03/27/08

Athletes of the Week

03/27/2008 2:37 AM

04/03/2008 11:07 AM

Large Schools

RACHEL BORGES
Modesto Christian softball

Borges, a junior second baseman, went a combined 6 for 7 in two Trans-Valley League wins for the Crusaders last week. Add a 3 for 4 performance in the previous Friday's win over Ripon Christian, and Borges is 9 for 11 in her last three games.

"I think Rachel is the perfect leadoff hitter," said her coach and father, Jeff Borges. "She has a great eye at the plate and makes the pitcher throw a lot of pitches."

In an 11-6 win over Riverbank, Borges was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. In a 10-0 win over Ripon, she was 3 for 4, again scoring two runs. She also stole a base. She's among the team leaders in almost every offensive category.

"As a coach, I'm lucky to have a player of her caliber," Jeff Borges said. "And as a father, I'm proud of her in the way she's grown as a player and a young lady."

MIKE DAVIS
Hughson baseball

Davis, the returning Trans-Valley League Pitcher of the Year, scattered four hits in a 5-2 complete-game TVL victory over last year's Sac-Joaquin Section runner-up, Escalon. Also, he had two RBIs in a 6-1 victory over Ripon Christian.

Davis is just as dangerous from the mound as he is batting at the plate.

"We challenged our guys by playing as tough a summer schedule as we could put together, and Mike was our leader through all that," Hughson coach Marcel Avila said. "Battling some of those teams boosted his confidence and mental toughness. He has good command of three pitches."

Davis and his teammates are competing in this week's Windemuth Tournament.

"When Mike's pitching, he's going to battle and give us a chance," Avila said. "He leaves it all out there."

Small Schools

DYLAN FLORO
Buhach Colony baseball

Floro showed why he's one of the top junior pitchers in the Stanislaus District in the Thunder's Central California Conference opener against Golden Valley.

In a 10-0 victory over the Cougars, Floro tossed a four-hitter, striking out 11 en route to the complete-game win. He also launched a 3-run homer in the game.

Floro, an all-District pitcher as a sophomore, has won his last 13 decisions. He was 12-1 with a 0.45 ERA last year. This year, he's got a 0.33 ERA and a 4-0 record.

Floro, who plays mainly in the outfield when he isn't on the mound, is batting .324 this season.

Floro and his Buhach Colony teammates opened play Wednesday in the 33rd Annual San Luis Obispo Tigers Spring Tournament. They'll play games at Cal Poly's Field as well as at Cuesta College. CCC rival Golden Valley is also competing.

DESIREE MALDONADO
Davis softball

Maldonado had to wait in the wings her first two years with the Davis High softball program. The pitcher dominated at the junior varsity level while DeAndra Brown and Jen Farmer won all-league honors.

Now, Maldonado's a junior. And it's her turn.

Last week, she allowed three hits in two shutout Modesto Metro Conference victories. In a 7-0 win over Downey, she allowed two hits while striking out 11; in a 3-0 win over Modesto, she tossed a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.

She was particularly effective in the Modesto game, just one pitch from perfection.

"Desi hitting her spots, making the ball move and throwing hard is what makes her effective," Davis coach Tami Wilkinson said. "She is strong, determined and she doesn't like to lose. She's worked very hard the last few weeks."

— WILL DeBOARD

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