All-metro Softball

First Team

June 04, 2008



An outfielder in her first two seasons on varsity, Bilski moved to shortstop out of necessity in her senior year and looked right at home.

Batting third, Bilski hit .492 with 26 runs and 20 RBIs, compiling 11 extra-base hits - including five homers.

Bilski, who will play at Villa Julie, had a banner week late in the regular season when she went 9-for-16 and cleanly fielded all 16 chances in the field as the Cougars (14-7) went 4-0 in Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference play.

Kelly Hickman Chesapeake-AA

The junior second baseman came through in a big way during the No. 1 Cougars' playoff run to their second straight Class 4A state championship.

Hickman hit homers in two straight East regional playoff games - a two-run shot in a 3-0 semifinal win over Arundel and a three-run shot to open the scoring in a 10-6 win over Broadneck in the final.

In her third varsity season, Hickman batted .453 with 28 runs and 20 RBIs in the cleanup position.

She finished with five doubles, four homers and three triples, and was versatile in the field, also playing third base and first base.

Nicole Lowenstein John Carroll

The senior catcher was in a class by herself behind the plate, closing out a stellar four-year career with All-Metro first-team honors for the second straight year.

Lowenstein, who will play at Seton Hall next year, batted .473 with 20 runs scored.

Perhaps her most telling statistic was a .743 on-base percentage; it came with the help of 32 walks, most of which were intentional.

A captain and a fine defensive catcher, Lowenstein was tough to steal on, allowed just three passed balls, and worked well with first-year starting pitcher Katie O'Hara.

Elaine Nescio Archbishop Spalding

Replacing four-year standout Stephanie Weigman, the junior pitcher proved she was more than up to the task in leading the No. 2 Cavaliers to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship.

Nescio tossed a one-hitter in a 6-0 win over Institute of Notre Dame in the title game, highlighting a 15-1 season that included a 0.70 ERA with 176 strikeouts in 110 innings.

Nescio batted .314 with 11 RBIs and committed one error.

Jennifer Rindone Archbishop Spalding

One of the major concerns going into the season for the Cavaliers was replacing the graduated talent that comprised the middle of their lineup last season. Enter Rindone.

In her first season as a starter, the junior left fielder was inserted into the cleanup spot and thrived.

She finished second on the team in batting with a .489 average and led the team in RBIs with 17, while also scoring 10 runs.

Rindone also was steady in the field, making two errors in 113 innings.

Kourtney Salvarola Broadneck

A repeat first-team selection, the sophomore pitcher was again one of the most feared hitters in the metro area.

Salvarola batted .556 with 41 runs, 25 RBIs and 17 extra-base hits that included nine home runs.

On the mound, she went 12-3 with a 1.28 ERA and had 130 strikeouts in 93 innings.

Salvarola handed Class 4A state champion Chesapeake its only two losses of the season, recording a 2-0 shutout in the regular season and then recording a 4-2 win in the Anne Arundel county championship game that was highlighted by her two-run homer.

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