Homers still piling up for hitting phenom Sierra Romero of Vista Murrieta. Others among this week’s best include Los Al’s Laufou, Hart’s Ziese and Millbrae Mills’ Giusti.
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(After games of Saturday, April 28; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 2; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Lindsey Chalmers (California, San Ramon)
The Grizzlies’ sophomore pitcher that gave Cal-Hi Sports No. 3 Amador Valley of Pleasanton some trouble two weeks ago, gave Livermore even more trouble, tossing a one-hitter in a 4-0 victory.
Sophia Chiavatti (Foothill, Santa Ana)
Despite having just two hits in two official at bats, she managed to drive in six runs with a grand-slam home run and had a two-run double in the team’s 11-7 loss to El Modena of Orange.
Jordan Courage (Del Oro, Loomis)
Not only did she dominate in the circle with six strikeouts but she drove in the game's only run as the Golden Eagles defeated Woodcreek of Roseville 1-0 to take control of the Sierra Foothill League title race. Del Oro also went into this week’s state top 20 for the first time this season.
Caitlyn Emberson & Haylee Tracy (Taft)
Lighting up the scoreboard, Emberson drove in four runs while they both scored six times in a 30-0 win over Arvin. Arizona Pilgrim and Abigail Popejoy-Dodson combined to pitch the five-inning perfect game.
Haley Gazdik & Paige McIntosh (San Marin, Novato)
With the Cal-Hi Sports Caravan there to see retiring San Marin coach Randy Willis and his girls, the baby of the bunch literally jumped out of the womb. Gazdik, a freshman in her first-ever high school start, pitched a perfect game, striking out eight of the 15 batters she faced in a mercy-shortened 13-0 win over Branson of Ross. McIntosh, a sophomore, blasted two home runs last week in an 11-0 win over Petaluma St. Vincent de Paul.
Morgan Giusti (Mills, Millbrae)
The Vikings’ senior was a single short of hitting for the cycle but was still 3-for-3 with eight RBIs in a 15-0 rout of San Francisco Lincoln. This week, she was 4-for-4 and hit her fifth home run in a 6-4 win over Woodside.
Mary Hall (Valley Christian, San Jose)
Hail Mary Hall was what they were saying in south San Jose after the Warriors’ senior had three key hits that resulted in three RBIs to help her team overcome a 4-2 deficit in a 5-4 victory over crosstown Presentation. The next day she homered twice and had six RBIs in a 14-0 dismantling of San Francisco St. Ignatius.
Katelyn Harden (Hughson)
Only a junior, Harden has been the leader of a very young team that is 19-1 with a lone loss coming 1-0 to Johansen of Modesto. She had four wins last week in five games to improve to 17-1 with a 0.42 ERA. She’s also batting over .500 and leads the Huskies in RBIs.
Claire Klausner (Gunn, Palo Alto)
In continuation of a game suspended after two innings, Klausner pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and she had two doubles and three RBIs in a 11-0 mercy-shortened win over San Jose Lynbrook.
Infinity Laufou (Los Alamitos)
In a 12-0 Sunset League win over Huntington Beach, she went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, including a grand slam home run.
Keilani Laulu-Finley (Encinal, Alameda)
She hit her fifth and sixth home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs in a 15-8 win over Albany. The Jets’ backstop now has 36 RBIs this season.
Melissa Martinek (Santa Teresa, San Jose)
Her lines were identical and so were the scores in 9-1 wins over San Jose Piedmont Hills and Mt. Pleasant. The Saints’ freshman had a home run, double and four RBIs in each contest.
Mia Monopoli (Acalanes, Lafayette)
Monopoli got back to the real money last week. The Dons’ junior and reported CIF North Coast Section home run leader hit No. 10 and No. 11 and had seven RBIs combined in away and home 16-4 and 12-8 series victories over Walnut Creek Las Lomas.
Anissia Munoz (Washinton Union, Easton)
She set a school record by striking out 17 batters and gave up only three hits in a seven-inning game as the Panthers beat Chowchilla 8-2.
Sabrina Ochoa (Oakland)
The Wildcats’ ace tossed a one-hitter from the circle with eight strikeouts, and also went 3-for-4 from the plate with four RBIs as Oakland clinched the Oakland Athletic League title in an 11-0 win over crosstown Skyline.
Kylee Perez (Alhambra, Martinez)
The Bulldogs’ sophomore shortstop who’s already committed to UCLA has been on fire her last four games, with five home runs combined in wins over Petaluma, Moraga Campolindo, Fremont Washington and Las Lomas of Walnut Creek. With her two-homer performance on Tuesday versus Las Lomas, Perez has nine long flies this season.
Julia Peters (Monta Vista, Cupertino)
The Matadors’ senior had three hits, including a grand slam, and finished with six RBIs in a 12-9 win over Santa Clara.
Lisa Rodriguez (Heritage, Brentwood)
“My girl pitched pretty well too,” said Heritage coach Ron Rivers to the Cal-Hi Sports Caravan that trudged past the softball field in Brentwood that’s adjacent to the baseball field. While fellow Patriot Paul Blackburn was pitching a no-hitter against Antioch Deer Valley, Rodrigues wasn’t doing too badly next door against the Wolverines’softball team. The New Mexico-bound senior pitcher tossed a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and drove in a run in a 14-0 shutout.
Sierra Romero (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta)
The Ms. Softball State Player of the Year candidate hit three more homers last week to push her season total to 17 and her career total to 42. Romero, who has signed with Michigan, had two blasts in the team’s 9-8 slugfest loss to Saugus.
Kayla Silverstein (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad)
This junior pitcher kept putting up zeroes on the scoreboard before the Mavericks finally scored a run in the ninth inning for a 1-0 victory over Carlsbad. She allowed just two hits while striking out nine in the Avocado West League contest.
Juli Strange (Hart, Newhall)
University of Maryland-bound slugger had five home runs (13RBI, 7R) last week in four games but two came in a loss to Canyon of Canyon Country. Strange also had 13 RBIs and seven runs for the week.
Kristina Valle (Madera South)
She was perfect at the plate as she went 4-for-4 and hit two home runs and had six RBIs in a 12-7 win over Reedley.
Carlee Wallace (Francis Parker, San Diego)
Driving herself around the bases, she hit for the cycle in 19-1 Coastal League win over Escondido Charter.
Madeline Wilen (Ridgeview, Bakersfield)
She went 4-for-4 at the plate with two of the hits going for homers as the Wolfpack beat Golden Valley of Bakersfield 12-1.
Tonia Wu (San Dieguito, Encinitas)
Nearly perfect in the circle, this junior allowed two hits while striking out 10 and at the plate she was perfect as she went a 5-for-5 in a 18-0 win against Canyon Crest of San Diego.
Courtney Ziese (Canyon, Canyon Country)
Ziese was a beast as she had three homers and five RBIs in two games last week that also gave her four homers and seven RBIs in her last three outings. The senior will play next year at Georgia Tech.