Thomas concludes marvelous career as Gatorade Player of the Year

While I didn’t cover Immaculate Heart Academy pitcher Steph Thomas on a regular basis, I did get the chance to watch some of her games over the past four years.

And while Thomas won’t play in a fourth straight Non-Public A championship game this Saturday, what she accomplished in a four-year career at IHA can never be minimized.

She leaves the high school game as New Jersey’s all-time winningest pitcher, with 113 victories.

She graduates as the state leader in shutouts, with 69.

ihaThomas and her coaches celebrated win No. 113 on June 2, 2014.

Her final career record was 113-7.

She led IHA to four conference championships, three Bergen County titles, three North, Non-Public A crowns and one state championship, in 2012.

And in 2014, she garnered the Gatorade Player of the Year award.


I liked to call her Affirmed, after the great triple crown winner in 1978. And she was a great winner.


Steph Thomas signed this ball after winning career game No. 113. #31Affirmed113.  (And she was a ‘throwback’ as the Pepsi bottle behind the ball depicted).


Congratulations, Steph. Good luck at Lafayette College.

indexThomas will go from an Eagle to a Leopard this fall.


By mike051893

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