All-East Sequoia League selections announced
Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:25 pm | Updated: 8:39 pm, Tue May 20, 2014.
By MICHAEL LINGBERG
Now that Lindsay and Sierra Pacific softball have been ousted from the Division V CIF Central Section playoffs, no more teams from the East Sequoia League are in the postseason. That means the All-League selections were announced, and Lindsay players take up several spots.
Christina Castro, Lina Padilla, Destiny Garcia and Marissa Knutson all made First Team All-ESL as the catcher, a pitcher, an outfielder and an infielder, respectively. Samantha Serda (.345) and Gabby Munoz (.379) were named to the second team as outfielders, and Raquel Gonzalez (.389) made the second team as an infielder. Alexi Gutierrez (.324) made the second team as a utility/designated hitter.
Knutson hit .500 in league and collected 14 RBI while only striking out six times. Padilla had a .574 batting average with 23 RBI and a home run, but she was voted in on her pitching. She went 12-1 in ESL play, struck out 95 batters and walked just 18. She allowed a total of 19 earned runs, compiled five shutouts and recorded two no-hitters. Needless to say she was a serious candidate for ESL Most Valuable Player.
Garcia hit .385 with three home runs and scored 27 runs in league, and she successfully stole 23 of the 24 bases she attempted to swipe. Castro averaged .514, recorded 16 RBI and one home run, and threw out eight of the 10 baserunners who tried to steal a base on her.
As for Granite Hills, infielder Sarah Vehrs was named to the first team, and pitcher Janely Cerda and infielder Alexi Venegas were named to the second team as well. Vehrs had a .303 batting average in league play, seven RBI and 12 walks. She also finished with an on-base percentage of .531. Though Cerda earned All-League honors as a pitcher, she was a monster with the bat as well considering her .439 batting average and 21 RBI. The senior finished 5-5 and struck out 33 batters. Venegas played most of the season in the outfield but moved to third base eventually. She finished with a .464 batting average, nine RBI and nine walks.
Finally, Brenda Bravo, freshman Ally Halloway and Denise Chapa each were named to the first team for Strathmore High School. Halloway had a .417 batting average, eight runs and nine RBI. Bravo finished with a .419 average and 10 RBI. Chapa hit .306 on the season and had six RBI. Head coach Frank Rodriguez said she was voted in by the league coaches for her character and sportsmanship. Hannah Brumley and Sarina Rocha were honorable mentions.
On the baseball side of the ESL, Granite Hills baseball saw Johnny Roman named to the first team while Zeke Navarette and Gage Hughes made the second team. Tony Ledesma and Omar Rios were honorable mentions.
Strathmore baseball saw Clay Sharp, Eric Lopez and Jacob Purdin named to the first team, and Andrew Avalos made the second team.
Sharp finished with a 2.47 ERA in nine appearances on the mound while also recording a .273 average with the bat. Lopez had a 3.80 ERA with four wins and a .259 batting average. Purdin was the power hitter for the Spartans, as he finished with a .389 average and hit the team’s only home run.
Lindsay’s difficult 3-win season was reflected in how many All-League selections it was awarded, as only pitcher Israel Uribe made the second team. He earned all three wins for the Cardinals this season and recorded a 3.92 ERA. With the bat he recorded a .333 average in 21 games and had seven RBI.