California high school basketball season is officially complete as of March 12, the end of the first CIF State championships since the 2018-19 season. That means our weekly roundups and our Athlete Of The Week voting are now dedicated to spring sports for the rest of the 2021-22 school year.
Here's a look at the top performers in high school softball and baseball last week (March 14-20) throughout Northern California.
Note: Entries are based on information provided by coaches, statisticians, media members and high school basketball fans. Don’t see any details for your team’s game? Email some stats to email@example.com. All spring sports – not just baseball and softball – are eligible!
Lynsey Chiala, Los Gatos:
Chiala pitched one-hit shutouts against Fremont and Burlingame in consecutive days, with 15 combined strikeouts. She also went 6-9 with a double, a triple, a home run, and seven RBIs.
Aissa Silva, Elk Grove:
Silva threw complete game shutouts in both of the Herd's games last week, amassing 26 strikeouts in 13 innings. She also went 4-8 at the plate and drove in five runs.
Kira Morris, Eureka:
Morris threw a five-inning no-hitter and went 2-3 in a 10-0 rout of South Fork.
Marissa Martinez, Watsonville:
Martinez led Watsonville to a 3-0 week with 11 RBIs, two homers, and three doubles on 8-10 hitting.
Caroline Grimes, Del Oro:
Grimes threw complete game shutouts against St. Francis (Sacramento) and Oak Ridge with 17 K's in 12 innings, and also hit two home runs last week.
Emma Fales, Branham:
In a win against Milpitas, Fales threw a complete game shutout and went 3-3 with two runs scored. She also had another complete game victory with no earned runs allowed against Wilcox, and two scoreless innings and a save against Gilroy.
Emmie Walker, Coalinga:
Walker led the Horned Toads to a 4-0 week going 11-16 with 13 stolen bases and scoring eight runs.
Ainsley Waddell, Sequoia:
Waddell scored a run, drove in a run, and tossed a two-hit shoutout with 12 K's in a 3-0 win against St. Ignatius. In the Ravens' other game, a 10-0 win against Pioneer, she went 4-4 with a homer and four RBIs and also threw another shutout with eight strikeouts.
Melina Mendoza, Pinole Valley:
Mendoza led the Spartans to a two-game sweep of Salesian going 7-9 with three long balls, seven RBIs, and six runs scored.
Mariah Montalvo, St. Francis (Watsonville):
Montalvo blasted three home runs for six RBIs in a rout of Monte Vista Christian, and went 3-4 with a homer and three RBIs in a 6-5 loss to North Monterey County. Alicia Mendez had three homers against Monte Vista Christian as well for the Sharks.
Grace Townsend, Cupertino:
In two games last week, Townsend went 7-7 with six RBIs and three runs scored.
Avery Motroni, Capuchino:
Motroni led the Mustangs to a 2-0 week by going 4-5 with five RBIs, a home run, and two walks.
Elon James, Manteca:
James went 6-11 with 10 RBIs in three games, including two home runs three doubles.
Ella Meyers, Monterey:
Meyers helped lead the Dores to a 3-1 record batting 8-13 with four home runs and nine RBIs.
Jessica Werthman, Archbishop Mitty:
Werthman tossed a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in an 8-0 win against Los Altos.
Jena Emerson, Live Oak (Live Oak):
In a pair of blowout wins, Emerson went 6-8 with four RBIs and pitched nine innings with one run allowed.
Rose Malen, Marin Catholic:
Malen went 2-1 in the circle with only one earned run and six baserunners allowed in 17 innings, and a whopping total of 34 strikeouts. She also went 3-3 with three RBIs in MC's 13-0 win over Tamalpais.
Nash Horton, St. Francis (Watsonville):
Horton threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 win against North Salinas, striking out nine in six innings. He also batted 3-4 with an RBI and a run.
Malcolm Moore, McClatchy:
Moore led the Lions to a dominant 3-0 week going 8-10 with four long balls, four doubles, and 10 RBIs.
Matt Campopiano, Northgate:
Campopiano went 8-9 with three walks to drive in five runs and score seven times, leading Northgate to a 3-0 week.
Cole Leschak, Pittsburg:
In a rout of Irvington, Leschak pitched seven scoreless innings with only three hits allowed, and went 3-4 with two doubles, three RBIs, three runs scored, and a walk.
Evan Balingit, San Ramon Valley:
Balingit helped lead the Wolves to a 3-0 week batting 7-10 with three runs scored, four RBIs, and six stolen bases.
Brady Wetzel, California:
Wetzel led the Grizzlies to a 2-0 week by going 6-6 with two RBIs and scoring five times.
Carl Schmidt, Marin Catholic:
Schmidt went 6-10, including four extra-base hits, with five RBIs and five runs scored. He also threw five scoreless innings and got the win in one appearance for the 3-0 Wildcats.
Daniel Mazon, Pitman:
Mazon led the Pride to a 2-0 week going 5-7 with four RBIs.
Zane Denton, Las Plumas:
Denton helped lead the Thunderbirds to a two-game sweep of Oroville batting 3-6 with seven RBIs, hitting two homers including a grand slam.