Hughes and Panzarella to Represent South Plainfield in Super 36 All-Star Softball Game


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.

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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

           SOUTH ROSTER

           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.


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