It’s a monster week for softball honor roll, including two homers in a game by All-American candidate Gabrielle Maurice and three from All-American candidate Darian Tautalafua. Week’s best also includes one girl with two grand slams and nine RBIs in one game.
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(After games of Saturday, March 24; includes some games as of Wednesday, March 28; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Leilani Akai (Moreau Catholic, Hayward)
Banzai for Akai, after she homered twice and drove in five runs in a blasting by Moreau of crosstown Mt. Eden.
Vanessa Alvarez (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
After a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over St. Francis of Mountain View, early Ms. Softball State Player of the Year candidate Alvarez had seven straight shutouts. The Cal-bound sparkplug was 10-0 with a 0.52 ERA. She had given up 39 hits with 82 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched. As a batter, she also was hitting .512.
Kaylee Carlson & Nicole Dewitt (Pacifica, Garden Grove)
With little room for error, Carlson pitched eight shutout innings but had to settle for a no decision as she left the game before DeWitt provided a walk off home run in a 1-0 10-inning win over Yorba Linda.
Zoe Casas (Aquinas, San Bernardino)
The freshman outfielder had her second 4-for-4 outing in two weeks to help Aquinas defeat Calvary Murrieta of Murrieta 13-0. Casas also had two doubles in her 4-for-4 game. According to MaxPreps, she was hitting .700 in her first 14 games of the season.
Linda Cerda (Montgomery, San Diego)
Leaving her defense to stand and applaud for most of the game, this sophomore struck out 14 in a 16-0 win over Castle Park of Chula Vista.
Marissa Chapa (Newark Memorial, Newark)
The Cougars’ senior pitched a perfect game with 16 strikeouts in a 9-0 win over Danville San Ramon Valley. Chapa doesn’t pitch every inning but most of them in a season that had Newark at 7-0 to start and outscoring opponents 52-0.
Sabrina Colegio (Parlier)
Colegio gave it more than old college try in Parlier’s 24-12 slugfest win over Roosevelt of Fresno. She finished 5-for-6 at the plate with five RBIs.
Taylor Cruse (Mater Dei, Chula Vista)
Swinging a big bat, she homered twice and drove in seven runs in a 9-0 win over Horizon of San Diego at the Duds by Dudes Tournament. She also hit a grand slam home run in a 18-1 win over Aquinas at the same event.
Courtney Cuzick (Nipomo)
Cuzick has been making opponents sick going up against her so far this season. In a 3-0 win last week over Lompoc, she pitched a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts and went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and home run. Then one day later in a 3-0 victory against Carpinteria, Cuzick tossed a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts and went 2-for-2 with a double.
Emily Easom (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
The top basketball player from the Redwood Empire is pretty good at softball as well. The Portland State-bound hoopster (16.2 ppg) that led her team into the NorCal D4 quarterfinals was hot last week with bat in hand for the Wildcats’ softball team, going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored in a 13-6 victory over Branson of Ross.
Caitlyn Emberson (Taft)
Embers can burn and Emberson was hot when Taft destroyed Farmersville in an unfortunate 37-0 rout last week. Emberson went 4-for-5 at the plate, scored six times, smacked two grand slams, added a double and produced nine RBIs. Her single-game RBI total tied a CIF Central Section record, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
Ali Goldberg (Los Altos)
The Eagles’ senior struck out 39 batters in four games last week and also went 7-for-13 at the plate with a home run, two triples, a double and nine RBIs.
Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson)
She had quite the day last Friday as she pitched 19 scoreless innings and struck out a total of 48 batters while allowing just two total hits and earning three wins. Among those three games was a 2-0 win over Foothill of Palo Cedro that went nine innings. Hawkins had 22 strikeouts in that game and gave up just one hit.
Faith Kratz (Tri-City Christian, Vista)
There aren’t many home run stat stars in a 6-5 game, but Kratz smacked a pair of them, including a grand slam, when Tri-City topped Desert Mirage at the Torrey Invitational.
Amanda Llerena (Prospect, Saratoga)
The senior pitcher had 16 strikeouts last week in a 1-0 loss to Wilcox of Santa Clara. She came back to toss a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 1-0 victory over San Jose Oak Grove, and then ended the week pitching a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 2-1 win against Willow Glen of San Jose. In the Willow Glen win, Llerena also had a hit and scored the winning run.
Gabrielle Maurice (Johansen, Modesto)
The 2011 State Sophomore of the Year ripped a pair of homers earlier this week to lead the Vikings to a 3-2 win over Grace Davis of Modesto. Maurice hit those shots off of top pitcher Stephanie Crist, who has signed with Loyola Marymount. Maurice is committed to UCLA.
Amy Montag (Madison, San Diego)
With the aid of two doubles and a triple, Montag helped seven runs tag the plate during Madison’s 17-3 triumph against Francis Parker of San Diego.
Kathy Percheid (Arroyo, San Lorenzo)
She pitched a no-hitter with eight strikeouts in a big win over arch-rival San Lorenzo.
Alyssa Reina (Bear River, Lake of the Pines)
She led her team back into the winning column by going 5-for-6 with a home run, triple and four RBIs in two wins by the Bruins. After nine games, Reina was batting .679 with three doubles, three triples and four homers.
Lisa Rodrigues (Heritage, Brentwood)
The senior hurler has been stingy in her team’s 3-0 start. She had a 0.00 ERA and had given up only 12 hits with 29 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched. Last week in a 6-0 win over Concord Clayton Valley, she fanned 10 while two days earlier she had two hits and two RBIs at the plate in a win over Castro Valley.
Allison Rugar (Harker Academy, San Jose)
Not only did the Eagles’ junior pitch a perfect game and strike out 18 of the 21 batters she faced, she also hit a home run, drove in two and scored twice in a 6-0 victory over Alma Heights Christian of Pacifica.
Olivia Sandusky (Lutheran, Orange)
Making sure the Lancers wouldn't suffer a second loss this season, she homered twice and drove in five runs in a 6-3 win over Rosary of Fullerton.
Kim Scarsella (Tamalpais, Mill Valley)
The Cornell-bound senior hurler and all-state medium schools honoree last year is off to a great start for the Red-tailed Hawks. On Monday, she pitched a four-hitter with 17 strikeouts in a 9-1 victory over Redwood of Larkspur. So far, she’s 7-2 (6-0 Marin County Athletic League) with a 1.25 ERA, and has given up 31 hits with 101 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched. The 17 strikeouts was Scarsella’s high-water mark out of six double-digit performances so far this season. At the plate she’s hitting .655 with a home run, three triples, seven doubles, 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored. She was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored against Redwood. Scarsella also earns straight As in the classroom.
Amber Schisler (Santana, Santee)
Not only did she pitch a perfect game but she also homered and drove in three runs during a 11-0 win over Helix of La Mesa.
Savanna Sieger (Kingsburg)
Setting her season-high for strikeouts in a game, this sophomore struck out 17 batters while allowing just one hit in a 11-0 win earlier this week against Coalinga.
Tannon Snow (Chino Hills)
Putting on quite the show, this freshman phenom hit three home runs in a 11-0 five-inning win over Chaffey of Ontario.
Darian & Brianna Tautalafua (Carson)
Despite the game going just five innings, Darian went 4 for 5 with three home runs and six runs batted in as the Colts defeated Gardena 31-0. Brianna, who is just a freshman, hit her first career home run while driving in five runs. Darian now has nine home runs for the season.
Samantha Viot (Chowchilla)
She led her team to an 8-5 win over Reedley as she hit two home runs, which also was good for six RBIs.
Bryanna Ybarra (North, Torrance)
She had not just one walk-off home run but two walk-off home runs in a span of three days last week at the Torrance National Tournament. Ybarra first hit the winning home run against state-ranked Edison of Huntington Beach and then did it again against Torrance.