All-Area Softball: Chino Hills’ Nikki Innamorato and coach Mike Southworth take top honors

All-Area Story: Chino Hills’ Nikki Innamorato caps her senior season with CIF-SS title to earn player of the year; Huskies’ Mike Southworth named coach of the year

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2012 TRIBUNE ALL-AREA SOFTBALL TEAM
Player of the Year: Nikki Innamorato, Chino Hills, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Mike Southworth, Chino Hills
FIRST TEAM
Pitcher: Danielle O’Toole, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Pitcher: Sabrina Anguiano, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Catcher: Kaylea Snaer, Rowland, Jr.
Infielder: Ashley Diaz, South El Monte, Fr.
Infielder: Nikki Girard, Chino Hills, Sr.
Infielder: Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Infielder: Danielle Mavridis, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Outfield: Nicki Sprague, Charter Oak, Jr.
Outfield: Patricia Parks, Chino Hills, So.
Outfield: Alyssa Villalpando, Los Altos, Sr.
Utility: Lexi Gonzalez, Bishop Amat, Jr.
SECOND TEAM
Pitcher: Kaysie Gatlin, Duarte, Sr.
Pitcher: Jennipher Solis, Los Altos, Sr.
Catcher: Britney Rodriguez, South Hills Sr.
Infielder: Laura Swan, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Infielder: Sarah Moore, Ayala, Sr.
Infielder: Corrina Liscano, Bonita, Jr.
Infielder: Sumer Knight, West Covina, Sr.
Outfield: Mariah Midyette, Los Altos, Sr.
Outfield: Taylor Castro, West Covina, Sr.
Outfield: Erinn Jaramillo, Northview, Jr.
Utility: Janell Wheaton, San Dimas, So.


By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN

It was a banner year for the Chino Hills High School softball team.

Chino Hills’ Nikki Innamorato proved how valuable an experienced pitcher is to the success of a high school team and showed if you pound on the door enough times, eventually you’ll go crashing through.

Innamorato led the Huskies to three straight semifinal appearances but the fourth time was the charm. This time she led the Huskies to their first CIF-Southern Section championship game since 2005.

Once there, Innamorato didn’t waste her final opportunity as a senior, throwing a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over South Torrance to give Chino Hills the CIF-SS Division 3 title and the school’s second title.

Innamorato walked three, struck out six and never allowed a base runner to reach third base in the championship game to finish a sensational season in which she was named to the All-Sierra League and All-CIF-SS Division 3 first teams.

She was 22-2 with a 1.00 ERA, striking out 135 in 154 innings. She held teams to two runs or less in 20 games and boasted 13 shutouts.

For her efforts, Innamorato has been selected the Tribune softball Player of the Year.

But what the Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo signee will remember the most is finally winning a title.

“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Innamorato said. “It was the biggest game I ever pitched in my softball career and I’m happy the way it ended. It couldn’t have gone any better.”

Chino Hills coach Mike Southworth was named the Tribune’s Coach of the Year for leading the Huskies to a 32-3 record and a Sierra League title in addition to the CIF-SS championship.

It was Southworth’s fourth season as head coach and like his seniors, he suffered the pain of three straight semifinal losses before finally claiming the prize.

“It’s been a great group,” Southworth said. “I’m going to miss the seniors because they were easy to coach. It’s been a great run the last four years and I couldn’t be happier that we were able to send our seniors out as champions.”

The Tribune’s first team was a hard list to crack. It includes St. Lucy’s senior pitcher Danielle O’Toole and Bishop Amat junior Sabrina Anguiano.

O’Toole, a four-year starting varsity pitcher, is on her way to San Diego State after leading the Regents to the Division 3 semifinals.

The Sierra League first-team selection was 19-4 with a 1.56 ERA and 158 strikeouts. She also was a force at the plate, batting .306 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

Like O’Toole, Anguiano led Bishop Amat to the Division 3 semifinals before losing to eventual champion Chino Hills.

Anguiano, a Del Rey League first-team selection, was 21-4 with a 1.09 ERA and 12 shutouts for the league-champion Lancers.

Rowland catcher Kaylea Snaer earned All-Area first-team honors after one of the best offensive showings ever.

The Hacienda League first-team selection batted .536 with 36 RBIs and set a San Gabriel Valley record for home runs in a season with 16.

Bishop Amat catcher Lexi Gonzalez was named the Tribune’s first-team utility player after an incredible season that earned her Del Rey League’s Most Valuable Player honors and a spot on the All-CIF Division 3 first team.

Gonzalez batted .495 with 38 RBIs, 11 doubles and 11 home runs.

The Tribune’s first-team infield was anchored by Chino Hills senior Nikki Girard and included St. Lucy’s seniors Brandi Harkness and Danielle Mavridis and the only freshman on the team, South El Monte’s Ashley Diaz.

The Arizona State-bound Girard was named the Sierra League and Division 3 Most Valuable Player and was arguably the best defensive infielder in the area.

Girard was a huge force at the plate, too, batting .423 with 37 RBIs, 12 doubles and seven home runs.

Harkness, St. Lucy’s third baseman, was named to the Sierra League and CIF-SS Division 3 first teams. The Regents’ best hitter is on her way to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia after batting .441 with 45 RBIs and 10 home runs.

Mavridis, the sure-handed second baseman going to the University of San Diego, also earned Sierra League first-team honors after hitting a team-leading .446 with eight doubles and five home runs.

Diaz, the Mission Valley League MVP and shortstop for the league-champion Eagles, had one of the best freshman seasons in recent memory.

The 5-foot-9 standout batted an impressive .579 with 49 RBIs and 11 home runs, an accomplishment that landed her on the CIF-SS Division 5 first team.

The Tribune’s first-team outfield consists of Chino Hills’ super sophomore Patricia Parks, Charter Oak junior slugger Nicki Sprague and Los Altos senior Alyssa Villalpando.

Parks, already a University of Arizona verbal commit, led the Huskies in batting average, hitting .479 with 36 runs scored and three homers.

Sprague showed again that she’s arguably the best outfielder in the area, earning Sierra League and Division 3 first-team honors after batting .513 with 35 runs scored, 21 RBIs and five home runs.

Villalpando was a catcher but named to the first team as an outfielder because she was too good to leave off the first team in a season loaded with super catchers.

Villalpando, named the Hacienda League MVP after leading the Conquerors to the league title, batted a whopping .507 with 12 home runs, seven doubles and 25 RBIs.

fred.robledo@sgvn.com

626-962-8811

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  • Low brow

    hey chummy mom, chummy baby got no league award, no CIF award, no all star, no academic awards, only captain chummy. Being chummy does not pay off