Thursday, April 12, 2012
Cal-Hi Sports Softball State Stat Stars
By Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens
It’s a 5-for-5 bonanza led by Exeter’s Brooke Coates and Fresno Edison’s Alma Ibarra. This week’s honor roll also includes a salute to state’s winningest coach as he earns 900th all-time triumph.
Note: We’re proud once again to collect weekly writeups of the most significant individual high school softball totals in California. We use these as the basis for updating the state record book, which has been published seven times, most recently in the spring of 2009. To report a state stat star of your own, please email highlights to Mark.Tennis@espn.com.
(After games of Saturday, April 7; includes some games as of Wednesday, April 11; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Vanessa Alvarez (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) The Cal-bound Monarchs’ ace opened the Livermore Stampede with a five-inning perfect game in a 10-0 win over California of San Ramon. Despite getting roughed up by Amador Valley in a 8-1 loss in the semis, she still had solid numbers from the circle and at the plate. At the plate leading off, she was 10-for-18 with three doubles, two RBIs, five runs scored, a walk and three stolen bases.
Brooke Coates (Exeter) She scored five times and went 5-for-5 at the plate as her team beat Laton 20-0.
Lauren Cox (La Canada) With little room for error, she struck out 11 and didn't allow a hit as the Spartans advanced in the Woodbridge Classic with a 1-0 win over Fountain Valley.
Nicole Curry (Alhambra, Martinez) The Bulldogs’ sophomore first-sacker was 3-for-3 with a pair of two-run home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored in a 4-3 quarterfinal victory over Whitney of Rocklin at the Livermore Stampede. It was her second two-homer game of the season.
Johanna Grauer (Amador Valley, Pleasanton) The new queen of Northern California softball was dominating in earning MVP honors at the Livermore Stampede. In 27 innings pitched for the five games, she only gave up four runs and 11 hits while amassing 62 strikeouts. She had a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a 6-inning 2-0 win that handed Brentwood Heritage its only loss of the season. In a 3-2 win over Monte Vista of Danville, she gave up a first -nning 2-run home run then knuckled down to strike out 16 of the next 23 batters with 18 fanned in all.
Tiffany Hollingsworth (Arroyo, San Lorenzo) The Dons’ junior pitched a no-hitter and was 4-for-4 in a big win over Mt. Eden of Hayward.
Alma Ibarra (Edison, Fresno) In a lopsided 25-1 victory against Sierra (Tollhouse), Ibarra collected five hits in five at-bats that included one homer and four RBIs.
Jazmyn Jackson (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) The speedy sophomore shortstop had a standout five games at the Livermore Stampede, finishing 10-for-17 with two doubles, five RBIs, six runs scored and four stolen bases.
Claire Klausner (Gunn, Palo Alto) The basketball standout turned softball star is back again after pitching a 5-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 12-0 win over Cupertino. She also had two hits and two steals.
Rebecca Lee (Pacifica, Garden Grove) Helping the Mariners capture the Michelle Carew Classic championship, the Ohio State-bound slugger had a grand slam home run and drove in 11 runs during the team’s five games.
Ashley Lotoszynski (Amador Valley, Pleasanton) The Dons’ sophomore shortstop had a game for the ages in an 8-1 semifinal win over Archbishop Mitty in the Livermore Stampede. She was 2-for-3 with two three-run home runs, six RBIs and two runs scored. She also had no fielding errors during the tourney.
Tiffany Mikkelson (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo) In five games at the Michelle Carew Classic, she had two doubles, five home runs and 10 runs batted in while also walking five times.
Katie Moss (Homestead, Cupertino) When a pitcher only loses 3-1 to state-ranked San Benito of Hollister, she must have pretty good stuff. Prior to that loss for Moss in the Mission City Tournament, in which she only gave up four hits, the Mustangs’ junior pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 2-0 victory over San Francisco St. Ignatius. This week, Moss rebounded from the loss to toss a 1-hitter with 11 fanned in a mercy-shortened 10-0 win over Sunnyvale Fremont.
Kylee Perez (Alhambra, Martinez) The early commit to UCLA and Bulldogs’ leadoff hitter had a hot bat at the Livermore Stampede. She finished 9-for-15 with three doubles, three RBIs, six runs scored, three walks and three steals.
Natalia Reynoso (Firebaugh, Lynwood) Swinging a hot bat, she had two home runs and five runs batted in during a 18-2 five-inning win over Hawthorne Math & Science.
Delynn Rippy (El Camino, Oceanside) Although the Wildcats only went 0-4-1 at the Michelle Carew Classic, Rippy turned some heads with her play. For the week, she went 12-for-16 with two doubles and four runs scored. This includes a 2-for-3 outing against Lutheran of Orange and a 3-for-4 mark against Etiwanda.
Rochelle Roberts (Vanden, Travis AFB) The senior hitting-pitching standout could hit better than .500 and strike out more than 300 batters this season. Roberts had a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in last week’s 5-2 triumph over Davis.
Haile Rosario (Redlands) In a 10-0 victory against A.B. Miller of Fontana, Rosario smacked a pair of home runs to lead the Terriers, who improved to 9-0 for the season.
Nicole Shroeder (Esperanza, Anaheim) Driving in five runs, she doubled and homered twice in a 10-1 win over Sheldon of Sacramento at the Michelle Carew Classic.
Melissa Taukeiaho (Etiwanda) Another Michelle Carew Classic performer to make the list is Taukeiaho. The ball soared off her bat in a 8-6 win over El Camino of Oceanside with three home runs and five RBIs.
Jazmine Thompson (Riverside Christian) For the second time this season, Thompson went 5-for-5 in a game. She did it last week and had a triple to lead Riverside Christian past Linfield of Temecula 10-6.
Hailey Tracy (Taft) Tracy went 4-for-4 at the plate, which included one home run, two doubles and six RBIs as the Wildcats beat Washington Union of Easton 14-6. Teammate Caitlyn Emberson also scored five times and had two hits.
Jade Vecvanags (Lutheran, Orange) In the third-place game of the Michelle Carew Classic, this Illinois-bound standout not only struck out 12 in a complete game shutout but she also hit a two-run homer for the game’s only runs as the Lancers defeated Canyon of Anaheim 2-0. Vacvanags now has eight homers for the season, which is the same total as teammate Madison Osias. Madison also went 3-for-3 in the win against Canyon.
Allison Walljasper (Sierra, Manteca) Striking out 11 in a 3-0 win over East Union of Manteca was just a warm up for her as she next struck out 19 and hit a home run in a 2-0 win over Manteca.
Jim Liggett (Carlmont, Belmont) The former Major League baseball player, 37-year coach of the Scots and California’s all-time winningest softball coach notched win No. 900 last Saturday when his girls took a 2-1 victory over San Jose Pioneer in the Mission City Invitational at Mission College in Santa Clara. Later in the day, the Scots lost to Salinas but then closed the day by giving the affable coach win No. 901 by topping Santa Clara Wilcox 8-5.