Santa Ynez's Maggie Usher led the Pirates in runs, RBIs and home runs this past season. She did so despite the fact that she was a sophomore.

Usher drove in 34 RBIs and smashed seven homers while scoring 34 times as the Pirates made strides as a team en route to a 20-8 season and a run to the CIF Southern Section Division 7 championship game. 

One of the more curious things about Usher's achievements, though, was her All-Los Padres League selection. She was voted to the All-League Second Team.

She has a different place on the Lee Central Coast Newspapers All-Area Team. Usher is the LCCN All-Area Offensive Player of the Year.

Usher batted .414 on the season, collecting 36 hits in 87 at-bats. She also had 10 doubles, which was good enough for second on the team. 

The LCCN All-Area selections do take playoff performance into consideration. That's where Usher separated herself from the rest of the pack. 

Usher belted four home runs in the postseason and drove in 13 runs in the four CIF games. She had seven RBIs in the semifinals against Santa Rosa Academy and five in the quarterfinals against Connelly. She had two home runs in each of those games.

Arroyo Grande senior Julie Lewis is the All-Area Pitcher of the Year. Lewis helped Arroyo Grande go 19-8 on the season and 10-4 in the PAC 8 League. Lewis has signed to pitch for Iowa State next year.

Righetti senior Delanize Wisz, who has committed to play for Loyola Marymount in college, is the All-Area Utility Player of the Year. Wisz provided consistent defense and production at the plate as the Warriors' third baseman.

The All-Area Gold Glove award winner is Cabrillo catcher Jordan Spice. Spice was a unanimous pick.

The First Team All-Area pitchers are Lompoc senior Lauren Wade and Righetti junior Gaby Arellano.

Wade has battled Cavernous Hemangioma Malformations, a rare disease that affects the blood vessels in the brain often causing bleeding in the skull, throughout her life.

But that didn't stop her from becoming one of the top pitchers in the Los Padres League for the Braves. Lompoc lost its first four games of the year but won its last seven regular-season games behind Wade. The Braves then lost to Arroyo Grande in the first round of the CIF playoffs.

Arellano was Righetti's top pitcher throughout the season, helping the Warriors go 9-5 in the PAC 8 League. 

Nipomo senior Gennae Abatti is the First Team catcher. Though the Titans struggled as a team, Abatti was her typical productive self at the plate. She led the Titans in nearly every offensive category. She batted .354 with 19 runs, 25 RBIs, five doubles and two home runs.

The First Team infielders are Arroyo Grande senior Bri Sa, Pioneer Valley junior Vanessa Gomez, Santa Maria junior Ehsya Glidewell and Santa Ynez's Anastazia Garcia.

Gomez has some of the most impressive offensive numbers around. In 21 games for the Panthers, she batted .536 with 10 runs, 30 hits, 18 RBIs, five doubles and three triples.

Garcia also had a monster season at the plate. The Cabrillo transfer batted .400 with 33 RBIs, 31 runs and 34 hits. 

The First Team outfielders are Santa Ynez freshman Yesenia Vega, Arroyo Grande senior Sam Oliver and St. Joseph sophomore Halli Hunter.

Vega had a dynamite freshman campaign for the Pirates. She led the team with 43 hits and had a .478 batting average. She scored 28 times and drove in 22 runs. She showed some pop with seven doubles and a pair of triples.

Hunter was named to the All-CIF team for St. Joseph. She batted .443 with 21 runs on 26 hits with five RBIs, six doubles and a triple.

Lompoc senior Cheyenne Marmolejo end her illustrious prep career with the Braves as the First Team utility player. 

Leading the All-Area Second Team is VCA pitcher Perla Paniagua, a senior. 

The Second Team catchers are Righetti junior Julia Jones, St. Joseph junior Ally Dias and Santa Ynez freshman McKenzie Ramirez.

The Second Team infielders are Lompoc freshman Sierra Preston, Arroyo Grande senior Kacie Burger, Orcutt Academy sophomore Daisy Esperanza and Righetti junior Sicili Brittingham.

The Second Team outfielders are Cabrillo senior Mallory Townsend, Santa Maria junior Exandra Madrigal and Cabrillo sophomore Brooklyn Gregory.

The Second Team utility player is Nipomo sophomore Lisette Coria.


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Alumni Fresno State