Postseason roundup: Bears’ go-to hitter Flakus repeats as All-State pick in softball; Lennon, Arruda named to D-II first team

Postseason roundup: Bears’ go-to hitter Flakus repeats as All-State pick in softball; Lennon, Arruda named to D-II first team

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STONINGTON — For anyone to expect Stonington High’s Abby Flakus to duplicate what she accomplished her junior year would just be unfair and unrealistic.

As a junior, Flakus hit .591 with a slugging average of 1.430. She had 55 hits with 32 of the extra-base variety, including 20 home runs.

First and foremost, opposing teams were simply not going to allow her to see enough quality pitches to match those numbers.

Still, Flakus hit .500 this season with a slugging average of .888 to lead the team in both categories. She also led the Bears in hits (40), home runs (4), triples (7), doubles (5) and RBIs (36).

Coaches certainly noticed — the senior third baseman was named Class M All-State for the second straight season and first-team All-ECC Division II for the second time.

Stonington has produced a Class M All-State player for seven straight seasons.

Flakus, for her career, hit .500 with 158 hits, 27 homers and 135 RBIs.

“She’s always seemed to be our go-to batter,” Stonington coach Ann-Marie Houle said. “It was tough to beat her junior year, and she had more realistic numbers for a high school kid this year. She meant a lot to us. She was a consistent batter. She was a good contact hitter, and we had her in the third spot for that reason.”

Fellow senior Trinity Lennon was named named first-team All-Division II for the third straight season. Lennon, a four-year starter as a pitcher, posted a 14-8 record with a 2.05 ERA this season. She struck out 122 batters in 146.66 innings.

“I’ve said this many times. She is a player who deserved everything she got because she put in the hard work,” Houle said. “A lot of the things she does for the team goes on behind the scenes. She really brought along the young kids. She is the epitome of a captain and a true teammate.”

Lennon made great strides at the plate. She only got six at-bats as a freshman. But she continued to improve each season, hitting .467 this year with six doubles and 29 RBIs. She hit .484 last season and finished her career with 104 hits, 102 of them coming in her final three seasons.

“The part of Trinity’s story that is so amazing is her bat,” Houle said. “She ran indoor track and that helped her.”

Lennon also received the ECC scholar-athlete award for the team.

Junior center fielder Miranda Arruda earned first-team Division II honors for the second straight season.

Arruda hit leadoff, and finished with a .405 average with a team-high 39 runs scored. She homered three times and hit three triples. Arruda uses her speed and instincts to give opposing teams fits on the basepaths.

“Someone like Miranda comes around once in a while,” Houle said. “She is a kid that gives you everything she has every single day. As a coach, that is all you an ask for.

“And as a center fielder, she is constanly asked to play with new players on either side of her. She has to worry about herself and them.”

Senior catcher Erin Craig, freshman outfielder Maggie Constantine and junior second baseman Colette Dreher earned Division-II honorable mention recognition.

Craig hit .394 with 13 RBIs. She scored 20 runs, was a solid on the defensive side and received the team’s sportsmanship award.

Constantine finished with a .268 average and doubled three times.

Dreher improved as the season went along, especially at the plate. She hit .382 and was 8 for 15 over her final six games. She also tripled three times.

Stonington finished 15-8 overall, with an 8-2 record in the league to share the D-II title with Waterford.










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