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Mortensen, Shults share POY

Valencia freshman pitcher and Hart senior catcher both guided their teams to top of Foothill League

Posted: June 3, 2009 10:40 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart catcher Jessica Shults takes a swing against Moorpark at Newhall Park on May 26. The Indians won the postseason contest and made it to to the CIF-SS Div. I semifinals.

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One is a dynamic pitcher. One is a powerful hitter.

Both were Foothill League champions – and now, Valencia’s Carly Mortensen and Hart’s Jessica Shults are co-Foothill League Players of the Year as voted by the coaches.

Shults, a senior catcher, led the Indians by hitting .448 this season with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs. She saved her best for the postseason, hitting the game-winning home run in a 1-0 victory over Trabuco Hills in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs, and then hitting the game-winning RBI double in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over Esperanza.

Just a freshman, Mortensen is the latest in a lengthy line of great Valencia pitchers, going 17-4 with a 1.15 ERA and 160 strikeouts this season, including two victories over rival Hart.

Shults and Mortensen each had three teammates make the first team. Hart senior pitcher Destiny Rodino went 26-5 and led the league in ERA (0.75) and strikeouts (277). She also went 25 innings in the postseason before allowing a run in the Division I semifinals.

Hart senior third baseman Melissa Brown and senior first baseman Heather Stiglich also made the first team. Brown batted .393 with 44 hits out of the lead-off spot, while Stiglich provided pop in the middle of the lineup by hitting .333 with seven extra-base hits.

Valencia junior shortstop Madison Shipman was named to the first team after hitting .411 with 21 RBIs, three home runs and 13 stolen bases, while junior outfielder Megan Foglesong hit .421 with 24 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.Senior catcher Amy Moore hit .313 and provided a veteran presence behind the plate.

Saugus finished third in the Foothill League and had two first-teamers to show for it. Junior outfielder Jackie Shimamoto batted .416 with 22 RBIs and a pair of home runs, and sophomore shortstop Jenna Kelly hit .349 with 17 RBIs and eight extra-base hits.

Canyon junior catcher Brittany Williams made the first team after leading the league in just about every offensive category. Williams hit .472 with 11 home runs 29 RBIs and 21 total extra-base hits to lead the Cowboys back to the postseason.

West Ranch freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall also made the first team, finishing with a batting average of .423 to go along with 20 RBIs and three home runs.

Golden Valley sophomore outfielder Branndi Melero made the second team after hitting .375 with 15 RBIs and four home runs.

Valencia sophomore third baseman Caitlin Rooney also made the second team, along with junior first baseman Lauren Boser. Hart had two second-teamers in senior outfielder Devon Lindvall and senior second baseman Allison Lewis.

Saugus also landed a pair on the second team in sophomore outfielder Abby Linn and sophomore catcher Ashley Butera. Canyon sophomore outfielder Jenny Wunderlich led the league with 18 stolen bases and made the second team, along with freshman shortstop Courtney Ziese.

West Ranch junior infielder Madison Vogelsang rounded out the second team.

Valencia sophomore third baseman Bethany Kemp was an honorable mention, along with Hart freshman outfielder Tracy Chandless, Saugus senior designated player Alexis Tellez, Canyon freshman pitcher Hayley Bottino, West Ranch senior pitcher Shayna Medoff, and Golden Valley freshman infielder Karlie Habitz.

jgulino@the-signal.com

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