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Prep softball: Two stand out in Div. I

Valencia’s Mortensen, Hart’s Chandless honored, Trinity’s Kaeli Massetto on Div. VII

Posted: June 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia’s Carly Mortensen’s 1.17 ERA and 315 strikeouts earned her a spot, along with Hart’s Tracy Chandless, on the All-CIF-Southern Section Division.

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When the CIF-Southern Section released its All-CIF teams earlier this week, there were two much deserving Foothill League players included on the Division I team, and a few names surprisingly missing.

Valencia’s Carly Mortensen and Hart’s Tracy Chandless, after stellar individual seasons, were both named to the team of 22.

In Division VII, Trinity’s Kaeli Masseto was the valley’s lone representative.

Curiously missing from the Division I team were All-Foothill League Player of the Year Kylie Sorenson and Pitcher of the Year Bailey Foster of West Ranch, or any members of the Foothill League champion Wildcats for that matter.

“What happened was I forgot all about it and the lady called me and I just, it honestly was my fault,” said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults, who was in Oklahoma watching his daughter Jessica play in the Women’s College World Series with the University of Oklahoma at the time. “It was just one of those things that myself and my coaches overlooked and when I got a call she told me I had to fax the (nomination) list that night and I just didn’t have access to a fax machine.”

“It was just a really bad time. I feel bad for them because I should have been on top of it, but next year I’ll be on top of it. Obviously we had Player of the Year in Sorenson, she would definitely have been nominated. (Catcher Janelle) Lindvall, the numbers speak for themselves in Foothill and Bailey Foster being Pitcher of the Year. Those three definitely, with their numbers, would have definitely had some recognition.”

For the two Foothill League players who did make the list, the honor of being chosen among their peers in one of the state’s most difficult divisions was not lost.

“I think it’s awesome. It’s rewarding, it’s an honor really,” Mortensen says. “With all the other girls that were on there too, it’s really an honor. There’s a lot of good girls that made that, as well.”

The University of the Pacific-bound Mortensen secured her spot on the team behind her 20-10 record that doesn’t due justice to the dominant performances she threw over the course of the season, as the Valencia offense continued to struggle.

She ended her season with a 1.17 ERA and 315 strikeouts.

“It’s really cool. Usually it’s a team sport and isn’t about one person,” Mortensen said. “But it always feels good to recognize yourself for something.”

Fittingly, the other Foothill League representative on the team made things look equally simply at times, albeit from the other side of the plate.

Hart’s Tracy Chandless, headed to the University of North Carolina in the fall, was a dominant force with the bat for the Indians.

She hit team-highs in batting average (.495), RBIs (41) and hits (45).

Masseto, who is headed to Northwest Christian University in the fall, was one of the 22 players listed on the Division VII team.

The senior hit .574, with 11 home runs, 39 RBIs, 37 hits and 28 runs scored to lead the Knights in all four categories.

Pitcher Emily Lockman of Norco High was named the Division I Player of the Year, with her coach Richard Robinson taking Coach of the Year honors.

Amber Padilla of Pomona Catholic was the Division VII Player of the Year, with her coach Roger Wallace named Coach of the Year.

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