Clovis News: Sports

Valley softball stars land all-state honors

Bee Player of the Year Click to read storyKelsey Dodd of Buchanan High and Click to read storyMelissa Davin of Clovis East were named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State softball team.

Dodd helped the Bears reach the Central Section Division I championship game by batting .455 with 20 doubles, four triples, 36 runs and 35 RBIs. The junior first baseman slugged .736 as Buchanan went 32-4 overall and finished No. 17 in Cal-Hi's final state poll.

Davin, a two-time Bee All-Star at shortstop, batted .537 with 51 hits, eight doubles, six triples, 32 runs, 13 RBIs and 27 steals. She'll play at Tennessee next season.

Click to read storyWashington's Tori Rich and Click to read storyClovis West's Leesa Gresham made the second team. Rich finished her career as the Central Section's career hits leader with 218, including 63 this season while batting .594. The Ohio State-bound Gresham hit .385 with 33 RBIs while going 8-5 with a 0.77 ERA on the mound.

Making the third team were Click to read storyEmily Cloyes of Lemoore and Edison's Carissa Trujillo. Cloyes went 12-5 with a 0.91 ERA in 115 innings while hitting .360. Trujillo, the County/Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year, hit .429 with 30 RBIs.

Members of the All-California Medium Schools Team included Exeter infielder Niki Zeibak and multipurpose player Click to read storyBreanna Young of Hanford West. Zeibak hit .611 this past season while finishing as the Monarchs' career leader in hits (152), average (.515) and steals (111). Young earned West Yosemite League MVP honors while hitting .411 and going 19-4 with a 0.96 ERA, leading the Huskies to the Central Section Division III title.

Pitchers Click to read storyKayla Barber of Liberty-Madera Ranchos and Liz Isaak of Immanuel, infielder Click to read storyDemi Walker of Corcoran and outfielder Rich made the All-Small Schools Team. Barber was named North Sequoia League MVP, Isaak was the Central Sequoia League MVP and Walker was a two-time East Sequoia League MVP.

Dodd was the only local to make the All-Underclass first team. Her Buchanan teammate, Click to read storyinfielder Bailey O'Dell, made the second team, along with Young and El Diamante freshman Sierra Hyland.