All-State Softball: Medium, Small

One of those on this year’s Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools First Team is pitcher Janessa Jasso (left) of Dos Palos. She’s a repeater and had 299 strikeouts with a 0.70 ERA in 2018. One of those on the All-State Medium Schools First Team is Alexa Neil of Ramona (right). She’ll go into the state record book with her total of 65 hits this season. Photos: Andrew Kuhn / Merced Sun-Star & mighty1090.com.


The 36th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Teams start out with these players named from schools that were in CIF section playoffs during the 2018 season that made them medium or small school in class. Three schools have two players on first team for the medium classification while only one was able to make that claim for small schools.

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It is possible for a school not to win a CIF section title and still land two players on the Cal-Hi Sports all-state medium schools first team roster. That’s because the school that won in that same section division also has two.

The two schools in that scenario for this year’s all-state medium schools first team were Benicia and Oakdale. Benicia won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title and was led by hot-hitting infielder Amanda Ajari and pitcher Grace French. Both of those players earned first team berths. Oakdale didn’t win the title in that bracket, but had Oklahoma-bound infielder Grace Green and junior pitcher-hitter Lexie Webb, who was the Modesto Bee’s Stanislaus District Player of the Year. It wasn’t a problem to name both Green and Webb as first team medium schools picks because Benicia was going to get two as well.

Newbury Park, which was the final No. 1 team in the D2 state rankings, also has two first team selections in outfielder Serena Huchingson and pitcher Cory Carrillo. Huchingson already has been named the Ventura Star’s Player of the Year while Carrillo already has been named the CIF Southern Section D2 player of the year. West of Torrance, which was the final No. 1 team in the D3 state rankings, has one on the first team and one on the second team for medium schools all-state.

Among the small schools, final D4 state No. 1 Sutter not only has two on first team but also one on second. The Huskies were led by catcher Sam Anderson, the CIF Northern Section Player of the Year (regardless of class), sophomore pitcher-hitter Hailey Peterson and junior infielder Julia Capaul. Anderson and Peterson are both first team with Capaul on second.

The only other small schools able to land more than one player on the annual all-state team were East Nicolaus of Nicolaus, Sierra of Manteca and Calaveras of San Andreas.

Note: Other than a few exceptions, schools that were eligible to be in the Cal-Hi Sports Division IV or Division V state rankings are considered small and those that were in Division II and Division III are medium. In the CIFSS playoffs, D1 is large, D2, D3 and D4 are medium, D5 is mixed with some in medium and some in small, D6 and D7 are small. Also, some schools with large enrollments in lower playoff divisions are too big to be small schools. There also are mixed teams from the CIF Central Coast Section in its D1 (some medium, some large). There is no all-state large schools team, but there is a third team added to the overall teams in which only players from large schools are eligible.

Here are the 2018 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Teams for medium schools and small schools:

Cory Carrillo of Newbury Park delivers pitch during win in CIFSS D2 championship. Photo: Patrick Takkinen / SoCalSidelines.com.


MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM CATCHERS

Kristen Arias (Edison, Fresno) Sr.
Frankie Hammoude (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) Sr.
Sydney Sprinkle (Palm Desert) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM PITCHERS

Cory Carrillo (Newbury Park) Jr.
Grace French (Benicia) Sr.
Chrys Hildebrand (Esperanza, Anaheim) Sr.
Jessica Lopez (Santa Fe, Santa Fe Springs) Sr.
Tessa Magnanimo (Chaminade, West Hills) Jr.
Sadreina Rodriguez (Southwest, El Centro) Sr.
Brenna Smith (M.L. King, Riverside) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM INFIELD

Amanda Ajari (Benicia) Jr.
Denise Armendariz (Patriot, Riverside) Sr.
Kiara Delgado (Buena, Ventura) Sr.
Grace Green (Oakdale) Sr.
Julia Jimenez (Etiwanda) Jr.
Alexa Neil (Ramona) Sr.
Maia Rader (Bella Vista, Fair Oaks) Sr.
Isabel Rocco (Jurupa Hills) Jr.
Mia Santos (Kennedy, Sacramento) Sr.
Julia Scardina (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) Jr.

Leading her team to CIF Central Section D2 title has paid off for Visalia Redwood’s Emily Ibarra. She had three hits in final game and is shown with head coach Bob Rooney. Photo: @Vogni / Twitter.com.


MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM OUTFIELD

Serena Huchingson (Newbury Park) Sr.
Tiare Jennings (St. Anthony, Long Beach) Soph.
Ahi Mattson (Alta Loma) Soph.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
(Hitting/Pitching)

Alicia Estrada (Rio Mesa, Oxnard) Soph.
Emily Ibarra (Redwood, Visalia) Jr.
Carley Morfey (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Sr.
Mailee Newman (West, Torrance) Sr.
Dariana Orme (Vanden, Fairfield) Sr.
Chloe Rivas (Monache, Porterville) Sr.
Lexi Webb (Oakdale) Jr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM CATCHERS

Becca Chung (West, Torrance) Sr.
Alexis Crawford (West Valley, Hemet) Sr.
Alexandra Preston (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM PITCHERS

Crystal Amaral (Don Lugo, Chino) Sr.
Bailey Doherty (Atascadero) Soph.
Vanessa Gonzales (Notre Dame, Salinas) Sr.
Jessica Ross (Calabasas) Sr.
Sidney Sandez (Olympian, Chula Vista) Sr.
Jessica Ullegue (Buena, Ventura) Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM INFIELD

Madison Mendez pitched for Santana of Santee, but it was the 12 homers that she hit that also helped her to gain All-San Diego Section honors. Photo: EastCountySports.com / TRYANPHOTOGRAPHY.


Kayla Bowen (Edison, Fresno) Sr.
Nicole Hammoude (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) Jr.
Sydnee Huff (Yucaipa) Jr.
Stephanie Jimenez (Santa Fe, Santa Fe Springs) Sr.
Madison Kahwaty (Livermore) Sr.
Jordyn Macias (Hanford West, Hanford) Sr.
Janelle Meono (Wilson, Hacienda Heights) Jr.
Savannah Pola (Godinez, Santa Ana) Fr.
Ari Quinones (Mission Hills, San Marcos) Sr.
Hana Suppus (Piner, Santa Rosa) Sr.
Reagan Walsh (South, Torrance) Fr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM OUTFIELD

Brianna Bowers (Napa) Sr.
Haley Fuentes (Moreau Catholic, Hayward) Jr.
Gabriella Williams (Carondelet, Concord) Soph.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
(Hitting/Pitching)

Hailey Garcia (Selma) Sr.
Samantha Garcia (San Dimas) Sr.
Rachel Gordon (Pioneer, Woodland) Sr.
Skylar Johnson (St. Joseph, Santa Maria) Soph.
Madison Mendez (Santana, Santee) Jr.
Alyssa Nunez (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) Sr.
Mariah Ramirez (Sunny Hills, Fullerton) Sr.

Sophomore Helen Hayes from Kern Valley of Lake Isabella has gained small schools statewide honor after striking out 232 batters in 126 innings with four no-hitters and 0.67 ERA. Photo: Donna Harris / Kern Valley Sun.

SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM CATCHERS

Sam Anderson (Sutter) Sr.
Danielle Pasquarillo (Pacific Grove) Sr.
Charisma Romero (Academy of Careers & Exploration, Helendale) Sr.

SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM PITCHERS

Mia Barrozo (Santa Paula) Soph.
Jessie Fontes (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) Soph.
Helen Hayes (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella) Soph.
Janessa Jasso (Dos Palos) Jr.
Hailey Peterson (Sutter) Soph.
Alessandra Samperio (Mary Star, San Pedro) Soph.
Ilana Sullivan (King’s Academy, Sunnyvale) Jr.

Mila Rodriguez from Millennium of Tracy ended her career with several hitting totals that will go into the state record book, including 41 homers and 238 RBI. Photo: Glenn Moore / TracyPress.com.


SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM INFIELD

Corinne Acosta (Exeter) Jr.
Riley Carricaburu (Woodcrest Christian, Riverside) Soph.
Lauryn Carter (Serra, Gardena) Soph.
Silent Rain Espinoza (Christian, El Cajon) Sr.
Katie Fraley (Santa Catalina, Monterey) Sr.
Riley Grigsby (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) Soph.
Carly Lucchetti (Linden) Sr.
Mila Rodriguez (Millennium, Tracy) Sr.
Rachel Warrens (High Tech, San Diego) Jr.

SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM OUTFIELD

Kiyaira Hicks (Adelanto) Jr.
Corrie Phillips (Marlborough, Los Angeles) Sr.
Madison Saunders (Santa Clara, Oxnard) Sr.

SMALL SCHOOLS
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
(Hitting/Pitching)

Tehya Bird (Cloverdale) Fr.
Ashley Daugherty (Templeton) Jr.
Chardae Hoskins (Escalon) Sr.
Jordyn Hutchins (Woodland Christian) Soph.
Sydney Kuma (Washington, Easton) Jr.
Alex Perez (Linfield Christian, Temecula) Sr.
Hailee Riboni (Carnegie Schools, Riverside) Jr.
Lindsey Walljasper (Sierra, Manteca) Sr.

Pitcher Avery Croxall was one of several sophomores who led East Nicolaus to mythical D5 state title. Photo: Facebook.com.


SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM CATCHERS

Alexis Dawe (Calaveras, San Andreas) Jr.
Riley Donovan (Half Moon Bay) Sr.
Charli Hawkins (Anderson) Jr.
Melika Ofoia (John Swett, Crockett) Sr.
Izzy Starr (Mountain House) Jr.

SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM PITCHERS

Raegan Breedlove (Central Valley, Shasta Lake) Soph.
Avery Croxall (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) Soph.
Allison Douglas (Del Norte, Crescent City) Jr.
Jahzell Estrada (Desert Christian Academy, Bermuda Dunes) Sr.
Lola Guevara (Sierra, Manteca) Soph.
Chaynau Johnson (Frazier Mountain, Lebec) Jr.
Ana Leal-Garza (University Prep, Victorville) Sr.

SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM INFIELD

Juliana Capaul (Sutter) Jr.
Noemi Farfan (Calvary Christian Academy, Chula Vista) Sr.
Taylor Galyean (West Valley, Cottonwood) Sr.
Kaitlyn Hawkins (Ontario Christian) Soph.
Keelie Koepp (Calaveras, San Andreas) Soph.
Olivia O’Neal (La Reina, Thousand Oaks) Sr.
Bobbiann Pratt (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Soph.
Alicia Terrado (Rancho Mirage) Jr.

SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM OUTFIELD

Cleo Smith (Etna) Soph.
Anabella Strauch (Escalon) Jr.
Vivian Wheeler (Poly, Pasadena) Jr.

SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE

Caroline Evans (St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda) Fr.
Kaitlyn Maddux (Bear River, Lake of the Pines) Sr.
Devyn Netz (Maranatha, Pasadena) Soph.
Kadyn Smith (Bakersfield Christian) Fr.
Allison Stogner (Rosemont, Sacramento) Sr.
Vivian Valencia (Marina) Jr.
Aubrie Walker (Coalinga) Soph.

State Medium Schools
Player of the Year:
Mailee Newman (West, Torrance)

State Small Schools
Player of the Year:
Lindsey Walljasper (Sierra, Manteca)

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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One Comment

  1. Daniel Manney
    Posted October 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Karli Manney who will be a Junior this year for Palm Desert High School just finished playing in the 16U PGF Nationals where her team finished 4th. (Impact Gold Middlebrook). The team finished the year ranked 6th in the COUNTRY! she will be continuing her play with the 26th Ranked team in the Country this year with Easton Preps 16U Hansen.

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