When Dick Burnhamís 1980 softball team
stunned the Middlesex League by comprising a 17-1 record and capturing
the Middlesex League title, few people may have realized that it would
be the beginning of a Stoneham softball dynasty.
Led by All Stars Joanne Marrone,
Tracey Marks, Karen Uva and Maureen Noone, the squad would become the
first Stoneham softball team ever to qualify for the State Tournament.
Marrone was the batting star for the
team, leading in average (.419), doubles (5), home runs (4) and tying
with Noone and Kathy DeMarco with two triples. Uva, a junior, pitched in
17 of the teamís 18 regular season games, compiling a 14-1 record. Marks
batted .289 and gracefully patrolled centerfield. Noone, also a junior,
was so dominant at short and batting .362 that she was voted an All Star
by Middlesex league coaches despite being lost after thirteen games due
to a broken collarbone from an on-field collision.
Cheryl Titcomb handled the second base duties, while DeMarco anchored at
first. When Noone went down, Michelle Figucia moved from third to
shortstop with ease, while Barbara Luther took over at the hot corner.
Carol McKenzie and Joan Fallon handled the corner outfield positions,
while Lisa Whitcomb and Elaine Murphy were the primary designated
hitters, with Virginia Marquad seeing some time there as well.
The team won their first tournament game against
Masco, preserving the victory on a 9-2-6 double play to end the game.
They went on to the next round losing a heartbreaker to Billerica 10-9
in 10 innings.