Several months after making program history, the Joel Barlow High softball team and head coach Sara Michalowski are still receiving accolades.
A prestigious one was bestowed last week, when the Fairfield County Sports Commission announced its 2015 Sportspersons of the Year in each of the 16 communities the commission directly serves.
The Falcons, who reached the South-West Conference championship game for the first time in school history in May, were chosen as the winners from Easton and will be recognized — along with the other town winners — at the 11th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 19, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6.
In each of the 16 communities, a committee headed by a local town representative of the commission selected a Sportsperson of the Year. Each winner was deemed to have had the most positive impact in the sports community from August 2014 to August 2015.
The Falcons lost a close 9-7 decision to Newtown in the championship. They also earned a spot in the state Class L tournament and tied for the sixth-best overall record in the state and the best in the team’s history at 17-7.
Barlow’s success was defined by a powerful offense and strong defensive performances throughout the year. The team had a combined .372 team batting average with a .439 on base percentage, while belting 23 home runs on the season, along with a .946 fielding percentage.
“They bought into what I wanted to accomplish this year along with their team goals and we just ran with it,” said head coach Sara Michalowski after the completion of the season. “This first year exceeded all expectations and I couldn’t be proud of these young ladies.”
Anyone interested in attending the awards dinner or being a local sponsor for Sports Night should visit the Fairfield County Sports Commission’s website at www.fairfieldcountysports.com.