Does it seem like there is an endless number of awards for some of our area softball players? It does to me, I guess because our softball is so good in this area. This might be one of the last, the Cal-Hi Sports all-state team:
All-state players from San Bernardino County
Paige Halstead, Sr., C, Los Osos
Brooke Bolinger, Sr., P, Yucaipa
Tannon Snow, Sr., INF, Chino Hills
Zoe Casas, Sr., OF, Aquinas
Kennedy Clark, Sr., OF, Ayala
Kelly Martinez, Jr., C, Yucaipa
Eliyah Flores, So., INF, Grand Terrace
Taylon Snow, So., OF, Chino Hills
Cierra Schick, Sr., Multi-purpose, Los Osos
Taylor Troost, Sr., P, Citrus Valley
Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings, Sr., Multi-Purpose, Chino
Medium Schools First Team
Eliyah Flores, So., INF, Grand Terrace
Medium Schools 2nd Team
Melanie Olmos, So., Multi-purpose, Grand Terrace
Small Schools First Team
Allie Hotetz, Sr., P, Aquinas
Zoe Casas, Sr., OF, Aquinas
Madison Paige, Jr., OF, Ontario Christian
Chino Hills High School shortstop Tannon Snow admits keeping the secret wasn’t easy. And this was a really big secret.
The Washington-bound standout has been named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, meaning she’s the best player in the entire country.
A representative called her a month or so ago to do the interview but the announcement didn’t come until last night. So word is out now, finally!
“I kept wondering when it was going to come out so I could tell people,” she said. “It’s truly an honor with all the great players that had great years. It’s awesome. I don’t even know what to say.”
Snow, an all-Sun selection put up just insane offensive numbers. In 32 games she hit a state-record 28 home runs and drove in a state-record 89 runs. She added 13 doubles and three triples so 44 of her 62 hits were for extra bases. She batted .573 and walked 16 times, with a slugging percentage of 1.513 and an unheard-of OPS of 2.129.
Snow’s numbers made her a strong candidate but some of the other top honors from other outlets went to other players, mainly due to the Huskies only getting to the CIF-SS quarterfinals.
“Our team didn’t go as far so I thought maybe those other players had the edge,” she said.
There are still more impressive numbers for Snow: in 21 games, she had two or more base hits. She drove in a teammate in 27 of Chino Hills 32 games and in 22 of the games she drove home more than two.
Snow homered in 19 games and had eight multi-homer games. Twice during the season, she homered in five or more games in a row. She hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in one game.
But the most amazing statistic is that in her final seven games, she homered 11 times
In addition to new state single-season records for homers and RBI, Snow set state career records with 60 home runs and 212 RBIs and set a CIF-SS record for 21 doubles in a season.
The other locals also earned first-team honors with strong seasons.
Among the other players who landed on first team, earning All-American honors were pitcher Brooke Bolinger of Yucaipa, The Sun’s Player of the Year, and Taylor McQuillan of Mission Viejo, whose teams met in the CIF Division 2 title game.
Bolinger led Yucaipa to a 31-3 record and the Southern Section Division 2 title, beating undefeated and then-No. 1 Mission Viejo, 1-0. She had 306 strikeouts with a 0.26 ERA and limited opponents to a .088 batting average. She will attend University of Nevada.
Paige Halstead of Los Osos was named first team All-American at catcher. The USA Junior National Team member batted .568, scored 38 times and had 36 RBIs. She has signed with UCLA.
Zoe Casas of Aquinas is the fourth San Bernardino County player making the first-team. The Florida State-committed senior batted .736 with 64 hits, giving her a state record 251 base hits. In 105 games, she scored 193 runs and struck out just three times. For her four seasons at Aquinas, she batted .681.
–Written mostly by Michelle Gardner. Tweaked and edited by Pete Marshall
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Zoe Casas, above, talks about tying the state career hits mark, which she eventually broke
Zoe Casas’ hit that tied the state record for career hits
Zoe Casas has had a storied career at Aquinas, and now she’s winning awards she’s won before. Casas, the 2013 California State Small Schools Player of the Year, has been awarded the honor again, by CalHiSports.com.
Casas, an all-Sun selection, batted .736 for the season, her best batting average of her four-year career and finished with a career total of 251 hits. She is bound for Florida State and also will be on the all-time state list for career batting average (.681) and runs scored (193).
Earlier, CalHiSports named Yucaipa coach Dave Kivett, The Sun Coach of the Year, as the Large Schools State Coach of the Year for leading the Thunderbirds to the CIF-SS Division 2 title.
Football is no longer the only program at Redlands East Valley to have a player receive a scholarship offer this week as softball player Victoria Bustamante has stated that she received an offer from La Sierra University.
“This opportunity doesn’t happen too often to girls just finishing their sophomore year,” Bustamante said. “I am very flattered with this opportunity.”
While Bustamante is happy about the offer, she plans to keep her mind focused on her junior and senior seasons at REV.
“First of all I would like to thank God without him none of this would be possible,” she said. “But I have to stay focused on the upcoming year especially with my grades, school and just having fun with my softball teammates.”
Bustamante stated that the Golden Eagles became interested in her after watching her play with her travel ball team, the Orange County Batbusters.
Above, Yucaipa’s Annie Bakenhus talks about winning a CIF-SS title and playing in the all-star game.
It was a rough game for the Inland Empire all-star softball team on Wednesday night. Orange County won the game at Big League Dreams in Chino Hills 9-0, but while Orange County was mostly missing Mission Viejo slugger Alyssa Palomino, the Inland Empire was missing more.
The Inland Empire roster of players who couldn’t make it might’ve been better than the one that did make it: Yucaipa pitcher Brooke Bolinger (travel ball commitment), Los Osos catcher Paige Halstead (junior national team), Chino Hills infielder Tannon Snow (graduation). Assuming the Junior National schedule doesn’t change (that’s also why Palomino didn’t make it), hopefully in the future they can avoid other things like travel ball tournaments and graduations to get the best players. There’s no doubt the players who made it had a good time and played hard, but they were overmatched by some of the Orange County pitching.
Yucaipa’s Brooke Bolinger, left, is expected to play in Wednesday’s all-star game.
In the past, it was a Riverside County vs. Orange County all-star softball game, but now, San Bernardino County is involved, pitting the Inland Empire vs. Orange County. The game is tomorrow, Wednesday June 10 at 6 p.m. at Big League Dreams in Chino Hills. It is expected to feature two players and head coach Dave Kivett from Yucaipa’s CIF-SS Division 2 championship team that knocked off the country’s No. 1 team.
Players expected to appear on Inland Empire all-star roster (sorry for the formatting issues):
San Bernardino County
Annie Bakenhus, Yucaipa, OF
- Brooke Bolinger, Yucaipa, P
Zoe Casas, Aquinas, OF
Brianna Cassidy, Cajon, C
Kirsten Caudle, Cajon, OF
Autumn Gillespie, Redlands East Valley, C-1B
Destini Peck, Grand Terrace, C
Ciera Schick, Los Osos, IF-P
Taylor Troost, Citrus Valley, PRiverside County:
- Ashley Coleman, Santiago, P
- Nichole Fry, Santiago, SS
- Sydney Golden, King, P
- Abby Lockman, Norco, C-IF
- Amanda Lynch, Santiago, 3B
- Rachel Minogue, Santiago, 1B
- Amber Nelson, Murrieta Valley, C-1B
- Cheyenne Smith, Lakeside, OF-SS
- Cortney Smith, Canyon Springs, SS
- Kora Wade, Temescal Canyon, OF
- Kwynn Warner, Norco, 2B
- Ariana Williams, Canyon Springs, OF