Five Bulldog softball players are selected for All League

Five Bulldog softball players were selected to the 2011 Palomar League All League team. The All Palomar selections and the team’s individual awards were announced at the awards banquet on June 7.

Senior shortstop Lexi Slater was the only Lady Bulldog selected to the first team. Slater led the team with a .488 batting average. She led the team with nine doubles and six home runs and drove in 27 runs.

Slater also played strong defensive. She was awarded the CIF Sportsmanship Patch.

In addition, she was selected the Lady Bulldog’s Most Valuable Player for the 2011 season. Slater will attend Iowa State University on a softball scholarship.

Cassie Ford was selected to the second team as a catcher. Ford hit .344 and led the team with 28 RBIs. She slugged four home runs and hit six doubles. In her first season as the full-time catcher, she worked with a young pitching staff.

Selected the team’s Co-Offensive Player, Ford will attend Colorado School of Mines on a softball/academic scholarship.

Freshman Kailey Hill was selected to the second team as an infielder. The versatile Hill played second, shortstop and pitched. She hit .343 with 23 RBIs and eight doubles. She hit five home runs.

As a pitcher, Hill struck out 52 in 72 innings. She was selected the Lady Bulldog’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

Julie Ward and Kellsie Domnitz received honorable mention. Domnitz, a senior, played first base and saw limited action in the circle as a pitcher. She hit .291 with 15 RBIs, five doubles and one home run. She will continue her education and softball career next season at Missouri Baptist University on a softball scholarship.

Ward handled most of the pitching duties in the Palomar League and in the CIF playoffs and also played outfield and contributed with her bat. She posted a 3.49 ERA and led the team with 108.3 innings pitched. She struck out 51.

She hit .211 with 10 RBIs and three doubles. She scored 20 runs. She received the Coach’s Award at the awards banquet.

Junior Kim Whelehon was selected as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. Whelehon was a utility player on defense. She played outfield and moved to second base when Hill was in the circle. She hit .202 and led the team in sacrifice bunts.

“All three of our seniors lettered four years and their leadership was very instrumental in our being the first softball team to reach the CIF finals in school history,” said Coach Robin Brainard at the school’s awards ceremony on June 2. “Their leadership and work ethic really helped the younger players develop and mature.”

“We improved every day,” said Coach Antoinette Rodriguez. “That is why we did so well in the playoffs. We played a very demanding schedule but we never lost sight of our pre-season goal.

“We wanted to get into the playoffs and reach the CIF finals. Our seniors led the way.”

   
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