All-Empire Large School Softball and Player of the Year

LARGE SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Player of the Year
SHONNA CHRISTIANSON
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

FIRST TEAM
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

SECOND TEAM
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

HONORABLE MENTION
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

COACH OF THE YEAR
Jeff Pratt, Santa Rosa