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.
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.