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Mount St. Dominic's superb leadoff hitter and 4-year starting second baseman Ally Dabroski is the catalyst for 29-1 Lady Lions and the fine University of Rhode Island-bound senior standout is the latest SC/360 Fitness Athlete of the Week. (Photo by Gene Nann - nannphoto)

Ally Dabroski (left) is a leader on infield for the Mount while working in between two freshmen. (Photo by Bill Allen-NJSportAction.NET)

The Mount's lead-off batter Ally Dabroski follows through on swing in Essex County Tournament title tilt . (Photo by Gene Nann-nannphoto)

Mount’s Dabroski Sets Tone
As Lone Senior In The Lineup

…Lady Lions’ 4-Year Starter Is SC/360 Athlete of Week

By Steve Tober

CALDWELL- Ally Dabroski will gladly help any of her Mount St. Dominic teammates, who all look up to her as their lone senior and a 4-year starter for one of New Jersey’s premiere softball programs.

It’s just that she doesn’t try to make the point that she is ‘the’ senior on a very talented team built for success in the present and future.

“It just so happens that I’m the only senior, and I know all my teammates respect me, and they come to me with questions from time to time which I try to help them with, but the main thing is I’d help anyone because I love this team and I’m so proud of all the girls on it,” said the enthusiastic starting second baseman and lead-off hitter for the state’s No. 1 ranked team. “We have so many good players and I just try to do my part.”

Her part was a big one in the Lady Lions’ recent 18-1 Essex County Tournament championship victory over West Essex at Mike Sheppard Sr. Field at Essex County Ivy Hill Park as she went 3-for-3 with 3 runs and 4 RBI, including a lead-off single and a 2-run single in her two key at bats during a 12-run first inning when the Mount blew the game wide open

For her efforts, Dabroski is the Sideline Chatter/360 Fitness Athlete of the Week.

With a team-leading 118 plate appearances (including 15 walks), a team-leading 49 hits, a .480 batting average, 9 doubles, 20 RBI, 36 runs, a .524 OBP, .627 slugging % and 1.170 OBS, Dabroski has been the consummate table setter as one of the best leadoff batters in the state this spring.

“Ally is a catalyst, can hit in any situation, has a great eye at the plate and is the perfect lead-off batter,” said Mount co-head coach Rob Stern, who works alongside the Lady Lions’ longtime head man Lorenzo Sozio in coordinating the outstanding program which has won back-to-back ECT titles and are the defending Non-Public A state champs. “She sets a tremendous example as a quite leader for this team.

“She’ a quite leader and not an ‘in-your-face’ type, but she simply leads by example and the young kids on this team feed off her enthusiasm and how she goes about everything on and off the field.

“Ally has been a calming force for us and as a coach it’s great to see a player come full circle from a freshman who started from Day 1 and has played in every big game, been a big contributor and is now in the process of one passing on all she has learned to the younger kids, who will one day say, ‘That’s the way Ally would have done it, and I have to set the tone now.’

“She plays between two freshmen (shortstop Sarah Taffet and first baseman Jules Kocenski) and she helped settle both of them down in the beginning of the season and has helped inspire them to have great seasons for us.”

The top-seeded Mount (29-1) hosts fourth-seeded Pope John in Friday’s Non-Public, North A semifinals. Third-seeded DePaul is at second-seeded Immaculate Heart in the other semi.

Dabroski, who will play her college softball next year at the University of Rhode Island, is at the forefront of a deep and talent-stocked Mount lineup that also features junior third baseman Helyna Bissell (.400 BA, 37 runs, 19 RBI, 11 doubles, 4 homers), sophomore pitcher Kelsey Oh (.450 BA, 28 runs, 21 RBI), Taffet (.400 BA, 3 HR, 32 RBI), Kocenski (.437 BA, 23 RBI) and sophomore catcher Marissa Jenkins (.462 BA).

Oh, the Boston College commit, is 25-1 in the circle with 293 strikeouts in 159 IP.

“We feel we have the team to get back to the state final, but we also know that you have to show up every day ready to play your best game in order to get there,” said Dabroski. “Winning another state championship would be the perfect way to cap my career at Mount St. Dominic.”

Dabroski comes from a softball family from Cedar Grove, including younger sister Danielle, an eighth-grader and outstanding, young slap-hitting outfielder who is ready to enter the Mount this fall. Both girls play for the NJ Pride, Ally with the 18-U Easton team and her sister with the 14-U squad.

Their dad, Dean Dabroski is coach of the Pride’s 14-U team.

“Softball with the Pride and the Mount has been such a great part of our lives,” said Ally. “It’s been so much fun and I look forward to playing in college at Rhode Island!”

When she is not busy with softball, Ally enjoys hanging with her friends, but also taking some solitary time to draw and paint.

“I like pastels,” she said. “I take AP art classes at the Mount, my dad is a photographer and my grandmother enjoyed art, so it runs in the family.”

Now, the picture she’s like to paint is one leading to Kean University, the site of the 2015 NJSIAA softball state finals.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to play in such big games and shoot for another state title,” she said. “You can’t take anything for granted and just play every inning like it’s your last and so far we’ve done a good job at doing just that.”

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Ally Dabroski is a calming influence for Mount. (Photos by Bill Allen)

Mount co-head coaches Lorenzo Sozio and Rob Stern are thrilled to have a veteran senior in Dabroski hitting at top of their batting order.

Ally Dabroski (33) and her teammates combine to douse coach Sozio with the customary post-championship game water bucket to celebrate winning a second straight ECT title. (Photo by Gene Nann-nannphoto)

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