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These underclassmen have made an impact in Class AAA and AA

The jump to the varsity level is difficult, but these young underclassmen have risen to the occasion and contributed greatly to their teams.

Sometimes the older stars get the attention, but the spotlight is on high school to college softball players who do more than just hold their own.

Here’s a look at some of the big-school underclassmen who made their mark in Class AAA and Class AA this spring. Impact underclassmen in Classes A, B and C will be in the spotlight later this week.

Class AAA

Olivia Alperin, Fr., CF, New Rochelle: The Huguenots freshman is hitting .481 this season, with a team-high 15 doubles, 23 runs scored and eight RBIs. She also has 22 stolen bases.

Katie Barosa, So., P, John Jay-East Fishkill: She is solid as she drives around the circle. Barosa has a 4-1 record, with a 2.01 ERA with 28 strikeouts and only five walks allowed.

Kaelyn Brenner, So., UTIL/P, Ketcham: Primarily a position player, Brenner has stepped up to fill pitching duties and has had a great season offensively as she adjusts to her new role. Brenner is hitting .524, with two home runs, 12 RBIs, 22 runs scored

Morgan Doughty, So., C, John Jay-East Fishkill: The Patriots catcher is hitting .409, with 21 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .581.

Sam Harris, So., 2B/P, Arlington: The Admirals second baseman is hitting .462, with five doubles and a .500 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot. She also scored 14 runs and had nine RBIs. Although she mainly plays second base, she also has recorded 28 strikeouts in 28 innings as a pitcher and a 2-2 record.

Grace Hotle, 7th, 2B, Ketcham: Like her older sisters, Kat and Paige, Grace quickly made an impression on the Ketcham program during her freshman year of college. The youngest Hotle is batting .340, with 10 runs scored and seven RBIs.

Paige Hotle, So., C, Ketcham: She continues to improve her game in her fourth year as a varsity starter. Hotle recently surpassed the 100-hit mark as a sophomore and this season she is hitting .385 with six home runs, 20 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

Kristin Howie, 8th, C, Ossining: Howie made a great first impression at college. She has been a positive force for Pride all over the world. Offensively, she is hitting .600 this season, with six doubles, three triples, 16 RBIs and has picked numerous runners to be the team’s full-time starting catcher.

Ava Jacobs, So., C/3B, North Rockland: Jacobs has taken a big step forward in her second varsity season. This year, she is hitting .397, with five doubles, two home runs, 14 RBIs, 13 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .453. She also has a 97% fielding percentage through 113 total chances.

Emma Kozlowski, So., 1B, Ketcham: Kozlowski, a third-year varsity starter, has developed into a consistent all-around threat at the plate and on defense. This season, she is batting .440, with two home runs, 22 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Hannah Leon, So., 3B/C, North Rockland: After thriving as a clean-up hitter in her first season on the varsity last year, Leon is enjoying another productive season with the Red Raiders. This season, she is hitting .381, with three doubles, a home run, 14 RBIs, 17 runs scored and a .435 on-base percentage in the Red Raiders’ challenging schedule.

Gianna McMahon, So., C, White Plains: McMahon continues to make an impact for the Tigers after a solid freshman season. This year, she became the Tigers’ full-time catcher after splitting duties at first base and behind the plate last season. McMahon is hitting .362, with three doubles, a triple, one home run and 12 RBIs.

Tara Murphy, So., P/OF, North Rockland: She has battled her way to victory against numerous lohud-ranked teams and teams competing for Section 1 titles in various classes. Murphy has a 12-2 record in the circle, with 113 strikeouts and 30 walks, over 99 innings of action. She is also hitting .286, with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, 20 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

Neela Parent, So., OF/2B, White Plains: She has made great strides since last season. This year, Older is hitting .391, with four doubles, two triples, 10 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

Ava Ritterman, So., SS/3B, White Plains: After getting a taste of varsity last year, Ritterman is enjoying a much-improved sophomore season. She is hitting .390, with seven doubles, a triple, 15 RBIs, 27 runs scored and seven stolen bases.

Ava Voyiatzis, Fr., CF, Mamaroneck: She quickly cracked the starting lineup in her varsity debut and has shown tremendous range and a strong arm in the outfield. Offensively, she is hitting .356, with five doubles, a triple, one home run and 12 RBIs. She recently moved from the leadoff spot to the cleanup spot and has the second-most RBIs on her team.

Alexis Tighe, Fr., P, White Plains: After an impressive eighth-grade season, Tighe continues with a phenomenal freshman campaign. Tighe is batting .600, with 11 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 31 RBIs. As a pitcher, she is 14-1, with a 1.28 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 92.2 innings.

Class AA

Emily Boyle, Fr., P, Somers: After earning pitcher of the year honors as an eighth-grader, Boyle is having another solid all-around season. Boyle has a 1.80 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. She is also hitting .364, with four doubles, two triples, 12 RBIs and seven runs.

Kate Brown, Fr., P, Yorktown: Every time she steps foot on the field, she plays and acts at a level far beyond her years. Brown is hitting .375 with four doubles, 23 RBIs and six walks. She struck out just six times in 62 at-bats. As a pitcher, she has a 2.60 ERA and 81 strikeouts over 85 innings.

Mya Campbell, Fr., OF/1B, Yonkers: Campbell is hitting .368, the second-highest average on the team, with two triples, 15 stolen bases, 17 runs and a .478 on-base percentage.

Katie Cole, So., SS, Somers: After a phenomenal freshman season, Cole is taking things one step further as a sophomore. She is batting .595, with four doubles, two triples, 14 runs scored, eight RBIs, a .694 on-base percentage and 1.505 OPS. She also walked twelve and stole four bases.

Grace Comizio, Fr., 3B/P, Eastchester: Comizio is one of the Eagles’ best defensive players and she is also hitting .293, with five doubles, a triple, 12 RBIs and 21 runs scored. She has also helped in the circle, with a 2-0 record and 15 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.

Peyton Conti, 8th, 2B, Clarkstown North: Conti has given the Rams a defensive boost, with 41 putouts and a .955 fielding percentage. She is also hitting .303, with an on-base percentage of .410, four doubles, one home run and 10 runs scored.

Sabrina Cosgrove, 8th, P, Eastchester: After taking a big step last season as a seventh-grader, Cosgrove is enjoying another big season for the Class AA-contending Eagles. She has a 13-1 record, with a 1.84 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 91 innings. She also held her opponents to a .239 batting average.

Siena DeCicco, So., CF, Clarkstown North: DeCicco, a third-year starter, will retain center field and the leadoff spot for the Rams. She is hitting .377, with four doubles, five triples, 10 RBIs, 22 runs scored and a .403 on-base percentage.

Kayla Dwyer, So., P, Clarkstown South: The Viking pitcher was a catalyst in her team’s success with her arm and bat. Dwyer has 13 wins, with a 1.73 ERA and 108 strikeouts. Offensively, she is hitting .347, with 16 RBIs, 13 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .418.

Samantha Eredetario, Fr., CF, Mahopac: The Wolf Pac leadoff hitter entered the final week of the regular season with a batting average of .364 and an on-base percentage of .417. She also had two doubles, a triple and 11 runs scored.

Caitlin Fitts, Fr., 1B, Somers: She is batting .304, with three doubles, a triple, 14 runs scored and eight RBIs.

Sophia Gutierrez, Fr., C, Eastchester: She continues to be a key contributor to the Eagles. A disciplined hitter, Gutierrez is hitting .381, with eight doubles, one home run, 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Giana Kusterer, So., P, Brewster: She emerges as a steady arm in the circle. Kusterer, a sloppy competitor, is 4-4 in the circle but has limited opponents to a .125 batting average and has struck out 57.

Marlee Levin, So., C, Clarkstown North: She remains a lifeline behind the plate for the Rams. The defensive stalwart is also on pace for a career year on the offensive end in her third season on varsity, posting a .463 batting average, with five doubles, two triples, two home runs, 21 RBIs and a .741 slugging percentage.

Ava Medina, So., C.F., Brewster: The Bears’ sophomore provides a reliable presence in the outfield, but she is also hitting .371 and leading the team in RBIs and runs scored.

Emma Mariella, So., 3B, Brewster: Mariella held down the hot corner for the Bears and was great defensively at third base. She is also hitting .310 this year.

Madison Miller, 8th, SS/LF, Harrison: Miller is a newcomer to the varsity this season and has excelled for the Huskies. The versatile eighth-grader is hitting .382, with six RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Ava Papaleo, So., CF, Ursulines: The consensus top 10 nationally ranked standout is having another great all-around season for the Koalas. She is hitting .606, with 15 doubles, seven triples, four home runs and 36 RBIs. Papaleo has made no mistakes this season, reaching the 100-hit mark with a two-run home run against Class AA contender Eastchester.

Angelina Recine, Fr., CF, Eastchester: A speed threat and a reliable presence in center, Recine is hitting .342, with one triple, 16 runs scored, six RBIs and eight stolen bases.

Kaitlyn Rose, Fr., RF, Clarkstown South: Rose is batting .400, with five doubles, a triple, one home run, 13 RBIs and 18 runs. Rose also walked 10 and has an on-base percentage of .509 and a slugging percentage of .622.

Nailah Searight, So., P, Saunders: She recently emerged as a strikeout machine for Saunders and is a solid hitter at the plate. The two-way threat helped the Blue Devils win a Yonkers City title, and she was named Tournament MVP.

Carley Voce, So., CF, Clarkstown South: Voce is hitting .411, with six doubles, a triple, one home run, 17 runs scored and is tied for the team lead with 17 RBIs. Voce also has an on-base percentage of .434 and a slugging percentage of .627.

Camdyn Wilson, So., SS, Mahopac: She has been a fixture in the Wolf Pac lineup since joining and starting on the varsity as an eighth-grader. After earning all-section honors last season, Wilson continues to be a key contributor. She entered the final week of the regular season with a .289 average, five doubles and eight runs scored. She has the fourth most hits on her team and her 10 RBIs are the second most on the Wolf Pac. She also brings a tough glove to a premium position.

Jordanna Yomtov, Fr., DP/OF, Harrison: She quickly made her mark as a freshman. Yomtov leads the Huskies in batting average (.500), on-base percentage (.583) and RBIs (16). She also has two doubles, one home run and six runs scored.

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