There was parity in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball in 2014, with Saranac finishing at 8-2 and Beekmantown, Northeastern Clinton, Peru, AuSable Valley and Ticonderoga all turning in 7-3 conference records. All of those teams are well represented on the CVAC All-Star teams, and the individual awards include players and coaches from four teams.
The All-Stars and awards were selected by the CVAC coaches.
Player of the Year
Sam Fletcher, Peru- A three year starter, Fletcher was chosen as Player of the Year as much for her intangibles as for her outstanding softball talent. The only senior on a young team, her leadership was instrumental in keeping the Indians in the Division I race right up to the final day of the regular season.
The infielder with a dangerous bat anchored Peru both offensively and defensively, and she served as an on-field coach, sharing her experience with younger players. She was a total team player throughout her career.
Pitcher of the Year
Tori Trim, Saranac- Trim carried a heavy load for the Chiefs, pitching every game and also excelling at the plate. The junior went 14-6 in the pitching circle, striking out 176 batters and walking just 26. She totaled 139¤ innings and finished the season with an ERA of 2.11. She averaged less than one hit allowed per inning.
Trim also ranked third on the team with a .355 batting average, and she led Saranac in home runs.
Coach of the Year
Joni Moschelle-Griffin, Beekmantown- In her first year as a softball coach, Moschelle-Griffin helped the Eagles get back on track. After Beekmantown won just one game in the 2013 season, Moschelle-Griffin guided the team to a 9-3 overall record and a second-place finish in the conference. The Eagles found success this year with a young team that featured just three seniors.
Carrie McComb, Northeastern Clinton- In McComb’s two seasons as head coach, the Cougars moved finishing last in the conference to being a contender. They went from two wins in 2012 to six wins in McComb’s first season. This year, Northeastern Clinton finished at 9-5 (7-3 CVAC) and tied for second in the standings.