Thursday, June 21, 2012
Norco claims national championship
By Mark Tennis and Doug Huff
For a quick answer to the question of why the Norco (Calif.) softball team may have been unmatched in the nation this season, no words are necessary. Just point to the infield. All four positions were manned by players who are headed to major colleges.
The list includes junior Kylie Reed (Cal), junior Taylor Koenig (Tennessee), sophomore Ashley Goodwin (Ohio State) and sophomore Savannah Clark (Colorado State).
The Cougars, of course, also had Nebraska-bound senior Emily Lockman in the circle. She posted a 0.35 ERA and also hit .389 with 33 RBIs. Reed, meanwhile, put her name into the state record book by collecting 66 hits and batted .550.
Norco's girls, plus coach Rick Robinson, picked up their FAB 50 national championship gear during a presentation on Monday. They also obviously top the final FAB 50 rankings of the season, becoming the seventh team from California since 1997 to finish in the top position.
This week's final rankings resulted in just one new team going onto the list -- unbeaten Massachusetts state champ Milford -- and there also were several teams that moved up or down a few notches due to more careful examination of each team's wins and losses.