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All-CIF teams feature five local first teamers

Valencia players earn four spots on their respective top state squads

Posted: June 18, 2009 8:54 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Five Foothill League athletes earned All-CIF first team honors in baseball, softball and boys volleyball this week.

Valencia sophomore shortstop Christian Lopes and West Ranch third baseman Casey Watkins were named to the CIF-Southern Section Division I first team, Hart catcher Jessica Shults and Valencia infielder Madison Shipman garnered softball honors on the CIF-SS Div. I teams, and Nick Ferry was the lone Santa Clarita Valley representative on boys volleyball’s CIF-SS Div. II team.

Lopes put up one of the best offensive seasons in Valencia history, cranking 15 home runs and knocking in 33 runs, while hitting .458.

Watkins also put up an impressive campaign in the box, hitting .419 and driving in a league-leading 45 runs.

Shults finished the year with a .448 batting average, 10 home runs, 27 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

Shipman recovered from a fractured knee cap to bat .411 and knock in 21 runs in 25 games.

Ferry starred at libero for a Valencia team that ran its Foothill League undefeated mark to 82 consecutive games.

Joining Lopes and Watkins on the All-CIF team were second-teamers Jake Bernards and Trevor Fredrickson of West Ranch, Scotland McKenzie of Valencia and Hart second baseman Spenser Souza.

Bernards capped his baseball career with a dominant season for the Wildcats, hitting .482 with eight homers, while holding down first base for West Ranch.

Fredrickson proved to be the most dominant pitcher in the Foothill League, posting a 1.10 ERA in 13 starts, nine of which he won.

Providing pop in the middle of the league’s most potent lineup, McKenzie drilled seven homers and 30 RBIs, accumulating a .435 batting average.

Souza followed up a season as Hart’s starting quarterback with a team-leading nine homers and a .385 average.

Destiny Rodino joined her battery-mate on the All-CIF softball squad, thanks to a dominant year of pitching. The Hart senior won a Foothill League-high 26 games, while notching a 0.75 ERA.

Brown was selected after batting .393 on the season.

Valencia pitcher Carly Mortensen was the youngest Foothill League player on the team. The freshman pitcher earned 17 wins and notched a 1.15 ERA.

Valencia landed two more players on the volleyball team with senior Jon Souisa getting second-team honors and Daniel Johnson taking a spot on the third team.


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