Pictured: It was a joyous moment in Coginchaug’s game Wednesday when coaches and teammates surrounded Amalia DeMartino after she connected on the 100th hit of her career. (Contributed photo)
Today, a tip of the cap to Coginchaug senior shortstop/pitcher Amalia DeMartino.
She is a standout player, mature with a magnetic personality, and one of the reasons why the Blue Devils have won 14 of 16 and are serious contenders to win the Shoreline Conference championship and chase another state title.
DeMartino got to revel in a personal milestone on Wednesday when she collected the 100th hit of her high school career in Coginchaug’s 13-0, six-inning win over host East Hampton/Portland.
Hit No. 100 was a run-scoring triple to the fence, one of 15 hits by the Blue Devils. Junior Ava Marenna had three hits on the day to lead the offense.
DeMartino also was the starting and winning pitcher. She tossed five shutout innings, allowing just four hits with 10 strikeouts, to improve to 7-0 this season.
She will go on to play in college at St. John Fisher in Rochester, New York, a prolific NCAA Division III program with two World Series appearances in the last five years alone.
It’s notable that DeMartino achieved the 100-hit mark in just three varsity seasons. The 2020 high school season was canceled by the CIAC because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It will be much harder for current sophomores, juniors and seniors to reach this mark because of the lost season,” said her father, Steve, Coginchaug’s head coach. “It’s hard enough to do it in four seasons and even tougher to do in just three seasons.”
Amalia DeMartino leads the Blue Devils in batting average (28 for 56, .571), hits (28), runs (24), doubles, triples (four each) and home runs (two).