Recorder file photo Amsterdam's Ashley Przybylowicz rounds the bases after hitting a home run this season at Shuttlework Park. Przybylowicz was selected The Recorder Player of the Year.
Recorder file photo Amsterdam's Michaela Puglisi delivers a pitch to a Catholic Central batter earlier this season at Shuttleworth Park. Puglisi was selected The Recorder Pitcher of the Year.
Recorder file photo Amsterdam third baseman, Tessa Filiberto applies the tag to Catholic Central's Shayla McConnell as she tries to get back to third base during their game earlier this season at Shuttleworth Park. Filiberto was selected to The Recorder 2014 High School Softball All-Star team.
By PAUL ANTONELLI
One pitches, the other catches.
For three varsity seasons, Amsterdam girls softball coach Brenden Cetnar never had to hesitate when filling out his starting battery.
Michaela Puglisi almost always got the start on the mound and Ashley Przybylowicz, no matter how banged up she was, got nearly all the starts as the team's catcher.
They paired up for many wins and now, the seniors pair up in another arena -- winning The Recorder's 2014 High School Softball Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year awards, respectively.
"It's going to be strange not writing their names in the lineups," said Amsterdam head coach Brenden Cetnar, who has coached the pair for three seasons on the varsity, after guiding them for a season on the modified level.
Przybylowicz, bothered by an injured shoulder for most of the season, finished hitting .371 with three home runs, four triples, four doubles and 17 runs batted in. She will enroll at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the fall where she plans on playing softball next spring.
"I considered resting Ashley, but everytime I tried, she would just give me that look," Cetnar said. "She'd rather play in pain than sit. The injury didn't stop her from throwing runners out."
Przbylowicz's biggest showing came in a doubleheader split with Maple Hill -- an afternoon she went 6-for-8 with two home runs, including an approximately 275-foot blast over the parking lot.
Puglisi enjoyed a solid senior campaign, ending up with a 3.54 ERA. She struck out 104 batters in 84 innings and had a 2.31-1 strikeout/walk ratio.
"Michaela is such a competitor," Cetnar said. "She had different pitches and that made it difficult for the hitters."
Puglisi will pitch at Mount Saint Mary College next season.
The pair capped their careers with memorable performances in a 5-1 Senior Day victory over Albany. Puglisi scattered a complete-game four-hitter on that afternoon and Przybylowicz highlighted a four-run third inning with a run-scoring triple to left.
"We're going to miss them," Cetnar said. "They were very good players and both were extremely coachable."
The Recorder 2014 High School Softball All-Area Team
Allie Krohn, Amsterdam
Krohn played an excellent first base and provided plenty of offense for the Lady Rams, hitting .375 with one home run, five doubles and 11 RBIs. She will move to catcher next season, replacing the graduating Przybylowicz.
"Allie did much better than what you would expect from a first-year 10th grader," said Amsterdam girls softball coach Brenden Cetnar. "She came in and hit the ball hard. She had a fantastic season."
Tessa Filiberto, Amsterdam
A second-year varsity starter, Filiberto -- who plays summer travel softball for the Lady Bombers -- improved considerably, upping her batting average more than 100 points from last spring. Filiberto, a third baseman who batted fourth in the order, finished the 2014 campaign, hitting .375 with six doubles, one triple and 16 RBIs. She also had an on-base percentage of .462.
"Tessa had a fantastic season," Cetnar said. "We're looking for even better things next season."
Shyanna Logan, Canajoharie
Logan was not only Canajoharie's number-one pitcher, but she also led the Cougars in hitting with a .468 average (22-for-47).
"Shy was an integral part of our success this year," said Canajoharie head coach Bridget Anderson.
Bri Slater, Canajoharie
A first-team Western Athletic Conference selection, Slater finished the season hitting .444 (28-for-63) with 12 RBIs.
"Bri is a phenomenal both on and off the field," Anderson said. "She was definitely the spark on our team this year. She was a great mentor to the underclassmen on the team. She will be greatly missed next year."
Slater plans on playing softball at SUNY Canton next year.
Lauren Balfe, Canajoharie
Balfe opened the 2014 season by hitting a walk-off grand slam and never let up. Balfe finished the season leading Canajoharie in RBIs with 15. She also batted .460 (23-for-50).
"Lauren is a great softball player," Anderson said. "She could play any position I needed her to."
Felicia Snyder, Galway
Snyder did everything for the Lady Eagles this season, finishing with a .522 batting average. Snyder, who only struck out twice all season, belted two home runs, four triples and three doubles. She also scored 28 runs and drove in seven runs.
Defensively, Snyder compiled 15 putouts and 19 assists while committing just four errors.
Cassy Egelston. Fonda-Fultonville
A senior catcher, Egelston was responsible for 47 percent of Fonda-Fultonville's runs this season. She scored 17 runs and had nine RBIs. Also, Egelston had six triples, four doubles and three home runs, including a grand slam homer.
A Scholar Athlete award winner and first-team Colonial Council all-star, Egelston will play at Division II Mercyhurst University next season.
Miranda Nethaway, Fonda-Fultonville
Only a sophomore, Nethaway played all over this year -- getting time at third base, left field and catcher. She finished hitting .304 with 13 singles, two doubles, one triple and a home run to earn Colonial Council honorable mention along with her Scholar Athlete award.
Leann Clark Oppenheim-Epratah/St. Johnsville
Selected the Western Athletic Conference North Division Most Valuable Player, Clark's pitching and hitting helped OESJ win a share of the WAC North title with Canajoharie.
Offensively her biggest single-game showing came in an 8-7 win over Sharon Springs. In the game, she had three hits and four RBIs.
Kendra Trembley, Fort Plain
Arguably the best catcher in all of the Western Athletic Conference, Trembley made it difficult for opposing teams to steal bases.
"No one ran on her and if they did, Abby (Boyer) was waiting at second base waiting for them," said Fort Plain head coach Don Stockwell.
Trembley hit .405 with 25 RBIs.
Haley Kilmartin, Fort Plain
An excellent contact hitter and solid defensive first baseman, Kilmartin hit .522 with 30 RBIs. A three-sport standout, Kilmartin was a WAC first-team selection.
Abby Boyer, Fort Plain
Boyer, a shortstop, ended up hitting .363 -- not bad considering she was hitting under .100 after five games.
"She's the heart of the team and leads by example," Stockwell said. "She has very good range and a great arm."