Zoe Casas of Aquinas breaks CIF State softball career hits record

Aquinas High School softball player Zoe Casas has already tied the state record for career hits and can break it in the first round of Thursday's CIF-SS playoff game. Casas has already committed to play softball at Flordia St. next year, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

Aquinas High School softball player Zoe Casas has already tied the state record for career hits and can break it in the first round of Thursday’s CIF-SS playoff game. Casas has already committed to play softball at Flordia St. next year, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

Zoe Casas of Aquinas High School broke the CIF State softball record for career hits in the CIF Southern Section first round playoff victory over Palm Desert, 10-0.

Casas entered the game already tied for the CIF State record, with 244 hits, but after going 3-for-4  at the plate, she stands alone with 247 career hits.

Aquinas softball coach Chris Ybarra, who has been her coach for all four years in high school, stated that it is a joy to watch her whether it is during practice or a game.

“Her work ethic is second to none,” Ybarra said. “I may never have someone like that again.”

Ybarra stated that because it was a playoff game, the team acknowledged the efforts of Casas after the game.

“After the game we handed her the game ball with the ball she broke the record with,” he stated.

Casas, who is a Florida State commit, also had two singles, a double and a run batted in during the playoff victory while pitcher Allie Hotetz had a complete game 3-hitter with nine strikeouts.

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STORY/VIDEOS: Aquinas’ Zoe Casas sets new CIF-SS, ties state record

The rain fell, but Aquinas senior softball player Zoe Casas did was she always does: she hit.
Casas went 3-for-3 as Aquinas downed Loma Linda Academy 8-0 in a four-inning, rain-shortened game at Aquinas High School.
Aquinas (21-3 overall, 13-1 Ambassador League) earned a share of the league title.
The hits gave Florida-State bound Casas 244 for her career, setting a new CIF-SS career mark, breaking the old mark of 242 set by Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Kelsey Kollen from 1995-98. She tied the state career record, set by Brenna Moss of Bakersfield North from 2008-11.

“It means so much to me,” she said. “It means my hard work and dedication has actually paid off, to do something for my small school.”

“You share a league title, seven in a row,” Aquinas coach Chris Ybarra said. “That’s something to be really proud of. On top of that, you want Zoe to break the record, and she gets three hits.”

Thursday’s was Aquinas’ last regular season game, so Casas will have a chance to break the state record in the first round of the playoffs next Thursday. Casas has a hit in every game this season, has at least two hits in 19 straight games and is batting an incredible .740.

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Aquinas’ Zoe Casas wins another award

Sophomore Zoe Casas of CIF-SS Division 5 softball champion Aquinas was The Sun’s Player of the Year for 2013.

She now has yet another honor: she was named Cal-Hi Sports’  Small Schools State  Player of the Year. Her statistics again: .663 batting average, 63 hits, 50 runs scored, 11 doubles, eight triples and two home runs. The Florida State-commit was one of two Inland Empire players to win a state award: Norco’s Kylie Reed was the overall State Player of the Year.

Earlier, Casas’ team had already won an award, being crowned state champions by Cal-Hi Sports after the Falcons were ranked No. 1 in the Cal-Hi Sports’ final Division IV rankings.

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