Friday, March 23, 2012
Cal-Hi Sports Girls State Stat Stars
By Paul Muyskens & Harold Abend
Johanna Grauer of Amador Valley throws big no-hitter on Thursday in battle of state-ranked teams. San Marino’s Michelle Floyd and Ridgeview’s Nisa Ontiveros are at it again while girl from Stockton gets her name into the state record book.
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, March 17; includes some games as of Wedneday, March 21; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Maggie Arriola & Tyler Hughes (Garces, Bakersfield)
Arriola hit a grand slam to go along with seven RBIs for the game in a 13-5 win over Wasco. Hughes, meanwhile, moved to 5-0 this season in the circle, struck out eight and didn't allow a hit in a 9-0 win over South of Bakersfield.
Stephanie Bergman (Oak Hills, Hesperia)
The junior shortstop must love the number four. In a 17-2 triumph this week against Sultana of Hesperia, Bergman went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBIs. It also was her third 4-for-4 game as a batter this season.
Nancy Bowling (Royal, Simi Valley)
Allowing just one hit while striking out 15, she also homered and drove in two runs in a 3-0 win over Agoura of Agoura Hills. Bowling has signed with national power Arizona.
Michelle Floyd (San Marino)
Leaving little work for the defense behind her, Floyd struck out 17 batters in a 4-1 win over Monrovia. Floyd, a frequent state stat star last season, is a junior.
Holly Geranen (Leland, San Jose)
From two weeks ago, the Chargers’ sophomore shortstop had two home runs, five RBIs and three runs scored in a 10-4 win over Milpitas.
Johanna Grauer (Amador Valley, Pleasanton)
After waiting out the rains in a game re-scheduled from last week, Grauer tossed a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts as the Cal-Hi Sports’ No. 8 ranked Dons beat No. 17 Logan of Union City on Thursday afternoon. The sophomore had a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts when Amador Valley beat Sheldon of Sacramento in the title game of the Queen of the Mountain tourney.
Sierra Hyland (El Diamante, Visalia)
Striking out a career-high 19 batters, the Miners defeated Clovis 3-1 earlier this week. They moved up in both the state and national rankings.
Sierra Ipsen (Riverdale)
Ipsen threw back-to-back no-hitters against Minarets, the first was a five-inning game in a 11-0 win and the second was a five-inning 17-0 win in which she also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Claire Klausner (Gunn, Palo Alto)
Remember this freshman sensation’s name because chances are you’ll be hearing a lot about her in the near and distant future. After finishing up basketball season on the Titans’ first-ever CCS Division I championship team, Klausner started her softball season with a cause. After starting the season poorly without her due to hoops, the team has won all three games she’s been in the circle. Last Saturday, in a 1-0 shutout over Santa Cruz in the Charlie Miguel Tournament, Klausner pitched a perfect game, fanning 16 batters in just six innings. She came back on Tuesday with a 1-hitter with 16 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Mountain View. She hits, too, batting .615 with a home run in four games played.
Amanda Lorenz (Moorpark)
Named the Ventura County Star Girls Athlete of the Week, this freshman went a perfect 4-for-4 in a win over Newbury Park as she had a double, two triples and drove in two runs.
Chelsea Martinez (Rio Americano, Sacramento)
Despite being just a freshman, the Raiders have counted on her in a big way this season. She and the team picked up their second win of the season as she pitched four shutout innings while also homering and driving in four runs in a 15-0 win over Amador of Sutter Creek.
Katie Moss (Homestead, Cupertino)
She pitched her second one-hitter of the season for the 9-1 Mustangs, after she struck out 15 in a 6-1 win over San Jose Branham. Moss opened the season with a mercy-shortened 5-inning no-hitter against arch-rival Cupertino. Her ERA is 0.77 and she has 78 strikeouts in 45.2 innings pitched.
Bianca Noriega (Camarillo)
Not only did she triple and hit a grand slam home run, but she also came in as a relief pitcher and struck out 10 batters in a 10-4 win by Scorpions over Ventura.
Shannon O’Neill (Marymount, Los Angeles)
She tossed a three-hitter with 17 strikeouts and also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Sailors past Immaculate Heart 6-3 in a game played earlier this week.
Nisa Ontiveros (Ridgeview, Bakersfield)
Showing she can dominate not just in the circle but at the plate, Ontiveros doubled and homered during a four -hit performance that saw her drive in five runs in a 24-1 win over Foothill of Bakersfield.
Mary Peluso (Chavez, Stockton)
From two weeks ago, Peluso, a junior infielder, had three triples and five RBIs in a 16-0 win over Amador of Sutter Creek. Peluso's three triples for a single game ties a state record and she might be the first person from Chavez (the school opened in 2005) to put his/her name into the Cal-Hi Sports state record book.
Marleen Rodriguez (Segerstrom, Santa Ana)
After her first seven games, Rodriguez had 22 RBIs. Her best outing came last week when Segerstrom stormed past Godinez of Santa Ana 17-0. She hit two doubles, one homer and finished with seven RBIs.
Kelsea Short (Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro)
She hit the ball a long way in a 25-1 win over Jefferson of Los Angeles as she homered and drove in six runs during a four-hit game.
Kaylea Snaer (Rowland, Rowland Heights)
In a 14-11 slugfest win last week over Rialto, Snaer smeared the ball for a pair of homers and had four RBIs. She started this week with a reported eight home runs for the season.
Katlyn Whitt (Dublin)
The Gaels are off to a 7-0 start and a big reason is the way Whitt has hit, and the fact Whitt’s whiffed opposing batters that have tried to hit her. From the circle, Whitt has all the wins and a 0.57 ERA, with 52 strikeouts and only 22 hits allowed in 37 innings pitched. At the plate, she’s hitting .720 with one home run (she hit this week in a win over Walnut Creek Las Lomas), three doubles, 18 hits, 14 runs scored and six knocked in.