Abby Rochette of Concord: Softball player of the season

  • Concord’s Abby Rochette, named New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year, tossed three no-hitters and 10 complete games for the Tide. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

  • Concord's Abigail Rochette (8) and Abigail Corbett (20) embrace at the end of the Division I softball championship game at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Concord defeated Spaulding, 5-4, in nine innings. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Winning pitcher Abigail Rochette smiles as other Concord players celebrate after the Tide softball team beat Winnacunnet Tuesday, May 5, 2018 at Southern New Hampshire University. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 6/27/2018 10:30:09 PM

There came a time during the preseason when Concord softball coach Duke Sawyer and junior Abby Rochette needed to have a talk.

“My coach told me at the beginning of the year, ‘Listen, you’re going to have a lot more innings this year and a lot more games, so just be prepared for that,’ ” Rochette said.

After dazzling the opposition with a masterful season in the pitching circle, collecting a handful of personal accolades and leading the Tide (18-3) to its sixth Division I championship in program history, it’s safe to say Rochette was ready for those kind of responsibilities.

Rochette, the Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year, finished the regular season with a 12-1 record in the circle. She compiled a 0.92 ERA and 151 strikeouts over 83⅓ innings, allowing just 37 hits and 31 walks. Adding to her accomplishments, Rochette also tossed three no-hitters and 10 complete games for the Tide, while batting .403 with 10 RBI and 23 runs scored.

And that was all before the Division I tournament even got started.

In the postseason, Rochette struck out eight in a complete-game effort over No. 6 Pinkerton, limited No. 2 Winnacunnet to a pair of runs while fanning 11 batters in the semifinals and then overcame a slow start in the championship game to hold No. 4 Spaulding off the scoreboard for the final seven frames in a 5-4, nine-inning victory for the Tide.

Rochette was also a Division I First Team All-State selection and named Pitcher of the Year.

“Last year obviously we lost a lot of girls … we had a fairly new team and at first our record shows it was a little bit of a difficult start,” Rochette said. “But towards the fifth or sixth game, we started really bonding a lot, I became a lot closer with my team and it was just an awesome season with a lot of awesome girls.”

Rochette credits a lot of her success to her teammates, especially title-game hero and batterymate Abigail Corbett, who homered to even the score at 4-all in the sixth inning against the Marauders.

“Corbett is actually my favorite person in the world,” Rochette said. “She is my rock. She contributed in the circle as much as I did. She really kept me straight and kept me going. ... I honestly would not be able to have the season I had without her.”

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