SBVC Softball: Melchor named Player of the Year

SBVC Softball: Melchor named Player of the Year

SBVC Softball sophomore short stop Lauren Melchor (Redlands East Valley) was a unanimous selection as the Foothill Conference Player of the Year. An award bestowed upon Melchor after helping guide SBVC to its fifth Softball Foothill Conference title and it's first since 1998.

The team finished the regular season with a 26-13 overall record and a 12-3 conference record, wrapping up the regular season winning 9 of their final 11 games. They will wait until the state seeding meeting to find out where they fit into the Southern California Regional Playoffs picture.

Melchor became just the second SBVC softball player to be named Foothill Conference Player of the Year. She joins Shannon Williams, who won the award in 1988, as the only Conference MVP's from SBVC. Melchor also ends the regular season as the state leader in batting average, finishing with an SBVC-record .589 average.

Sophomore right handed starting pitcher Alicia Morris (San Bernardino Cajon) was named first team all-Foothill Conference for the second straight season. Morris set the single-season wins record in the circle this year by tallying 17 victories as pitcher.

Joining her on the first team is sophomore catcher Laurie Haro (San Bernardino Aquinas), who was a second team selection last year. Haro batted .397 with 27 RBI this season.

Sophomore third baseman Christina Acosta (Colton H.S.) was also named to the first team hitting .316 and scored 33 runs.

Joining her on the first team is sophomore second baseman Serena Ovalles (Redlands H.S.), who batted .325 and led the team with 32 RBI.

Those named second team all-Foothill Conference include sophomore right handed pitcher and first baseman Alese Graham (Redlands East Valley), who picked up seven wins in the circle, freshman outfielder Jesikah Fortunato (Colton H.S.), who batted .382 with 26 runs scored and freshman outfielder Samantha Ojeda (Grand Terrace H.S.), who knocked in 20 runs and scored 12.

The SBVC Softball team will compete in the Southern California Regionals on May 2 and 3 at a site to be determined.