PLAYERS TO WATCH
Maria Hanchuk, South Windsor: The ace for the undefeated Bobcats in Class LL, Hanchuk is putting the finishing touches on an outstanding high school career. She posted a 0.50 ERA with 11 shutouts and a remarkable 238 strikeouts, closing in on 750 for her career. She’s also posted a .455 batting average with 30 hits at the plate.
Payton Doiron, St. Joseph: The junior pitcher for the Cadets is coming off a no-hitter in the FCIAC final against a dangerous Trumbull lineup, the fifth championship in six years for the school. She owns an ERA under 1.00 and her squad has a relatively straight-forward path to the Class L final. Doiron is also battle-tested after throwing shutouts over Cheshire and Masuk.
Mia Juodaitis, Cheshire: The leadoff hitter for one of the best clubs in the state has plenty of backup behind her, which forces opposing pitchers to deal with the Quinnipiac-bound senior. The perfect player to have during close-and-late situations.
Skyler Rapuano, Hale Ray: A run-producing machine with 129 career RBI in four seasons, Rapuano is sitting on 165 career hits and batted over .600 this season.
MacQuarrie Stone-Folmar, ND-Fairfield: Hit 17 home runs and drove in 54 this season with an absurd 1.363 slugging percentage. All three numbers were tops in the state and she is just a sophomore.