Avina, Kamalani named second team all league

Minarets High School softball players Baylee Avina (pitcher/third base), and Kalea Kamalani (pitcher/catcher) have received second team all league honors in the West Sequoia League.

The Mustangs enjoyed a powerful 1-2 punch with the two juniors this season. Avina was 4-8 on the season with a 4.43 ERA, while recording 36 strikeouts. The talented pitcher was sidelined with a hip injury as the Mustangs began league play but was able to play at third base.

She was the team’s leading hitter, batting .492 on the season. She had eight doubles while leading the team in hits with 29 and 16 RBIs.

Kamalani was just as important to the Minarets season, hitting .455 including a home run and two triples, recording 27 hits on the season.

Although she was new to the position, Kamalani took on the duties behind the plate and played like a seasoned veteran. She was second in RBIs with 13, and her .952 fielding percentage led the team.

Gianna Paolinelli recieved honorable mention from the WSL. The sophomore transfer from Clovis North, batted .339 with 20 hits in 59 at bats (five doubles).

At the end of season awards banquet, Avina recieved Most Valuable Offensive Player, Kamalani recieved Most Valuable Defensive Player, and the Mustang Award presented by Coach Ginny Taylor.

The team voted junior Faith Noland Most Inspirational, in only her second year of organized softball.

In Taylor’s first year leading the Minarets varsity softball team, the Mustangs placed third in the WSL.

Playing a team of underclassman, the Mustangs had one starting senior, Alex Jimenez, and played in a league dominated by D-IV and D-V teams.