WESTERLY — Megan Albamonti’s ability to hit a softball has been pretty well documented.
Albamonti batted .459 for the Westerly High team this season, the best average on the squad. She also led the team in doubles (8), home runs (3) and RBIs (30). She finished tied for the team lead in hits (28).
But coach Chris Luppe said the junior catcher was just as valuable on defense.
“You don’t steal bases with her behind the plate, which takes a big part of the game away from other teams,” Luppe said.
Albamonti was also adept at catching or blocking balls in the dirt to save extra bases.
For her efforts, Albamonti earned third-team All-State recognition from the coaches association. She was also honorable-mention All-State in basketball during the winter season.
“She was a huge power threat,” Luppe said. “Teams were always trying to pitch around her. When they pitched to her, she did a lot of damage. She can hit for power and for average. She has really good bat speed.”
Albamonti was also first-team All-Division II. She was first-team All-Division in basketball and volleyball this school year.
This spring, Albamonti added to her athletic resume by throwing the javelin for the track team — and she won the event at the state meet to earn first-team All-State in that event.
Junior shortstop Alex Mitchell joined Albamonti on the Division II first team. Mitchell hit .413 with 13 RBIs. She also had seven doubles.
Mitchell was also superb in the field.
“She was the glue on the defense. She runs everything from the shortstop position,” Luppe said. “She gets rid of the ball quicker than anybody I’ve ever had. There were balls in the hole that you didn’t think she had a chance on and she gets the out.
“Offensively, she has a combination of power and speed. She is very dangerous. She is on base all the time and can take that extra base.”
Senior left fielder Victoria Carreiro was named to the Division II third team. Carreiro hit .412 as the team’s leadoff batter.
She led the team with 35 runs scored, and tied Albamonti for the lead in hits with 28.
Carreiro tripled six times to lead the team and finished with seven doubles. She was another javelin thrower for the track team and was third-team All-State.
Carreiro was also named to the academic All-State team.
Sophomore third baseman Miranda Carreiro and senior second baseman Maya Legare earned Division II honorable-mention recognition.
Carreiro hit .411 and finished with 23 hits and 15 RBIs. Legare hit .345 and was second on the team in RBIs with 24. She doubled five times.
Westerly finished the season 11-10 overall and 11-6 in the league. The Bulldogs qualified for the Division II playoffs, but opened with a loss to Mount St. Charles in extra innings that ended the season.