Sunday, April 26, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Prep softball update: Rebuilding programs look to make history

By
From page B1 | March 27, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Who will be the next to make history in city high school softball?

Fifteen years ago, freshman Alicia Hollowell pitched Fairfield through an undefeated regular season and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title game. The Falcons won the next two championships to give the program four overall.

Ten years ago, senior Anjelica Selden hurled Vanden to SJS Division III finals. The Vikings had won two of the previous three titles.

Five years ago, sophomore Cheyenne Cordes helped slug Rodriguez to the SJS Division III crown. The Mustangs won again two years later.

Armijo also has a storied past. In 1978 the Indians went undefeated to win the SJS Division I championship – the first of two in a three-year span – and were name the Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year.

With Vanden the only current city team over .500 in league play, a repeat of such heroics is a long shot, but each has something to hang its hat on an and potentially bright future. Here’s a look at the four city softball teams:

Vanden

The Vikings lost two-time all-state player Rochelle Roberts but haven’t skipped a beat, again batting well over .300 as a team. Among their top returners are sophomores Kiwi McDaniel at shortstop/pitcher, Bailey Tingley at pitcher and seniors Talia Trujillo at third base/shortstop and Alexis McMahon at outfield/shortstop.

Also back are senior outfielder/catcher Irene Bonner, junior outfielder Jaycee Ruggiero and sophomore second baseman/outfielder Nadia Young.

Newcomers having a huge impact on the team are freshman first baseman/third baseman Hope Bradner, freshman utility player Korie Corral, sophomore catcher Sam Carter, junior pitcher/first baseman Jennifer Roberts and senior outfielder/catcher Haille Sheppard.

Also new to the team is junior outfielder Kailee Barnes.

Of his standout freshmen Bradner and Corral, Vikings coach Don Wakefield said, “I think you’ll be reading about them a lot.”

Wakefield, who’s been coaching the Vikings since 1995, said his goals for the season are simple: Win, have fun, win,” he said.

It doesn’t hurt that the strength of the team is that “everyone gets along,” according to their coach.

Fairfield

One of Wakefield’s former players Laeha Hill, is in her first season as coach of the Falcons and has a huge task ahead of her.

In several games in recent years they’ve given up more runs than some past Fairfield teams did in entire seasons.

Hill, a former Vanden standout who went on to play at Boise State, is looking to get the Falcons thinking big again.

“In the past this program used to be very competitive,” Hill said. “When I say competitive I mean the young ladies would not be satisfied with a loss and wanted to go to college and continue their career. Our goal this year as coaches is to strike a fire with these young ladies, to get them to want more than just being satisfied at staying where they once were and to get them to think about the possibilities to continue their career.”

Returning as starters for Fairfield are seniors Chelsey Aldana at third base, Adriana Lopez at center field, Alexis McKee at first base and Alejandra Sanchez as a utility player, juniors Monica Chapa at pitcher and first base and Destiney Moret at catcher and sophomore Shane Morita in the outfield.

Other starters for the Falcons are freshman Amani Randle at shortstop and catcher, freshman Mariah Andersen in the outfield and senior Nena Benavides at second base.

Also expected to contribute are first baseman Clarissa Contreras, pitcher/infielder Deniese Brown outfielder Monique Cruz and utility player Morgan Einchenberger.

“These young ladies have their work cut out for them this year compared to last year,” said Hill, whose younger sister Shasta Hill coaches the Fairfield junior varsity. “The one thing I will mention as softball program ‘strength’ is these young ladies have determination to make this program their own and want to learn more. As coaches we cannot ask more than that from our players and I am so grateful I have a great group of young ladies for my first year at a new program.”

Armijo

The Indians have already had several impressive outings on offense and in the pitching department as they look to make it back to the SJS playoffs.

Sophomore Destiny Blueford has been especially impressive at the plate and in the circle. Other returning starters are seniors Kelsey Bomar at shortstop and catcher, Alexandra Azzopardi at designated player, and Jessica Miller at first and third bases, junior Delaney Gray in the outfield and at second base, and sophomores, Celsa Faulstitch at second base and the outfield, Mariah Kalamaras at third base and the outfield, and Janece Williams at catcher and the outfield.

Other starters are first baseman Vanessa Pennella and sophomore infielder Jocelyn Breaux.

Also expected to make a splash are junior catcher Brittany Monk, sophomore third baseman/outfielder Kierra Tinsley, sophomore pitcher Cecillia Rubio and freshman pitcher/first baseman Elena Tak.

Rick Newman, who’s been coaching the Indians since before the turn of the century, sees “experience at key positions and strong defense” as strengths of the team.

Newman added that he’d like to see the team “develop stronger pitching with our young pitching staff to go with the defense, continue to work on fundamentals with our younger varsity players and work on developing better hitting.”

Rodriguez

The Mustangs have returning pitching depth in senior Brenna Mitchell and junior Rayna Damacion. Also back as starters are senior third baseman Amie Perkins, senior outfielder Destiny Campbell, junior shortstop Melissa Eisen and junior second baseman Julie Lopez.

Other starters include senior first baseman Ciara Bell, junior outfielder Cassidy Lanza and sophomore catcher/first baseman Halle Sullivan.

Also expected to contribute are outfielder Makenzie Alspaw, outfielder/catcher Lauren Riddle and catcher/outfielder Emma Vogliano.

“Our strength is in our returning group,” said Tracy Cordes, who’s in her ninth season as coach of the Mustangs. “They have another year of experience and should be a stronger unit this year. Our goals are to play with more desire and heart and improve our record from last year 910-15). The ultimate goal is to make playoffs. We have a great group of girls at Rodriguez and we are looking forward to a great season.”

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Solano cities celebrate Earth Day

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Hard-fought battle ends in victory

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
Children enjoy day of fishing at Fairfield pond

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Expo shows Kroc Center fun for whole Framily

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Suisun police execute tobacco sting

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A4

CHP offers free class for senior drivers

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Edibles in your landscape

By Daily Republic | From Page: C4

 
Patrons raise a glass to toast a good cause

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Walk MS hits stride along Suisun waterfront

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Covered California offers Solano enrollment events

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Weather for Sunday, April 26, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B6

 
Pay close attention to investment costs

By Mark Sievers | From Page: B7, 1 Comment

Be wary of next ‘big’ thing

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7, 1 Comment

 
.

US / World

With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 3 Comments

 
Remains of dismembered newborn found in South Los Angeles

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Spring storm delivers late rain, snow to Northern California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Starbucks stores reopen Saturday after computer glitch

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Nearly 17 million watch Jenner interview

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Aden hit by coalition airstrikes amid fierce street battles

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Mother in custody dispute freed after 8 years behind bars

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Italy marks 70th anniversary of anti-Nazi uprising

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

European authorities stop illegal horse meat network

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Italian navy rescues 274 from migrant ship off Libyan coast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Army shutting down wounded warrior transition care units

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Warrior pose: Yoga catching on as therapy for veterans’ PTSD

By The Washington Post | From Page: B10

Toll climbs after powerful quake hits Nepal: Things to Know

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Opinion

How can we give them more?

By Brian Thiemer | From Page: A8, 8 Comments

 
Sound off for April 26, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
Corruption tarnishes values of our ancestors

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 4 Comments

 
Obama sides with enemy

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 15 Comments

Who’s asleep at the switch?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

Brides show short wedding gowns more of the love

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Community Calendar: April 26, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Today in history: Sunday, April 26

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Vatican goes on offensive to defend US-Spanish saint

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
You get what you need with Jesus

By Noel Reese | From Page: C3, 4 Comments

 
How can I trust my husband after he texted a younger woman behind my back?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

Horoscope: April 26, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

 
Veterinarians are too expensive, and it puts pets at risk

By The Washington Post | From Page: C5

Old standby body-weight training still has moves

By The Washington Post | From Page: C7

 
Milan spiffs up for Expo 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: C7

.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
More copies of Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir being printed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Amber Tamblyn writes book of poetry about dead actresses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

Rain postpones NASCAR race at Richmond until Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Giants beat Rockies 5-4 in 11 innings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Warriors complete sweep with 109-98 win over Pelicans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Athletics drop 3rd straight game, 9-3 to Astros

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
US routs Canada 7-2 in semifinal at under-18 hockey worlds

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Watford back in Premier League after 8-year absence

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Several Kentucky Derby hopefuls get workouts in before rain

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Levy falters at Volvo China Open; 4 tied for lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Former Expos executive Jim Fanning dies at 87

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam team to lead Legends of Golf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Compton, Day top leaderboard in rain-plagued Zurich Classic

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Suzuki breaks Oh’s record for runs by a Japanese player

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Bulldogs get 10-0 baseball win over Panthers

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Canadian teen Henderson has 1-shot lead in LPGA Tour event

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Klitschko outpoints Jennings to defend heavyweight titles

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Michael Schumacher’s son makes strong Formula 4 debut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
A’s place Ben Zobrist on disabled list with knee injury

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

7 players from Royals, White Sox punished by MLB for brawl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Grizzlies hold off a late Trail Blazers rally to go up 3-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Hometown report: Bicycle racing, youth track

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

 
Bowling report for April 26, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

Bayless’ layup at buzzer gives Bucks 92-90 win over Bulls

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Nets beat Hawks 91-83, pull within 2-1 in series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Sports on TV for Sunday, April 26, 2015

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B5

 
This date in sports history for April 26

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Business

Veggies take center plate as healthy fast food chains expand

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
What’s in a hotel name? Guests try to decipher the mystery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Don’t panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9 | Gallery

.

Obituaries

Nicole Herdia Spann

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Reginald Morris Davis

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics