All-State Softball: Medium, Small

There are some great catchers on the all-state medium schools team, led by Florida-bound Janell Wheaton of San Dimas. She also was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year after batting .617 with 44 RBI. Photo: Student Sports.

There are some great catchers on the all-state medium schools team, led by Florida-bound Janell Wheaton of San Dimas. She also was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year after batting .617 with 44 RBI. Photo: Student Sports.


Announcement of the various 2014 all-state teams for baseball and softball marches on with the best of the best for medium schools and small schools in softball.

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The only school with three first-team choices on this year’s Cal-Hi Sports all-state softball teams for medium schools or small schools is Taft.

The Wildcats, who were No. 1 in the final Division IV state rankings with a 36-2 record and three straight CIF Central Section Division IV titles, were rewarded with three first team honorees on the all-state team for small schools.

Taft’s top two of catcher Caitlyn Emberson and pitcher Arizona Pilgrim were easy choices. Emberson, a junior, blasted away for a .587 average with 11 homers and 66 RBI. Pilgrim, also a junior, was the ace in the circle. She went 30-2 with a 0.76 ERA. Joining them as a first team all-stater is senior third baseman Haylee Tracy, who knocked in 51 runs and batted .505.

Alhambra of Martinez, which was regarded as Division II for the state rankings but qualified for medium schools, had two players on the all-state medium schools first team with one more on second team.

Also gaining a pair all-state picks for medium schools was Division III State Team of the Year St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs, CIF Central Coast Section Division III champion Notre Dame of Salinas, CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion Oakdale, CIF Southern Section Division III powerhouse North of Torrance and CIF Sac-Joaquin Section contender Pacheco of Los Banos.

Here are the 2014 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Teams for Medium Schools and Small Schools (Note: Players from teams that were considered Division IV or Division V for our state rankings are considered small schools. For medium schools, it would be players from teams eligible for the Division III state rankings plus some from Division II):

Ashleigh Hughes of Antelope was ranked as among the top 50 college prospects in the nation at the start of the season and backed it up by hitting .532 with 24 RBI. She'll play next at Arizona. Photo: Student Sports.

Ashleigh Hughes of Antelope was ranked as among the top 50 college prospects in the nation at the start of the season and backed it up by hitting .532 with 24 RBI. She’ll play next at Arizona. Photo: Student Sports.


Medium Schools First Team Catchers

Rachael Metzger (Garces, Bakersfield) Sr.
Jenavee Peres (Garden Grove) Sr.
Lauren Sanders (Oakdale) Sr.
Janell Wheaton (San Dimas) Sr.
Taylor White (Chaminade, West Hills) Sr.

Medium Schools First Team Pitchers

Natalie Calderas (Jurupa Hills, Fontana) Sr.
Rachel Garcia (Highland, Palmdale) Jr.
Whitney Jones (Santa Monica) Jr.
Koreen Orozco (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs) Sr.
Sydni Overly (North, Torrance) Sr.
Allie Walljasper (Sierra, Manteca) Sr.

Medium Schools First Team Infield

Destiney Henderson (Kaiser, Fontana) Sr.
Ashleigh Hughes (Antelope) Sr.
Sarah Muzik (Notre Dame, Salinas) Jr.
Kylee Perez (Alhambra, Martinez) Sr.
Aria Pogni (Tamalpais, Mill Valley) Sr.
Amanda Sanchez (Bishop Amat, La Puente) Sr.
Alex Sotomayor (Chavez, Delano) Sr.
Taylor VanZee (Hemet) Sr.
Kamryn Watts (Torrance) Sr.

Medium Schools First Team Outfield

Arianna Barton (Pacheco, Los Banos) Sr.
Cherish Burks (East Union, Manteca) Jr.
Lovie Lopez (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs) Sr.
Elise McCarthy (Monrovia) Sr.
Aireal Sakasegawa (Notre Dame, Salinas) Sr.
Karlee Sparacino (Alhambra, Martinez) Fr.
Kora Wade (Temescal Canyon, Lake Elsinore) Jr.

Allie Walljasper from Sierra of Manteca is headed to LSU after being named as the Modesto Bee's Player of the Year. She has been among the top players in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section since she was a freshman. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

Allie Walljasper from Sierra of Manteca is headed to LSU after being named as the Modesto Bee’s Player of the Year. She has been among the top players in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section since she was a freshman. Photo: Paul Muyskens.


Medium Schools First Team Multi-Purpose (Pitch, Hit)

Caitlin Brooks (Burbank) Jr.
Angelica Dark (Pioneer, Woodland) Jr.
Jamie Wren (La Serna, Whittier) Jr.

Medium Schools Second Team
(15 players; alphabetical)

Steffi Best (Palos Verdes, PV Estates) Soph. MP
Harlee Donovan (Half Moon Bay) Sr. C
Cynthia Duenas (Pinole Valley, Pinole) INF Sr.
Amanda Flores (Santa Fe, Santa Fe Springs) Sr. INF
Kaylee Gemmell (Beaumont) Sr. INF
Kindra Hackbarth (Oakdale) Soph. OF
Amber Hoffman (Clairemont, San Diego) Jr. OF
Joelle Krist (Petaluma) Jr. INF
Briana Perez (Alhambra, Martinez) Fr. OF
Macauley Prickett (Terra Linda, San Rafael) Sr. INF
Gia Rodoni (Pacheco, Los Banos) Jr. P
Jamie Sugimoto (Soquel) Jr. INF
Breanna Timmons (Righetti, Santa Maria) Sr. INF
Taylor Troost (Citrus Valley, Redlands) Jr. P
Bryanna Ybarra (North, Torrance) Sr.

Small Schools First Team Catchers

Caitlyn Emberson (Taft) Jr.
Alexis Parker (Rio Hondo Prep, Arcadia) Sr.

Small Schools First Team Pitchers

Zoe Conley (Salesian, Richmond) Sr.
Allie Hotetz (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Jr.
Cielo Meza (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) Jr.
Noelle Miranda (Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro) Jr.
Arizona Pilgrim (Taft) Jr.
Marina Vitalich (Mary Star, San Pedro) Jr.

Zoe Casas of Aquinas is on the small schools team once again and also has already been chosen all-state underclass again. Her career batting average with one more season to go stands at .664 on 184 hits. Photo: Student Sports.

Zoe Casas of Aquinas is on the small schools team once again and also has already been chosen all-state underclass again. Her career batting average with one more season to go stands at .664 on 184 hits. Photo: Student Sports.


Small Schools First Team Infield

MacKenzie Babbit (Hughson) Jr.
Meghan Bradbury (Salesian, Richmond) Jr.
Ursyla Baumgarten (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma) Sr.
Lindsey Dietz (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) Sr.
Sarah Guillen (Pomona Catholic) Sr.
Bradi Kooyman (Elliot Christian, Lodi) Soph.
Chase LeeHong (Santa Catalina, Monterey) Sr.
Grayce Majam (Mountain Empire, Pine Valley) Sr.
Tara McIntyre (Wheatland) Sr.
Sabrina Moreno (Bishop’s, La Jolla) Jr.
Haylee Tracy (Taft) Sr.
Kinsley Washington (La Salle, Pasadena) Fr.

Small Schools First Team Outfield

Zoe Casas (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Jr.
Zaria Meshack (St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Vallejo) Sr.
Taylor Pack (Sutter) Jr.
Madison Paige (Ontario Christian) Soph.

Small Schools First Team Multi-Purpose (Pitch, Hit)

Mia Acosta (Bellarmine-Jefferson, Burbank) Sr.
Amanda Garcia (Cantwell Sacred Heart, Montebello) Sr.
Adriana Romero (Academy of Careers & Exploration, Helendale) Fr.
Kailia Searcy (Paraclete, Lancaster) Soph.
Alyssa Stockton (Delhi) Jr.
Lauren Watanabe (Linden) Sr.

Small Schools Second Team
(15 players; alphabetical)

Jazzlyn Ayala-Baca (Hilmar) Sr. INF
Autumn Bartholomy (Pomona Catholic) Sr. INF
Nicole Bell (Justin-Siena, Napa) Jr. INF
Isabella Berouty (Rolling Hills Prep, San Pedro) Jr. MP
Hailey Brogard (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) Soph. MP
Marissa Bruno (Santa Catalina, Monterey) Soph. OF
Clare Dunnegan (Redwood Christian, San Lorenzo) Sr. MP
Jessica Garcia (Hughson) Jr. INF
Tiana Rodriguez (Calvary Chapel, Downey) Soph. C
Ariana Ramos (Ontario Christian) Jr. P
Jennifer Scatlen (Calaveras, San Andreas) Sr. INF
Livy Schiele (Bishop’s, La Jolla) Fr. OF
Kelsea Short (Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro) Sr. INF
Danielle Stusuy-Henderson (Bloomington Christian) Sr. MP
Madison Wright (Valley Christian, Cerritos) Jr. OF

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One Comment

  1. Jamaal K. Street
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to Marina and Nicolle Miranda! Kelsea Short as well. Great job in representing all of San Pedro proudly!

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