SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - After a total of 182 players from across the state of New Jersey were nominated, the rosters for the sixth annual Super 36 North-South Senior All-Star softball game were recently selected, and South Plainfield High School will be represented.
Playing for the South team in the game, which will take place on Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m. at Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field at Ivy Hill Park in Newark, is shortstop Caity Hughes.
Hughes has been the lightning bolt at the top of the order for the Tigers, which have racked up a school-record 27 wins so far this season and will face Lodi Immaculate in the first ever Tournament of Champions for softball tonight (Tuesday) at 5 p.m. at Ivy Hill Park.
The Tigers won the Group 3 final in walk-off fashion against Steinert on Sunday.
South Plainfield’s career hits leader with 171 and counting, Hughes has done it all for her team, including moving from her usual center field spot to shortstop in 2017 because of team need. The ultra-athletic three-sport star hasn’t missed a beat, flashing her talent with impressive range and a strong arm to go along with her usual abilities at the plate and speed on the base paths.
This season, Hughes, a Georgian Court University signee, is batting a whopping .515 with 52 hits including six home runs, 11 triples, and six doubles in addition to 26 RBI and 43 runs scored.
Joining Hughes in the dugout will be head coach Don Panzarella, who will be an assistant in the contest for the South squad.
The legendary coach is the state’s winningest active head coach with 732 wins and is 11 away from tying the all-time mark left by Middletown South’s Tom Erbig with 743.
Under the watch of Panzarella, who is in his 36th season, South Plainfield has won eight sectional titles, including their first since 2009 last Wednesday against Middletown North, and now four state group titles.
Panzarella has never also endured a losing season and his teams have been victorious in 20 games or more 23 times, including 25 or more five times. Panzarella has won 19 division titles and three county tournament championships.
The Super 36 All-Star game pits top seniors from the Garden State against each other and the South has a 3-2 series edge over the North with a 4-1 triumph last year.
You can find the full rosters, including the coaches, below.
Amanda Ayala, DePaul
Caroline Baratta, Bernards
Katie Felotico, Emerson
Meghan Graham, North Hunterdon
Reese Guevarra, Immaculate Heart
Rachel Hubertus, Millburn
Marissa Jenkins, Mount St. Dominic
Bonnie Kennedy, Chatham
Milena Lacatena, Lenape Valley
Kelsey Oh, Mount St. Dominic
Gianna Randazza, Johnson
Julie Rodriguez, Old Tappan
Isabel Seise, Jefferson
Olivia Sprofera, Immaculate Heart
Miyoksi Suarez, Hudson Catholic
Alexa Vardiman, West Essex
Nicole Vassallo, Jefferson
Sam Ward, Bridgewater-Raritan
Honorary coach: Brenda Canal, River Dell
Nick DeGennaro, Jefferson
Jackie Forte, Hawthorne
Joelle Della Volpe
Lauren Conroy, Matawan
Erika Coreth, Washington Twp.
Kristi DiMeo, Bishop Eustace
Amelia Ditolvo, Bordentown
Brighid Douglas, Notre Dame
Kira Ferraiolo, Montgomery
Kayla Gallo, Middletown North
Angela Giampolo, Notre Dame
Caity Hughes, South Plainfield
Haley Hulitt, Cumberland
Riley Kernan, Middletown North
Gianna Mavica, St. John Vianney
Deanna Pineiro, Audubon
Demi Rivera, St. John Vianney
Giovanna Russomanno, Ocean Twp.
Sam Sack, Paul VI
Meagan Smith, New Egypt
Morgan Walsh, Ocean Twp.
Honorary coach: Dave Light, Gloucester City
Don Panzarella, South Plainfield
Chris Hoffman, Middletown North
Ryan Pringle, Ocean Twp.