All-State Softball: First Team
July, 6, 2012
By Mark Tennis, Paul Muyskens & Harold Abend | ESPN.com
ESPNHS Softball/ESPNHSSierra Romero of Vista Murrieta and Melissa Taukeiaho of Etiwanda were standout sluggers.Ms. Softball Player of the Year Emily Lockman leads the pack as the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state softball honors concludes with naming of the top 30 overall. Thirty more players selected to all-state overall second team.
First Team All-State Catchers
Sahvanna Jaquish (Redlands East Valley, Redlands) Jr.
Just a junior, this LSU commit has piled up the honors as she was named the Citrus Belt League MVP, All-Inland Empire by the Riverside Press-Enterprise and first team All-CIF Southern Section Division I. Jaquish led the Wildcats’ offense by hitting .565 with 24 RBIs, 36 runs and 20 extra-base hits.
Janelle Lindvall (West Ranch, Valencia) Sr.
Named the school's female athlete of the year, Lindvall is one of the highest-ranked catching prospects in the nation. She had a little bit of down year compared to last year, but still hit .524 with six home runs and 28 runs batted in. She finished her high school career with 30 home runs and will head to Oregon next season. Lindvall’s highest honor prior to being all-state first team was from the L.A. Daily News, which had her on its first team.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE PITCHERS
Nancy Bowling (Royal, Simi Valley) Sr.
An ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Week this past season, the Arizona-bound Bowling not only bowled over opponents as a fire-balling right-handed pitcher, but was also one of the team’s top hitters as well. She pitched every game with 17 complete games for the 25-3 Highlanders, who finished at No. 11 in the final Cal-Hi Sports rankings. To go with the outstanding won-loss record, Bowling had a 0.43 ERA with 246 strikeouts and only 37 walks in 163.1 innings pitched of a very tough schedule. She also hit .366 with a home run, three doubles and 20 runs batted in.
Samantha Cordova (Edison, Huntington Beach) Jr.
Slingin’ Sammy pretty much became an automatic first team all-state pick when she was named Player of the Year by the Orange County Register. Her pitching keyed Edison’s charge to the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals. Cordova had three playoff shutouts along and had 14 for the season. Her final totals also showed her with a 25-5 record, 0.88 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 192 innings. Cordova has committed to the University of Utah.
Johanna Grauer (Amador Valley, Pleasanton) Soph.
As the only sophomore to be a finalist for Ms. Softball State Player of the Year, it was pretty much a given the Arizona State-commit that led the team to a FAB 50 No. 5 and Cal-Hi Sports No. 3 ranking this year would be named State Sophomore of the Year. Now, she’s the only sophomore to be selected first team all state. No pitcher in the entire state was more dominant than Grauer. Even in the 26-1 team’s lone setback in the CIF North Coast Section Division I title game 1-0 loss to Union City James Logan, Grauer tossed a three-hitter with 17 strikeouts. For the season she finished with a 24-1 record with 20 shutouts, a 0.33 ERA on only eight earned runs in 171 innings pitched, 48 hits in 607 batters faced, and 328 strikeouts for a state-leading 13.12 strikeouts per game. She also had a .356 batting average as one of the team’s top hitters.
Delanie Gourley (El Capitan, Lakeside) Jr.
Despite being a junior on a team with six seniors on a 15-girl roster, the Vaqueros’ ace was the captain and led the team to its first-ever CIF San Diego Section Division III championship. Her reward was being named the San Diego Union Tribune Player of the Year. Gourley’s forte is striking out opponents as she fanned 335 this season, bringing her total to 1,003 in her career, just 106 behind the section record with another whole season to go. She also batted .540 to lead the team in hitting. The Florida-committed 3.30 GPA student-athlete was also a member of the Union Tribune’s All-Academic softball team.
Jennifer Hartman (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista) Sr.
The Sacramento State-bound senior pitcher makes the first team solely on her abilities from the circle since she doesn’t bat. She did, however, help the team get off the schnied by pitching the 25-3-1 Barons to their first-ever CIF San Diego Section Division II title. Hartman was 19-1 with 15 complete games, a 1.22 ERA, 122 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched and seven games giving up three hits or less. She was also an effective fielder having only committed one error on the season. The 4.03 GPA student-athlete was a member of the 2012 San Diego Union Tribune’s All-Academic softball team and was on the Union Tribune’s All-San Diego Section First Team.
Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson) Sr.
Despite being from the further reaches of the CIF Northern Section, the Oregon-bound left-handed pitcher was the State Small School Player of the Year and garnered some consideration for Ms. Softball State Player of the Year. After a junior season that saw her become only the eighth player in state history to have over 500 strikeouts in a season with 510, she came back this year to lead the state for a second straight year with 440. Hawkins’ career 1,221 strikeouts and each of the season strikeout marks earns her a spot in the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book on those respective lists. With bat in hand, Hawkins hit .551 on 59 hits with four home runs, 20 doubles, 46 RBIs and 30 runs scored in leading Anderson to a its second consecutive Northern Section Division IV championship.
Nikki Innamorato (Chino Hills) Sr.
The Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo recruit was the leader in the circle for a Huskies team that won the CIF Southern Section Division III title, finished 32-3 and was No. 9 in the final POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings. Innamorato, a four-year starter and four-year all-league choice, went 22-2 with a 1.00 ERA and had 135 strikeouts. She also posted 11 shutouts to give her a final career total of 32 shutouts.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE INFIELD
Nikki Girard (Chino Hills) Sr.
We told Chino Hills coach Mike Southworth last month that we probably wouldn’t have to choose between his top two all-state candidates – the two Nikkis – at any point in the process and that’s how it turned out. Girard and teammate Nikki Innamorato both are first team all-state and both were all-state medium schools. Girard is the higher-ranked prospect for the next level. She’s, in fact, one of the top five infielders nationally and will play next at Arizona State. For the season, Girard, a four-year starter, batted .423 with seven homers and 37 RBIs. She set school records for games played in a career, runs scored, hits, doubles and RBIs.
Katiyana Mauga (Mira Mesa, San Diego) Jr.
Despite her team getting knocked out in the second round of the CIF San Diego Section Division I playoffs, it was still an outstanding season for this power-hitting shortstop who has verbally committed to Arizona. Mauga belted 16 homers with 60 RBIs. She now ranks second on the all-time section career home run list with 36 and is well on track to break the record of 41 set by Trina Harrison from Oceanside. Mauga is also on pace to set the section career RBI mark, as she is at 159 after her junior year, only 38 behind the record holder.
Gabrielle Maurice (Johansen, Modesto) Jr.
The State Junior of the Year followed up a sensational sophomore year with another series of monster outings. Maurice, who also has been the Modesto Bee’s Player of the Year twice with one more season still to go, batted .614 from the leadoff position and also hammered nine homers with 27 RBIs. She also went 18-for-18 on stolen base attempts and is 41-for-41 so far in her prep career. Maurice has committed to UCLA.
Aubrie May (Grossmont, La Mesa) Sr.
This senior shortstop has already been named to the All-East County First Team and to the All-CIF San Diego Section First Team. May, regarded as one of the top middle infield prospects in the nation, has signed with Northwestern. She followed up strong sophomore (.454) and junior (.421) seasons by batting .484 with six homers and 22 RBIs.
Kylie Reed (Norco) Jr.
The top returner for next year on the FAB 50 and Cal-Hi Sports’ top-ranked team this season has already committed to Cal and it would appear the Bears will be getting a gem, especially if she produces the same type of numbers as she did this season. Reed only struck out twice, and she doesn’t walk much, with only three in 120 at bats, but her .550 average came on a state-leading 66 hits, 62 of which were singles. Norco’s leadoff batter also drove in 40 runs and knocked in 16, and led the team with 10 stolen bases.
Sierra Romero (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) Sr.
Sierra is aptly named because at times it seems she’s launching balls up toward the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Romero earned herself a spot in the state record book as she hit 21 home runs this season to finish her high school career with 45 before heading to Michigan. A CalHiSports Ms. Softball Player of the Year finalist, her 21-homer season ranks 2nd on the all-time state list. On the year, she also hit .556 with 54 runs batted in, 38 runs scored and 23 walks.
Melissa Taukeiaho (Etiwanda) Sr.
Headed to Washington, the ball soared off Melissa’s bat all season long as she led the Eagles with a .543 average. She also ripped 16 home runs, had 39 runs batted in, scored 41 runs and had five wins in the circle. We recall seeing her as a freshman at the CIFSS Division I finals and knew then she was special at the plate and at third base. Among the honors she has received so far are Baseline League MVP and All-Inland Valley MVP.
Darian Tautalafua (Carson) Sr.
Before being named a finalist for our Ms. Softball State Player of the Year award, Darian tied the state record for career home runs with 53. She slammed 15 home runs last season and did even better this year as she hit 17 while driving in 45. On the year, Tautalafua also hit .490 for the CIF L.A. City Section runner-up. In the fall, Darian will head to Long Beach State.
Danielle Vega (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Sr.
One of just two all-state small school players to earn first team overall status (the other is pitcher Cheridan Hawkins), Vega racked up 57 hits for a .633 average and led the CIF Southern Section with 63 RBIs. Vega, who has signed with UNC Greensboro, also is believed to be the first girl in state history to collect more than 200 hits (209) and more than 200 RBIs (206) in a prep career.
Lauren Young (Canyon, Anaheim) Sr.
She's well known for her defensive ability but she showed she could also swing the bat this season as she hit .394 with five home runs in her final season before heading to the University of Arizona. On the year, Young also had a total of 13 extra-base hits while driving in 25 runs and scoring 27 runs. Among the other honors she has already received include being named first team All-CIFSS for Division I and first team All-Orange County. She was a key player on Canyon’s team last season that played in the CIFSS Division I final and came within one strike of winning the title.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE OUTFIELD
Gordy Bravo (Roosevelt, Eastvale) Sr.
Like most of our first team all-state selectees, Bravo led her team at the plate with a .407 average with 19 runs batted in and 22 runs scored. She played in the rugged Big VIII League (same as Norco and Corona Centennial) and opponents wanted little to do with her as she walked 23 times. Bravo also had six doubles, five triples and two homers. Known as much for her defensive skills in the field, Bravo will play next at BYU. She as named All-Inland Empire and All-CIFSS Division I.
Sarah Moore (Ayala, Chino Hills) Sr.
When you first see that Moore is from Ayala, you think she might be the younger sister of 2009 Ms. Softball State Player of the Year Jessica Moore. The two aren’t related, but Sarah is another gem from the school who has signed with Missouri. In 2012, Moore hit .461 with eight home runs and 27 runs batted in for the Bulldogs. She also led the team in walks with 17. As a college prospect, there were only a handful of others nationally as outfielders who were ranked higher.
Amani Proctor (Buchanan, Clovis) Sr.
She’s been player of the year in the highly competitive Tri-River Athletic Conferecne for three straight years. Coach Dean Gregory adds that the Bears probably would have won perhaps six to 10 fewer games without her. Proctor batted .530 with 44 runs scored and was 11-3 in the circle. Her career total for hits ties Andrea Duran of Selma for fourth all-time in the CIF Central Section and she’s been named third team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Jade Vecvanags (Lutheran, Orange) Jr.
A state stat star regular this season, Jade earned our attention with her performances in the circle and at the plate for the Lancers. In the circle, the Illinois-commited junior went 16-1 with a 0.86 ERA while striking out 155 in 114 innings. At the plate, she hit .407 with 10 home runs and 26 runs batted in. She was also named first team All-Orange County by the Orange County Register and was first team All-CIFSS Division I. Since the Register picked her as an outfielder, we decided to do the same.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE MULTI-PURPOSE
Vanessa Alvarez (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) Sr.
The Cal-bound pitching and hitting star and finalist for Ms. Softball State Player of the Year won 14 straight to open the season and after getting roughed up in the Livermore Stampede by Pleasanton Amador Valley she didn’t lose again to finish 25-1 with 24 complete games for the No. 8 POWERADE FAB 50 and No. 4 team in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings. Alvarez was a big reason the Monarchs won their second straight CIF Central Coast Section Division II title and 10th since 1990. She had a 0.86 ERA with 197 strikeouts in 170.2 innings pitched this season. In three years as the starting pitcher, following in the footsteps of her mentor, Keilani Ricketts, she had 652 strikeouts. This past season as a hitter Alvarez had a .450 batting average on 45 hits with 27 runs scored.
Alexis Cooper (Sheldon, Sacramento) Sr.
With Cooper leading the way in the circle and at the plate, the Huskies defended their CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title and she was named the Sacramento Bee's Player of the Year. On the year, she hit .379 with four home runs and 34 runs batted in while in the circle she went 19-7 while striking out 192 batters in 186 innings. She will be headed next year to Arizona State.
Raeann Garza (James Logan, Union City) Jr.
This underclass pitcher and slugger didn’t hit the high or even mid-60s with her fastball. What she did do is pitch to her defense and mix things up well enough to take the Colts all the way to the CIF North Coast Section Division I title, a FAB 50 No. 4 and Cal-Hi Sports No. 2 ranking, and a school best 24-1 record. In the NCS 1-0 title game victory over nationally-ranked Pleasanton Amador Valley, Garza not only pitched a complete game six-hitter, she doubled home the game’s only run. She finished the season 21-1 with a 0.94 ERA, 138 strikeouts and a mere 18 walks in 141 innings pitched. As a hitter, she batted .358 with a home run, triple, two doubles, and 15 runs batted in. With a Colts’ squad returning 11 of 15 players on what was a young team, look for Garza to lead a team that should be very highly ranked in next year’s preseason rankings.
Sierra Hyland (El Diamante, Visalia) Jr.
If the Miners had won their second straight CIF Central Section title and Hyland had finished 32-1 in the circle, she might have been the State Junior of the Year. Still, the Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo commit had a fantastic season. She went 30-2 with a 1.02 ERA and had 14 shutouts and six no-hitters. As a batter, Hyland also dominated with a .468 average, eight homers, 36 RBIs and 34 runs scored. She added 14 doubles and three triples.
Emily Lockman (Norco) Sr.
When you’re Ms. Softball State Player of the Year you get to be on every other team you qualify for, so being first team all state is a given. The Nebraska-bound 4.0 GPA student-athlete also garnered the Gatorade State Player of the Year award that factors in academics. “Cupcake” as her grandmother nicknamed her because of her propensity to eat them, now has more icing for her tiny cakes, after leading the young Cougars to the FAB 50 and Cal-Hi Sports top rankings. Lockman pitched every game in a 31-2 season and ended up with a 0.35 ERA in 220 innings pitched. Emily had 155 strikeouts and amazingly only 11 walks, 10 fewer than the 21 shutouts she recorded. As a batter, Lockman averaged .389 on 42 hits with four home runs, 30 RBIs and 22 runs scored.
Nisa Ontiveros (Ridgeview, Bakersfield) Sr.
Already named our Medium Schools State Player of the Year, this Cal-bound standout was an easy selection for the all state team. In 170 innings, she struck out 256 batters while going 24-3 with a 0.40 ERA. Coming up short of defending their CIF Central Section Division III championship, Ontiveros also still hit almost .500 with 15 home runs and 55 runs batted in.
Erin Rodriguez (Santiago, Corona) Sr.
This Illinois State-bound senior was named to the first team of the Big VIII League, CIFSS Division I and All-Inland Empire. Rodriguez was at her best down the stretch in helping Santiago reach the CIFSS Division I championship. She pitched some, with a 13-2 record and 1.55 ERA, but it was her hitting that put her over the top to be an all-state choice. Those totals included a .448 average with 10 homers, 38 RBIs and 37 runs scored. Rodriguez also walked an amazing 39 times.
Second Team All-State Catchers
Annie Aldrete (Santa Catalina, Monterey) Jr.
MeShalon Moore (Sheldon, Sacramento) Sr.
Jessica Plaza (Edison, Huntington Beach) Sr.
Alyssa Reina (Bear River, Lake of the Pines) Sr.
Second Team All-State Pitchers
Lindsay Clarkson (Central, Fresno) Sr.
Lauren Cox (La Canada) Sr.
Amanda Horbasch (Woodcreek, Roseville) Jr.
Rachel Nasland (Torrey Pines, San Diego) Jr.
Megan Sabbatini (San Benito, Hollister) Jr.
Karyn Wright (El Camino Real, Woodland Hills) Sr.
Second Team All-State Infield
Tracy Chandless (Hart, Newhall, Sr.)
Maleena Esparza (La Habra) Sr.
Jazmyn Jackson (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) Soph.
Mickey Loveridge (Concord) Sr.
Jennie McNeill (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) Sr.
Mandie Perez (Whittier Christian, La Habra) Sr.
Jazmine Reed (James Logan, Union City) Sr.
Kelly Robinson (Carlmont, Belmont) Sr.
Leia Ruiz (Chino) Sr.
Nicole Schroeder (Esperanza, Anaheim) Sr.
Courtney Ziese (Canyon, Canyon Country) Sr.
Second Team All-State Outfield
Casey Africano (Edison, Huntington Beach) Sr.
Erika Campbell (Pacifica, Garden Grove) Sr.
Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, Lake of the Pines) Sr.
Hannah Cookson (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta) Soph.
Second Team All-State Multi-Purpose
Dani Albini (San Marin, Novato) Sr.
Brittany Moeai (Carson) Sr.
Madison Osias (Lutheran, Orange) Sr.
Sarah Shadinger (Camarillo) Sr.
Jasmine Smithson-Willett (Lakeside, Elsinore) Sr.
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