Section VI champions Eden, Niagara-Wheatfield and Iroquois all have a repeat selection on the 1990 All-Western New York Softball Team.
Infielders Mary Winnert (Eden) and Beth Guiliani (Niagara-Wheatfield) and pitcher Melanie Kinmartin (Iroquois) are the only players to be chosen on the 12-player first team for the second
straight year. Eden is the four-time Section VI overall Class B champion, Niagara-Wheatfield has won Class A the last two years and Iroquois has won three straight B-1 titles.
P Name, School....Yr.
P Melanie Kinmartin, Iroquois....12
P Stephanie Plummer, Franklinville....12
C Shelly Lis, North Tonawanda....10
IF Beth Guiliani, Niagara-Wheat.....12
IF Tara Taddio, Dunkirk....12
IF Brenda Marsh, Fredonia....12
IF Lori Franchina, Falconer....12
IF Mary Winnert, Eden....12
OF Tina Iulg, Tonawanda....9
OF Deanne Wasielewski, Maryvale....12
OF Jessie Andrasko, Sweet Home....11
DH Kim Mrugalski, Cheektowaga....12
P Donna Osinski, Eden....10
P Gail Tallchief, Silver Creek....12
C Barb Dalrymple, Cass. Valley....11
IF Tina Astri, Iroquois....12
IF Natalie Chiasera, North Tonawanda....11
IF Darlene Heisler, Mt. Mercy....11
IF Karen Lewis, Niagara-Wheat.....12
IF Jenny Szymanski, West Seneca West....11
OF Molly Kennedy, Cleveland Hill....10
OF Michelle Mango, Wmsv. East....11
OF Sue Milleville, Niagara-Wheat.....12
DH Sue Zorich, North Tonawanda....10
PITCHERS: Alicia Bergmann, Sweet Home; Liz Johnson, Niag.-Wheatfield; Robin Ladowski, Cheektowaga; Jenny Rosenhahn, West Sen. West; Jenny Sikora, North Tonawanda; Tracey Stoddard, Starpoint; Jenny Wilcox, Kenmore West.
The squad, selected by the Western New York Coaches Association, includes nine seniors, one junior, one sophomore and a freshman. Two pitchers, a catcher, five infielders, three outfielders and a designated hitter were selected; infielders and outfielders were not chosen by position.
In a bizarre decision, Eden pitcher Donna Osinski was named only to the second team despite being chosen as the area's player of the year by the Niagara Frontier Girls Softball Association.
According to North Tonawanda coach Tom Murphy, a member of the selection committee, the verdict was reached because Osinski is only a sophomore and the two first-team pitchers are seniors. Thus, the committee agreed to allow Osinski to be simultaneously honored as part of the All-WNY squad.
Osinski, already a three-year varsity player, allowed three hits or fewer in 14 of her 18 games this season. The right-hander struck out 152 batters in 18 games, pitched back-to-back no-hitters, four one-hitters, four two-hitters and four three-hitters. One of the three-hitters came in a 1-0 loss to Johnson City, the state's No. 2 Class B team, in the regionals.
Winnert hit .450 with eight doubles, three triples and 12 stolen bases this season and was the key cog in the coach Dennis Farace's offense. She struck out just twice in 85 at-bats.
Kinmartin, who had a 0.91 earned run average this year, finished her career with 41 victories and 320 strikeouts. The Lady Chiefs lost to Eden in the Class B final for the third straight year. She will enroll in the University at Buffalo's premedical program.
Guiliani, also a two-time All-WNY pick in basketball, batted .580 and had a .960 fielding percentage. A three-time All-Niagara Frontier League pick in softball and a four-time choice in basketball, she accepted a full scholarship to Mansfield University earlier in the year.
Joining Winnert and Guiliani in the infield are Dunkirk's Tara Taddio, Fredonia's Brenda Marsh and Falconer's Lori Franchina.
Taddio hit .525 and was a first-team CCIAC I pick for three years at Dunkirk. She will attend Gannon University. The Union College-bound Marsh hit .520 for the Hillbillies and was a first-team CCIAC I choice in volleyball, basketball and softball. Franchina, headed for Eastern Connecticut State, hit .453 and had a .995 fielding percentage. She was also a three-year league all-star.
On the mound with Kinmartin is Franklinville's Stephanie Plummer. She was 10-1 with an 0.90 ERA and 154 strikeouts over 78 innings as the Panthers made the Class D final. At the plate, the Allegheny College-bound Plummer hit .413 with 27 RBIs.
The catcher is North Tonawanda sophomore Shelly Lis, already a four-year varsity player. This season, she hit .398 and collected 28 RBIs to help the Lady Lumberjacks to their eighth straight appearance in the Class A final.
In the outfield are Tonawanda's Tina Iulg, Sweet Home's Jessie Andrasko and Maryvale's Deanne Wasielewski.
Only a freshman, Iulg was one of the area's biggest surprises. She hit .519 and was solid in left field, earning the nod as her team's MVP in the field. Wasielewski, who will take her 92 average to the U.S. Naval Academy, hit .580 and also pitched for the Lady Flyers. Andrasko, a junior who also plays on Sweet Home's outstanding volleyball and basketball squads, hit .461 and did not make an error.
The designated hitter is Cheektowaga's Kim Mrugalski. She hit .564 with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs this season. When playing second base, she fielded at a .934 clip.
Falcons third in state
Niagara-Wheatfield earned Section VI's highest ranking in the final state softball poll, placing third in the Class A listing after advancing within one game of the state tournament.
The Falcons (20-3) were ranked behind state champion Union-Endicott of Section IV, the team that eliminated N-W in the Western Regionals, and Sachem of Section XI. Section VI finalist North Tonawanda finished 12th in the poll.
In Class B, Eden was fifth, Iroquois was 12th and Cheektowaga was 17th. In Class C-D, Silver Creek was 13th, Falconer 14th and Franklinville 15th.
Joining Union-Endicott in earning poll titles were a pair of state champions from Section I, Poughkeepsie Lourdes (Class B) and Eastchester (Class C-D). Eastchester (29-0) was the state's only undefeated team.
Sawaya paces West stars
Salamanca's Aaron Sawaya drove in five runs from the leadoff slot with three singles as the West drubbed the East, 14-5, in Saturday's Cattaraugus County baseball all-star game at St. Bonaventure.
Sawaya also pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief. He was followed by Gowanda's Jon Phillips, who fanned six in three stellar innings of no-hit relief. West starter Pat Zink (Olean) also pitched three shutout innings. Phillips added a double and triple to the attack. Allegany's Sam Quattrone had a two-run single for the East.
West Seneca East's Jenny Rosenhahn outdueled Akron's Anto Abrams as ECIC Division I-II beat the Niagara-Orleans League, 5-4, in eight innings Saturday at Felton Field as part of an Exceptional Senior All-Star quadruple-header. Rosenhahn struck out 10 and Abrams fanned 11. Lisa Tontala (Williamsville North) and Arlene Henning (Akron) had two hits apiece.
ECIC III-IV beat Chautauqua South, 5-2, as Kinmartin starred on the mound and Cheektowaga teammates Mrugalski and Robin Ladowski had key hits. The Cattaraugus team team also posted a 5-2 win, needing eight innings to beat the City-Catholic squad as Franklinville's Denise Burton and Limestone's Sandy Glover got hits to drive in runs in the eighth. Franklinville's Plummer struck out 13 but allowed a game-tying home run to Lafayette's Lisa Czemerys.
In the day's final game, Niagara Frontier beat Chautauqua North, 1-0, as Niagara-Wheatfield's Karen Lewis scored on a first-inning sacrifice fly by Kenmore West's Shannon Carscallen.
Most valuable players were Rosenhahn, Abrams, Kinmartin, Falconer's Beth Vanstrom, Czemerys, Plummer, Lewis and Fredonia's Sandy Lehr.
Mann to attend Howard JC
Burgard basketball star Felice Mann has accepted a full scholarship to attend Howard Junior College at Big Springs, Texas.
The 5-foot-9 Mann, a first-team All-Western New York selection last season, had planned on attending St. John's University. But she did not attain NCAA-mandated minimums under Proposition 48 and decided to attend a junior college rather than pay for her first year at St. John's to retain her eligibility.
Mann averaged 43.8 points per game this season -- including a Western New York record of 73 that was atop the all-time state list for several weeks.
Howard (27-5) was ranked 14th in the National Junior College Athletic Association last season. Four of this year's players earned Division I scholarships by signing with Pepperdine, Louisiana Tech, Stephen F. Austin and Clemson.
CATCHERS: Sue Bochinski, Maryvale; Shannon Carscallen, Kenmore West; Jennifer Danieu, Iroquois; Tracey Gallagher, Frontier; Karen Grace, Dunkirk; Laura Grusendorf, Wilson; Lainie Milliman, Eden; Adele Voskerichian, Amherst; Jennifer Willis, Nardin.
INFIELDERS: Renee Boguhn, Maryvale; Tara DiLeo, Holy Angels; Wendi Domst, Silver Creek; Shannon Finnerty, Wmsv. South; Gretchen Gegenfurtner, Sweet Home; Laurie Gemerek, Sacred Heart; Cheryl Isbrandt, Cheektowaga; Coleen Jezioro, Villa Maria; Heather Lefford, Falconer; Christy Mendolera, Iroquois; Carla Privateer, Fredonia; Michelle Silvey, Orchard Park.
OUTFIELDERS: Lorene Callahan, Kenmore East; Arleen Henning, Akron; Laura Holdren, Lake Shore; Amy Imiola, Alden; Joelle Kibler, Iroquois; Amy Markowitz, Tonawanda; Lisa Tontala, Wmsv. North.