Senior shortstop Tannon Snow of Chino Hills has one major accolade under her belt and another looming on the horizon.
The University of Washington commit slugged two home runs in a 7-6 loss to Los Osos on Wednesday giving her a career total of 58, an all-time state best. She also has 26 on the season, one shy of the state single-season mark.
“I feel like I am seeing the ball really well right now and I am getting some good swings,” she said.
Snow has been on a tear of late with six home runs in the last three games. For much of the season she trailed senior Alyssa Palomino of Mission Viejo who happens to be her friend and travel ball teammate. Palomino has 56 and had that many when Snow was sitting at 50. The only reason Snow knew what the record were was the attention focused on Palomino as she was in pursuit of the same marks.
“I really never thought about any sort of record coming into the season,” she said. “I can;’t say it was goal because I didn’t know what any of the records were.”
One would think pitchers might be tempted to pitch around Snow but Huskies coach Mike Southworth says Snow has had the benefit of a lot of base runners on in front of her, including sophomore sister Taylon who bats first in the order with Brittney Garcia next and Tannon in the No. 3 hole.
Snow has had 11 home runs in 10 Baseline League games. She also has 80 RBI. Even more remarkable is the fact she has struck out just four times.
“What she has done is really phenomenal,” Southworth said. “I thought she would have good year if she stayed healthy because she has the talent and the work ethic, all the things it takes. But I don’t know if anyone could have imagined this.”
Her numbers are already impressive but her totals might have totally obliterated the record had she not missed eight games her sophomore year with a hand injury sustained when she got spiked in a play at second base.
Chino Hills is done with the regular season, having finished first in the Baseline League. Snow will get to continue her assault on the record books in the CIF Division 2 playoffs which start next week.