SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

Two of this week’s SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week, Maddie Rey of Clovis West (Fresno State) & Logan Reddemann of Quartz Hill (Univ of San Diego), also both have D1 scholarships. Photos: Clovis West Softball &

One of the goals of this feature is to uncover talent for the statewide stage for those who may only have gotten local kudos, and this week we have more than one of those as players being honored. Our stops this week are in Quartz Hill and Thermal in Southern California, and in Northern California we visit Watsonville and Fresno.

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Notes: For these honors, we consider CIF Central Section players for Northern California. To nominate anyone, email

Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Baseball Player of the Week

Logan Reddemann (Quartz Hill) Sr.

We head to the high desert and land just southwest of Lancaster in Quartz Hill to honor our Southern California Baseball Player of the Week, and this week’s award winner has been showing solid prowess both on the mound and at the plate so far this season with last week being a perfect example.

The Royals’ right-handed pitcher, who according to has a fastball that tops out at 90-miles per hour, had the heater humming in a 3-0 victory over Valencia after the 6-foot-1, 170-pound University of San Diego-bound senior tossed a two-hitter with a walk and 12 strikeouts. Reddemann also drove in the only run he needed in the victory.

To start the week, and while playing shortstop, Reddeman drove in three runs with a triple and a double and he also scored twice in 15-0 Golden League victory over Knight of nearby Palmdale. Logan then had an RBI and a run scored in a 14-4 non-league win against Ventura. He didn’t have a hit in the second game last week against Knight, but he did score twice in an 11-1 victory.

Reddemann has had several more stellar starts on the mound but his best outing may have been in a 17-0 win over Palmdale. The game was a mercy-shortened five-inning affair but Logan was perfect after retiring all 15 batters he faced and he fanned 11 of them.

So far this season for the 15-3 Royals, entering this week, Reddemann stood at 5-1 with a 0.18 ERA and 56 strikeouts and only 13 hits and four walks in 40 innings pitched.

At the plate Reddeman had a .408 batting average with a triple, eight doubles, 13 RBI and 18 runs scored.

Jolene Miramontes of Coachella Valley also has shined for the Desert Thunder travel ball program. Photo:

Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Softball Player of the Week

Jolene Miramontes
(Coachella Valley, Thermal) Jr.

The search for the Southern California Softball Player of the Week takes us southeast of Palm Springs around 10 miles north of the Salton Sea to Thermal where our honoree has been as thermally hot recently in the circle and at the plate for Coachella Valley High as it gets in the summer in the Coachella Valley.

Last week, in a mercy-shortened 21-0 Desert League blowout of host Twentynine Palms, Jolene had a pretty keen eye at the plate after going 5-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI. In the circle, Miramontes was just as dominant after pitching a 1-hitter with a walk and 10 strikeouts.

Three days later at home against Twentynine Palms, and in a 6-0 victory, Miramontes threw a 3-hitter with 15 strikeouts. With bat in hand she walked and scored the only run she would need in the win.

On Monday of this week, and in a 13-0 mercy-shortened league win over nearby Cathedral City, Jolene pitched a 1-hitter with two walks and 11 strikeouts. As a batter, Miramontes hit a two-run home run.

So far this season for the 15-4 Mighty Arabs, and heading into a Thursday game at Cathedral City, Miramontes, who according to her profile is just as proficient in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA as she is on the softball field, is 12-3 with a 1.19 ERA, she has 132 strikeouts and only 19 walks in 70.1 innings pitched. On top of that, Jolene has three no-hitters and a perfect game. At the plate, Miramontes is hitting .475 with three home runs, seven doubles, 28 RBI and 30 runs scored.

The 132 strikeouts is tied for the top reported mark in the state and is tops in the CIF Southern Section.

Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Softball Player of the Week

Maddie Rey (Clovis West, Fresno) Sr.

The search for the Northern California Softball Player of the Week takes us to Fresno and the heart of The Valley, as the locals like to call the CIF Central Section, and this gives us the opportunity to remind readers that for all Player of the Week features for all sports, girls and boys, the Central Section is considered Northern California.

At Clovis West, we find a Fresno State-committed senior slugger who has had a hot bat all season for the Golden Eagles.

In a mercy-shortened five-inning 12-1 win over visiting Buhach Colony of Atwater last week, Rey led the way and showed no personal mercy after she blasted two home runs and had eight RBI and two runs scored.

So far this season entering this week, the Golden Eagles’ third sacker was second on the team with a .419 batting average, she was leading the team in home runs and RBI with four and 17, respectively, and Maddie was second with 11 runs scored.

Of note in her Fresno State signing mini bio, it stated Rey is a two-sport star athlete after also lettering in volleyball. Maddie was second team in the rugged Tri-River Athletic Conference last season and it’s a good bet she’ll be on first team for this year.

Joseph Keldsen is a hitting, pitching and fielding standout from a Monte Vista Christian squad that won a CIF NorCal divisional title last season. Photo:

Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Baseball Player of the Week

Joseph Keldsen (Monte Vista Christian, Watsonville) Sr.

Santa Cruz County and a little less than 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in the city of Watsonville and at Monte Vista Christian is where we find our Northern California Baseball Player of the Week.

Keldsen, a senior right-handed pitcher who plays shortstop when he’s not on the mound, was firing on all cylinders last week in a 3-1 win over Rancho San Juan of Salinas. About the only gaffe Joseph had was that on the one hit he gave up it was a home run.

On Monday of this week, Keldsen had a home run of his own, a three-run home run in a 20-2 shellacking of San Jose Gunderson. With the win, the Mustangs, who last season won the CIF Northern California D5 championship, also improved to 10-1.

In his previous start, Keldsen tossed a five-inning no-hitter with five strikeouts and a walk in a 14-0 win over crosstown Watsonville. He was also 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored.

So far this season for the Mustangs entering this week, Keldsen was hitting .429 with three home runs, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored.

On the mound he was 4-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 57 strikeouts and only seven hits allowed in 27.2 innings pitched. The 56 strikeouts has been tied for the No. 15 reported mark in the state and tied for tops in the CIF Central Coast Section.

Harold Abend is the associate editor of and the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association. He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend

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