All-District softball team

06/28/2008 2:15 AM

06/28/2008 2:19 AM

P DESI MALDONADO

Davis junior

All-district repeater led Davis to MMC title and fifth-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section D-I tourney. Not only was she the Spartans' ace, she was team's motivational leader and threw a perfect game.

P COURTNEY RAMOS

Hilmar senior

Off to Southern Mississippi in the fall, eighth in the state with 332 Ks in 170 innings. Was 17-6 with a 0.49 ERA and 11 shutouts. Career .351 hitter, hit three HRs, with 14 RBIs this year.

P KARA SPINELLI

Orestimba senior

An all-district repeater and headed to Mercy University in Detroit, went 22-3 with a 1.21 ERA and 12 shutouts. Led Warriors to D-V titles and posted a 40-3 record over the last two seasons.

C ALEX BARENCHI

Atwater senior

The CCC MVP batted .417 with four homers and 24 RBIs while leading the Falcons to the D-I playoffs. Struck out only three times in 85 at-bats and was one of the district's top defensive catchers.

1B SLOAN McHANN

Modesto Chr. junior

The towering lefty batted .515 -- including 5 for 6 with four RBIs vs. Orestimba -- and was third in the section with 47 RBIS. Belted 11 doubles and seven homers. She was runner-up for player of the year.

3B HEATHER SCHARMANN

Sierra junior

One of the districts' top all-around athletes, swung one of the top sticks in the district with a .481 average and 27 RBIs. Four-RBI game vs. Manteca sent 'Wolves to the playoffs.

3B TRINA SOLARIO

Manteca junior

An all-district repeater and playing one of the district's deepest postions, batted .438 with 27 RBIs and 27 runs. Also one of the district's top defensive players.

SS MORGANA DALLAS

Buhach Colony junior

Another repeater and the CCC's offensive MVP, made seamless transition from second base to shortstop. Batted .447 with 19 RBIs and 19 runs.

SS TIARE JENNINGS

Pitman senior

Also all-district in basketball, the New Mexico State-bound star batted .559 and hit four homers, and stole a district-high 29 bases. On-base percentage of .623 was among the best in the section.

OF RACHEL BORGES

Modesto Chr. junior

Atop one of the section's most potent lineups, had eight three-hit games while batting .495 and scoring 37 runs. Stole 27 bases and was the TVL Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

OF MIKA JOHNSON

Ceres junior

Among the best on the bases, the .448 hitter used speed (28 steals) to create scoring chances. Scored 24 runs and had hits in 14 of her final 15 games -- batting .529 over that span -- to key playoff run.

Uti KORTNE BACCA

Denair senior

Headed to the University of Vermont, struck out 261 -- 13.1 Ks per game -- and posted a 0.55 ERA to take Denair to the D-VI semis. Batted .571, stole 17 bases and had 20 strikeouts in a seven-inning game.

Uti CAITLIN BROOKS

Escalon freshman

The district's top freshman, struck out 213 and had a 0.56 ERA in 136 innings while leading Escalon to the TVL title. Had more Ks (16) in one game than she had walks (13) for the season. Also batted .315.

Uti ALY HOFFMAN

Hughson senior

The district's top hitting pitcher, Hoffman was 13-4 with a 1.04 ERA and hit .468 with five homers. Beat Hilmar, Beyer and Modesto Christian, and Escalon twice. Gave up more than two earned runs only once.

Coach PAUL WILLIS

Hilmar

Built a solid squad around pitcher Courtney Ramos -- the only senior on the roster and a part-time pitcher the previous year -- and led it to a third-place finish in the section D-V tournament. Hilmar finished second in the WAC, behind section champ Orestimba, and played a schedule laden with playoff teams. 'Jackets were 19-7 with six losses to playoff teams, including three to Orestimba. Beat Calaveras and Escalon before losing to Orestimba in playoff finale.

SECOND TEAM

P -- Sierrah Garcia, Los Banos; Vaneza Hoover, Ceres; Taylor Gross, Merced; Alex Molina, Buhach Colony; C -- Marissa Navara, Manteca; INF -- 1B Lacey Kohl, Orestimba; 1B Erika Marmolejo, Merced; 3B Kayla Rovig, Beyer; SS Julie Aiello; SS Tanna Bindi, Calaveras; 3B Kana Weinzheimer, Patterson; OF -- Diane Gallagher, Buhach Colony; UTI -- Mandy Sifuentes, Patterson; Briana Giampaoli, Le Grand.

HONORABLE MENTION

P -- Melaina Saalfeld, Beyer; Daniella Vineyard, Atwater; Breann McGraw, Sierra; Kendell Taylor, Modesto Christian; C -- Savannah Miller, Waterford; Ashton Brown, Oakdale; Brittany Lamar, East Union; INF -- Samantha Nunes, Davis; Sammy Huerta, Orestimba; Cassie Waggy, East Union; Rebecca Moreno, Manteca; Chelsea Lomeli, Ceres; Corrie Dollarhide, Escalon; Courtney McCall, East Union; Karissa Valez, Sierra; UTI -- Stephanie Huber, Turlock Christian.

-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA

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