Area seniors named as CVAC all-stars
SARANAC LAKE — Three area softball players were honored by the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference for their efforts this season.
All three are seniors. Saranac Lake had one player chosen as Kayleigh Merrill was named honorable mention in Division I, while Lake Placid had two picks with Shelby Jewtraw selected to the Division II team and Faith Fell earning honorable mention status.
Merrill lined up at shortstop for the Red Storm and was a team captain and also its most valuable player. Although Saranac Lake got off to a rocky start, the squad wrapped up the season with five wins in its last seven games, which included a 4-3 extra-innings loss to AuSable Valley in the Class C semifinal.
Merrill played a big role in the run with solid hitting and fielding.
“On offense, she had a high slugging percentage, belting several doubles and triples,” first-year Red Storm coach Suzanne Nicholas said. “She was also a very aggressive base runner, stealing extra bases by being a fast, heads-up runner and not missing an opportunity to advance. Game after game, she put in a solid defensive performance at short stop with minimal errors.”
Merrill finished the season with a .580 on base percentage.
Third-year varsity seniors Jewtraw and Fell were team leaders for the Blue Bombers as well as the Blue Bombers two pitchers. When not in the circle, both played shortstop for the Lake Placid defense.
Jewtraw, one of the most reliable players for Lake Placid, and was the lead-off hitter in the batting order.
“Shelby was our captain, a hard worker and great with her teammates,” Lake Placid head coach Donna Moody said. “She was solid and consistent. She was always good for a hit or two in every game. She could be asked to play anywhere in the field and she’d do that for the team.”
Jewtraw will attend SUNY Brockport this fall.
Fell was a hard throwing pitcher and batted cleanup for the Blue Bombers. A highlight of the senior’s season came in a road game against rival Saranac Lake when she crushed a home-run pitch over the center-left-field fence.
“Faith and Shelby flip-flopped as our pitchers,” Moody said. “At the plate, she had a good year hitting clean-up for us.”
Moody said Fell will be moving to North Carolina later this summer and will attend a community college in that state.