Third-team all-state softball, 2024

Third-team all-state softball, 2024

Third-team all-state softball, 2024

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2024 Softball All-State Third Team

2024 Softball All-State Third Team - Ava Fisher of St. Joseph (Hamm.), Taylor Heinemann of Morris Knolls, Sami Wakeley of Eastern, and Riley Bobrowski of Watchung Hills.Scott Faytok | NJ Advance Media


The 2024 softball season is in the books, and it was another entertaining season.

Now all that is left is to hand out the honors and one of the top is the all-state team.

Just 42 players can be chosen all-state in every given season and only 14 are selected to be third team.

Below are the final 14 players to earn all-state nods. We’ll give you the names and accomplishments that make them among the most elite.

The 14 players represent 13 schools - Group 4 champion Watchung Hills has two.

Below check out our third-team all-state softball all-stars. Players are listed alphabetically by position.

Softball: Watchung Hills vs. Vineland, Group 4 Final, June 7, 2024

Riley Bobrowski (7) of Watchung Hills pitches the ball during the NJSIAA Group 4 final softball game between Watchung Hills and Vineland at Ivy Hill Park in Newark, NJ on Friday, June 7, 2024.Mile Djordjiovski | For NJ Advance Media

P: Riley Bobrowski, Watchung Hills

Bobrowski was one of the state’s biggest revelations this year for coach Brian Figuereido and his state championship, Top-10 ranked Watchung Hills team. Replacing Purdue-bound ace Jules Raymond in the circle was no easy task, but Bobrowski showed she was up to the challenge early on in the season. She posted 211 strikeouts and a 0.95 ERA in 118.1 innings while posting a WHIP well under 1.00 behind just 60 hits and 41 walks as well. She was fantastic in the state tournament and had 13 double-digit strikeout games this season after tossing just 7.2 innings last year. At the dish, she hit .359 with 33 hits, 14 runs, 11 RBI and drew 14 walks in 92 at-bats, a vast improvement from her .231 average in 65 at-bats a year ago. She was a major catalyst toward Watchung Hills winning its second Group 4 title in three years and shows the future is bright in Warren.

St. Joseph (Hamm.) vs. Morris Catholic - 2024 NJSIAA Non-Public B softball final

Catcher Kate Heslin (24) of Morris Catholic gets a hug from St. Joseph (Hamm.) pitcher Ava Fisher (66, facing camera) after the NJSIAA Non-Public B softball final against St. Joseph (Hamm.) at Kean University, Thursday, June 6, 2024. Morris Catholic won, 10-0.Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for

P: Ava Fisher, St. Joseph (Hamm.), Sr.

Fisher was once again one of the top two-way players in the state. The East Carolina-bound right-hander made huge improvement with her command and overall pitching this season. She dropped her walks from 122 a year ago to 57 this year and saw her ERA fall from 2.39 to 1.64. The right-hander struck out 236 and posted a WHIP under 1.00. Offensively, Fisher batted .473 - 63 points higher than a year ago and launched nine home runs. She drove in 28. Fisher pitched the Wildcats to the state Non-Public B final for a third straight season after leading the program to its first state title last year. Fisher was a second-team all-state selection a year ago.

Softball: NJSIAA South, Non-Public A Quarterfinal between St. Thomas Aquinas and Red Bank Catholic.

Lily Hagan (27) of Red Bank Catholic pitches during the NJSIAA South, Non-Public A Quarterfinal between St. Thomas Aquinas and Red Bank Catholic in Edison on Thursday, May 25, 2023.Matt Kipp | For NJ Advance Media

P: Lily Hagan, Red Bank Catholic, Jr.

Along with fellow junior and all-state selection Nicole Knox, Hagan led the Caseys to their best season in decades. They finished the year No. 8 overall and with a 22-4 record. Hagan finished with a miniscule 1.02 ERA and 0.82 WHIP. In a 4-3, nine-inning win over state Group 3 champion Steinert, Hagan struck out 20. She fanned 171 on the season in 110 innings. The junior also had a big year at the plate, hitting .573 with six home runs and 31 RBI and drew 11 walks. Hagan is a Notre Dame commit.

High School Softball: Weehawken against St. Mary (Ruth.), April 4, 2024

Weehawken head coach Raquel Roder with Envey Duran after Dean was hit by the ball during the Weehawken against St. Mary (Ruth.) high school softball game in Lodi, NJ, on Thursday, April , 2024. Weehawken won 3-2.Ed Murray| For NJ Advance Media

C: Envey Duran, Weehawken, Jr.

A UNC-Wilmington commit, Duran is one of two all-state players for Weehawken. Along with fellow all-stater Savanna McHale, Duran formed one of the most fearsome batteries in the state as the two were always in sync and rarely faltered in the field. As a hitter, Duran was equally as adept, batting .533 this year behind 14 home runs and 33 extra base hits, giving her a staggering slugging percentage of 1.256. She also drew 16 walks and scored 29 runs and rarely missed an opportunity to drive in runs as well as she notched 48 hits and 55 RBI, the latter of which is the second-most of any player in the state this season. Through three seasons at the Hudson County school, she already has 24 home runs and 128 RBI.

SOFTBALL: Hightstown vs Allentown

Angelina Benitez (3) of Hightstown makes contact during the softball game between Hightstown and Allentown in Allentown, NJ on Monday, May 8, 2023John Jones | For NJ Advance Media

INF: Angelina Benitez, Hightstown, Sr.

A Seton Hall commit, Benitez finished her Hightstown career with a massive senior season. She totaled 49 hits for a .516 average, scoring 34 runs and knocking in 33. Benitez posted nine doubles among her 11 extra-base hits and also stole nine bases. She had two of her bigger games against ranked Kingsway and sectional champion New Egypt. For her career, Benitez totaled 151 hits, 110 runs scored and a .505 batting average.

Softball: Morris Knolls vs. Jefferson, April 16, 2024

Taylor Heinemann (1) of Morris Knolls brings in a run during the softball game between Morris Knolls and Jefferson at Morris Knolls High School in Denville, NJ on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.Mile Djordjiovski | For NJ Advance Media

INF: Taylor Heinemann, Morris Knolls, So.

Heinemann had a solid rookie year as a freshman for her dad Keith’s Golden Eagles squad last year, but she continued to raise her game this year as the leadoff hitter for a Top-15 ranked Knolls squad. She set the table incredibly well, with at least one hit in 24 of Morris Knolls’ 29 games, totaling 46 on the year for an average of .479. A solid defensive shortstop as well, Heinemann hit 133 points higher this year, while scoring 30 runs, driving in 20 and stealing 30 bases. She also drew 13 walks and there was only one game where she didn’t draw a walk, get a hit, steal a base or score a run and she had 13 multi-hit games as Morris Knolls made the state final for the second year in a row.

Softball: Cinnaminson vs. New Egypt, Thursday, May 11, 2023

Sara Scozzari (24) of New Egypt takes a practice swing before stepping into the batters box during the sixth inning of the Cinnaminson vs. New Egypt softball game at New Egypt High School in New Egypt, Thursday, May 11, 2023.Al Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

INF: Sara Scozzari, New Egypt, Sr.

Scozzari earns a second all-state selection after being chosen second team a year ago. The Warriors’ shortstop led the program to three straight sectional titles. The senior finished this season with 49 hits, including 20 for extra bases - four of which were home runs. Scozzari scored 40 runs and knocked in 25 and also finished with a career-high 21 stolen bases. She had at least three hits in eight games. For her career, the Albany commit finished with 169 hits, 123 runs and 100 RBI.

NJSIAA Softball: Non-Public A Final - St. John Vianney vs. Mount St. Dominic

Gianna Stern (3) of Mount St. Dominic throws to first after forcing Holly Lovett (2) of St. John Vianney at second base during the NJSIAA Non-Public A softball championship game between St. John Vianney and Mount St. Dominic at Kean University in Union, NJ on 6/9/23. St. John Vianney won 2-0. Chris Faytok | NJ Advance Media for

INF: Gianna Stern, Mount St. Dominic, Sr.

One of the best infielders in the state, the Monmouth commit had a career year as one of the top players on the state’s No. 2-ranked team to end the season. In addition to being a slick fielding vacuum at second base who doesn’t make many errors and helps anchor an otherwise young infield, Stern made a big impact at the dish as well. She hit .476 with 49 hits and 27 runs scored while also driving in 32 runs as Mount’s No. 3 hole hitter. She had 15 extra-base hits with three homers and 18 walks as well. She was a key senior leader on this team, coming up big in big games between her 16 hits against Top 20 teams or her clutch outings in the county and state tournament.

High School Softball: Haddon Heights vs. Jefferson in the Group 2 State Final on June 10, 2023

Sophia Bordi of Haddon Heights rips one against Jefferson in the Group 2 state high school softball final on Saturday at Kean University in Union. The Garnets grounded the Falcons, 3-0. 06/10/2023 Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance MediaSteve Hockstein | For NJ Advance

OF: Sophia Bordi, Haddon Heights, Jr.

The reigning state Player of the Year was limited to two games and 10 1/3 innings in the circle but was able to move the outfield where she was a still a dominant player and showed her athleticism in center field. An injury cost Bordi her final 10 games, but the Oklahoma commit did enough in her 14 games to earn a third-team spot after back-to-back years on the first team. Bordi came to the plate 54 times and reached base on 37 occasions, a .685 on-base percentage. She went 20-for-37 for a .541 batting average and 11 of her hits went for extra bases, including four home runs. She also drew 17 walks as her offense improved dramatically from her first two productive seasons. Bordi scored 16 runs and knocked in 24. In those 10 1/3 innings on the mound, Bordi allowed just two earned runs and struck out 24.

Softball: Hunterdon Central vs of High Point in H/W/S Final, May 17, 2024.

Mikayla Conklin (2) of High Point makes the grab for the out against Hunterdon Central during the softball Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex County Tournament Final at Phillipsburg Athletic Complex in Phillipsburg, NJ on Friday May 17, 2024.Tom Horak | For NJ Advance Media

OF: Mikayla Conklin, High Point, Sr.

Conklin was one of the biggest speed threats in the state, which in turn made her a threat in multiple facets. The center fielder set the table for a 21-win High Point team that made the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament final and a section semifinal. She finished the year with 50 hits and a .505 average, with at least one hit in 22 out of 26 games. She also had 18 multi-hit games and most impressively, she stole 50 bases. One of only 13 players in the entire state this season with 50 hits, Conklin is the only one to reach that mark and also swipe 50 bags, which ranked third in the state this season. Also an adept fielder with impressive range patrolling the outfield, scored 40 runs this year and finishes her career at the Sussex County school with 162 hits, 125 runs scored and 123 stolen bases.

SOFTBALL: South Plainfield vs West Morris (NJSIAA North 2, Group 3, Quarterfinal Round))

Megan McNally (23) of West Morris at bat during the NJSIAA North 2, Group 3, quarterfinal round softball game between South Plainfield and West Morris at West Morris HS in Chester, NJ on Friday, May 26, 2023John Jones | For NJ Advance Media

OF: Megan McNally, West Morris, Jr.

McNally reached the 50-hit plateau for the second year in a row as she finished her junior campaign with 51 hits across West Morris’ 26 games played. She recorded at least one hit in all but two games this season and had 16 multi-hit games as well. She drew eight walks and stole 12 bases, while also adding six doubles and three triples, so she upped her power numbers and could get on base and make things happen. She scored 42 runs and drove in a career-high 25. In six tournament games — three county and three state — she had 11 hits and through three seasons in Chester, she’s got 138 hits, 112 runs scored, 63 RBI, 57 stolen bases and is a career .554 hitter.

Mount St. Dominic vs. St. John Vianney - 2024 NJSIAA Non-Public A softball final

Elisabeth Figliolino of St. John Vianney reacts after she doubled to drive in 2 runs in the 2nd inning of the NJSIAA Non-Public A softball final against Mount St. Dominic at Kean University, Thursday, June 6, 2024. At left is Mount second baseman Gianna Stern.Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for

UT: Elisabeth Figliolino, St. John Vianney, Jr.

The Lancers’ starting catcher has been on the receiving end of state Player of the Year Madison McDougall for the last two seasons, both which ended with state Non-Public A titles and New Jersey No. 1 rankings. Figliolino batted .375 with 34 RBI. Of her 33 hits, 13 went for extra bases, including three home runs. Figliolino was at her best when it mattered most. Her three-run seventh-inning home run provided the winning runs in a 5-2 playoff win over Donovan Catholic. She then ripped a two-run, game-breaking double in the state final to lead St. John Vianney to a 4-1 win over Mount St. Dominic. Figliolino is a two-time, third-team all-state selection. She is a Seton Hall commit.

Softball: Watchung Hills vs. Vineland, Group 4 Final, June 7, 2024

Watchung Hills celebrates after winning the NJSIAA Group 4 final softball game between Watchung Hills and Vineland at Ivy Hill Park in Newark, NJ on Friday, June 7, 2024.Mile Djordjiovski | For NJ Advance Media

UT: Mia Simon, Watchung Hills, Jr.

Simon was one of the most versatile players in the state this season and could do damage in a variety of ways. After getting just 27 at-bats last year, Simon became one of the most potent offensive threats in the state this year in 103 at-bats. She hit .447 with 46 hits and 26 runs and was the Skyland Conference leader in both RBI (43) and home runs (12) by a wide margin. She had 24 extra-base hits all told and drew eight walks, so her bat was a big reason why Watchung Hills had the success it did this season. Add in what she did in the circle, where she was stellar in 86 innings, and she was one of the most important players on one of the state’s best teams. As a pitcher, she tossed 86 innings, allowing just 51 hits and 39 walks for a WHIP of just over 1.00, while striking out 119 and posting an ERA of 1.71, keeping Watchung Hills in every game with her bat and in the circle.

Softball: Lenape at Eastern, April 26, 2024

Samantha Wakeley (7) of Eastern pitches against Lenape at Eastern High School in Voorhees, NJ on Friday, April 26, 2024.Dave Hernandez | For NJ Advance

UT: Sami Wakeley, Eastern, Jr.

Wakeley put up one of the state’s biggest breakthrough seasons, both in the circle and at the plate. In 154 2/3 innings, she struck out 333. The hard-throwing left-hander posted a 1.63 ERA and helped the Vikings to an 18-7 season that included an appearance in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinal. Wakeley struck out 41 total batters in back-to-back games against Paul VI and Lenape. She also had a productive offensive season, batting .421 with 26 runs scored, 18 RBI, 11 doubles and 15 walks.

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