The heartbeat of softball in Eastern Massachusetts runs through the Hockomock League.
As proof, the greater Attleboro area fielded eight schools in the MIAA South Sectionals and brought home 10 wins overall as Norton won 19 games along with the Div. 2 South title while Bishop Feehan outscored its foes 224-33 and reached the Div. 1 South final.
Five Shamrocks and four members apiece from the Lancers and North Attleboro High Rocketeers make up the core of The Sun Chronicle 2019 All-Star Softball Team. In addition, The Sun Chronicle roster includes three players apiece from King Philip and Dighton-Rehoboth as well as two players each from Attleboro, Mansfield and Foxboro.
Nine of the members are repeat selections, including Rocketeers Olivia Capobianco, Ashley Cangiano, Bella Erti and Ashley Cangiano.
Other returning Sun Chronicle All-Stars are Norton’s Nicole Grainger; Attleboro’s Makenzie Killough and McKenzie Bergdoll; Bishop Feehan’s Jess Levesque and King Philip Meghan Gorman.
“I felt like we’ve built this program the past five years, I knew the talent that we had,” fifth-year Norton coach Wade Lizotte said after taking the Lancers to their third straight MIAA Division 2 South Sectional title game.
In addition to Knopf, who posted a 1.01 ERA and Grainger (41 hits) are Sun Chronicle All-Stars sophomore shortstop Destiny McGrath and second baseman Liv Menyo of Norton.
Levesque is joined by Bishop Feehan catcher Gabrielle Comeau, four-year infielder Caroline Deem, second baseman Hannah Ramer and pitcher Brooke Sroczinski, who amassed 211 strikeouts with a glittering 0.09 ERA.
Returning Big Red veterans are Erti, who finished with over 400 strikeouts for her career (148 this season), third baseman Hebard, outfielder Gallagher and North catcher Cangiano.
Bombardier bashiers and Sun Chronicle All-Stars Killough and Bergdoll combined for 52 hits and 45 RBI.
Dighton-Rehoboth is represented by second baseman Andria Braga, shortstop Sadie Pratt and freshman pitcher Eliana Raposo, who had 77 strikeouts.
Mansfield’s All-Star duo is pitcher Sarah Cahill, who pitched every inning this season with 132 strikeouts, and center fielder Mady Bendanillo.
The Hockomock League also produced Sun Chronicle All-Star shortstop Morgan Sylvestre and infielder Chelsea Gibbons of Foxboro along with King Philip infielder Liliana Rolfe, pitcher Faith Turinese and Gorman at shortstop.