STONINGTON — The sisters Kane — Theresa and Mallory — made up the two-headed monster at the top of the Stonington High softball team’s lineup.
The duo of older sister Theresa and little sister Mallory each had better than .500 batting averages and both earned Class M All-State honors.
Senior Theresa Kane, who has accumulated more than 40 hits in each of the last three seasons, finished with a gaudy .538 batting average (43 of 80), scored 30 runs and led the team in hits with 43.
“Obviously her totals for four years are amazing,” Stonington coach Ann-Marie Houle said. “I told the other girls that it’s hard to keep up that kind of pace hitting because pitchers figure you out. But she always figured out how to get on base.
“She’s lightning on the bases which is why the (lack of) extra-base hits (only three) are not a big deal. That’s just not her role. She needs to get on base — she’s an easy steal.”
Both Kanes also earned one of the 11 spots on the ECC-Medium first team, as did sophomore Rhianna Maynard.
Junior catcher Christine McNeil and freshman outfielder Cameron Dreher, garnered ECC-Medium honorable mention.
Theresa Kane was also the Bears’ top pitcher. The right-hander pitched 130 innings, struck out 116 and posted a 3.61 earned run average based on seven-inning games.
“She’s pitched well in big games,” Houle said. “She pitched when we beat Waterford (4-2 on April 18) for the first time since her freshman year. She doesn’t have an overwhelming fastball but she reads batters well and can throw a few different pitches.
“It seems strange to say but she’s a pitcher that can throw different pitches. A lot of pitchers just have the fastball and changeup but she can throw a screwball.
“Even though she pitched so many innings for us she’s always told me she’s a center fielder. That’s where she’ll be playing next season at Georgetown (University).”
Theresa Kane posted a 0.96 ERA in 2013 when she also earned All-State honors. She was named to the ECC Medium Division first-team in 2012 and garnered an honorable mention in 2011.
Kane also earned Academic All-State. In order to qualify, a student must be in the top 10 percent of his or her class in GPA or have a 3.7 or better, play in 50 percent of their team’s varsity games and score a 1,200 or better on the two-section SATs (1,800 for the three-section test).
Kane finished her four-year varsity career with a .490 batting average (168 for 343) and a .548 slugging average. Her 168 career hits are the most in Houle’s 11 seasons at the helm by a whopping 64.
Stonington went 71-25 overall during Kane’s career including 34-6 in regular-season, ECC-Medium play. The Bears (16-7) shared the league title this year with Waterford and Griswold, won it outright in 2013 and shared the 2012 crown with Griswold.
Hitting second in the batting order, sophomore Mallory Kane hit .519 (41 of 79) and led the team with 32 runs scored. She had 41 hits, 38 of which were singles.
“She’s very much (in the same mold as her sister). She can slap and she’s like a road-runner, she’s so fast,” Houle said.
“She’s very young and very talented. It makes me very happy that we’re going to have Mallory for the next two years.”
The younger Kane played center field and made quite an impression on Houle.
“She tracks balls in the air unbelievably well,” Houle said. “She’s one of the best outfielders I’ve ever seen. She reads the ball really well off the bat but she can still make the last second adjustment and make a play.”
Houle said she expects the best is yet to come.
“Next year she’s just going to be Mallory not Theresa’s little sister but that’s a good thing. She’s going to get a scholarship to a Division I schools when she’s done,” Houle said.
Kane earned an ECC-Medium honorable mention as a freshman.
Houle said Maynard, her first baseman, prefers to let her play speak for her.
“She’s not a talker, she very calm and composed. In fact, we make fun of her for that,” Houle said. “She’s the epitome of a game player. She dug so many balls out of the dirt and made some great stretching plays at first.”
Maynard, who batted third, hit .388 (31 for 80) with five doubles and 13 RBIs.
“She really sees the ball well,” Houle said. “She’s a power hitter who really anticipates and reads pitchers well. She’s so calm at the plate. She can go down 0-2 and still work a walk. She’s perfect for that three spot.”
Houle recalled a game against St. Bernard when Maynard showed her versatility as a hitter.
“We were trying to manufacture runs that game and she had to bunt twice, then she hit a double later in the game. Any role is good for her,” Houle said.
The 2014 honor was the first of Maynard’s career.
McNeil replaced 2013 graduate Katie Headley at catcher and Houle said she became a “workhorse” at that position.
McNeil’s numbers were down from 2013 when she hit .373 but she still posted a .288 batting average (21 for 73)with power — five doubles, a triple and two home runs. She drove in 20 runs, third most on the team.
McNeil earned ECC-Medium first-team honors as a sophomore.
Dreher hit cleanup as a freshman and finished with a .400 average (28 for 70). She led Stonington with 23 RBIs, hit four triples and homered twice.
Houle said Dreher had to move from the infield to the outfield in order to crack the starting lineup.
Brooke Arruda won the sportsmanship award for Stonington.