SCIAC Softball All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Softball All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Softball honors were announced Wednesday, following a vote by the league's member head coaches. 

A First Team All-SCIAC selection last year, Chloe Amarilla of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) was voted the 2019 SCIAC Offensive Athlete of the Year and a First-Team All-SCIAC selection following a stellar senior season. Amarilla hit .356 during conference play with four doubles, a triple, six homers and 25 RBI to go along with six walks and 11 stolen bases. Amarilla also registered a .409 on-base percentage and a .587 slugging percentage during conference competition this season. 

The SCIAC Offensive Athlete of the Year a year ago, Liz Rodarte of Pomona-Pitzer was voted the 2019 SCIAC Pitcher of the Year and is now a four-time First Team All-SCIAC selection. Also tabbed the 2016 SCIAC Co-Newcomer of the Year, Rodarte was terrific in the circle for the Sagehens, appearing in 108.1 innings over 24 conference games. She logged a 12-1 record and added two saves and finished the 2019 season with a 2.20 ERA. She also struck out 97 batters en route to helping Pomona-Pitzer secure the second seed in the upcoming conference postseason tournament. 

2019 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year honors went to CMS first-year utility Lauren Richards. Richards, who notched 25 hits, legged out six doubles and two triples and drove in 14 runs during SCIAC play, hit .284 for the Athenas en route to the top seed in the upcoming SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Richards was also stellar in the circle, tossing 99.0 innings with a 16-1 record and a save against league opposition. Richards fanned 42 batters and locked in a 2.26 ERA in her debut season. 

California Lutheran's Kendall Marinesi was voted the 2019 SCIAC Character Award winner for her displays of sportsmanship and outstanding character on and off the field. Kendall is a true leader on the field - offensively amongst conference leaders - and defensively at third base. Also just a great sport. She compliments other team's athletes on plays/hits and is friendly with other coaches. She is a tremendous leader and the epitome of a Division III student-athletes. She is a high achiever in the classroom and in the community. This year she organized a fall Special Olympics softball clinic at the Ventura County softball tournament, volunteered with skills clinics for Special Olympics (DIII Week), worked booth writing letters to first responders (DIII Week), and volunteering/teaching in 4th grade classes. She is also an active member in the Cal Lutheran FCA. 

In her second year at the helm, Gina Oaks Garcia of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and the Athenas staff were voted the 2019 SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year. After directing CMS to the fourth seed in the conference tournament a year ago and running the table to win the SCIAC Postseason Tournament, Garcia led her squad to the top seed in the upcoming 2019 SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Under her watch, the Athenas posted a 30-9 overall record and a 24-4 mark in conference play. 

SCIAC Athlete 
of the Year
SCIAC Pitcher
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
Character Award SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Chloe Amarilla
Liz Rodarte
Lauren Richards
Kendall Marinesi
Cal Lutheran 
Gina Oaks Garcia
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Chloe Amarilla CMS Sr. UT Claremont, Calif. 
Liz Rodarte Pomona-Pitzer Sr. P Ontario, Calif.
Lauren Richards  CMS Fy. P Pendleton, Ore.
Jiana Rojo  La Verne So.  P Newark, Calif.
Brittany Attaway  Whittier Sr. C Claremont, Calif.
Mykala Tokunaga  Chapman So. 1B Hilo, Hawai'i
Julianne Rodriguez  Redlands Sr. 2B Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Izzy Deatherage  Pomona-Pitzer Jr.  SS Alameda, Calif.
Kendall Marinesi California Lutheran Jr. 3B Santee, Calif.
Sienna Kendricks   La Verne Sr. OF Fresno, Calif.
Brianna MaGee  Whittier Fy.  OF Torrance, Calif.
Kacey Whitney  Whittier Sr. OF Cypress, Calif.
Megan Perron  CMS So.  DP Morgan Hill, Calif.
Samantha Whalen  Chapman Sr. UTL Livermore, Calif.
Megan Otsuka Pomona-Pitzer Fy. UTL  Roseville, Calif.
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Michaela Foisy  Chapman Jr. DP Discovery Bay, Calif.
Maddie Valdez  CMS So. C Ontario, Calif.
Nyla Gatison Occidental Jr. OF San Leandro, Calif.
Rachel Barker California Lutheran Sr. UTL West Hills, Calif.
Celeste Ekman California Lutheran Jr. SS Camarillo, Calif.
Jade Sanchez Whittier So. 3B Whittier, Calif.
Jannelle Ha Whittier So. SS Arcadia, Calif.
Nova Siegel Redlands Sr. C Fairfield, Calif.
Molly Spaniac CMS So.  OF Sammamish, Wash.
Hayley Wishner Whittier Jr. 1B Chino, Calif.
Karina Falkstrom Pomona-Pitzer So.  C Mundelein, Ill. 
Christine LoVerde Chapman Jr. OF Cypress, Calif.
Bailey Stevens  Occidental Sr.  Elk Grove, Calif.