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PPH Telegram All-State softball team & POY: McKenna Smith

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:13 am
by Tom Nolette
PPH Telegram All-State softball team

Ashley Alward, Skowhegan junior, pitcher/utility: The KVAC Class A North Player of the Year, Alward helped the Indians reach the Class A state title game for a second consecutive year. She batted .382 as Skowhegan’s No. 3 hitter with a team-high 19 RBI, and went 11-1 as a pitcher with a 0.72 ERA and 126 strikeouts.

Jess Brown, Portland junior, pitcher: The Gatorade Maine Player of the Year, Brown was a huge reason why the Bulldogs made it to the Class A South final for the first time since 2004. She went 12-2 with a 1.29 ERA and struck out 134 batters in 1002/3 innings. She also hit .451. ... ball-team/

PPH Softball player of the year: McKenna Smith, Old Town

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:17 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball player of the year: McKenna Smith, Old Town
The junior pitcher struck out 182 batters in 90 innings and went 13-1 for the Coyotes.

McKenna Smith didn’t start playing softball until the fifth or sixth grade. Based on her junior season at Old Town High, it’s obvious she’s taken to the sport quite well.

Smith put together a tremendous season to lead Old Town to its second consecutive Class B state championship. After a regular season in which she was named the Penobscot Valley Conference pitcher and player of the year, Smith threw four shutouts in the playoffs. The final one was a 2-0 decision over Fryeburg Academy in the Class B state final in which she struck out 19.

“She just really dedicated herself this year,” Old Town Coach Jenn Plourde said of Smith, the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Player of the Year. ... -old-town/

Re: PPH Telegram All-State softball team & POY: McKenna Smit

PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:50 am
by Tom Nolette
All-State selection: Mackenzie Buzzell leaves lasting impression on Raider softball program

...As a captain and centerfielder for the Class B West champion Raiders, Mackenzie was named the conference’s Player of the Year by posting a .541 batting average that included six home runs, six doubles, two triples, 20 RBI and 37 runs scored.

“One of the main reasons Mackenzie is so successful is her work ethic. She works very hard day in and day out to be the very best she can be. By that, I do not mean just individually. She works hard to make her and her teammates better. She is like having another coach on the field,” Fryeburg Academy varsity softball Head Coach Fred Apt said. “She is a leader by example. With a team as young as we were this year, Mackenzie was the catalyst and showed the younger players if you just battle, no matter how bad things look, as long as you are playing, good things can happen. We will miss her leadership, but I think she has left enough of herself with the younger players that they can carry on her approach to the game.”

The daughter of Jackie and Rick Buzzell of Fryeburg, Mackenzie will be attending Colby-Sawyer College in the fall, where she will major in nursing. ... l-program/