June 21, 2012


Top honors for Trojans' Sinclair, Morgan

Staff Writer

Even though Homer Central narrowly lost out on the OHSL Liberty Division softball regular season title, two Trojans received the highest league honors.
Senior shortstop-third baseman Katie Sinclair was named the Liberty Division Player of the Year. Her classmate Alyssa Morgan was named Co-Pitcher of the Year, sharing that honor with Solvay freshman hurler Jackie Gardner. Bearcats head man Phil Merrill kept it an all-Homer-Solvay affair by receiving Coach of the Year honors for the division champions.
For Sinclair, it’s a repeat Player of the Year as she received the same honor in the Freedom Division in 2011. Morgan was a second-team selection in 2011.
Joining Sinclair, Morgan and Gardner on the first-team was Homer senior third base-first base defender Chelsie Cornwell to give the Trojans a total of three first-team all-stars selected by the league’s coaches. Cornwell was a Freedom Division honorable mention one season ago.
Rounding out the Liberty Division first team were Solvay youngsters Nicole Antonacci (freshman), Kiersten DiBello (sophomore), Chelsea Delperuto (freshman) and junior Julie Gardner; senior Anni Golembieski, senior Carrie Griffo and junior Kelly Mascari from Westhill; Marcellus sophomore Molly MacLachlan, senior Tabby McBride and sophomore Meghan Witkowski; Skaneatles senior Chelsea Hamilton and Cazenovia freshman Rachel McLaughlin.
Homer seniors Cheyenne Gaffney and Taryn Heath headed the Liberty Division second-team all-stars.
Joining the Trojan pair were Solvay sophomores Sydney Cimini and Brenna Poli, Westhill seniors Gwen Dougherty and Erica Lobello, Marcellus sophomore Shannon Donahue and senior Angela Gonnella, Skaneateles senior Emily Call and junior Erica Nye, Cazenovia junior Nicole Chiarello and sophomore Holly Gamlen, Jordan-Elbridge sophomore Alexis Rouse and Hannibal senior Alexander Taylor.
Honorable mention status was given to Homer senior Meaghan Bossard and junior Nikea Ulrich. Other honorees included Solvay senior Nicole Groth and junior Taylor Guinta, Westhill’s junior quartet of Kathleen Clark, Mackenzie Davis, Abby Bornstein and Kylie Tucker, Marcellus freshman Jennie Delia along with sophomores Clare Monahan and Nicole Wynne, Skaneateles senior Jackie Leslie, Cazenovia freshman Josie Chiarello and junior Nicole White, plus Hannibal’s Adrienne Shortslef.
Homer coach Cris Colasurdo offered her thoughts on her three first team stars:
Colasurdo on Sinclair: “Katie has a dominating presence in the games. The coaches respect her ability at bat and her glove on the field. For the past four years, she has played wherever I needed her: the first two years at third base, last year at catcher (where she was Player of the League for Class A Liberty League), and this year at third and shortstop. Her knowledge of the game on and off the field allowed her to be another coach, who the players respected. It is a special honor, and demonstrates Katie’s ability, to be recognized as Player of the Year two years in a row, but by different coaches as we played in a different league this year and last year.”
Sinclair hit a team-leading .612 while also leading the Trojans in hits (41), doubles (8), triples (8), home runs (3), RBIs (23) and runs scored (27). She finishes her career with a .488 batting average with 142 hits, 27 doubles, 12 triples, nine home runs, 97 RBIs and 96 runs scored. Sinclair drew 40 walks and was 11-or-12 in stolen base attempts.
Colasurdo on Morgan: “Alyssa was respected by many coaches as one of the league’s leading pitchers; and that is even when I did not pitch her every game (so she did not accumulate the higher numbers in stats due to pitching less innings). I could have easily used Alyssa anywhere on the field and she would have excelled at that position. However, her strength for helping us be successful was her pitching and this was due to the amount of work outside of the season she put into pitching the past few years. She was able to keep the batters off balance by her speed and effective use of different pitches.”
Morgan batted .394 with 26 hits, two doubles, three triples, two home runs, 18 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Her average, hits, RBIs and runs scored were number two on the team. Chippy led the team in innings pitched (68-1/3) with 60 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.665. Morgan had a career average of .314 with 88 hits, 11 doubles, eight triples, six home runs, 50 RBIs and 77 runs scored. She stole 14 bases on 18 attempts. Pitching her record was 35 wins, 14 losses and a career ERA is just 2.06 with 201 strikeouts and just 77 walks in 190 innings pitched. She also surrendered just three home runs in 749 official opponent at-bats.
Colasurdo on Cornwell: “Chelsie had a strong arm and powerful bat that contributed to her being selected to first team all-league this year. She played either third base or first and usually hit fourth or fifth in the lineup. She had 47 putouts and 17 assists. She was more effective at the plate when runners were on base, contributing to her being third on the team with 14 RBIs.”
Cornwell hit just .214 this season (12-for-56), but those 12 hits, including one triple, accounted for more RBIs than actually hits. She also scored seven runs and her fielding percentage between playing first and third base was a very respectable .889.


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