All-Northwest: Slugger and ace share softball player of the year title

Sydney Love-Baker is The Current's softball co-player of the year. (Brian Kapur/The Current/April 2017)

The toughest race for The Current’s All-Northwest player of the year occurred on the softball diamond, between Visitation senior slugger Sydney Love-Baker and National Cathedral junior ace pitcher Logan Robinson. Ultimately, after polling coaches and reviewing our own coverage, The Current deemed both athletes worthy of sharing the honor.

Love-Baker, who won the 2016 and 2017 Gatorade award, was once again a terror at the plate this year, with a .550 batting average and 13 home runs. In addition, she contributed 41 RBIs and 33 runs, with an on-base plus slugging number of 2.132. The senior led the Cubs to the Independent School League championship game and the D.C. State Athletic Association semifinals this spring.

During her four-year run at Visitation, Love-Baker also earned the respect of opposing coaches.

“She is a great all-around player,” said Sidwell coach Bethany Sindy. “She can change the game with one swing. She is quite the slugger behind the plate — and with one missed spot, it’s gone. We have not faced anyone that has sticks like her.”

Pitching ace Logan Robinson is The Current’s softball co-player of the year. (Brian Kapur/The Current/May 2017)

While Love-Baker drove pitchers crazy from the plate, Robinson left batters befuddled from the mound.

The junior ace helped the Eagles capture their fourth D.C. State Athletic Association softball title in the last five years. She posted a 1.48 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP (a metric that calculates walks and hits per inning pitched), and averaged two strikeouts in every inning she pitched. At the plate, Robison posted a .420 batting percentage, and an OPS of 1.028, with 15 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

“Logan Robinson — Logan has had, by far, the most impact on the game for her team. She’s the ace of the staff, and her stats put her as the ace of the region without a question,” said National Cathedral co-head coach Heather Dent. “She was multi-dimensional by being a pitcher. She was able to control the game with the ball and bat in her hands.”

The rest of the All-Northwest team:

Jamie Wang was an All-Northwest selection for her standout spring. (Brian Kapur/The Current/May 2017)

• Jamie Wang, National Cathedral
Wang was a do-it-all player for the Eagles on defense. On offense, the sophomore had a batting average of .540 and OPS of 1.596; she scored 23 runs, and hit 23 RBIs and four homers. Wang also avoided striking out once this season.

• Allie Clarke, Visitation
The Cubs shortstop made big plays on defense and was another strong bat behind Love-Baker. Clarke finished her senior year with 22 RBIs and six home runs.

• Kaylee Simon, Sidwell
Simon finished her high school career with 400 strikeouts from the mound. At the plate, as a senior she posted an on-base percentage of .400 and a slugging percentage of .441.
“Kaylee had a commanding presence on the mound and was a true leader for our team,” Coach Sindy said. “She led our team in our run at the D.C. State tournament by hitting her spots on the mound and helping her cause at the plate.”

• Skylar Gunty, Sidwell
The Quakers shortstop had an on-base percentage of .385 and a slugging percentage of .364. “Skylar craves the ball; as a fielder she is willing to sacrifice anything to make a play,” Sindy said. “At the plate, she has an excellent swing and will always battle. It is rare for her to strike out.”

• Nora Parisi, Wilson
The Tigers’ ace posted a 1.364 ERA and racked up 101 strikeouts from the mound, while pitching the team to 12 wins.

Wilson’s Sarah Thompson was an All-Northwest selection after a stellar spring. (Brian Kapur/The Current/May 2017)

• Sarah Thompson, Wilson
Wilson’s shortstop was a force at the plate with 31 hits, a pair of home runs and a .544 hitting percentage.

• Anneka Roy, Maret
The Maret pitcher made an impact throughout the season and was a member of the DCSAA all-star team.

• Trish Massaro, Georgetown Day
The Hoppers pitcher hit .500 and scored 20 runs over the season. “[She was] one of the top offensive players in the league, best hitter and defender at the pitching position, the key to our run to the [ISL A] championship game,” said Hoppers coach Paul Decker.

• Bella Ronca, St. John’s
The Cadets shortstop served as a captain and hit in the three-spot for the team, while posting a batting average of .472, an on-base percentage of .548, 24 RBIs, and 22 runs scored.

• Maura McCormick, St. John’s
The Cadets utility player served as a leadoff hitter and captain. She had a batting average of .408, an on-base percentage of .528, and had nine RBIs and 33 runs scored.

• Sofia Ohanian, Burke
The Potomac Valley Athletic Conference player of the year rarely allowed teams to steal second base with her rocket arm from behind the dish and allowed just four stolen bases all year. As a hitter she posted a .645 percentage.

• Vera Walsh-Alker, Burke
The Potomac Valley Athletic Conference tournament’s most valuable player was a first-year starter on the mound and helped guide the Bengals to the PVAC title. During the playoffs, she allowed just one earned run while racking up 27 strikeouts.