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Prep sports: Valencia’s Williams, four softballers named All-State

Posted: July 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia's Trey Williams was selected in the 11th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by St. Louis.

 

A number of Foothill League athletes earned all-state honors this week as ESPNHS.com released its 2012 Cal-Hi Sports list of top baseball and softball players in the state.


The website released its All-State softbal team on Thursday, with West Ranch’s Janelle Lindvall being named one of two catchers statewide named to the first team.


Hart slugger and North Carolina commit Tracy Chandless earned second-team All-State Infield honors, along with Canyon’s Courtney Ziese, who is headed to Georgia Tech in the fall.


The trio join Valencia senior Trey Williams was named an all-state first-team infielder on Monday, and West Ranch slugger and shortstop Kylie Sorenson was part of the all-state softball underclass team released Wednesday.


For Williams, it puts him on a list of the top 30 high school baseball players in California.


The senior shortstop was one of seven infielders on the list, finishing the year with a .378 average and a .541 on-base percentage. He finished his Valencia career with 29 home runs, which is the most in Foothill League history.


The Pepperdine University commit was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June, though he has yet to make a decision given his option to play college ball.


Williams, who was an All-Santa Clarita Valley first teamer, was the only Foothill player on the Cal-Hi first team, though West Ranch freshman Jagger Rusconi was named Cal-Hi’s freshman of the year on June 20.


Former Valencia High infielder Timmy Lopes, who finished his prep career at Edison High, earned an all-state second-team nod.


He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round on the same day as Williams.


Lindvall was named West Ranch’s Female Athlete of the Year last week, and is headed to the University of Oregon in the fall.


The catcher hit .524 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.


Chandless, who exceled at third base for the Indians, hit a team high .495 with 41 RBIs and 11 home runs.


Ziese led the Foothill League with a 1.075 slugging percentage, batted .507 and posted 32 RBIs and 10 home runs.


Sorenson was the lone Foothill softball player on the state underclass team.


She was both All-Foothill and All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year, and was one of 30 non-senior softball players who made the first team.


The Stanford University commit finished the year with a .505 batting average, 33 RBIs and eight home runs while also recording an exceptional fielding percentage of .971 at shortstop.


With her help, West Ranch won its first league softball title in school history after finishing 9-1 against Foothill opponents, and the team advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs for the second year in a row.


The website will release the all-state team with seniors later in the week.
Signal Staff Writer Jon Stein contributed to this story.

 

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