Softball: The player of the year chase in on …

We’re at the midpoint of the softball season with several contenders emerging in the player of the year chase. In the past, this award almost always went to a pitcher because of how dominating and important that person was to their team. But with the rubber moved back and pitchers struggling to adapt, the player of the year chase is as wide open as ever. Like I wrote in baseball, by no means is player of the year limited to this list, you never know who might have a great second half or go nuts in the playoffs, but for now, I’ll share who I think the top ten candidates are, and of course, these are in no particular order.


Above: San Dimas third baseman Sara Moore in the MVP running with another fine season.

Cassie Padilla, Bishop Amat, Jr – The numbers are staggering. The shortstop on the area’s top team is batting .593 with 24 RBIS, 10 doubles and five home runs.

Courtney Gano, Bonita, Sr – The Washington-bound shortstop is putting it all together, like Garza in baseball, you can make a strong argument she’s the front-runner for the Hacienda League-leading Bearcats. Gano is hitting .554 with 21 RBIs and two homers, and has a slugging percentage of .911. But those I’ve asked said she’s playing even better defensively.

Stephany La Rossa, Diamond Bar, Sr. — On her way to UCLA, La Rossa is obviously one of the area’s best shortstops, but the Brahmas have struggled in recent years. But at 4-1 in the Hacienda, La Rossa is in the MVP chase, hitting .487 with 13 RBIs and two homers.

Natalie Sanchez, Bishop Amat, Sr. – Is anyone doing more in the circle and at the plate than Sanchez? She’s 16-1 with a 1.74 ERA with 57 strikeouts. At the plate she’s hitting .417 with 23 RBIs and three home runs.

Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, Jr. — Will join La Rossa at UCLA, but she’s still only a junior and one of the most feared hitters in the area. We finally obtained South Hills’ stats and her numbers are impressive, batting. 479 with 20 RBIs, 5 HRs and a .938 slugging percentage. Sam Nieves is right there too, batting. 518 with 21 runs scored and 2 Hrs.

Samantha Valadez, Charter Oak, So., — Only seen her once, but she’s having a great season like the others. She leads the Sierra with a .556 batting average to go with 20 RBIS and five home runs. For her to be in contention though, the Chargers need to win more.

Veronica Ramirez, Azusa, Sr. – I remember seeing her as a freshman and thinking extremely high of her. She’s the best player in the Montview, but the problem is, she’s on a struggling team. She’s batting .514 with 16 RBIs and two homers. In the circle she has a 2.23 ERA with 58 strikeouts.

Patricia Parks, Chino Hills, Fr. — The only freshman to make the list is a serious contender, doing it in a part-time role in the circle and at the plate for the Sierra League leading Huskies. She’s batting .356, but look at the power, 7 home runs and 19 RBIs. In the circle, she has a 1.69 ERA and is 4-0

Sara Moore, San Dimas, Sr. — Having another solid year, hitting .434 with 13 RBIs and three homers. Moore is not the only one on her team in consideration for the league-leading Saints. Courtney Hine (.466) and Aleena Avalos (.444) can swing with the best of them too.

Paige Medina, Arroyo, Sr. — Impressive numbers for the Mission Valley League leading Knights. She’s hitting .548 with five home runs and 12 RBIS. If they make a CIF title run, she’s in the mix for sure.

Note: There are no stats on Glendora or St. Lucy’s, so hard to follow what’s going on. South Hills agreed to send me weekly updates, so I have them now.

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  • shfan

    This list should be cut down to 4 maybe 5 players.

  • k

    Fred
    I understand the whole 43′feet rubber has changed the game tremendously this year and that said it makes this accomplishment even greater. You have no doubt over looked several other players but the obvious is freshmen Anissa Sanchez(bonita) 16-2 with a 1.57 era that impresses me the most from this team.

  • Fred Robledo

    Sanchez is super, no doubt about that. What impresses me the most about her is that as a freshman, she’s batting cleanup on one of the area’s top teams.

  • Regent Gary

    Why don’t some St. Lucy’s parents get on that poor excuse of a coach and have him up date Max preps and the Tribune with stats.
    He’s not supporting the players or the team by t continuing not to report the stats, not to mention his sub par performance on the field.

  • Father Dave

    Taylor Langdon jr. at Glendora hands down at this point.

  • shfan

    In no particular order:

    Natalie Sanchez
    Sam Nieves
    Anissa Sanchez
    Britney Rodriguez
    Courtney Gano

  • Taylor

    What’s so good about Talyor? She has attitude and because of her and her father the best girls on the team wanna quit. Taylor is a repeat in girl form of Wallace Gonzalez.

  • Sierra League Fan

    I am surprised that SL and SL parents would put up such incompetance. They have had a great year with their sport teams, tennis, CC, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and track so far. Will softball be the only sport not to place in league? Too bad a great year in SL sports may end on a sour note, because on paper, the softball team is good enough to place in the top 3 in league. Maybe they can turn it around?

  • apples and oranges

    No one from the Valle Vista, Montview, or Mission Valley Leagues should be on this list. These are rec ball leagues, they see NO pitching. I would love to see SD compete in the Baseline or Sierra, the batting average numbers would be at least 200 points less. Apples and oranges.

  • shfan

    Just remember “apples and oranges”, everything San Dimas makes contact with would be a hit therefore their averages would be hovering around .350-.400. Haha

  • sierra fan – no forgot one

    You did not mention that St. Lucy’s water polo won league and were CIF finalists. Also, need to add that St. Lucy’s volleyball won CIF and were state semi-finalist. In addition, we had Sierra League MVP awards for volleyball, basketball, soccer, waterpolo. We still have to see about swimming, track & field and softball.

  • softball fan

    Top MVP should be:
    Courtney Gano
    Britney Rodriguez
    Natalie Sanchez
    In no order. Don’t know who Tayler Langdon or Sam Neives is.

  • uninformed sl parent

    The difference in the other St. Lucy’s sports is that they have coaches that care and know what they are doing. Softball has really gone down this year, but we have a scoreboard(!?). Why and who paid for it? SL parents have no idea…we need nets for all the foul balls or a new backstop or even decent benches for the teams to sit on. No one even knows who is on the team outside of the parents since the coaching staff does not even have the time to list a roster and we STILL have never received a schedule. But we have batting shirt warmups that none of the girls use or like. The coaching staff doesn’t seem in tune with the girls or the team’s needs.

  • undertheradarfan

    I would like to see the match up between PARKS ( CHINO HILLS) and RODRIGUEZ (SOUTH HILLS). Britney already hit a BOMB off ANISSA (BONITA) and SOUTH HILLS WON. It is going to be great to see CHINO AND SOUTH HILLS battle it out. But South hills DEFENSE need major HELP especially in the OUTFIELD. CHINO HILLS DEFENSE needs some improvement too. Coaches need to stop playing favorites and not allow parents to get in the way of there coaching jobs. PUT YOUR BEST 9.
    As far as BONITA can you make a run on 1 PITCHER in CIF?

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE MVP CANDIDATES!

  • STOP SNIFFING GLUE…

    undertheradarfan, its messin with ur brain.
    what r you talking about? you are all over the place with your post. sh and bonita played in the beginning of march and won’t face each other again…sh beat them 12 – 2 so it wasnt just one BOMB solitary hr that did it.give me a break. AND chino hills and sh have ALREADY played 1 game with sh BEATING chino hills 6 – 2 (even tho s. brannon it a BOMB HR)AND I guess ur kid is riding the pine. let the coaches make the PLAYERS take that starting spot. cuz if they make the change now, because of your idiotic post, they will be doing exactly what u r accusing them of: letting a parent call the shots

  • Lost all respect

    The St. Lucy’s girls are on Easter break half this week and all of next, but they don’t mind playing games during break because they love softball. What they do mind is being told to show up for pre-game at 2PM and then have their coaches show up at 2:30. This type of behavior completely underminds their credibility as coaches. When my daughter told me what happened, she sounded disappointed, this behavior is wearing on the team. Of course, they lost the game to Chino Hills 7-2. Lack of preparation?

  • SL SB is a joke

    What preparation? He doesn’t scout any teams…he’s the ONLY coach in the league that doesn’t call pitches(and our pitchers are getting killed). He doesn’t look at stats for other teams and move around the defense(even based on batting order!!!)…the infielders are starting to move around the outfielders themselves. I told the girls to take over the team themselves. Coach had a classic line after Chino Hills debacle and told them, “I am not going to tell you to get back at 3B because you have a clear view to the catcher” I don’t know why he is even out there. He doesn’t give the girls signs and he has them run base to base so what else is there besides him clapping. The girls don’t even look at him anymore when they are up to bat. Just because your sister was a great player doesn’t make you a qualified coach. St. Lucy’s and the team deserve better that this. We are also the ONLY team probably in the state that has the girls drive themselves to the games even though our sports fee is supposed to cover the bus/van and it wasn’t reduced so now the girls(parents) are forking out the fee AND paying for gas. This program is a joke.

  • To Lost All Respect

    maybe your daughter should have been a TEAM LEADER and gotten the pregame preparation started before the coaches got there. the ‘lack of preparation’ falls on the team to take care of that, they dont need the coaches there to tell them what to do. maybe you should teach your daughter to not lose respect for the game…take care of her business and do what shes supposed to be doing to get ready for the game on her own with her teammates.

  • Amat Dad

    Fred, all girls selected deserve consideration for MVP including Sanchez from Bonita, however I would like to throw another name in the hat and that would be Gonzalez from Amat. She’s come thru in the clutch and teams can’t pitch around Sanchez because on deck are Gonzalez and Padilla and A.Sanchez. She’s also batting .379 with 28 RBI’s and 6 HR.’Nuff said

  • supervision

    “To Lost All Respect said:
    maybe your daughter should have been a TEAM LEADER and gotten the pregame preparation started before the coaches got there. the ‘lack of preparation’ falls on the team to take care of that, they dont need the coaches there to tell them what to do.”

    Really??????

    What about this little CIF rule:

    “Players must at all times be under the supervision of a certified or certificated coach”

    OR: From the Coaches CODE OF ETHICS:

    5. Provide proper supervision of students at all times

    This means that players CAN NOT start pre-game or practice without a certified coach present. In addition, if the coach tells players to be there at 2PM they better be there or have a proper school official there.

  • Happened again

    I called my kid this afternoon to see how practice went and she said fine except that the coaches were late. After the Chino Hills game the coach told them to be at school at 9am ready to go, stretched and warmed up by 9. If they did this he would let them out quickly. The asst. coach showed up at 9:15 and the head coach at 9:30. As for the “TEAM LEADER” that someone pointed out, the “captain” showed up at 9:15am. Yesterday she showed up at 2:15 when the team was told to be there at 2pm. And people wonder why the SL program is losing.

  • To Supervision

    so you’re going to point to CIF rules rather than think to yourself “true, this would be a good growing opportunity for my kid.” will you require her college coach to “be on time” to provide that supervision as well? true this is hs, and true you pay your tuition and school fees, and true it seems your coach makes a string of senseless decisions (based on all these comments), but guess what? it CAN be turned into a growing experience. maybe try to step back from the situation and look at it from another angle: 1) it is what it is, he most likely is not going to change 2) the girls can make their own pre-game prep routine, 3) they can show him they don’t need him to succeed

  • scores

    Fred,
    There was nothing on the St. Lucys vs. Charter Oak game in today’s paper. Did you decide not to report the score or did it not get called in? It was a great game, St. Lucys won 5-3 in 9 innings.

  • shfan

    I still don’t understand how Bonita’s Sanchez hasn’t made this list. She’s the starting pitcher on the #2 team in the valley. That’s ALMOST automatic. If Park made the list as a “part-time” pitcher, there is no reason why Sanchez can’t make the list.

  • Lifes Lessons

    To Supervision,
    Let’s thank God, your not coaching the SL girls, because it seems that being late is somehow okay with you.

    Any self respecting, dignified team has a foundation of the Integrity of doing what they say they’re going to do and the Respect of others time and equipment. Without this, you will lose any structure you may need throughout the season.

    Coaches coaching softball are at the same time teaching lifes lessons, this is no secret.

    What are these coaches teaching these girls???

  • Get Real

    To shfan, you cannot put Bonita’s Sanchez in the same sentence as Park. I’ve seen them pitch at the travel ball level. Park is the real deal, Sanchez might get there. Enjoy Bonita’s run for now.

  • FattFingers

    @ Get Real — I totally agree with you. Ther is no way you can compare Sanchez to Parks. Parks is not only a fantastic pitcher, she can hit with power,threat on the bases and phenominal defense in the outfield. …..Patricia Parks is the Total Package……

  • HEREWEGOAGAIN

    SAINT LUCY’S has talent but they have no coaching & it’s funny how most OF you hear (SOME THAT HAVE JOBS AND SOME THAT “”"DON’T”"”)complain. Sure, can’t change the so called COACH.These girls know what to do and if THEY are not doing it (after playing years of travel ball) then shame on them. Someone other than the COACHES need to take account. SOME of these girls on the team have there BIG HEADS (Which we know will only hurt the team and themselves but, learn the hard way).What is hurting this team are the FEW GIRLS (VERY FEW)that play with the “IT’S ALL ABOUT ME ATTITUDE”. It’s a team sport and when these soon to be college players realize that then this team will come together. LET’S FACE IT SAINT LUCY’S DOES NOT HAVE A COACH. BUT!!!!! WHO IS REALLY HELPING MAKE THE PROGRAM BETTER? NOT DADDY BALL BETTER BUT ACTUALLY BETTER OVER ALL? NOOOOO ONE!!!

  • mike the tool

    Bunch of trolls!

  • really…

    “Players must at all times be under the supervision of a certified or certificated coach”

    Coaching who are we kidding… In order to be a certified coach at this level. All one must do is go through general coaching class that has no specific sport. Wouldn’t you think that with the talent level now-a-days and the fact that 99% of these girls play travel ball, that a coach would atleast be certified by ASA.

    This explains how you seem to have not only SL complaing about their coaching, but a lot of teams throughout the valley including CO.

    Going back to the comment about SL beating CO in 9 innings on Saturday. Lets look at how it was won. A walk off 2 run hr, which would sound common, but I believe SL has no fence. That would be a good trick, no? The ball was hit to right center from there it bounced into a small planter. The correct call would be deadball ground rule double. Leaving runners on 3rd and 2nd with one out. Still a game. After the blue called it a HR, no reaction from the CO coaches. No arguement at all, totally left it to the ump’s call ending the game. What a great coaching move.

  • SGV Softball Dad

    Charter Oak parents stop crying about the coaching it is embarrassing.Our coaching isn’t any worse than any other team. we dont lose because of coaching. We lose because girls miss practice, get in trouble and let the rest of the team down. So lets all be sure our own kids are performing and doing what they are supposed to be and stop blaming the coaches…. i feel better now….

  • really…

    SGV Softball Dad said:
    Charter Oak parents stop crying about the coaching it is embarrassing.Our coaching isn’t any worse than any other team. we dont lose because of coaching. We lose because girls miss practice, get in trouble and let the rest of the team down. So lets all be sure our own kids are performing and doing what they are supposed to be and stop blaming the coaches…. i feel better now….

    April 25, 2011 10:08 PM

    Lets see. I believe I never made a complaint about anything. Just stating facts. In the many years of coaching and watching the game, I have never seen a coach not argue a call like that. It was a game ending play. Lets be real. Also gotta love coaches that blame the girls for losing by one or two when we have runners being held on third for god knows what reason. Averaging a loss of a run or two a game. Or should i bring up playing little ball with a rock solid 1-6. Lets just take the bat out of a girls hand. Great call. Once again not complaints. Facts.

  • undertheradarfan

    stop sniffing glue…what did I tell you …South Hills Defense needs work…11 to 1 Chino Hills … by the way my dd is doing fine , but i guess you found that out today..

  • undertheradarfan

    stop sniffing glue…what did I tell you …South Hills Defense needs work…11 to 1 Chino Hills … by the way my dd is doing fine , but I guess you found that out today…

    SHFAN whats your beef with parks anyway …in today’s game she showed why she deserves to be on that list…
    You better get off that high horse and put some sense in your team… since your probably one of those parents that complaints all the time about playing just like stop sniffing glue…His daughter must be the pitcher getting rocked… DEFENSE WINS GAMES…FYI it was a great battle between PARKS and RODRIGUEZ

  • Game watcher

    San Dimas Seniors Softball Girls Lookin’good.

    Courtney Hine (CF) BA .467 19 RBI’s
    Sara Moore (3B) BA .434 13 RBI’s
    Aleena Avalos (SS) .406 18 RBI’s

    These girls can play with the best of them. Hine has one of the best arms in the area,Moore comes to always play hard and Avalos has great confidence.

  • Not even comparable

    Game watcher said:
    San Dimas Seniors Softball Girls Lookin’good.

    Courtney Hine (CF) BA .467 19 RBI’s
    Sara Moore (3B) BA .434 13 RBI’s
    Aleena Avalos (SS) .406 18 RBI’s

    These girls can play with the best of them. Hine has one of the best arms in the area,Moore comes to always play hard and Avalos has great confidence.

    ………………….

    Valle Vista League – Possibly the worst pitching league in the valley, not one stud pitcher in the whole league. Batting averages in the 400′s is nothing to brag about. No way you can compare the VV numbers with the Baseline, Sierra or the Serra Leagues. Those leagues have girls hitting in the 400′s against much better pitching.

    The Valle Vista League

    San Dimas 8-0-0 1.000 15-7-0 0.682 171 77
    Northview 6-2-0 0.750 14-8-1 0.630 174 99
    Covina 5-2-0 0.714 10-9-1 0.525 136 100
    Wilson 2-4-0 0.333 7-13-0 0.350 115 115
    Nogales 2-4-0 0.333 3-13-0 0.188 66 142
    Baldwin Park 2-6-0 0.250 6-12-0 0.333 89 146
    Pomona 0-7-0 0.000 0-8-0 0.000 17 116

    And then there is that whole stat keeping thing…….

  • Heads Up

    Maybe it’s time to look at West Covina for your headlines and player of the year search. After all who’s # 1 in the Hacienda League?