Here are The Bee's Softball First Team and Honorable Mention selections for 2012.
She's qualified because: Working her way back from offseason knee surgery, Alvara came on strong down the stretch, knocking in 19 runs in her last 13 games, two in Central's 4-0 win over Clovis West for the Central Section Division I title. Alvara finished at .408 with five doubles, a triple, three homers, 10 runs and 20 RBIs while earning All-Tri-River Athletic Conference honors. "She carried us through the playoffs," Grizzlies coach Scott Gorton said. "She just crushed the ball. Her hard work made her into the player she is." Hit .325 in three varsity seasons with 13 doubles, four homers, 28 runs and 57 RBIs. Plans to play for Arizona Western Community College next season.
She's qualified because: Moved into leadoff spot and produced her best overall season, hitting .391 with 12 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 27 runs and 34 RBIs for County/Metro Athletic Conference runner-up Apaches, earning first-team all-league honors for the second straight season. "She is one of the most dedicated players I've ever coached," Sanger coach Erica Pennington said. "She knows the game. She's always a step ahead and that's really hard to find." Including her freshman season at McQueen-Reno, Bennett is a .339 career hitter with 23 doubles, eight triples, six homers, 62 runs and 90 RBIs. Signed with NCAA Division II Marysville University in St. Louis after a 4.6 GPA at Sanger.
School: Clovis West
Position: Third base
She's qualified because: Developed into one of the most feared hitters in the Tri-River Athletic Conference during her second varsity season, earning all-league honors after hitting .432 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs, 21 RBIs and 28 runs for Central Section Division I runner-up. Also worked to improve her defense and throwing accuracy, making three errors in 99 chances. "She's just a stud as far as hitting the ball," Clovis West co-coach Gary Battles said. "As we got into TRAC play, people didn't even pitch to her often times. And she really came into her own this year defensively." Clark owns a .456 average with 16 doubles, 39 RBIs and 43 runs in two varsity seasons.
Position: First base
Shes qualified because: All-Tri-River Athletic Conference pick helped power school to its first Central Section softball title with run-scoring single in Grizzlies' 4-0 win over Clovis West in the Division I final, capping a season that saw Embrey hit .426 with six doubles, three triples, three home runs, 18 RBIs and 31 runs. Produced .388 average with 25 doubles, 10 triples, four homers, 85 runs and 72 RBIs over four years. "I think she's probably the best hitter to come through Central in my time," Grizzlies coach Scott Gorton said. "And from what I gather from other coaches, she's maybe the best ever to hit at Central. She came through with a lot of clutch hits for us over her career." Headed to Fresno City College.
She's qualified because: Concluded four-year varsity career by hitting .396 with 11 doubles, seven triples, one home run, 11 steals, 29 runs and 25 RBIs for Central Section Division I quarterfinalist Cougars, earning All-Tri-River Athletic Conference and All-Bee honors for the second straight year. "Alissa is so fun to watch play. Her energy and fight are inspiring to everyone around her," Clovis coach Mike Noel said. "I think anyone who saw Alissa play these last four years became a fan. She plays the game with such passion." Hit for fifth-best average (.359) and third-most doubles (31) and triples (14) in storied history of Clovis softball. Also had 82 career runs and 80 RBIs. Signed with UC San Diego.
School: Hanford West
Position: Second base
She's qualified because: Catalyst for Central Section Division III champions, hitting .416 with 33 steals and 40 runs, including a single and run in 4-0 title win over Ridgeview. All-West Yosemite League pick had two doubles, two triples, 19 RBIs and a .960 fielding percentage. "We pitch away to a lot of people," said Hanford West coach Jeff Harger, Hannah's father. "We want the ball hit to her. She anchors the defense for us." A four-year starter, Harger helped Huskies go 86-45-1 with three D-III titles. She hit .327 (122 for 373) during her career with 112 runs. Also successful on 84 of her 87 career steal attempts. Signed with Nevada.
School: El Diamante
She's qualified because: Central Section's winningest pitcher (30-2) also swung one of most potent bats (.468, 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 36 RBIs and 34 runs) for Division I semifinalists, who spent much of the season ranked in national polls. Hard-throwing right-handed tossed 14 shutouts and compiled 1.02 ERA and section-leading 312 strikeouts in 200 innings. "To go 30-2 as a starting pitcher is phenomenal," El Diamante coach Travis Roebuck said. "Theres not a coach out there who would trade anything for that." Bee's Player of the Year in 2011 has hit .391 with 21 homers, 29 doubles, 102 RBIs and 82 runs and gone 78-13 with a 1.21 ERA and 738 strikeouts in 577.2 innings in three seasons. Committed to Cal Poly.
School: Hanford West
She's qualified because: Starred with bat (.469, two doubles, six triples, 24 RBIs, 38 runs, 23 steals) and glove (.967 fielding percentage with one error) to help lead Hanford West to Central Section Division III title. Had three hits and a run in 4-0 title win over Ridgeview. "She can either hit it over your head, hit it past you or lay down a bunt in front of you," Hanford West coach Jeff Harger said. "And she's the best center fielder in the Valley. She covers move ground that anyone. She's made some huge catches and saved us in a lot of big games." Career .364 hitter with 22 doubles, 17 triples, five homers, 117 runs and 86 RBIs while helping Huskies win three D-III titles in four seasons. All-West Yosemite League pick signed with Fresno State.
School: El Diamante
She's qualified because: All-West Yosemite League selection ignited one of Central Section's top offenses, hitting .431 out of the leadoff spot. Speed allowed her to get five doubles and nine triples, steal school-record 22 bases and score 41 runs. Also knocked in 14 runs for Central Section Division I semifinalist and WYL champs, who finished No. 16 in Cal-Hi Sports' state rankings. "She's a very strong young lady," El Diamante coach Travis Roebuck said. "She has the speed to slap, but also the power to drive it. When she hits the ball into the outfield, she can stretch a double into a triple every time." Career average of .407 with 13 triples, 35 steals, 26 RBIs and 64 runs. Committed to Virginia Tech.
School: El Diamante
She's qualified because: All-West Yosemite League pick has raised her production in each of her three seasons. Hit .465 with 12 doubles, two triples, three homers, 33 RBIs and 40 runs for WYL champ and Central Section semifinalists. "When she connects, she drives the ball," El Diamante coach Travis Roebuck said. "And being a lefty, she can drop one down on you or slap one. I'm glad I don't have to pitch to her because I don't know what I'd do with her defensively." Also gold glove-caliber behind plate with no errors in 353 total chances and threw out out 10 of 13 would-be base stealers. Career .432 hitter with 22 doubles, four triples, 70 RBIs and 91 runs in three varsity seasons has committed to Purdue.
She's qualified because: County/Metro Athletic Conference Pitcher of Year helped Madera capture share of league title and reach Central Section Division I quarterfinals with her arm and bat. Went 12-8 with a 1.57 ERA, 131 strikeouts and three shutouts in 129.2 innings and hit .309 with three doubles and 13 RBIs. "She has really improved on her pitch location," Madera coach Judy Shaubach said. "She's very competitive. It's her team. When she's on the mound, the Coyotes win. She did an excellent job." McMillon is 23-19 with a 1.63 ERA and 265 strikeouts in 296.2 innings while hitting .281 in three varsity seasons.
School: Clovis West
She's qualified because: Took over as team's primary pitcher because of injury and delivered 15-7-1 record with a 1.41 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 139.1 innings for Central Section Division I runner-up. Earned third straight All-Tri-River Athletic Conference honor after hitting .387 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 23 RBIs, 38 runs and 19 steals in finale to four-year career. "She has all the tools: strong arm, good range, a leadoff hitter with power," Clovis West co-coach Gary Battles said. "She did everything for us." During last three years, Mills produced 27 doubles, five triples, five homers, 62 RBIs and 81 runs. Signed with Cal State Bakersfield.
School: Hanford West
Position: Pitcher/first base
She's qualified because: All-West Yosemite League pick put together one of best seasons of anyone in the Central Section, hitting .448 with nine doubles, nine home runs and 51 RBIs while going 20-7 with one save, a 1.79 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 172.1 innings as primary pitcher for Division III champs. "She did a heck of a job for us," Hanford West coach Jeff Harger said. "She's not really a pitcher, but she pitches because we ask her to. For a kid to step in and work hard on the mound, and not let her hitting suffer, shows a lot about her character." Hit .328 with 26 doubles, 10 homers and 103 RBIs while going 49-20 with a 1.87 ERA in four-year career that produced three D-III titles. Headed to San Jose State.
She's qualified because: Finished four-year career with 206 hits, tied with former Selma star Andrea Duran for fourth in Central Section history, according to historian Bob Barnett. The Tri-River Athletic Conferences Player of Year for a second straight season hit .530 with five doubles, three triples, a home run, 17 RBIs, 14 steals and 44 runs, and was 11-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 61.2 innings. "She's a huge difference maker," Buchanan coach Dean Gregory said. "She's one of the few kids who's not a pitcher who can totally change a game." Hit .472 in career with 11 doubles, 10 triples, two homers, 60 RBIs, 77 steals and 154 runs. Was 30-5 as a pitcher. Signed with UC San Diego.
She's qualified because: Her .576 average was third-best in Central Section among schools that input their stats on maxpreps.com. Raeber hit for power, too, collecting 16 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 16 RBIs to go with nine steals and 35 runs. Also went 7-14 with one save, 2.73 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 135.2 innings. "She's real aggressive with a good eye for the ball," Hanford coach Donnie Fagundes said. "Being a pitcher, she knows what to expect. She's always in front of the pitch and on top of it, not behind it." Four-time All-West Yosemite League selection signed with Cal State Bakersfield.
Position: First base
She's qualified because: Provided the power for the Tri-River Athletic Conference runner-up and Central Section Division I semifinalist Bears. The all-TRAC pick hit .378, led Buchanan in power categories (seven doubles, four home runs, 29 RBIs) and scored 20 runs. Also went entire season without an error. "She has one of the quickest bats around," Bears coach Dean Gregory said. "Her bat speed through the hitting zone is unreal. That's where she develops such power. She was a major run producer." While Gregory said Rodgers has the talent to play in college, she is choosing not to do so despite drawing interest from Fresno City.
Shes qualified because: Named North Sequoia League Player of Year after helping Washington capture share of first league title in school history. Rodriguez hit .519 with 22 doubles, six home runs, 17 runs and 31 RBIs for Central Section Division IV quarterfinalist. "Dem has a passion for the game that you can see through everything she does. She always plays hard," Washington coach Denise Rich said. "She kept us in games with her bat and defense." Also key contributor to Washingtons only section title (D-IV) in 2010 after transferring from Memorial. Hit .420 with 43 doubles, eight triples, eight homers, 45 runs and 99 RBIs in four varsity seasons. Signed with NCAA Division II University of Mary in North Dakota.
Shes qualified because: Invaluable member of Division I champions did it with her bat (.397, seven doubles, four triples, four home runs, 14 runs, 23 RBIs) while also sporting Central Section's fourth-lowest ERA (0.64) among stats available at maxpreps.com. All-Tri-River Athletic Conference pick went 9-2 with two saves and 94 strikeouts in 87 innings. "She's the hardest-working kid I've ever coached," Grizzlies coach Scott Gorton said. "She spends multiple hours hitting outside of practice, and spends the same amount of time on her pitching." Has hit .373 with 13 doubles, seven triples, four homers, 27 runs and 40 RBIs in two varsity seasons.
School: Liberty-Madera Ranchos
Shes qualified because: North Sequoia League Pitcher of Year went 16-4 with a 1.17 ERA and school single-season record 193 strikeouts for league co-champs after adding riseball to previous arsenal of curve and screwball. Turned up performance in postseason, allowing one run in three games as Liberty won third straight Central Section Division V title in Shevenell's three seasons and school's fourth consecutive crown overall. Pitched two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in 10-0 win over Selma in final. Also hit .338. "Hannah's the first one to practice and the last one off the field, just a workhorse," Liberty co-coach Bob Barber said. "Whatever you tell her needs to be done, she does it." Has 31 wins, 2.02 ERA and 344 strikeouts in three seasons.
Shes qualified because: Emerged as one of Central Section's best pitcher/hitter combos, earning co-MVP honors in Central Sequoia League after going 22-8 with one save, 1.08 ERA, 229 strikeouts and eight shutouts in 187.1 innings, and hitting .438 with nine doubles, one home run, 21 RBIs and 24 runs for Division III semifinalists. Kingsburg coach Eric Erling said Sieger throws nearly 60 mph and mixes six different pitches. "She really thinks her pitches through," Erling said. "I would call her a real technician, just a perfectionist." Sieger has gone 46-13 with a 1.08 ERA and 372 strikeouts in 227 innings and hit .376 with 12 doubles and 42 RBIs in two varsity seasons.
Position: First base
Shes qualified because: Had monster season for Division II quarterfinalists, hitting most home runs (16), producing second-best slugging percentage (1.134), driving in third-most runs (50), scoring seventh-most runs (45) and achieving 11th-best on-base percentage (.607) in Central Section. according to maxpreps.com. All-Country/Metro Athletic Conference selection hit .536 and stole two bases, and produced .984 fielding percentage with four errors on 244 chances. "We pretty much knew if Camery came up with someone on base, we would get a big hit from her," Edison coach Miranda Gonzales said. Plans to play soccer at Fresno City College next season.
Position: Pitcher/first base
Shes qualified because: Blasted school single-season record eight home runs en route to being named County/Metro Athletic Conference Player of Year. Hit .412 with eight doubles, 17 runs and 33 RBIs and was 16-8 with 1.29 ERA, six shutouts and 119 strikeouts in 152.1 innings for CMAC co-champs and Division I quarterfinalists. "Claire is an ideal athlete," Bullard coach Jaime Maxey said. "She's an extremely hard worker, she's smart, a good team player and does her job every day. The results show she's one of the top players in the Valley." Already drawing interest from Division I colleges, Stucker owns .399 average, 19 doubles and nine home runs (tied with Courtney Dale for second in school history) with 28-11 pitching record in two seasons.
Position: Pitcher/second base/first base
Shes qualified because: Having overcome reconstructive surgery twice on her right shoulder, Thompson carried eighth-seeded Marauders to Central Section Division II title, going 3 for 4 with two runs and earning win in 6-4 victory at No. 2 Clovis North hours before graduation. East Yosemite League MVP hit .495 with seven doubles, one triple, one homer, 36 RBIs and 39 runs. Also 15-5 with 2.02 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 125 innings for EYL co-champs after being told she'd never pitch again after second surgery. "Every time she picked up the ball, I knew we were in the game," Monache coach Dave Koontz said. Career .356 hitter with 68 runs and 61 RBIs in four seasons plans to play at Reedley College.
Honorable MentionRebekah Cervantes, Redwood
Brooke Coates, Exeter
Laura Contreras, Bullard
Katelyn Cook, Chowchilla
Cayla Broussard, Clovis
Demi Danell, Central Valley Christian
Mariah Davis, Madera
Danni Devine, Liberty-Madera Ranchos
Olivia Garcia, Fresno
Danielle Emerson, Monache
Jen Estrada, Reedley
Taylor Errotabere, Riverdale
Angela Fausone, Bullard
Andrea Flores, Selma
Riley Krause, Buchanan
Sammy Jauregui, Lindsay
Stevi Johnson, El Diamante
Samantha Mendoza, Washington
Dana Moritz, Clovis
Bailey Osmer, Caruthers
Marissa Rendon, Fowler
Karly Sheesley, Clovis North
Cassandra Tamez, Exeter
Rainie Thiessen, Clovis West
Vicki Trevino, Lemoore
Cassidy Vlot, Chowchilla
Samantha Vlot, Chowchilla
Latique Walton, McLane