All-SCV softball first team
Cassidy Cangemi, Golden Valley, juniorCangemi kept the Grizzlies in just about every game, posting a 2.30 ERA with close to 200 strikeouts. She was also the league’s best two-way player, batting .397 in 68 at-bats. On April 20, she struck out 10 and allowed one earned run in a complete-game loss to Valencia.
Noel Dominguez, Valencia, juniorThe shortstop was Valencia’s second most productive hitter, posting a .327 average and driving in 13 runs, on the Vikings’ drive toward a second straight Foothill League title and CIF quarterfinal appearance. She’ll be a key factor as Valencia goes for a three-peat.
Cassidy FitzGerald, Saugus, seniorLosing an ace like Mariah Lopez would be a blow to any team, but Saugus suffered less than most because of the leadership of FitzGerald behind the plate. The gritty, tell-it-like-it-is catcher impacted the game at the plate, too, though, batting .349 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs. FitzGerald was an All-CIF Division 1 selection.
Aly Kaneshiro, Hart, freshmanIt was an understatement when Hart coach Steve Calendo said before Foothill League play to keep an eye on Kaneshiro. Besides playing well at catcher, she hit .439 with a team-high 48 RBIs and a barehanded catch of a foul ball in the CIF-SS D3 title game that won’t soon be forgotten.
Libbie McMahan, Saugus, freshmanIt’s not easy to step onto a varsity softball team in the Foothill League and contribute as a freshman. The task is harder still when you get a late start due to playing varsity basketball. But McMahan was a factor at the plate and in the circle. She hit .390 and posted a 3.54 ERA in 55 1/3 innings.
Jaclyn Napoli, West Ranch, seniorNapoli has played all over the diamond in her time with West Ranch. In 2017, she held down the shortstop position while propelling the Wildcats with her production at the plate. The senior hit .398 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs. She slugged a team-high .741.
Kylie Norwood, Hart, seniorWhat Norwood did with the bat was special (she led the Southern Section across all divisions with 64 hits, and she drove in 41 runs). But the non-pitcher’s willingness to step in the circle for an offensively-loaded team, might have been the most impressive part of her senior campaign.
Melissa Spencer, Canyon, juniorSpencer has proven to be one of the Foothill League’s most consistent batters over her three-year varsity career. A starter each season, she’s never batted below .346, and 2017 saw her reach a new personal-best .423. She drove in 25 runs this year with 10 extra base hits. She made only four errors at shortstop all year and was 6-for-6 on stolen-base attempts.
Abby Sweet, Hart, seniorOne Foothill League coach put it best when they recalled Sweet wearing a smile last season even as the Indians struggled. This year, as Hart took flight, Sweet remained the team’s leader. She played a clean, at times stellar, third base and hit .415 with five home runs, 29 RBIs and 52 runs scored. Her walk-off home run lifted Hart past Patriot of Riverside and into its first semifinal since 2009.
All-SCV softball second team
Andrea Cespedes, Hart, seniorIf it’s possible to fly under the radar while batting .471, the phrase might apply to Cespedes. But she was a crucial part of Hart’s run to the CIF-SS D3 title game. Cespedes drove in 29 runs and saved a handful with her defense, especially in the postseason.
Jessica Cordola, Saugus, juniorCordola provided the pop for the second-place Centurions. The third baseman posted a slash line of a .400 batting average, a .427 on-base percentage and a team-high .718 slugging percentage. She hit seven home runs and drove in 24 runs.
Jordyn Gasper, Hart, juniorIt’s amazing that Hart had enough room in its batting order for all these sluggers. Gasper hit .438 with 25 RBIs and 31 runs scored. She also covered a lot of ground in center field.
Brooke Marquez, Hart, sophomoreInjury limited the Indians shortstop to just 19 games, but she made the most of them. Marquez hit .480 with 13 doubles and 19 RBIs. She had 36 hits and led the team in slugging with a .720 mark.
Sophia Medellin, Golden Valley, sophomoreGolden Valley coach Daniel Soto praised Medellin before Foothill League play for improved plate discipline. By year’s end, she’d walked a robust 20 times. She also swung it, batting .400 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.
Kelia Paragas, Valencia, juniorParagas tore her ACL the summer before her junior campaign, but she looked fully recovered as she played a solid left field and gave Valencia production near the top of the order.
Leslie Reynaga, Saugus, sophomoreReynaga fractured her nose when she took a line drive to the face on April 13, but she returned to the circle less than two weeks later. On the year, she posted a 3.48 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings.
Kalei Sorensen, West Ranch, seniorIt feels like the Sorensen twins have played for West Ranch forever. In their final prep campaign, Kalei provided pop in the middle of the Wildcats’ order. She hit .412 with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs.
Kennedi Sorensen, West Ranch, seniorSorensen only played in 18 games due to an injury. But she finished the year with a .429 average, her biggest hits seemingly coming in the biggest games. She had three hits off Valencia’s Shea O’Leary.
Honorable mentionCanyon – Jessica Goodspeed, senior Golden Valley – Nicole Smart, sophomore Hart – Arianna Ramos, senior Saugus – Clarissa Ellwein, sophomore Valencia – Kyla Hardy, junior West Ranch – Sara Olson, sophomore Einstein – Beatriz Panduro, sophomore SCCS – Hailey Aguilar, senior SCVi – Dianna Cardoza Trinity – Sarah Howell, senior