ELMHURST – The five-tool player is a near mythical creature in modern baseball and softball.
The age of specialization has made all-around players increasingly more rare.
York's Angela Scalzitti doesn't quite have all five tools, she didn't hit any home runs this season, but she can hit for average, steal bases, field and throw with the best of them.
Her wide range of abilities netted her a scholarship to play for DePaul. As a junior captain, Scalzitti helped York place fourth in Class 4A, the highest state finish in school history.
"Her strength in her arm has been huge and she just sparks our offense," said York coach Drew McGuire. "She’s fun to watch play."
Scalzitti, in her second year of slap-hitting, posted a .504 batting average as the leadoff hitter.
Her quick start out of the batter's box and her elite speed allows her to beat out ground balls, but she also revels in being able to catch the defense off guard when they try to play her too close.
“I’m a fan of the power slapping when defenses really bring it in on me," Scalzitti said. "I love hitting it over their heads.”
Once she's on base, that's when the opposing team is really in trouble. Scalzitti stole 37 bases in 39 tries and scored 48 runs.
“I really didn’t think about base stealing until high school," Scalzitti said. "I got more of a rush when the catchers were good and people were starting to be stronger. Knowing the fact that you can run on them is pretty cool. This year I really improved a lot in knowing that I can do it."
Defensively, Scalzitti is a pitchers' favorite by tracking down anything that enters her center field territory. She showed that off with several big catches in the state semifinal loss to Minooka.
“She made some huge plays," said York pitcher Brooke Bandy. "I knew that when those hits were going to be made that she had them, whether they were at the warning track or if they were in left center closer to the infield.”
Scalzitti's multiple standout attributes weren't limited to her play either.
"She does exactly what we need her to do and she just is always keeping her head in the right place," McGuire said. "She means the world to this team."
Meet the 2013 All-Area Softball North Team:
Montini had a potent offense this season, but Alexander topped all Bronco hitters with a .518 batting average. She scored a whopping 54 runs as the Montini leadoff hitter and had 15 extra base hits and 24 RBIs.
School: IC Catholic
Conenna was both IC's top hitter and top pitcher. As a hitter, she posted a .475 batting average with 22 RBIs. In the circle she struck out 141 batters en route to a 1.80 ERA in 132 innings.
School: IC Catholic
Farmer burst onto the scene for the Knights in a big way in her first year of high school. The first baseman hit .440 and drove in 26 runs for IC this spring.
School: Glenbard East
Greco was one of three Rams to be named all-conference in the DuPage Valley Conference. She led East with a .373 batting average and also hit three home runs.
The Dukes' first baseman stepped into the No. 2 hole in the York batting lineup in her first year on varsity and had no trouble taking over the spot. Jaeger hit .339 and was second on the team in RBIs (33) and runs scored (37).
The Broncos had just three seniors on the roster and Lewis was a key one. She hit .477 with 40 RBIs and 36 runs while playing the hot corner for the Broncos.
The York backstop was one of just a few returners for the Dukes this season and provided stability behind the plate. She hit .375 with 22 RBIs and 23 runs while playing solid defense at catcher.
The Warriors' ace had more than 200 strikeouts this season and an ERA just under two. Pelsor, a Carthage College commit, was also one of Willowbrook's top hitters with a .435 batting average with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.
School: Glenbard East
Plimmer was a four-year starter at catcher for the Rams and earned all-conference honors this season. She hit .344 and scored 29 runs.
School: Addison Trail
Renc was a big part of the Blazers' improvement this season. The sophomore hit .420 and scored 31 runs in her first year on varsity. She was also a danger to the opposition on the base paths and played a solid center field for AT.
Ressinger emerged as a top up-and-coming talent last season and carried that over to this spring. She hit .402 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.
The speedy DePaul recruit can do it all for the Dukes. She stole 37 bases in 39 attempts, hit .509, scored 48 runs, tracked down plenty of balls in center field and showed off a strong throwing arm. Scalzitti's all-around game made her the All-Area MVP.
Schmidt hit .459 with 21 extra base hits, including nine home runs to be Willowbrook's top run producer. The sophomore shortstop drove in 40 runs and scored 36 more.
After the season Sclafani just had as a freshman, it's scary to think about the numbers she could be capable of in a few years. She blasted 11 home runs and drove in 51 runs while maintaining a .419 batting average. Sclafani already holds the single-season home run mark and could chase down a number of career records before she graduates.
Solem stepped right in as the Dukes' third baseman and No. 3 hitter. She flirted with .400 all season long and finished with a .397 batting average. She also led the team with five home runs and 37 RBIs.
The Dukes had just two seniors on the team and Sullivan filled the leadership role needed for the young team to have the success it did, placing fourth in Class 4A. Sullivan, who is headed to play for Caldwell College in New Jersey, hit .336 and had eight RBIs in the Dukes' seven playoff games.
Trojnar was the Broncos' top two-way player. She hit .457 with 21 RBIs and 39 runs scored while also being Montini's ace with a 2.61 ERA and 17 wins in the circle.
Addison Trail: Danielle Ciaglia, Crystal Marinelli
Glenbard East: Megan Cotterill, Kara Tadda
IC Catholic: Gabby Curran, Maria Kieliszewski
Montini: Cristina Barrett, Morganne Evans, Emily Lezcano, Sara Ross
Timothy Christian: Brittany Scheidt, Marisa Voss
Willowbrook: Olivia Domin
York: Brooke Bandy