All-Empire Large School Softball and Player of the Year

Player of the Year
Pitcher/left field, Rancho Cotate, senior

Rancho Cotate coach Dave Johnson knew he had an imposing one-two combination on the mound this year, but he figured his No. 1 starter would be Katy Kibbe. The junior was very good, make no mistake. But Christianson was a revelation. She improved her control and her ball movement, and wound up leading the Cougars in wins (11-0), ERA (1.29) and strikeouts (79).

With arms like that, it’s no surprise Rancho went 21-5, won the NBL and advanced to the NCS Division 2 semifinals. And Christianson was almost as good in left field when Kibbe was pitching; she hit .400, scored 25 runs and collected 19 RBIs.

“She was probably our steadiest player throughout the year. She was very consistent,” Johnson said. “She’s a very good outfielder. And she started a lot of rallies for us — or finished them. We had a lot of late-inning wins, and she was a big part of it.”

— Phil Barber, The Press Democrat

Amanda Cuccaro, INF, Montgomery, senior
Chelsea Martin, SS, Petaluma, junior
Nicole Ochoa, P/OF, Analy, senior
Morgan Taylor, 2B, Rancho Cotate, senior
Kayla Tyler, SS, Windsor, senior
Denia Vera, P, Santa Rosa, freshman
T.J. Watts, C, Petaluma, junior
Megan Winters, SS/P, Analy, junior
Savannah Wode-Shura, SS, Healdsburg, senior

Gina Barnacle, P/1B, Petaluma, sophomore
Riann Bumpus, P, Ukiah, senior
Allie Corids, 3B, Petaluma, junior
KayKay Fronda, CF, Rancho Cotate, sophomore
Ashley Ludlow, P, Casa Grande, junior
Haily MacDonald, SS, Ursuline, senior
Lindsey Rocha, C/OF, Sonoma Valley, freshman
Maely Sedlik, INF, Montgomery, senior
Katie Smallcomb, INF, Ukiah, junior

Vic Diab, OF, Montgomery, junior
Mikaela Francis, INF, Maria Carrillo, sophomore
Jessica Hutchison, OF, Windsor , senior
Courtnie Morton, 3B, Rancho Cotate, senior
Ashley Porter, P/OF, Casa Grande, junior
Morgan Rasmason, OF, Windsor, junior
Stephanie Sack, CF, Casa Grande, junior
Robin Skelton, Util., Rancho Cotate, senior
Alison Wendler, C, Santa Rosa, sophomore

Jeff Pratt, Santa Rosa