May 7, 2012

Capalbo Headlines Royal All-Conference Selections; Frazza, McHenry And Zaccheo Also Honored

Christine Capalbo Kaitlyn Frazza
Caitlin McHenry Kelly Zaccheo

Christine Capalbo (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck), a senior pitcher on The University of Scranton softball team, was one of four Royals to earn all-Landmark Conference honors, Joel Cookson, associate commissioner, announced today.

Capalbo was named first team in a ballot conducted among the conference’s six head coaches after earning second-team honors a year ago.  She is joined by junior Kaitlyn Frazza (West Caldwell, NJ/James Caldwell), sophomore designated hitter Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas), and senior infielder Kelly Zaccheo (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton), each of whom was named second team.

Capalbo started 17 games and finished with a 14-3 win-loss record this past season.  In the latest Landmark Conference statistical rankings, she is second in earned run average (1.88) and wins, third in games started and fewest walks allowed (13), fourth in opposing team batting average (.252), and fifth in innings pitched (104).  Her 14 wins are the second most in a season in Scranton history.  In addition, Capalbo finishes her career sixth in wins (25) and strikeouts (115) and seventh in innings pitched (199.1) in Royals’ history.

Frazza started 34 games and finished with a .390 batting average that included 15 RBI, a double, and three triples.  She also finished with a .460 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage.  She hit safely in 23 games and had 11 multi-hit games.  Frazza is currently second in the Landmark Conference in sacrifice bunts with 12.

McHenry put up impressive offensive numbers in her first year with the program.  She currently leads the conference in batting average (.463), slugging percentage (.800), and on-base percentage (.531).  She is also second in RBI (44), third in home runs (7), tied for fourth in hits (44), and fifth in runs scored (33).  McHenry appeared in all 36 games, started 33 times, and hit safely in 25 games, including 14 multi-hit games.  She also drove in at least one run 21 times, including 13 games with two-or-more.  Her .463 batting average is the eighth highest single-season average in Scranton history.

Zaccheo started 34 games at shortstop and hit a career-high .395 this past season.  She is currently third in the Landmark Conference in hits (45) and on-base percentage (.481) and fourth in doubles (14).  She hit safely in 25 games, including 14 multi-hit games, and led the Royals on the defensive end in assists with 57.
In four years, she started 119 of 122 games and finished with 105 hits, including 21 doubles, and 37 RBI.

Led by first year head coach Mia Collarini, the Royals ended their 2012 season with a 26-10 record and made their third straight appearance in the Landmark Conference tournament.  The 26 wins were the second most in school history.

The 2012 all-Landmark Conference teams and special award recipients in the sport of softball are as follows:

1st Team
Pos-Name, School        Class    Hometown (High School)
C-Cassie Ernst, Moravian    So.    Bethlehem, Pa. (Liberty)
1B-Amanda Dizinno, Moravian    Jr.    Budd Lake, N.J. (Mount Olive)
2B-Lexi Forsell, Drew        So.    West Windsor, N.J. (West Windsor-Plainsboro)
SS-Megan Rizzi, Catholic    Sr.    Mont Vernon, N.H. (Souhegan High School)
3B-Shannen Mohr, Moravian    Jr.    Slatington, Pa. (Parkland)
OF-Lisa Finizio, Susquehanna    Sr.    Oakland, N.J. (Indian Hills)
OF-Dior George, Moravian    Fr.    Bethlehem, Pa. (Liberty)
OF-Kathryn Gilbert, Susquehanna    Jr.    Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Cumberland Valley)
OF-Miranda Sergas, Moravian    So.    Lansdale, Pa. (North Penn)
DP-Jenn Dalickas, Moravian    Fr.    Mertztown, Pa. (Brandywine Heights)
UT/SP-Jenna Carmon, Moravian    Sr.    Flemington, N.J. (Hunterdon Central)
SP-Christine Capalbo, Scranton    Sr.    Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Mamaroneck)

2nd Team
Pos-Name, School        Class    Hometown (High School)
C-Rose Shaver, Catholic        Fr.    Waldorf, Md. (Bishop McNamara)
1B-Madison Clark, Susquehanna    Fr.    Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)
SS-Kelly Zaccheo, Scranton    Sr.    Scranton, Pa. (West Scranton)
3B-Alyssa Cantalini, SusquehannaFr.    Kitchener, Ontario (St. David Catholic Secondary)
3B-Taylor Stockinger, Catholic    Jr.    Olney, Md. (Sherwood)
OF-Kaitlyn Frazza, Scranton    Jr.    West Caldwell, N.J. (James Caldwell)
OF-Any Laughner, Catholic    Fr.    Olney, Md. (Sherwood)
OF-Taylor Mihalik, Moravian    So.    Bethlehem, Pa. (Liberty)
OF-Paige Robertson, Juniata    Jr.    Altoona, Pa. (Altoona Area)
DP-Caitlin McHenry, Scranton    So.    Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. (Walter Panas)
UT-Rachel Smith, Juniata    So.    Martinsburg, Pa. (Home Schooled)
SP-Erin McMakin, Catholic    So.    Olney, Md. (Sherwood)
SP-Alyssa Fegely, Moravian    Jr.    Mertztown, Pa. (Brandywine Heights)

Player of the Year: Lisa Finizio, Susquehanna
Pitcher of the Year: Jenna Carmon, Moravian
Rookie of the Year: Dior George, Moravian
Coaching Staff of the Year (Head Coach): Susquehanna (Kathy Kroupa)

--ROYALS--

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