A total of six players made the All-East Sequoia League first and second teams from Lindsay, Strathmore and Granite Hills High Schools.
From Lindsay (7-15, 4-8 ESL), sophomore third baseman, Isabelle Sanchez, made the first team while sophomore shortstop, Leah Natera, is on the second team. Lindsay head coach Roger Gonzales didn't have season stats available for the two but said both are “solid core players to build around.”
On Sanchez, Gonzales said, “Solid defensive player [with] quick hands and strong arm at the third base position. She has speed and hits for power — three home runs. Very athletic.”
About Natera, Gonzales said, “Very athletic. Strong arm and lots of range at the shortstop position. Called into action as a pitcher late in the season because of her athleticism. [Also a] true power hitter. Hits the ball hard to all parts of the field.”
Making the first team from Strathmore was sophomore shortstop, Jazmine Soto. Senior pitcher, Makayla Trujillo was a second team selection for the Spartans.
“[Soto] is an outstanding player both defensively and on offense as our No. 2 batter,” SHS head coach Martin “Bubba” Hernandez said. Soto hit .421 with 15 RBIs, six doubles, four triples and nine walks on the overall season, Hernandez also noted.
“Looking forward for her to play the next two years and improve her skills in the sport with the natural talent she possesses in all the sports she plays,” Hernandez said.
On Trujillo, Hernandez said, “Makayla Trujillo was our only pitcher who had to pitch every game but accepted the responsibility with heart and endurance. She was our No. 3 batter with [an overall] batting average of .406, nine RBIs, nine doubles, one home run and 13 walks. She was one of our seniors, for her not playing her junior year, she came back out and played like she never missed a beat. Looking forward to seeing her accomplishments in the future at [College of the Sequoias].”
For Granite Hills (2-17, 1-11 ESL), senior catcher, Hailey Mitchell, is a first team selection while freshman shortstop, Hidey Alvarez, made the second team.
“Hailey Mitchell was an outstanding catcher for us this year and a positive role model on and off the field for our team,” GHHS head coach, Rosalinda Campos said. “She is a player everyone looked up to and admired; she is deserving of first team All-League. An athlete who epitomized leadership and came in clutch when we needed her to.”
In league, Mitchell hit .417 with 11 RBIs, 10 runs scored and three doubles. Alvarez hit .206 with three RBIs and seven runs scored.
“Hidey Alvarez put up a wall at shortstop for us this year,” Campos said. “She played outstanding defense and made unbelievable plays. No matter the situation she always stayed positive, which everyone fed off of."
In league standings Lindsay finished fifth, Strathmore sixth and Granite Hills seventh.
All stats obtained from MaxPreps.com and pertain to only ESL play unless otherwise noted.