WESTERLY — When it comes to Westerly High's Alex Mitchell, it's very difficult to decide what she does best.
Is it the hitting or the fielding? Strong arguments can be made on both sides.
As a hitter, the Westerly senior is only the second player in school fastpitch history to finish her career with more than 100 hits. Mitchell had 115.
Only Renee Hellert, who graduated in 1997, had more (125).
Mitchell hit an astounding .600 this season, with 33 hits and 19 RBIs. She doubled three times, tripled four times and hit a pair of homers.
Mitchell hit .449 for her career, with 20 doubles and eight triples.
"She hits for average, she hits for power and she runs really well. She can hit line drives, but sometimes she gets on because she's so fast, and she steals a lot of bases," longtime Westerly coach Chris Luppe said.
Mitchell was a third-team All-State and a first-team Division II selection for the Bulldogs this past season.
But hitting is just one part of her skill set. Often, Mitchell, who plays shortstop, would somehow get to a sharply hit ball in the hole and it would appear the play was destined to be a close one at first base.
Instead, Mitchell would easily gun down the runner by three or four steps.
"She gets rid of the ball quicker than any shortstop I've had, and I've coached a lot of great shortstops," Luppe said. "She is unbelievable on the quick transfer and release. She can make plays that other shortstops would not even have a chance on."
For Mitchell, who was also an academic All-State selection, it was her first All-State honor. Luppe said the fact Westerly did not win a playoff game during the past four seasons hurt the recognition Mitchell should have received.
"It did work against her. When you get deeper in the playoffs there are more eyes on you and you end up getting recognized more," Luppe said. "We didn't make any deep run in the playoffs, and it definitely hurt her."
Westerly senior Megan Albamonti was also a Division II first-team selection.
Albamonti hit .449 with 22 hits, 16 RBIs and three triples. Albamonti finished her career with 94 hits. She was a catcher for her first three years, but spent more time in right field this past spring.
"She had a very good season," Luppe said. "She really helped shore up our outfield. She turned our outfield from a potential weakness into a strength. And she had a very solid year at the plate. And she had a stellar career."
Senior pitcher Ally Northup and junior third baseman Miranda Carreiro earned Division II second-team honors.
Northup had an ERA of 2.04 with a record of 13-7. She had 153 strikeouts in 120 innings. She was one of the top pitchers in D-II and kept the Bulldogs in every game, Luppe said.
He said Northup made significant improvement this season from her junior year and was a key component in Westerly's success.
Carreiro hit .393 with 23 hits and led the team with 22 RBIs. She tripled three times.
Carreiro was the vocal leader of the team and made "every play" at third base, Luppe said.
Junior Adrienne Bowen was an honorable mention selection. She hit .280 with a pair of triples. Luppe said she also played a very solid first base.
Westerly finished 13-7, losing by a run in its playoff opener to Mt. Hope.