The 2016 season was filled with positive transitions as the team was guided, in his third season, by Jerry Tivey.
SBVC was beset by some early difficulties as Coach Tivey had to cobble a team together, made almost entirely of true freshman and one sophomore from an SBVC team two seasons ago. There were no active returners from last year's team.
Then the impossible happened, SBVC played tremendously well and ended the season tied for second in Conference for a playoff seed, but in head-to-head, they fell a game short of the post season. None the less, the future looks very bright for the eight freshmen who were regular starters during the 2016 season. SBVC finished with a record of 15-22 overall and 10-5 in Conference, finishing tied for second, wrapping up the regular season on an 8-2 run and demolishing their rival in the final games of the season.
Of the nine position players, seven won All-Foothill Conference awards, something to build upon as the team transitions into the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) next season. SBVC will face 2016 playoff teams like: Grossmont, Palomar and Southwestern, along with teams like: Mt. San Jacinto, San Diego Mesa, San Diego City, College of the Desert and Imperial Valley.
For just the third time in SBVC softball history, a Wolverine was named the Foothill Conference Player of the Year. Savanah Guzman, a sophomore shortstop (Redlands H.S.), was named the 2016 Player of the Year for the Foothill Conference. This marks the second consecutive year that head coach Jerry Tivey's squad has had its shortstop named Conference Player of the Year, with Guzman following in the footsteps of All-Californian, Lauren Melchor (Redlands East Valley).
Guzman, who was also named first-team All-Foothill Conference for the 2014 season, hit .393 on the season with 31 RBI and 32 runs scored. She also set a single-season SBVC mark with 17 doubles (and the career mark with 28 in two years). Guzman led the conference in doubles and extra-base hits as wells as the combination of runs scored plus RBI. Her two-year totals put her in the top-five of most SBVC offensive categories.
SBVC was honored with three additional First-team All-Foothill Conference selections. First-team pick, freshman pitcher Terilyn Baude (San Bernardino Cajon), registered all 15 of SBVC's wins this year, leading the conference with 111 strikeouts.
Also named First-team All-Foothill Conference was freshman catcher Destiny Flores (Rialto Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower), who scored 18 runs along with 16 runs batted in, was also named to the first team.
The final SBVC player named First-team All-Foothill Conference was freshman third baseman Alexandra Woods (Riverside John Wesley North). Woods, who at some point during the season, played every position except catcher, tallied a .550 batting average with 13 RBI in conference play and set single-year and career SBVC marks with 12 sacrifices.
The second-team All-Foothill Conference picks were led by freshman center fielder Erin Alvizo (Fontana Henry J. Kaiser), who hit .371 in conference and scored 18 runs on the year.
Also honored second-team All-Foothill Conference was freshman right fielder Selena Roldan (San Bernardino Cajon), who scored 19 runs, knocked in 11 and batted .301.
The third SBVC second-team All-Foothill Conference honoree was second baseman Desiree Donley (San Bernardino Options 4 Youth), who tallied 18 runs scored, 11 RBI and had a .390 on base percentage in Foothill Conference play.
SBVC's final All-Foothill Conference selection was an Honorable Mention award for freshman left fielder Desiree Gonzalez (Redlands H.S.). Gonzales came on strong the second half of the season, scoring 12 runs and finishing with a .321 batting average.
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