SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- Taylor Maher, Ariana Percivale, and Carly Bressler, three Piscataway High School seniors, played in the 2019 Greater Middlesex Conference Softball Coaches Association All-Star Classic Tuesday night at Pitt Street Park.
Maher, Percivale, and Bressler represented the Pink team, which fell to Black, 14-8, but the final score wasn’t important. The night was about playing one last softball game in high school and having fun.
“Being able to play in the all-star game was a great experience for me and the other athletes who will also be playing softball in college. The all-star game was one of the things I was going to be looking forward too all year,” Maher said. “When my coach (Lauren Scinto) told Carly, Ari and I, I was so happy because that’s one of the things I’ve always wanted to do. It’s definitely an experience I will never forget.”
In the top of the first inning, Maher, with the bases loaded, got Pink on the scoreboard early with a 2-RBI single up the middle. She also walked and finished the game 1-for-2 and was glad to share the fun time with two hometown teammates.
Bressler and Percivale also went 1-for-2 on the night. Percivale smacked a double into the left field corner while Bressler singled.
“When coach told all of us that we were selected to be in the all star game, we were all so happy for each other. I think we all represented Piscataway well. I’ve been playing with Carly and Ari since our early travel years for the 10u Piscataway Warriors,” Maher said. “We all play on other travel teams now, but we still talk to each other on how things are going and since Carly didn’t go to the public Pway middle schools, I got to play softball with Ari in middle school. Since we’ve been playing softball with each other for so long, we were all excited for each other and ourselves.”
The Chiefs went 6-16 in 2019, but the trio of seniors were bright spots. Maher and Bressler were each named to the GMC All-Red Division team.
Bressler hit a whopping .500 with 31 hits (five home runs) and also led the team in RBI with 31, slugging percentage at .887, and on-base percentage at .569. She scored the second most runs with 21.
As for Maher, she scored 22 times, recorded 28 hits (.431 batting average), two homers, nine doubles, and 20 RBI.
Percivale notched 21 hits, including five home runs, 21 RBI, 20 runs, 12 walks, and hit .389. She finished second on the club in slugging at .741. Maher was third at .723.
All three capped the season with over a .900 fielding percentage average as well.
Next fall, Bressler is headed to Raritan Valley Community College, Percivale is going to TCNJ, and Maher will travel up north to New England College.
“We wouldn’t be where we are right now if it wasn’t for coach Scinto and coach (Kristie) Crilley, and the rest of the athletic department,” Maher said. “They put so much effort and so much of their time trying to make us better players. But overall, I think this was one of our better seasons. Everyone, including the seniors, showed a lot of improvements whether it was improving on skills having to do with softball or with leadership and attitudes. We all, including the coaches, have improved on many things as a whole.”