Ten SCIAC Players Garner NFCA All-Region Honors

Ten SCIAC Players Garner NFCA All-Region Honors

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The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) had 10 softball players garner National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-West Region honors as recently announced by the organization.

Three SCIAC players were tabbed First Team All-West Region by the NFCA including first baseman Mykala Tokunaga of Chapman, third baseman Kendall Marinesi of California Lutheran, and designated player Megan Perron of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS). All three players were named First Team All-SCIAC selections earlier this month following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches. 

Tokunaga helped Chapman to a 19-23 overall record that was keyed by an 18-10 mark in conference play in 2019 as the Panthers secured the third seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. On the year, Tokunaga hit .388 with 33 hits, four doubles, two triples, two homers, and 22 RBI in 34 games played. At first, she also logged a .972 fielding percentage, registering 206 putouts on 218 total chances with six assists. She also had a hand in 10 double plays which tied for the conference lead in the category. 

Marinesi notched a .957 fielding percentage at the hot corner notching 36 putouts and 104 assists in 146 total chances in the field. At the plate she hit .417 with 48 hits including 12 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs and 39 RBI. She added a .507 on-base percentage and a .904 slugging percentage in 2019. 

Helping the Athenas clinch the top seed in the SCIAC tournament and an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship, Perron logged a .442 batting average which tied for the SCIAC best over the course of the season. She recorded 61 hits, highlighted by 16 doubles, three triples, and three homers while driving in 42 runs. CMS's routine designated player, Perron registered a .480 on-base percentage and slugged at a .667 clip during the campaign. 

Earning second team all-region plaudits were Liz Rodarte of Pomona-Pitzer, Julianne Rodriguez of Redlands, Chloe Amarilla and Maddie Valdez of CMS, and Sienna Kendricks of La Verne. In addition to earning First Team All-SCIAC honors, Rodarte was tabbed the SCIAC Pitcher of the Year, while Amarilla was voted the SCIAC Player of the Year in 2019. Rodriguez and Kendricks were each voted all-conference first team members, while Valdez earned a spot on the second team. 

Third Team All-West Region honors went to Megan Otsuka and Izzy Deatherage of the Sagehens as they helped Pomona-Pitzer lock in the second seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Both were also First Team All-SCIAC honorees this year.