The best of the best for the week ending on Saturday, April 27…
Sam Tomasetti, Garnet Valley: The week started fairly pedestrian for the freshman shortstop. She was 1-for-4 in a victory over Radnor. Then The Harriton Game happened. Tomasetti enjoyed one of the best individual performances you’ll see this season, going 5-for-5 with seven RBIs, two home runs, one double and five runs scored. That earns Tomasetti our Softball Player of the Week… an award I made up as I was writing this sentence.
Kate Wenger, Agnes Irwin: You pitch a shutout of Episcopal Academy in the biggest game of the year, you get to be on this list. She helped herself at the plate in two more wins against Chichester and Germantown Academy.
Lauren Fortunato, Agnes Irwin: The All-Delco shortstop was 2-for-3 with a double against Episcopal Academy — she was the only Owl to hit the ball hard off EA ace Alex Viscusi — and was pretty awesome against GA — 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs.
Rachel Schwindt, Bonner-Prendergast: Her go-ahead RBI triple in the top of the seventh propelled the Pandas to an impressive win over Episcopal Academy
Molly Rafferty, Cardinal O’Hara: Another ho-hum week for Rafferty, who led the Lions to three victories, none bigger than the 8-3 triumph over PCL power St. Hubert. Rafferty vs. St. Hubert hurler Erica Raggazone was a must-see event, as Raggazone has been one of the area’s premier pitchers for three years. Rafferty had two of her team’s 13 hits and a pair of RBIs. O’Hara broke a 3-3 deadlock with five runs in the top of the seventh. From the circle, Rafferty settled down after giving up three runs in the fourth inning. She allowed just five hits and five strikeouts. It wasn’t her best outing, but it was a test she passed with flying colors.
Tara Gianforcaro, Cardinal O’Hara: She made a game-saving grab in the outfield to preserve the Lions’ 3-2 nonleague win over Chichester. In the Hubert game, she had a pair of RBIs.
Kelsey Maguire, Notre Dame: Maguire’s two-out double in the bottom of the sixth against Notre Dame gave the Irish a one-run lead. ND would earn a real gut-check sort of win, and Maguire reached base four times in the game.
Kyla Crombie, Radnor: Crombie delivered the biggest hit of the season for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the 10th inning against Upper Darby. Her two-run single gave them a win against the Royals, whom the Raiders have owned the last two years. Crombie’s first hit came in the fifth inning, as her single drove in the run that knotted the score at 2-all.
Kelsey Collevechio, Ridley: After a 10-game absence due to injury, Collevechio had a strong season debut, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Bari Margolis, Radnor: She had a key single in the game-winning 10th inning against Upper Darby and belted a home run over the centerfield fence at Garnet Valley earlier in the week.
Tori DePietro/Courtney Scarpato, Springfield: I might as well start putting these two together. The co-aces have been nothing short of phenomenial for Cougars team that is rolling, winners of five in a row, against teams including Super 7 staples Bonner-Prendergast and Interboro. Scarpato pitched a one-hit shutout against Penncrest and homered in the win over Interboro. Meanwhile, DiePietro hit solo dinger against Penncrest and pitched very well in wins versus Prendie and Interboro.
Savannah Nierintz, Upper Darby: Though the Royals lost a heartbreaker to Radnor in 10 innings last Thursday, Nierintz again proved to be pretty dominant, striking out 14. That was coming off a spectacular, three-hit shutout of Interboro and an 18-strikeout effort last week.
Olivia Chase, Upper Darby: She had a big day against Interboro, smacking three hits including a two-run double.
Honorable Mention: Alex Pew (Agnes Irwin), Nicole Shields (Bonner-Prendergast), Grace Boston (Cardinal O’Hara), Lauren DelRomano (Cardinal O’Hara),. Megan Czapka (Cardinal O’Hara), Michelle Hagarty (Chichester), Alex Viscusi (Episcopal Academy), Taylor Long (Episcopal Academy), Liz Turner (Delco Christian), Nicole Clayton (Garnet Valley), Shannon Moore (Garnet Valley), Reva Alderman (Garnet Valley), Ashley Moskowitz (Garnet Valley), Miranda Baylor (Interboro), Nicole Kelly (Marple Newtown), Sarah Anderson (Marple Newtown), Hayley Sundra (Penncrest), Izzy Schaefer (Radnor), Alexa Naughton (Springfield), Lauren Scarpato (Springfield), Taylor Winkelman (Springfield), Katie Maloney (Sun Valley), Amanda Lewis (Sun Valley), Amber Michael (Sun Valley), Erin Redden (Upper Darby).