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Prep baseball and softball: Trinity, SCCS receive honors

Cards, Knights named to all-league teams

Posted: June 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy catcher Kaeli Massetto gets a hit during a 12-2 win over Santa Clarita Christian on April 7.

 

The Trinity Classical Academy softball team was the only program that entered the 2010-11 academic year with varsity experience.

The Knights made that experience work to their advantage in the form of a second-place Omega League finish, a 12-9 record, a trip to the postseason, and finally, league co-Player of the Year honors.

Catcher Kaeli Massetto led a field of six softball recipients and five baseball honorees from Trinity to received all-league honors, while four baseball players and three softball players from Santa Clarita Christian were named to All-Heritage League teams.

"This season went really good," Massetto said. "I was really proud of all the girls. Through everything, I think we worked really hard. You could see it through practice how hard we were working, and you could see it in the games. We came out and gave 100 percent."

The junior co-captain hit .561 with 41 RBIs, 26 runs scored, five home runs, 14 doubles and 14 stolen bases, and was quick to bring attention to her teammates, including starting pitcher Emily Kim, shortstop Julia Howell and first baseman Jacey Massetto, all of whom were named to the first team. Left fielder Taylor Totten and center fielder Beth Weil were second-teamers.

Kim had a 9-9 record and hit .396, Howell batted .472 with six RBIs and two home runs, and Jacey Massetto had a .435 average with three home runs and a team-high 21 stolen bases.

Totten hit .369 with 16 stolen bases and Weil added a .275 average and eight stolen bases to her strong defensive effort.

For their baseball counterparts, sophomore Dakota Prochnow and freshman Patch Kulp were named to the all-league first team for the Knights (7-9), who also finished second in the Omega League and also made their first-ever trip to the playoffs.

Sophomore Chris Buchanan and juniors Jordan Mumper and James Brooks were named to the second team.

Leading the way was Prochnow, who batted .519 with 16 RBIs and was the team's ace, tossing 41 1/3 innings with a 1.02 ERA and 67 strikeouts.

Kulp led the team with 18 runs scored and carried a .351 average as the team's leadoff hitter.

Buchanan tallied 13 RBIs and scored 13 runs, while also maintaining a 1.26 ERA on the mound. Brooks tossed 22 2/3 innings, second only to Prochnow on the team, while tallying 32 strikeouts and posting a 3.09 ERA. Mumper posted a .319 clip with 15 hits and eight RBIs.

SCCS (6-10) didn't make it to the postseason this year, but its hopes are high after a strong showing by its underclassman.

Cardinals junior pitcher/shortstop Ryan Fullarton was named to the first team after hitting .445 with 18 RBIs and holding down a 3.10 ERA over 52 innings with 66 strikeouts and 18 walks.

When Fullarton wasn’t pitching, sophomore Davis Muxlow was on the mound. Muxlow had a 4.70 ERA, hit .370 and was named to the second team alongside junior first baseman Trenton Garrison and senior center fielder Danny Curry.

Garrison hit .342, and Curry finished with a .307 average.

"We definitely felt this year we were on the younger end," said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. "This league has some really challenging teams. ... We are optimistic about next year being very competitive and making a run in league. Then who knows in the postseason. If the guys do their workouts in the offseason and continue to improve, all of our pitching is back and a lot of key components."

Senior catcher/center fielder Heather Sanna made the first team from Cardinals softball, which finished 6-11 overall.

Sanna hit .483 with 12 RBIs.

Starting pitcher Heather McCain and second baseman/left fielder Lacey Cerulle rounded out the second team.

McCain had a 4.12 ERA and hit .387 with 17 runs scored and 12 stolen bases, while Cerulle batted .406 with 15 runs scored and 13 stolen bases.

Signal Staff Writer Dan Agnew contributed to this report.

 

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