Scituate’s Venturini is named R.I. Gatorade Softball Player of Year

Scituate’s Venturini is named R.I. Gatorade Softball Player of Year

SCITUATE – Scituate High sophomore ace pitcher Haley Venturini earned the highest honor for a high school softball player in this state last Thursday when she was selected as the R.I. Gatorade Softball Player of the Year.

In Division II play, Venturini, who was a First-Team All-State pick last season, posted a 14-1 record, struck out 235 batters (including the 500th of her career), walked just 12, and owned a diminutive 0.16 ERA in 90 innings on the mound.

She also recorded six no-hitters, including a perfect game, and held opponents to a .053 batting average, and at the plate, she had a .431 batting average, four home runs, and a .708 slugging percentage.

Venturini proved why she was worthy of this honor on Monday night in her team’s Division II playoff game against St. Raphael Academy, which topped the Spartans twice during the regular season. Venturini pitched a two-hitter, striking out 14 batters, and belted a two-run double in the first inning to help her team post a 3-1 victory.

The Spartans faced South Kingstown in the D-II winners’ bracket final on Wednesday night at Rhode Island College, with that winner moving one victory away from the championship.