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Ursuline's Mitchell Named All-Section in Softball

The Ursuline softball team enjoyed a rewarding and successful season and, as a result, its players reaped individual honors.

Seniors Taylor Pirone and Kristie Vitulli and sophomore Brittany Mitchell, an Eastchester resident, were selected all-section. Pirone, who will attend Fordham next year and play softball, also won the Thomas “Skip” Walsh scholarship award, named after the long-time, former Eastchester coach.

Kari Bird and Mary McCabe were chosen all-section honorable mention and Kristen Rodopoulos earned one of the Diamond 9 Scholar-Athlete awards. The girls received their awards at the annual All-Section Softball dinner at Westchester Manor in Hastings Wednesday.

The senior class, led by Pirone, Vitulli and Bird, led Ursuline back to the Section 1 Class AA final for the second time in the last three years. During its four-year run, the senior class won 67 games, the longest stretch in Ursuline varsity softball history.

Pirone was a double threat with her bat and her right arm. The four-year starter hit .429 with seven doubles, six triples, two home runs and 34 RBI. In the circle, Pirone struck out 134 and yielded 58 hits in 121 innings. The opposition hit a paltry .136 against her.

Vitulli, who caught Pirone, hit .383 with ten doubles and 17 RBI. Vitulli will attend Southern Connecticut State next fall and play softball.

Mitchell, who was Ursuline’s lead-off hitter, led the Koalas in batting average (.431), hits (28) and runs (32).

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