THE SUPER TEAM
Hannah Arruda, Dartmouth, Junior
A talented third baseman and tough out at the plate, Arruda opened the season by belting 12 home runs in the Indians’ first 16 games. She cooled off a bit after that, but finished the season with a .443 batting average as the team’s No. 3 hitter, with 40 runs batted in and 13 homers. She also notched 23 strikeouts in 19 innings of work on the mound en route to earning Old Colony League All-Star honors. “Hannah hit the ball hard and she came out swinging at the start of the season,” Dartmouth coach Beth Arguin said. “She knows the strike zone and she’s very aggressive at the plate. She had no fear at third base, where she made all the plays and covered bunts extremely well.”
Skyla Berube, GNB Voc-Tech, Junior
Helped fuel the Bears’ offense with a .380 average as the team’s No. 3 hitter. Finished with 37 hits and knocked in 31 runs. Belted 15 doubles, one triple and one home run and earned South Coast Conference All-Star honors on a team that won the Div. 2 State Championship. Proved to be an unselfish player who always put the team first. “Skyla was a great hitter with runners on base. She came through with a lot of big hits this season,” Voc-Tech coach Mark Collins said. “She played most of the season in the outfield, but I changed things up a bit for the playoffs and I moved her to first base. She made the transition with no problem and I had faith in her to do a good job because she’s such a versatile player.”
Sarah Duarte, GNB Voc-Tech, Senior
Slipped a bit after earning Standard-Times Player of the Year honors as a junior, but still put together a solid season at catcher and stepped up in the playoffs to help lead the Bears to the Div. 2 State Championship. Batted .340 with 31 hits, 21 runs batted in, eight doubles and three home runs en route to being named a South Coast Conference All-Star. “Sarah was solid behind the plate and she’s a tremendous clutch hitter and team leader. She’s one of those players you want at the plate with the game on the line, because you know she’s going to come through,” Voc-Tech coach Mark Collins said. “She had big hit after big hit after big hit for us in the playoffs and she did a great job handling our two young pitchers.”
Lillian Gray, New Bedford, 8th Grader
Pitched beyond her years to help lead the Whalers to the Big 3 Championship and a 6-3 win over No. 11 Natick in the preliminary round of the Div. 1 South Sectional. Played a key role in helping a very young team improve from a 3-17 record in 2017 to 9-13 this season. Finished with 130 strikeouts in 137 innings of work and walked only 38 batters while putting together a 9-10 record and earning Big 3 All-Star honors. Also batted .317 and knocked in 19 runs at the plate. “Lillian turned our program around,” New Bedford coach Harry Lowe said. “She pitched well in our conference games and she picked up a lot of experience against a tough schedule. She’s just a kid, but she threw the ball with a lot of confidence and poise.”
Emily Littles, Old Colony. Senior
Helped lead the Cougars to the state tournament for the first time in coach Brandon Mendez’ four years at the helm with a 12-7 record and 4.20 earned run average on a team that hit the ball well all season. Allowed 101 hits in 110 innings of work and notched 154 of her 493 career strikeouts. She helped her own cause with a .500 average at the plate hitting second or third, finishing with 31 hits and knocking in 17 runs. Littles was named a Mayflower Athletic Conference All-Star for the third-straight season. “Emily had a great career. She came in as a freshman my first season with the team and she kept getting better and better,” Mendez said. “She’s a tough competitor and a real team leader.”
Laela Pepin, Fairhaven, Senior
Got a chance to start on the mound for the first time and took full advantage of the opportunity. Helped lead the Blue Devils to the South Coast Conference championship and the quarterfinals of the Div. 2 South Sectional, where they dropped a 1-0 decision to eventual state-champion GNB Voc-Tech. Pitched every game, finishing with a 17-4 record and a 2.21 earned run average en route to being named an SCC All-Star. Allowed 88 hits in 117⅓ innings of work, notched 68 strikeouts and recorded six shutouts. At the dish, she batted .383 and knocked in 10 runs. “We wouldn’t have had the success we had if it wasn’t for Laela,” Fairhaven coach Cathy Silva said. “She hit her spots, she kept us in games and she worked well with leads.”
Rachel Pereira, Dartmouth, Senior
A quick center fielder with great range and speed, Pereira batted .328 as the Indians’ leadoff hitter. Finished with three home runs, two triples and five doubles. Earned Old Colony All-Star and Standard-Times Super Team honors for the second-straight season. Ran the bases extremely well and put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses with an aggressive approach at the plate. “Rachel does everything well and she’s going to be tough to replace,” Dartmouth coach Beth Arguin said. “She’s a good athlete who plays hard every time she takes the field and she did a great job getting on base at the top of our batting order.”
Elyse Rebelo, Fairhaven, Junior
One of the top defensive catchers in the area, Rebelo rarely allowed a passed ball and did a great job blocking balls in the dirt. Did a tremendous job handling Laela Pepin in her first season on the mound and proved to be one of the toughest outs around. Batted .581 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in. Belted two triples and eight doubles en route to being named a South Coast Conference All-Star for the league-champion Blue Devils. “Elyse is a team leader who takes control on the field and she’s a great batter who hits with power and gets on base,” Fairhaven coach Cathy Silva said. “She has a great arm and there weren’t a lot of teams that tried to run on her. She’s the complete package.”
Jenna Sylvia, GNB Voc-Tech, Sophomore
Met every challenge as the Bears’ starting pitcher before a sore arm stopped her during the team’s run to the Div. 2 State Championship. Finished with a 16-6 record and a 3.20 earned run average on the way to being named a South Coast Conference All-Star. Allowed 113 hits and notched 119 strikeouts in 146 innings of work before sitting out the team’s final two games in the state playoffs after pitching 19 innings over a span of 43 hours in South Sectional wins over Norton and Middleboro. “Jenna gave everything she had before she had to shut it down,” Voc-Tech coach Mark Collins said. “She was an inspiration to her teammates all season.”
Kiki Almeida-Sylvia, New Bedford, Sophomore
Hit. 368 as the leadoff hitter for the Big 3 Conference-champion Whalers. Knocked in 12 runs and shined on the bases while going 12-for-12 on steal attempts. Belted three doubles and three triples and finished with a .926 fielding percentage. Anchored the infield at shortstop with a strong arm and tremendous range. Was able to go deep in the hole and throw runners out at first.
Sarah Blair, Apponequet, Junior
Batted .413 with 15 runs batted in and an on-base percentage of .460 for the Lakers en route to being named a South Coast Conference All-Star. Scored 20 runs and stole 10 bases. Struck out only three times all season and walked twice. Proved to be one of the area’s most aggressive batters who went up to the plate with the intent of putting the ball in play and getting on base.
Payton Conceicao, GNB Voc-Tech, Senior
Put together a .382 average as the No. 5 hitter for the Div. 2 State-Champion Bears. Banged out 33 hits to finish fourth in a potent offensive lineup. Finished with four doubles, four home runs and 24 runs batted in. Did a great job getting on base in the playoffs and setting the table as a consistent designated player who ran the bases well.
Bri Cruz, Fairhaven, Junior
A three-year starter for the Blue Devils, Cruz batted .477 and knocked in 32 runs as the team’s cleanup hitter. Also belted two triples and a home run en route to earning Honorable Mention honors in the South Coast Conference. Used a quick first step to run down everything that came her way in center field. Proved to be a tough out at the plate with some good pop in her bat.
Sophie Hubbard, Old Rochester, Senior
Proved to be a dangerous hitter as a left-handed slapper who knew the strike zone and didn’t swing at bad pitches. Batted .320 and drew a team-high 17 walks. Did a good job getting on base and played tremendous defense at second base. Put together a solid career with the Bulldogs and capped things by earning South Coast Conference Honorable Mention honors.
Hannah L’Heureux, Old Colony, Junior
Did everything well en route to being named a Mayflower Athletic Conference All-Star. Batted .500 with 41 hits and 23 runs batted in while scoring 30 runs and stealing 22 bases. Ripped 18 extra-base hits — 11 doubles and seven triples. Made only one error at first base and helped lead the Cougars to the playoffs for the first time in coach Brandon Mendez’ four-year tenure.
Alexus Neno, GNB Voc-Tech, Senior
Batted .347 with 31 hits and 17 runs batted in for the Div. 2 State Champion Bears. Finished with five doubles, one triple and one home run en route to earning South Coast Conference Honorable Mention honors. Played solid defense at second base and proved to be a lunch-pail kind of kid who worked hard at practice and was willing to do anything to help the team win.
Sophia Sousa, Dartmouth, Junior
A left-handed pitcher, Sousa put together a 15-5 record and 1.52 earned-run average for the Indians. Notched 91 strikeouts in 129 innings of work and walked only 52 batters. Put together a .451 average and knocked in 14 runs as the Indians’ No. 2 hitter.
Casey Thomas, Bishop Stang, Senior
Shined on the mound and at the plate for the Spartans. Batted .377 and knocked in 18 runs as the team’s cleanup hitter. Notched 65 strikeouts in 87 innings of work as a pitcher and finished with a 5.74 earned run average on a young team that fell just short of making the playoffs. Was a team leader and earned Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star honors.
Jordan McCloskey, Apponequet, Junior; Madison Sheehan, Apponequet, Senior; Alexia Bolduc, Bishop Stang, Senior; Hailey Camire, Dartmouth, Junior; Lindsey Oliveira, Dartmouth, Sophomore; Kenna Cruise, Fairhaven, Sophomore; Cassidy Vuolo, Fairhaven, Sophomore; Madison Camara, GNB Voc-Tech, Freshman; Sarah Carvalho, GNB Voc-Tech, Sophomore; Piper Crooks, GNB Voc-Tech, Sophomore; Janice Rullan, GNB Voc-Tech, Sophomore; Hallie Boutin, New Bedford, Sophomore; Katherine Kirby, Old Colony, Sophomore; Mikayla Murray, Old Colony, Senior; Tae’Lynn Payton, Old Colony, Junior; Meagan Dufresne, Old Rochester, Freshman; Sophie Hubbard, Old Rochester, Senior; Grace Cerrato, Wareham, Sophomore; Maddie Pinkston, Wareham, Senior; Ashlie Thatcher, Westport, Senior; Jordan Therriault, Westport, 7th Grader.