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2014 All-SCV Softball

Saugus' Mariah Lopez and West Ranch's Lauren Lindvall share Player of the Year honors

Posted: June 27, 2014 10:15 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2014 10:15 p.m.

Saugus' Mariah Lopez, left, dominated league competition from the circle with 170 strikeouts and West Ranch's Lauren Lindvall led the Wildcats with a .500 batting average, 45 RBIs and 10 home runs.

It’s all business … or at least that’s the way it seems when you talk to Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez and West Ranch shortstop Lauren Lindvall after a game.

Win or lose, both of them can be counted on to provide prospective.

It’s because both of them are mature beyond their years — both in life and, especially, in softball.

Lindvall is off to play next season for the University of Oregon, while Lopez, just a sophomore, is already committed to play for the University of Oklahoma.

But this season, they had business to take care of at the high school level.

And each of them did.

Lindvall was consistent throughout the season, never wavering and always dominating.

Lopez was forced to sit much of the preleague season, but was so above-and-beyond during league play that she was still named to the All CIF-Southern Section Division I First Team, as well as earning Foothill League Pitcher of the Year honors.

Lindvall is widely considered the league’s best position player, and viewers of The Signal’s Hot 10 know this paper thought she was a virtual lock for the league’s Player of the Year award as far back as two months ago.

She did little to change that mindset.

And while she may have missed out on that honor, earning a First Team award instead, she’s done more than enough to be named The Signal’s co-Player of the Year.

She was consistent from week one through the playoffs, failing to record a hit just twice in 28 games.

She led the Wildcats with 45 RBIs — eight more than the next highest player on the team — and also led with 10 home runs.

Lindvall hit .500 with a .523 on-base percentage and .880 slugging percentage, and was unquestionably the team’s leader.

The senior was also a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases and committed just four errors on the season from her shortstop position, for a .957 fielding percentage.

Oh, and she even picked up two wins in the circle in three appearances.

But as dominant as Lindvall was throughout the season, Lopez was even more dominant during her league season.

And because of that, it’s impossible to honor just one of these Foothill League stars.

Lopez, a sophomore who was committed to the University of Oklahoma before the start of her freshman season, was 14-3 on the season with a sub-1 ERA of .592 in 94 2/3 innings pitched.

She made great hitters look mediocre, and average hitters look plain bad.

She walked just 21 batters, compared to 170 strikeouts and just eight earned runs allowed.

When batters reached base, they were often stranded there.

But even making it to first was a challenge.

Lopez went 1-2-3 in over a third of her innings pitched, and found herself with two outs and none on in 52 of her 94 2/3 innings

Her only league loss came because of a throwing error late in a game against West Ranch, but outside of that, she was virtually flawless.

She responded by shutting out the Wildcats on May 8 to all but assure her team of a league title.

And because of her absolute dominance in league play, despite an injury that forced her to miss a portion of the preleague season, Lopez has earned, along with Lindvall, The Signal’s All-SCV co-Player of the Year honors.


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