Marjani Knighten of Fullerton Sunny Hills leads the pack with three homers as part of a 5-for-5 outing. Others among the best include L.A. Lincoln’s Angelica Felix and Monache’s Kaitlyne Thompson.
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(After games of Saturday, May 5; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 9; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Dani Albini (San Marin, Novato)
In a 1-0 win over San Rafael, she tossed her first complete-game no-hitter this season (11 strikeouts) to go with three one-hitters and six two-hitters for the 17-1 Mustangs.
Krissy Brewer (La Quinta, Westminster)
Not only did she pitch a one-hitter, but she also went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a triple and four runs batted in as the Aztecs defeated Bolsa Grande of Garden Grove 12-0.
Lauren Brown (Our Lady of Peace, San Diego)
She was a lady of strikeouts in their 11-2 win over Kearny of San Diego as she struck out 16 batters.
Alyssa Casteneda & Kylee Rice (Foothill, Bakersfield)
In a 14-10 slugfest victory over East Bakersfield, Casteneda went 5-for-6 at the plate and scored four times. Rice also had a nice game by going 5-for-5 and scoring four times.
Caitlyn Emberson & Haylee Tracy (Taft)
In a football-like final score of 30-0 against Arvin, Emberson went 3-for-4 at the plate, scored six times and knocked in five. Tracy went 4-for-5, also scored six times, and drove in six.
Angelica Felix (Lincoln, Los Angeles)
All four of her hits in a 13-1 win over Eagle Rock of Los Angeles went for doubles. She also drove in five runs.
Johanna Grauer (Amador Valley, Pleasanton)
It was just another week-and-a-half at the office for the Arizona State-committed sophomore star pitcher. Last week, Grauer had a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in 8-0 blanking of visiting Granada of Livermore, and a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts and two RBIs herself in a 4-0 whitewash of host Danville Monte Vista. On Tuesday, she went 11 innings and only gave up three hits with 22 strikeouts in a 3-0 win over California of San Ramon. Nine of the whiffs were in extra innings. Grauer now has six straight shutouts and 16 on the season.
Mary Hall (Valley Christian, San Jose)
Hall makes this feature again after tripling twice and driving in five in a 12-2 win over crosstown Presentation. This week, she homered and drove in three to lead the Warriors to a 7-4 WCAL semifinal playoff victory over Mountain View St. Francis that avenged a loss in April.
Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson)
WIth four straight double-digit strikeout games, she has now recorded a reported state-leading 365 strikeouts on the year (according to MaxPreps). In a 9-6 win over Oroville, she struck out 16 and she has also driven in 40 runs this year.
Erinn Jaramillo (Northview, Covina)
Going a perfect 4-for-4, she doubled, homered and drove in five runs as the Vikings defeated Nogales of La Puente 13-0.
Noelle Johnson (West Hills, Santee)
The senior pitcher tossed her first no-hitter of the season, facing the minimum 21 batters, in a 3-0 win over Steele Canyon of Spring Valley.
Katy Kibbe (Rancho Cotate, Rohnert Park)
The University of La Verne-bound pitcher and slugger didn’t pitch in the game last week, but did hit her seventh home run of the season and also doubled in a big win over Santa Rosa Elsie Allen. Later in the week, the stingy Kibbe tossed a two-hitter with 17 strikeouts and no walks in a 1-0 win over Santa Rosa.
Marjani Knighten (Sunny Hills, Fullerton)
Putting on an impressive display of power, she went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with three home runs and five runs batted in during a 16-1 win over Fullerton.
Rachel Metzger (Garces, Bakersfield)
Metzger made a mess of the Bakersfield Highland pitching staff as she collected four hits and had six RBIs to the lead the Rams past Highland 23-1.
Erin Moody (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach)
She should have been in a great mood after her performance in a 22-1 win over High Tech of San Diego as she hit for the cycle.
Heather Morales (Indio)
This was from a game on April 20, but we wanted to make sure we had her 10 runs batted listed in this feature from a 32-3 win over Cathedral City. For the game, Morales had two doubles and two home runs while also walking twice. She had 52 RBIs for the season at the start of this week.
Rachel Naslund (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
She may have ended with a no decision but it wasn't because she didn't dominate in the circle as she tossed 10 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts in the Falcons’ 1-0 win over Poway in 12 innings.
Kylee Perez (Alhambra, Martinez)
The UCLA-committed sophomore shortstop had two home runs in a big win over Walnut Creek Las Lomas and added another long fly against Miramonte of Orinda in a blowout victory. The Bulldogs’ slugger has had six home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in her last five games, and now has 10 home runs, 25 RBIs and 35 runs scored this season.
Aria Pogni (Tamalpais, Mill Valley)
Her teammate and previous State Athlete of the Week Kim Scarsella gets most of the hype, but as quiet as it’s kept, it’s this sophomore that’s at or near the top of every offensive statistical category in the Marin County Athletic League. Last week she blasted two home runs in the same game for the first time in Tam history, and finished with five RBIs in the Red-tailed Hawks 11-8 win over Redwood. Then on Monday, she took over sole possession of the league lead in home runs with her seventh, and also had two doubles with five RBIs in a 14-0 win against Novato.
Alyssa Reina (Bear River, Lake of the Pines)
Stat star regular led Bear River in a 8-0 win over league rival Colfax that gave the Bruins a share of the Pioneer Valley League title. With her bat, Reina went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two stolen bases and four runs scored. Defensively, Reina she threw out both runners that tried to steal on her, back-picked two others, and had a tag at the plate.
Lisa Rodriguez & Malia Rivers (Heritage, Brentwood)
Rodriguez makes another appearance after the New Mexico-bound senior pitcher tossed her second-straight, one-hitter and fourth this season, struck out 11, and pitched a shutout for the fourth straight game, lowering her ERA to 0.48 in a 7-0 win over Pittsburg. She also had two hits and an RBI. Rivers had at least three hits for the ninth time this season in a 2-0 win over Freedom. Rivers is the CIF NCS reported leader in hitting at .638 and hits with 44 and runs with 37.
Mariah Saragosa (McFarland)
According to Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Saragosa set a school record with eight RBIs, hit two home runs and added a triple in a 22-0 swamping of Farmersville. Teammate Marina Felipe scored five times and hit two doubles.
Nicole Stark (Dougherty Valley, San Ramon)
The way Stark pitched against Miramonte, the Wildcats’ senior basically drove the Matadors stark raving mad. She tossed a one-hit 4-0 shutout.
Kayla Spini (Mt. Shasta)
Showing she can do more than just dominate in the circle, she hit two home runs and drove in three runs in a 15-2 win over Etna. In the other game of the doubleheader against Etna, Spini pitched a six-inning no-hitter and struck out 10.
Kaitlyne Thompson (Monache, Porterville)
In a 20-7 romp past Mt. Whitney of Visalia, Thompson set a school record by collecting six hits. She also scored three runs and was the winning pitcher.
Tia Uyehara (Berean Christian, Walnut Creek)
When Uyehara connected with the bases loaded it was sayonara to the bright yellow ball. Besides the grand slam she had two more RBIs for six total in a big win over Mt. Diablo of Concord. This week she pitched a two-hitter in a 2-1 win over crosstown Northgate.
Jessica Valenzuela (Aquinas, San Bernardino)
She tied the school record for runs batted in during a game with eight as she hit two three-run home runs in one inning during a 19-1 win over Woodcrest Christian.
Noa Yakir (Monta Vista, Cupertino)
The way Noa was hitting against visiting Sunnyvale Fremont not even an ark could save the Firebirds from a 12-0 shellacking. The freshman phenom had a home run, double and six RBIs. This week she hit her fifth home run and drove in her 40th run, but the girls lost to San Benito of Hollister.