Whitcomb, Thompson NSL all league

Yosemite High softball team (5-20, 0-10 NSL) standouts, junior pitcher Amy Whitcomb, and her behind the plate teammate, sophomore catcher Katie Thompson, have been named North Sequoia League first team all league selections.

Junior shortstop Lynette Combs, and freshman first baseman Gianna Mascola were selected by league coaches for the all league second team.

Team leader Whitcomb, had a .426 batting average (No. 2 on the team), recorded 26 hits, with an on base percentage of .544, and a team-leading 14 runs scored.

On the mound, she recorded 121 strike-outs on the season with a 4.22 ERA in 111 innings pitched. She was the team’s starting pitcher for all but two games this season, and finished the season with a 5-18 record. She’s playing this summer for The Dirt Dogs Travel softball team out of Fresno.

Thompson, had the highest batting average (.435) on the team, the third highest in the league. She also had the highest team slugging percentage (.548), placing her No. 5 in league. The cleanup batter in the lineup, Thompson had one over-the-fence homer, and co-lead the team in RBIs with 10.

“Katie is a wall at catcher, letting very little get past her all season long,” said Coach Suzette Combs.

Thompson is playing summer travel ball with Central Valley Alliance out of Fresno.

Lynette Combs, another team leader, finished the season tied for first in RBIs (10), was No. 3 on the team in slugging average (.383), tied for No. 1 in stolen bases (5), and had the fewest strike outs with 50 or more at bats.

She was also second on the team in runs scored (13), base on balls, and had a .873 fielding percentage at shortstop.

Combs is playing summer travel ball with Thompson for Central Valley Alliance.

Mascola has a .935 fielding percentage at first base for the Badgers.

“She saved her teammates many times digging out poorly thrown balls to first,” Coach Combs said. “She has an excellent work ethic and leadership ability.”

Mascola is playing on the YGSL travel 16U team this summer.

Freshman Hannah Hurtado, and Sarah Meeks, junior Kaitlynn Lemos, and senior Emma Rita were named to the NSL Academic All League team.

“We had a very young team this year and I am looking forward to next season, only loosing two seniors. I have great expectations for our next season and have a number of young softball players coming up through the YGSL softball league.

JV awards

JV player Mikaela Grey was named the JV team’s MVP, and Caitlan Burns was the Best all Around player at the team’s end of season banquet.

Other JV awards went to Charlotte Burough (best defensive player), Alyssa Allison (best on bases), Luci Montoya (coaches award), Victoria Ginn (most ageressive player), and Kylioe Seals (most improved).

Tami Franke, the YHS JV coach is coaching the 16U YGSL travel softball team this summer. A number of Yosemite JV and varsity players and a few eighth graders are playing this summer to improve their skills and prepare for next year.

- Staff Report