Mary Caron: 2017 Academic All-American

Five Huskies Earn All-Little East Conference Honors

Five Huskies Earn All-Little East Conference Honors
            GORHAM, Maine  - Seniors Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's) and Allison Pillar (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle), junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble), sophomore Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and freshman Madison Greene (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough Academy) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' softball team each earned post-season honors from the Little East Conference following a vote of LEC coaches.

            Greene took home second team honors, while Caron, Cross, Kelly and Pillar each earned first team nods after an outstanding 2017 season.  With five all-conference selections, it is the most representation Southern Maine softball has had on the Little East Conference All-Conference team since the 2004 season when the Huskies posted a school record 33 wins.

            "It is a tremendous accomplishment to have five players named to the all-conference team. It speaks to the depth and talent of our team. I want to congratulate and thank our two seniors, Mary and Ally on their career years; they are so deserving of this accolade for their outstanding play and leadership throughout the season," said fifth year head coach Sarah Jamo.   

            Our three returning all-conference players, Amber, Brooke and Maddy shows great promise for the future, and will continue to push their teammates to reach their potential.  Amber has consistently done it all for us offensively and defensively, having another great year in centerfield, on the mound and making contributions at the plate.  The two underclassmen, Brooke and Maddy, had break out seasons, playing some of their best softball towards the end of the season.  I look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the seasons to come."

            Completing a remarkable rookie season, Greene established herself as one of the top pitchers in the conference earning second team honors.  Greene posted a 6-2 record with one save during the season with a conference-leading 1.60 earned run average.  Greene averaged 3.80 strikeouts per game, establishing a career-high of nine strikeouts in a 2-1 win over local rival St. Joseph's College.  Greene earned conference victories over Eastern Connecticut (4-3, April 29), UMass Boston (7-2, April 28), Rhode Island College (10-2, April 23), and Plymouth State (2-1, April 18).  In the win over Plymouth State, Greene fired nine strong innings, allowing just four hits in USM's extra-innings victory over the Panthers.  Greene's lone save game in USM's 6-5 season-opener against Carleton.  Greene fired two scoreless innings, earning a pair of strikeouts.  In the save, Greene entered the game in the top of the sixth facing bases loaded and no outs before working her way out of the innings, and then worked her way around a pair of singles in the top of the seventh, recording the final two outs via the strikeout to preserve the win.

            Earning all-conference honors for the second time in her career, Kelly, a 2016 second team selection as a utility player, is a first team honoree at the same position in 2017.  A pitcher and outfielder for the Huskies, Kelly started made 15 appearances for the Huskies in the circle this season, earning four wins with a 2.47 earned run average and 34 strikeouts. She fired a 5-0 shutout victory over Keene State, allowing just six hits and walk, and came up big with an 11-3 win over Eastern Connecticut in five innings.  When not in the circle, Kelly is USM's starting center fielder. Displaying good range, Kelly recorded 29 putouts and 20 assists for a .961 fielding percentage.  At the plate, Kelly drove in six runs on 20 hits and scored 14.

            In her second season, Cross is earning all-conference honors for the first time.  A first team selection at outfield, Cross displayed tremendous athletic ability playing both left and center field for USM, and quickly developed into an offensive threat.  Tied for seventh in the Little East for home runs with three this season, Cross hit a solid .320 with 24 hits and 14 runs batted in in 75 at bats.  One third of Cross' hits went for extra bases.  Making several outstanding diving plays throughout the season saving runs and extra bases for the Huskies with her play in the outfield, Cross is one of just seven player in the Little East with more than 20 chances to have a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.  Cross finished the season with 39 putouts and two assists. 

            A first time all-conference selection, Pillar earned first team honors as the Huskies' starting first baseman.  Pillar hit a solid .308 with 24 hits (five doubles) and 17 runs batted in.  An outstanding defensive first basemen, Pillar had a .989 fielding percentage recording 166 put outs and nine assists, while helping turn four double plays throughout the season.  During the season, Pillar had a 13-game hit streak that included a key two-run, 3-for-4 performance in a 2-1 win over Plymouth State.  Pillar's ninth inning single through the right side ended the game, and was her second RBI.

            Pillar established career marks for RBI (17), hits (24), and doubles (5) in her final season, and finished her career with a .279 batting average collecting 60 hits on 215 at bats, with 10 doubles, one home run and 42 RBI, and 22 runs scored. 

            Recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team, Caron is an all-conference selection for the first time earning first team honors as a short stop.  The Huskies' leading hitter, Caron hit .349 on 38 hits with 21 RBI.  Thirteen of Caron's 38 hits went for extra bases, including 10 doubles and three triples for a .495 slugging percentage.  Defensively, Caron was one of the Huskies' leaders fielding .963, making just five errors in 136 total chances.  Caron had 55 putouts and 76 assists, while helping turn five double plays.   Caron's 76 assists were second in the LEC overall, and against LEC competition only Caron led the conference with 45. 

            During the course of the season, Caron had a 14-game hit streak, and had 12 games with at least two hits.  Caron was 3-for-7 in a doubleheader sweep of Eastern Connecticut State, and for the season against LEC opponents, Caron hit .313 with a .438 slugging percentage, collecting 15 hits in 45 at bats with seven RBI.  Caron ended her career hitting .356 with 133 hits, 91 runs scored, 25 doubles, seven triples and five home runs, and 61 RBI. 

 

2017 All Little East Conference Softball Teams

Player of the Year

Roxanne Vento

UMass Boston

Pitcher of the Year

Jess Greenspan

UMass Boston

Rookie of the Year

Charline Plasczynski

Western Connecticut

Coach of the Year

Bruce Addison

Plymouth State

 
 
 

First Team

 
 

Pitcher

Jess Greenspan

UMass Boston

Pitcher

Molly St. Germain

Keene State

Catcher

Roxanne Vento

UMass Boston

First Base

Allison Pillar

Southern Maine

Second Base

Kayla Votto

Keene State

Third Base

Shae Crosby

Keene State

Short Stop

Mary Caron

Southern Maine

Outfield

Brooke Cross

Southern Maine

Outfield

Cassidy Emerson

Plymouth State

Outfield

Nicole McSweeney

UMass Dartmouth

Utility

Amber Kelly

Southern Maine

Designated Player

Jenny Galavotti

Keene State

 
 
 

Second Team

 
 

Pitcher

Madison Greene

Southern Maine

Pitcher

Hannah Smith

UMass Dartmouth

Catcher

Emma Simmons

Rhode Island College

First Base

Gina Georgetti

Eastern Connecticut

Second Base

Tori Dugan

Western Connecticut

Third Base

Mel Goss

Plymouth State

Short Stop

Charline Plasczynski

Western Connecticut

Outfield

Gina Raczkowski

UMass Boston

Outfield

Alexandra Lafemina

Western Connecticut

Outfield

Jessica Seymour

Eastern Connecticut

Utility

Mel Goss

Plymouth State

Designated Player

Kristyn Ryan

Eastern Connecticut

 
 

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