The 2017 All West Valley Preps softball team

Sunrise Mountain’s Hanna Krosky (#8) throws a pitch against Pueblo Magnet May 2 during a 4A softball quarterfinal at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria. (Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps)

West Valley Preps

This is the fifth year West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best softball players it covers in the Northwest Valley.

Here is the 2017 All West Valley Preps softball team:

First team

C – Grace Schmidt (Junior) Sunrise Mountain

1B – Ursula del Campo (Senior) Cactus

2B – Pilar Gutierrez (Senior) Sunrise Mountain

SS – Alynah Torres (Sophomore) Cactus

3B – Sophia Carroll (Freshman) Shadow Ridge

OF – Brynlee Gibbs (Senior) Cactus

OF – Lizzy Cartwright (Senior) Deer Valley

OF – Madison Gomez (Sophomore) Ironwood

UT – Hayley Bejarano (Senior) Shadow Ridge

P – Devynn Marshall (Senior) Shadow Ridge

P – Emile Guerra (Junior) Cactus

P – Hannah Krosky (Senior) Sunrise Mountain

Second team

C – Payton Alsobrooks (Senior) Mountain Ridge

1B – Ashleigh Perkins (Sophomore) Liberty

2B – Dren Meginnis (Sophomore) Centennial

Centennial pitcher Alanna Moran delivers a pitch against Vista Grande during the fourth inning of their state playoff game on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (Ralph Freso for West Valley Preps)

SS – Katie Hatcher (Sophomore) Paradise Honors

3B – Natalie Del Ponte (Junior) Centennial

OF – Mackenzie Federico (Junior) Willow Canyon

OF – Ashlyn Buntin (Sophomore) Paradise Honors

OF – Rosemary Rodriguez (Senior) Dysart

UT – Kaliegh Holland (Senior) Willow Canyon

P – Alanna Moran (Junior) Centennial

P – Alicia Anaya (Junior) Valley Vista

P – Cassidy Young (Senior) Shadow Ridge

Underclassmen to watch: Cactus – Carson Gambs OF (Soph.), Kaitlyn Leyvas, C (Fr.); Centennial – Makenzie Celaya C (Soph.); Deer Valley – Lauren DePalma OF (Fr.); Dysart – Yadhira Mendoza UT (Fr.); Kellis – Madison Fusich (Soph.); Liberty – Tatum Chestnut OF (Fr.); Mountain Ridge – Mikenzie Zaitz 1B (Fr.); Northwest Christian – Hope Flisyn OF (Soph.); Paradise Honors – Makenah Rau 1B (Fr.); Peoria – Andraya Romero 1B (Fr.); Shadow Ridge – Aris Carroll IF (Fr.), Mickaela Covarrubio OF (Soph.); Sunrise Mountain – Sydney Bickel UT (Fr.), Summer Pells 3B (Fr.); Valley Vista – Andraya Rhinehart (Soph.); Willow Canyon – Carrigan Foster P/3B (Soph.).

Cactus’ Alynah Torres (#4) hits for a single against Sunrise Mountain May 4 at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix. (Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps)

Player of the year: Alynah Torres, Cactus – I guess we won’t write her in pen for this award for four straight years — Shadow Ridge’s Sophia Carroll may have something to say about that — but it will be close to automatic at this rate. Pitchers were more careful with the slugging shortstop, and she still batted .617, smashed 12 home runs and drove in 71 runs. She had OPS of 1.786. And the Arizona State University commit is more than an offensive machine. Torres had a fielding percentage of .966 on 116 total chances

Runner-up: Hanna Krosky, Sunrise Mountain – Krosky was still one of the Mustangs’ top sluggers. But she’s here for what was almost her debut season as a pitcher. After three years as the team’s power hitting first baseman, Krosky took a role in the circle — probably to save wear and tear on sophomore Dallis Mitchell initially. But by the stretch run, Krosky was clearly the team’s best pitcher. Despite rarely throwing even in club tournaments, she held her own against Cactus in a semifinal upset and versus power-packed Tucson Canyon del Oro in the 4A title game loss.

The Sunrise Mountain infield gathers as they meet with head coach Jody Pruitt against Canyon Del Oro in a 4A final game May 9 at Farrington Stadium in Tempe. The Dorados defeated the Mustangs 4-2. (Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps)

Coach of the year: Jody Pruitt, Sunrise Mountain – It sis not end in the program’s fifth state title, but 2017 may have been the best coaching job in the history of Mustang softball. Beyond the early pitching quandary, Sunrise Mountain also lacked power compared to its elite teams of the past. Yet the offense still rolled. Sunrise Mountain knocked off Cactus and hung with Canyon del Oro, the two teams in 4A with a clear advantage in overall talent.

Runner-up: Vicki Bejarano, Shadow Ridge – Two more big steps for the standard bearing program in Surprise. The Stallions improved all the way to the No. 2 seed in Division II, won their first two playoff games and pushed runner up Tucson Sahuaro before collapsing in an elimination game against Queen Creek. Bejarano has been clear that she expects more of the program, but the Stallions continue to make progress as the competition gets tougher.

 

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