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The Los Angeles Times 1997 ALL-VENTURA Softball Team

First Team Players

June 18, 1997

Player: Cindy Ball

Position: Pitcher

School: Camarillo

Year: Jr.

Comment: Had 13-4 record and 0.45 earned-run average with 103 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings. Hit .411 and led team with 14 runs batted in.

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Player: MacKenzie Vandergeest

Position: Catcher

School: La Reina

Year: Fr.

Comment: Batted .397 with six doubles and 20 RBIs. Was 15 for 30 with runners in scoring position and had .500 on-base percentage.

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Player: Brooke Rutschman

Position: Infielder

School: Camarillo

Year: Sr.

Comment: Slick-fielding shortstop headed to Oregon State was top leadoff hitter. Batted .363 and scored 22 runs.

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Player: Rhianna Rogers

Position: Infield

School: Rio Mesa

Year: Jr.

Comment: Third baseman made only one error in 92 chances. Batted .378 with team-high 14 RBIs.

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Player: Kris Herman

Position: Infield

School: Buena

Year: Jr.

Comment: First baseman had 42 hits in 27 games, batting .488 with 26 RBIs. Had 18 extra base hits, including seven triples.

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Player: Oli Keohohou

Position: Infield

School: Newbury Park

Year: Fr.

Comment: Batted .420 with 23 RBIs. Had region-leading nine triples. Fourteen of her 34 hits went for extra bases.

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Player: Michelle Notaro

Position: Outfield

School: Westlake

Year: Jr.

Comment: Center fielder didn't make an error in 23 games. Batted .356 and had team-high 26 hits.

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Player: Tracey Milburn

Position: Outfield

School: Moorpark

Year: Sr.

Comment: Center fielder batted .510 and stole 21 bases.

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Player: Candace Roberts

Position: Outfield

School: Newbury Park

Year: Jr.

Comment: Center fielder batted .415 and had 18 RBIs.

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Player: Jennifer Richards

Position: Outfield

School: Thousand Oaks

Year: Jr.

Comment: Cleanup hitter batted .412 and led the team with seven doubles and 22 RBIs.

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Player: Lori Tande

Position: Utility

School: Simi Valley

Year: Jr.

Comment: Split time between shortstop and pitcher, where she had 10-6 record with 0.88 ERA. Also batted .370.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Gary Walin, Thousand Oaks.

Walin was projected for success before his fourth season as Thousand Oaks coach even started. He had all nine starters returning from a 1996 Lancer team that finished 21-9. And with its coach providing just the right touch, Thousand Oaks quickly advanced from title contender to Marmonte League front-runner. Top ranked in the region for most of the season, Thousand Oaks won its league, advanced to the southern section Division I semifinals and finished 26-4. Walin has a career record of 82-34-1.

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