by Jake Katz
In February, senior Elena Scarano will be presented with the Banyasz Brothers Memorial Award. This award is presented annually to the Most Valuable Scholastic Softball Player of Union County.
Scarano said, “It’s rewarding to be recognized for my achievements in softball that I have worked very hard for.”
This award recognizes Scarano’s performance as the team’s pitcher during the 2012-2013 season where she helped lead WHS to a Union County Championship.
She said: “[We] trained hard and focused in preseason and during the off season on club teams. We set goals for ourselves and read them out loud before every game, which reminded ourselves what we were working so hard for.”
This preparation helped Scarano have a phenomenal season in which she pitched 142.1 innings, recorded 121 strikeouts and posted an impressive 15–6 record with an ERA of 1.82. Scarano also had a .314 batting average and was third on the team in doubles according to Coach Caitlin MacDonald.
Scarano attributed her performance on the diamond last year to her teammates. She said: “[They] are the most supportive group of individuals. Being a pitcher comes with a lot of commitments. My teammates help take the pressure off of me during tight games by providing strong defense and string[ing] hits together in offense.”
Scarano noted that MacDonald and Coach John Cheddar give her their full support. MacDonald said: “Elena is an excellent self motivator…. We do as much as we can to stay positive and prepare her and the team during practice. Ultimately,… she is one of the strongest leaders on team.”
Senior Softball Player Michelle Kostyack said: “She’ll always give you an honest opinion, and always manages to keep her spirits up and cheer along, even though she is right in the middle of it all. She never lets the pressure get to her.”
Scarano’s personal and team aspirations this year are to win the county championship, and push farther in the state tournament than they did the previous year.