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The Los Angeles Times 1998 All-Valley Softball Team

June 18, 1998

Cara Blumfield / El Camino Real

Bats/throws: R/R

5-5, Jr., Infielder

* All-City Section shortstop helped Conquistadores to 4-A Division final by batting .513 with 31 runs batted in. But as good as she was offensively, she was better on defense. Selected West Valley League most valuable player.

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Meredith Cervenka / Crescenta Valley

Bats/throws: R/R

5-8, Fr., Pitcher

* Selected Pacific League most valuable player. Was region's only unbeaten pitcher in regular season and finished 18-1 with 0.23 earned-run average. In one stretch, hurled 72 consecutive shutout innings. Batted .378.

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Kelley Cook / Glendale

Bats/throws: R/R

5-9, Sr., Infielder

* Helped Glendale rally late in season to qualify for Southern Section Division I playoffs. Batted team-best .414 and led Dynamiters in nearly every offensive category. Signed with NCAA champion Fresno State.

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Kristi DiMarco / Palmdale

Bats/throws: R/R

5-8, Sr., Outfielder

* Arguably region's most dominant baserunner. Surpassed 100-hit, 100-stolen base mark for career early in season. Batted .427 with three home runs, 21 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.

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Jennifer Durost / Highland

Bats/throws: R/R

5-4, Sr., Infielder

* Second baseman, headed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, batted .381 with 22 RBIs. Teamed with Jennifer Smith to form region's best middle infield. Was key factor in Highland reaching Division I quarterfinals for first time.

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Christina Enea / El Camino Real

Bats/throws: R/R

5-4, Fr., Catcher

* Shined in first season of varsity competition. Batted .506 and led City Section players in region with eight home runs. Ranked second on Conquistadores with 29 RBIs. Was All-City 4-A selection.

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Sara Hall / Calabasas

Bats/throws: R/R

5-9, So., Catcher

* Batted team-best .473 with 11 doubles and 25 RBIs for Coyotes, who captured first league title in more than two decades. Behind plate was rarely challenged by baserunners.

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Melinda Moulden / Crescenta Valley

Bats/throws: R/R

5-10, Jr., Utility

* Repeat All-Valley selection played first base and was Falcons' No. 2 pitcher. Became one of region's most feared hitters. Led Falcons with .391 batting average, four home runs and 23 RBIs.

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Kellie Nordhagen / Hart

Bats/throws: R/R

5-6, Sr., Infielder

* Third baseman was one of region's best fielders. Anchored Indians' infield and helped lead them to first Foothill League title since 1992. Repeat All-Valley selection batted .288.

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Amber Slaton / Quartz Hill

Bats/throws: R/R

5-9, Sr., Infielder

* Four-year varsity starter was heart of Quartz Hill's defense at shortstop. Played key role in Rebels' drive to first Division II title. Batted .295 with three home runs and 16 RBIs. Was 2-0 as pitcher.

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Jennifer Smith / Highland

Bats/throws: R/R

5-6, Sr., Infielder

* Rhode Island-bound shortstop was leading hitter on the region's best-hitting team. Batted .430 with 30 runs and 18 RBIs for Bulldogs (24-6), who set school record for victories.

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Coy Ray and Ben Meyer / Quartz Hill

Co-coaches of the year

* Partners for 11 seasons, Ray and Meyer guided Rebels to second appearance in section final and first championship. Unseeded Quartz Hill (24-3-2) upset Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeded teams to win Division II title.

(BEGIN TEXT OF INFOBOX / INFOGRAPHIC)

1998 ALL-VALLEY SOFTBALL, SECOND TEAM

POSITION: P

NAME, SCHOOL: Jaclyn Aranda, Village Christian

YEAR: Sr.

COMMENT: Was 22-2 with 276 strikeouts in 162 innings; batted .494 with 27 RBIs

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POSITION: P

NAME, SCHOOL: Amanda Fortune, Hart

YEAR: So.

COMMENT: Foothill League player of year was 15-5 with 0.60 ERA

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POSITION: P

NAME, SCHOOL: Amy Rosson, Calabasas

YEAR: So.

COMMENT: Had 229 strikeouts in 141 innings for Frontier League champions

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POSITION: C

NAME, SCHOOL: Olaya Salazar, Quartz Hill

YEAR: So.

COMMENT: Batted .326 with 26 RBIs for Division II champions

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POSITION: C

NAME, SCHOOL: Jemma Santos, Louisville

YEAR: Sr.

COMMENT: Mission League player of year batted .382

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POSITION: C

NAME, SCHOOL: Lauren Watson, Valencia

YEAR: Fr.

COMMENT: Defensive force led Vikings to first playoff appearance

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POSITION: INF

NAME, SCHOOL: Sandra Aken, Harvard-Westlake

YEAR: Sr.

COMMENT: Shortstop had five home runs and 20 RBIs for Div. IV semifinalists

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POSITION: INF

NAME, SCHOOL: Becca Baldridge, Crescenta Valley

YEAR: Sr.

COMMENT: San Jose State-bound shortstop anchored infield

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POSITION: INF

NAME, SCHOOL: Amanda Melton, Saugus

YEAR: Sr.

COMMENT: Michigan State-bound shortstop batted .337 with 21 RBIs

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POSITION: INF

NAME, SCHOOL: Melissa Rawson, Highland

YEAR: Jr.

COMMENT: First baseman batted .359 with four home runs and 36 RBIs

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POSITION: INF

NAME, SCHOOL: Alena Valdez, Paraclete

YEAR: Sr.

COMMENT: High Desert League MVP batted .356 with 18 RBIs

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POSITION: OF

NAME, SCHOOL: Julie Watson, Saugus

YEAR: So.

COMMENT: Defensive standout batted team-best .363

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POSITION: UTL

NAME, SCHOOL: Patty Del Real, Kennedy

YEAR: Jr.

COMMENT: Batted .618 with 26 RBIs; was 12-6 with 0.98 ERA

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1998 ALL-VENTURA COUNTY SOFTBALL TEAM , FIRST TEAM

POSITION: P

NAME, SCHOOL: Cindy Ball, Camarillo

YEAR: Sr.

COMMENT: Marmonte League most valuable player was 12-1 and batted .436

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POSITION: P

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