney went 16-4 with seven shutouts and an 0.85 ERA. The senior issued just 12 walks in 140 2/3 innings and struck out 177. Batters hit .188 against her.
Sam Fernandez, Carmel: The senior shortstop (listed here as utility) hit .533 with 14 doubles, four triples, 27 runs scored and 14 RBI. She also stole 26 bases in 27 attempts.
Ellen Gardon, Pelham: The senior first baseman/third baseman hit .435 with 37 RBI, 16 doubles and eight home runs.
Meaghan Giordano, Croton-on-Hudson: The eighth-grade shortstop, a second-year varsity member, hit an astounding .690 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI in 58 at-bats. She also scored 42 runs.
Amanda Kiriakios, Saunders: The sophomore outfielder/pitcher hit .565 with six homers, five triples, 11 doubles and 26 RBI from the leadoff spot.
Molly Leitner, Holy Child: A utility choice, the junior pitcher hit .561 with 28 RBI and 21 runs scored and struck out 163 in 84 innings while compiling a 13-1 record.
Melanie Mandell, Rye Country Day: The sophomore outfielder hit safely in every game for the Wildcats, batting .551 with seven doubles, eight triples and 23 RBI.
Cassie McGrath, Tuckahoe: McGrath’s combination of pitching and hitting numbers were unparalleled. The freshman went 17-3 with a 1.40 ERA and struck out 220 in 135 innings. She also hit .696 with six home runs and 51 RBI.
Sam Sicignano, Pleasantville: The senior center fielder/pitcher hit .548 with 20 RBI and also won eight games for the Panthers, including pitching a no-hitter.
Danielle Sputo, White Plains: Despite being recruited, the Tigers’ ace has opted not to play in college. The senior leaves the mound on an incredibly high note, going 15-6 with nine shutouts and a get-the-magnifying-glass 0.69 ERA. She struck out 168 in 143 innings. Sputo also hit .415 with three homers and 14 RBI.
Alexis Ventarola, Eastchester: The senior first baseman hit .505 with 21 RBI and three home runs.
Coach of the year
Allison Bedosky, Mamaroneck: After her Tigers got off to a terrible 0-4, then 2-6 start, Bedosky guided her squad to 11 wins and, more important, the school’s first league softball title in 21 years.
Brittany Allocca, Carmel, Sr.
Briana Chapman, White Plains, Sr.
Kimi Chiapparelli, Mamaroneck, Jr..
Sam Chiudina, Brewster, Sr.
Brandi Coon, Valhalla, Jr. .
Elizabeth Curcio, Holy Child, Jr.
Raina Gorman, Ardsley, Jr.
Diana King, Rye Neck, Jr.
Nereida Mendez, Rye Country Day, Jr.
Isabel Monaco, Maria Regina, Jr.
Briana Nardone, Tuckahoe, Jr.
Emma Prinz, Brewster, Jr.
Angie Rizzi, Ursuline , So.
Katelynn Ryan, Kennedy, Jr.
Alexandra Wright, Lakeland, Jr.
Alison Abbatiello, Dobbs Ferry, Jr.; Amber Badillo, Lakeland, Fr..; Victoria Biancavilla, Sr., Eastchester; Dominique Bisaccia, Yorktown, Sr.; Brittany Blair, Saunders, Jr.; Greta Bodine, Scarsdale, Sr.; Kayla Bonnet, White Plains, So.; Amanda Bozentko, Yorktown, Sr.; Sarina Campos, Ursuline, Fr.; Megan Canfield, Ardsley, Jr.; Sarah Carrier, White Plains, Jr.; Marley Chefalo, Haldane, So.; Morgan Cole, Yorktown, Jr.; Gabby Caruso, Hen Hud, So.; Millie Cavicchio, Holy Child, Jr.; Molly Charney, Briarcliff, Sr.; Nicolina Chenard, Ardsley, So.; Morgan Cole, Yorktown, Jr.; Val Cucci, Ursuline, So.; Selena Cummings, Harvey, So.; Gianna Degaltini, Yorktown, So.; Kendra Deschamps, Harrison, Sr.; Olivia DeLaurentis, Blind Brook, Jr.; Casey Dell’Aera, Eastchester, Sr.; Kim Dolhon, John Jay, Jr.; Jill Dressler, Hackley, Sr.; Jessica Dubbioso, North Salem, Sr.; Kaylie Dymek, Valhalla, So.; Jessie Espinet, Solomon Schechter, Sr.; Stephanie Fiorello, Eastchester, Sr.; Victoria Froio, Maria Regina, Sr.; Sydney Ginsberg, Rye Country Day, Sr.; Dana Goldstein, Scarsdale, Sr.; Amanda Gonzalez, Putnam
Valley, Sr.; Jen Gottfried, Mamaroneck, Sr.; Andersen Greenwood, Harvey, Sr.;
Kristyn Hatley, Somers, Sr.; Sydni Holtz, Valhalla, Jr.; Mary Hunt, Mahopac,
Sr.; Jen Jameson, Kennedy, Sr.; Rachel Julie, Briarcliff, So.; Kaila Kuschman,
Edgemont, So.; Cassandra Lagana, Port Chester, Jr.; Ali Leroy, Horace Greeley,
Sr.; Cameron Lischinsky, Lakeland, Fr.; Missy Lisikatos, Haldane, Fr.; Sammi
Lisikatos, Haldane, Sr.; Dominique Loguidice, Harrison, Jr.; Kylia
Maddox-Langle, Mount Vernon, Sr.; Brianna Mancuso, Westlake, Jr.; Samantha
Massaro, Westlake, Sr.; Frankie-Ann McCauley, Pelham, So.; Sam McKillop, Maria Regina, Jr.; Natalie Messina, Panas, Jr.; Allie Monteleone, Haldane, Jr.; Jessenia Munoz, Lincoln, Sr.; Ashley Petrone, Eastchester, Sr.; Taylor Olson,New Rochelle, Sr.; Taylor Riccardi, Brewster, eighth grade; Chelsea Rose, Mamaroneck, So.; Stephanie Ryder, New Rochelle, Fr.; Jenna Saldi, Valhalla, So.; April Sepulveda, Saunders, Jr.; Alex Sapone, Byram Hills, So.; Stephanie Shea, North Salem, Jr.; Alyssa Small, Hen Hud, Sr.; Sarina Stein, Irvington, So.; Theresa Swertfager, John Jay, Jr; Alex Torre, Fox Lane, Sr.; Roxanne Trama, Irvington, Jr.; Remi Uretta, Panas, Fr.; Jordan Valentzas, Harrison, Sr.; Samantha Yannuzzi, Rye Neck, eighth grade; Cassidy Wooten, Sr., Ardsley