Ms. Softball State POY Randi Roelling from Central Catholic of Modesto plus two each from NorCal No. 1 team Hollister and SoCal No. 1 Pacifica of Garden Grove lead the way on this elite first team that wraps up the 40th edition of the Cal-Hi Sports all-state softball teams. All first team players are featured in this post. We also have a second team and a third team in a separate post.
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Congratulations to these players who’ve been named first team overall for the 40th edition of the Cal-Hi Sports all-state softball honors program:
FIRST TEAM OVERALL CATCHERS
Jasmyn Burns (Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta) Jr.
The Ohio State-bound Burns repeats as a first team all-state catcher. She was the lead player for a Rams’ squad that was among the best in the state with a 24-4-1 final record and appearance in the CIF Southern Section D1 semifinals. Jasmyn’s power numbers for RBI were slightly down from her 2022 totals, but her homers (15 compared to 13) were higher. She also batted .411 this season with 45 RBI and 11 doubles. Her career total for home runs (32) also easily qualifies for a spot in our all-time state record list.
Ava Gall (El Capitan, Lakeside) Sr.
After gaining all-state medium schools honors last season, Gall moves up to the top team as a result of the senior season she enjoyed. She wasn’t on the medium schools team again as El Cap was in the San Diego Section Open Division and went to the semifinals (making the team large schools). Signed by Stanford, Ava came through this season for 54 hits and a .535 average to go with very strong defensive skills. She also had 35 RBI, eight homers and 10 doubles. She already has been named to the all-section team.
Delaina Ma’ae (Pacifica, Garden Grove) Jr.
She was regarded as the No. 1 player on our board from the team that won the CIF Southern Section D1 championship. Ma’ae, who has not yet committed to a college but has major offers, led the Mariners with her .440 batting average. The first team All-CIFSS D1 choice also had five homers and 26 RBI.
Addie Mettler (Pitman, Turlock) Sr.
Always known as one of the top catchers nationally for the Class of 2023, Addie matched that status on the high school field this season, raising her batting average from .493 as a junior to .536 and also getting 23 RBI and six homers. The MVP of the Central California Conference now adds first team all-state honors. Addie has been a favorite of Extra Inning Softball publisher and our former colleague, Brentt Eads, for a long time. She was adopted at age two by Turlock residents Greg and April Mettler and it’s a great story since the Mettlers are white and Addie is black. Brentt also had adoptive parents so he can relate. Pitman High fans are familiar with it as well since their greatest athlete alum, Colin Kaepernick, has a similar background with adoptive parents. Addie also had a 4.6 GPA at the school and will be taking all of her talents to UCLA.
Sofia Mujica (Granite Hills, El Cajon) Jr.
Written up just behind a UCLA recruit for the Class of 2023 is Sofia, who has committed to the Bruins but still has another year of high school to go. Mujica is actually a repeater for all-state first team. She continued to add on to her career home run total with 15 more homers this season after bombing for 17 as a freshman and then 15 last season. Sofia already has broken the CIF San Diego Section record for career homers with 47 and needs 13 more next season to tie the Cal-Hi Sports state record of 60 set in 2015 by Tannon Snow of Chino Hills. She also batted .457 this season with 29 RBI.
FIRST TEAM OVERALL PITCHERS
Meika Lauppe (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) Sr.
The CIF Northern Section lands a rare first team all-state selection with Meika getting up there this year. As a pure pitcher, she’s been one of the best in California no matter how small her school is. East Nicolaus, however, has been playing a competitive schedule for several years and this year’s team only lost two games and was in the CIF NorCal D2 playoffs. Lauppe already has been named MVP for the section and finished with a 22-2 record in the circle with a 0.30 ERA. She didn’t give up a run until just before the playoffs in a 1-0 loss to Sutter. Lauppe, who also hit for a .353 average, also went 20-1 last season with a 0.81 ERA to go with this year’s totals. She struck out 408 batters in the two seasons as well with just 33 walks. Meika will pitch next at Arizona State.
Sophia Mariottini (Hollister) Sr.
Despite not having that power arm that the D1 colleges are after, Mariottini ended the season as the No. 1 player on the No. 1 team in the state. She showed she could pitch to contact — often with pop ups — against the best of the best, including 16 scoreless innings in a row against a St. Francis of Mountain View squad that was State Team of the Year in 2022. Sophia ended the season at 30-2 overall and a 1.59 ERA. She only walked 28 batters in 171 1/3 innings. We didn’t put her on as multi-purpose, but Mariottini also batted .414 for the Haybalers with two homers, two triples and eight doubles. She will play next at Molloy University in New York.
(St. Francis, Mountain View) Jr.
The Lancers have two strong pitchers with Munnerlyn and junior Shannon Keighran, but it was Kate who had the most impressive season (both were on all-state underclass). Although St. Francis lost in its two playoff games to Hollister, the Lancers still finished No. 5 in the final state rankings and in those two games Munnerlyn didn’t give up an earned run. She was named the Bay Area News Group Player of the Year. Munnerlyn, who we also recall shutting down the very potent lineup at Sacramento Sheldon as a sophomore, ended her junior season at 16-3 with a 0.55 ERA. She also had 171 strikeouts in 114 innings. Munnerlyn has committed to Texas A&M.
Mia Nishikawa (Central, Fresno) Sr.
Pitching as the ace for the team that won the CIF Central Section D1 title and lost in an extra inning game to St. Francis of Mountain View in the NorCal D1 semifinal nets Mia a first team all-state slot. She began the season with 19 strikeouts in a win over Arroyo Grande and ended it with 12 in the loss to the Lancers in nine innings. For the season, the St. Mary’s-bound Nishikawa went 17-4 with a 0.99 ERA and she had 189 strikeouts in 120 2/3 innings.
Randi Roelling (Central Catholic, Modesto) Sr.
Her perfect game and two-run homer to end the season that gave the Raiders a CIF NorCal D3 title was just enough to push her to the top of the final State Player of the Year pecking order. Roelling, who is headed to Cal, also capped a standout prep career. For the season, she led the state with 375 strikeouts to go with a 21-3 record and 0.59 ERA. At the plate, Randi blasted seven homers with 27 RBI and had a .361 batting average.
Berkley Vance (Los Alamitos) Sr.
One of the reasons for Berkley getting a first team all-state spot was her performance at the Michelle Carew Classic. She pitched the Griffins to a win in the title game over St. Francis of Mountain View and was MVP. She also helped Los Al go to the CIFSS D1 semifinals. Vance, who has signed with Seattle, had 122 strikeouts in 115 innings. Her ERA of 2.06 was higher than some others, but Los Al played probably the toughest schedule of any team in the nation.
Brianne Weiss (Lutheran, Orange) Jr.
Already named as the Orange County Register Pitcher of the Year, Weiss steps up to the first team after an impressive junior season. She was 7-0 with four shutouts in the very strong Trinity League and also had great numbers overall. She was 13-3 with a 0.79 ERA and had 185 strikeouts in 106 2/3 innings. Weiss committed to Notre Dame last fall and still looks solid for the Irish.
FIRST TEAM OVERALL INFIELD
Giselle Alvarez (Los Alamitos) Sr.
With several of the highest ranked teams in the state each getting two players on first team all-state, Giselle clearly had to be one of the two from Los Al. She was MVP of the Sunset League and has been All-CIFSS D1 and All-Orange County. Signed by Washington, Alvarez also led the squad with eight homers and was rock-solid at third base.
Anahi Arreola (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Sr.
Already named as the Ventura County Star and L.A. Times Player of the Year but mysteriously left off of the All-CIF Southern Section D1 team, Arreola was an easy choice to be first team all-state. All she did was lead the state with 20 homers, which helped the CIF SoCal D1 runner-up break the Cal-Hi Sports state record of 68 homers in one season by one team. Arreola, who hit 11 round-trippers for the Lions as a junior when then won the CIF SoCal D1 title and were No. 2 in the final state rankings, also hit .514 this season with 56 hits and 60 RBI. She will play next at Cal State Monterey Bay.
Kaniya Bragg (Pacifica, Garden Grove) Jr.
A highly regarded prospect since her freshman season, Bragg has committed to UCLA. She is an offensive force getting on base and scoring runs and makes all of the plays for the Griffins on defense. Bragg led the CIFSS D1 champs in runs scored with 34 and had a .545 on-base percentage. She’s already been All-CIFSS D1 and All-Orange County.
Alyssa Hovermale (Norco) Sr.
If the Cougars had been able to win the CIFSS D1 title instead of falling in the final to Garden Grove Pacifica and Alyssa had had a big game, she easily could have been the Inland Empire Player of the Year and a stronger candidate for State Player of the Year. Still, the University of Florida-bound national recruit had a superb senior season. She led the team in batting average at .488, tied for the team lead in RBI with 46 and was second in homers with eight.
(Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Sr.
While teammate Anahi Arreola was left off of the All-CIFSS D1 team, Justine was not. We found room for both on first team. Lambert also was the Marmonte League MVP as she led the Lions in hits with 60. She also had a .508 batting average, drove in 27 runs, scored 51 runs and stole 10 bases. Last Feb. 1, Justine joined others from Oaks Christian signing letters of intent. She signed hers with Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Mia Phillips (Hollister) Jr.
Once it looked like SoCal teams like Pacifica, Norco, Los Alamitos and Orange Lutheran would all get two all-state first team picks, it only made sense that State Team of the Year Hollister should have two as well. Pitcher Sophia Mariottini was one for sure and it seemed clear to us that Phillips was the second. It didn’t take long in seeing the Haybalers play to see how much of a great infield defender she is and she is a player who has committed to Cal. In the lineup, Mia led the team in RBI with 41, she was third in runs scored with 33 and she was third in hits with 41.
Jazmin Williams (Steele Canyon, Spring Valley) Sr.
It was a huge senior season for the Cal State Fullerton-bound Williams. She smacked around for power and on-base percentage. Her total of 59 hits will make it into our single-season state records and her batting average of .596 against solid competition also stands out. Jazmin also had 11 homers, 45 RBI and 39 runs scored. She already has been selected at the CIF San Diego Section player of the year by a media panel.
FIRST TEAM OVERALL OUTFIELD
Taelyn Holley (Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta) Soph.
The one game that put this super soph over the top to make a spot on this team was hitting for the cycle when the Rams won a slugfest, 12-11, over Huntington Beach in the CIFSS D1 playoffs. Holley already was having a great season prior to that accomplishment. Setting the table effectively for senior all-state catcher Jasmyn Burns and others all year, Holley led the 24-4-1 Rams with 40 hits, 43 runs and 15 steals. She also batted .476 and showed she could occasionally pop one out the yard with seven home runs.
Kai Minor (Lutheran, Orange) Soph.
Last season’s State Freshman of the Year wasn’t the sophomore of the year because we had one who led her team to the CIF SoCal D1 title. Minor, however, repeats on first team all-state and is one of just two sophomores on first team. Her batting average wasn’t as high, but she still hit .430 and stole 24 bases for a Lancers’ team that went unbeaten in the Trinity League and was in the top 10 of the state rankings all season. Kai also was Trinity League MVP, first team All-Orange County and All-CIFSS D1.
Ella Parker (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) Sr.
For almost 40 percent of her at-bats this season, Parker was pitched to very carefully and wound up with 34 walks. Despite those totals, the Oklahoma-bound slugger still blasted 14 homers and had a .667 batting average in 23 games. She already has been named L.A. Daily News Player of the Year and was considered a finalist for State Player of the Year. The niece of L.A. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also also had 34 hits, 27 RBI and 41 runs scored. Her career total of 43 homers also ranks as among the best in CIFSS and state history.
Regan Shockey (Chino Hills) Sr.
Chino Hills had two outstanding players with Regan and senior teammate Samantha Bland, but we were only able to get one of them first team (Samantha is on second). Shockey is headed to Arizona, doesn’t hit for power like Bland does, but had a .520 batting average this season with 39 hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs, five triples and one homer. Regan had 52 hits as a junior and a .547 average. She was on the L.A. Times All-Star team and has been ranked as high as No. 18 in the nation by Extra Inning Softball.
Taylor Shumaker (Esperanza, Anaheim) Jr.
One of those who contributes to these all-state teams through email exchanges is Eric-Paul Johnson of the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He ranks Shumaker as the best player he saw this last season and she’s not in his coverage area. She has that combination of speed, power and defensive prowess that is hard to beat. Taylor, who has committed to Florida, smashed 12 homers this spring with a .471 batting average and 30 RBI. She also stole 15 bases and scored 41 runs. Plus, she’s a holdover from Esperanza’s No. 1 team in the state from 2021.
FIRST TEAM OVERALL MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)
Miali Guachino (Great Oak, Temecula) Jr.
Our State Junior of the Year and the Riverside Press-Enterprise Player of the Year wraps up her honors season with a no-brainer first team all-state listing. Miali (pronounced MY-lee) wasn’t in the lead for either honor until the CIFSS D2 playoffs got going where she led the Wolf Pack to the title with dominant pitching and power hitting. Guachino had a no-hitter with 20 strikeouts in the semifinals vs Moorpark and in the finals she had 18 strikeouts vs Grand Terrace. For the season, the Ole Miss commit had a 15-4 record with a 0.57 ERA and 280 strikeouts in 135 innings. She had two homers in another playoff win vs Arcadia.
Ryan Maddox (Clovis North, Fresno) Sr.
Regarded as the No. 1 player from the CIF Central Section for the last three seasons, Ryan was another no-brainer first-team pick for all-state. She was the preseason favorite for State Player of the Year and was the 2022 State Junior of the Year, but a second straight first round CIF section playoff loss to Stockdale of Bakersfield gave room for others to go higher. Ryan was still chosen as the Gatorade State Player of the Year. She had a 21-1 record this season with a 0.64 ERA and 281 strikeouts in 152 innings. As a batter, Maddox also had .420 average with 28 runs scored. She had a 62-5 career record in the circle and a .433 career batting average. Ryan will play next at Arizona.
Mya McGowan (Poway) Soph.
The two-way standout for the Titans led them to a 29-3 record and the CIF SoCal D1 championship. She already has been selected Pitcher of the Year for the San Diego Section and State Sophomore Player of the Year. Ranked as one of the top college prospects nationally in her class, McGowan had a 19-1 pitching record with a 1.01 ERA plus 125 strikeouts in 131 2/3 innings. She also batted .310 with nine homers and 27 RBI.
Mya Perez (Norco) Sr.
We’re listing Mya in the multi-purpose category since she did do a lot of pitching for the Cougars over the last two seasons. She was the Inland Empire Player of the Year as a junior and despite not being considered the leading all-state candidate this season off of the very talented Norco roster behind teammate Alyssa Hoverdale, she was definitely strong enough to repeat as a first team all-state selection. Perez, who will play next at Texas A&M, hit 13 homers this season and she has won a home run derby that also included all-time great college player Jocelyn Alo.
Zoe Prystajko (Huntington Beach) Jr.
A little bit better of a playoff run could have landed Zoe State Player of the Year honors. Regardless, she was the Orange County Register Player of the Year. Her most memorable outing probably was the one-hitter she pitched to go with a home run to give the Oilers a win over previously unbeaten Oaks Christian in the title game of the Best of the West tourney in Santa Maria. For the season, Prystajko had 175 strikeouts in the circle in 99 2/3 innings with a 13-3 record and 1.68 ERA. She also had 10 homers with her bat to go with a .442 average and 30 RBI. Zoe has committed to Stanford.
Kailani Tatro (Pinole Valley, Pinole) Sr.
Playing for her dad, Jason, Kailani had a remarkable season and career for 29-2 Pinole Valley. The team won a CIF North Coast Section title, but then lost in the CIF NorCal D3 playoffs to Ponderosa (Shingle Springs). Despite that loss, Tatro did more than enough on offense and in the circle to grab one of the final top 30 overall all-state slots. She wasn’t the Bay Area News Group Player of the Year, but was the San Francisco Chronicle’s Metro Player of the Year. Kailani pitched in every game (29-2) and had 277 strikeouts to go with a 0.77 ERA. She also ended with 74 career pitching wins with a 1.34 career ERA and 783 career strikeouts. At the plate, Tatro had a .538 average with 49 hits, 22 doubles and four homers. Her career totals included 149 hits, 130 RBI, 53 doubles and 12 homers. She will play next at Robert Morris University.