The UC San Diego softball team is off to a 5-0 start after winning each of its games in the season-opening Desert Stinger Tournament over the weekend at Majestic Park in Las Vegas.
Kelsi Maday, a Napa High School graduate, is the Tritons’ starting center fielder and is batting .250 (4-for-16, double, home run, four RBIs) after five games.
There were 28 teams in the tournament, which was hosted by Montana State University, Billings.
Maday was honored as one of the Athletes of the Year by UC San Diego at the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Recognition Banquet last year in La Jolla.
The event honored Triton student-athletes for their athletic achievements, excellence in the classroom and outstanding community service efforts over the 2016-17 campaign, according to a report on the school’s website.
Maday received first-team honors for the second year in a row on the California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Conference team.
Maday, who started all 52 games in the outfield, was named to the 2017 Division II Conference Commissioners Association Softball All-West Region Second Team.
She batted .395 with 13 doubles and 42 stolen bases. She also had 44 runs, 37 RBIs and a .468 on-base percentage for the Tritons, who finished 30-22 overall and 21-19 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Schafle, Aggies continue water polo season
Kathleen Schafle, a sophomore attacker from Napa, scored five goals for the UC Davis women’s water polo team at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend. It was held at the Avery Aquatic Center and Belardi Pool in Palo Alto.
Schafle, a Vintage High graduate, had two goals in the Aggies’ 14-9 loss to Cal.
She scored a goal in Davis’ 9-8 win over Long Beach State.
Schafle scored two goals in the Aggies’ 14-9 loss to Michigan.
Win for PUC men’s basketball
Four players scored in double figures for the Pacific Union College men’s basketball team as the Pioneers beat the University of Antelope Valley in Lancaster, Calif., on Saturday, 74-67.
The Pioneers (9-11 overall, 6-5 California Pacific Conference) were led by Noel Briones (14 points, three rebounds), Brandon Franklin (12 points, 10 rebounds), Jayson Marquez (10 points), Devon Pinnock (10 points, four rebounds), Wayne Englestad (10 points), Jeremiah Blandin (six points, five rebounds), Rae Hubbard (five points), and Leandre Powell (five points).
Pacific Union, which had a 31-24 lead at halftime, is in fourth place in the CalPac.
The Pioneers came back from a 40-35 second-half deficit. PUC was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final minute.
NVC gets first win of baseball season
Jacob Ray pitched 4 1/3 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief to get the win and the Napa Valley College baseball team picked up its first win of the 2018 season on Friday, 11-4 over host West Hills Coalinga.
Ray struck out one.
Felipe Gonzalez got the start and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits, striking out seven and walking three.
Napa Valley overcame six errors and scored five runs in the seventh inning.
The top hitters for the Storm (1-2 overall) were Brooks Green (2-for-4, RBI), Aaron Reardon (1-for-4, RBI, double), Josh Abraham (1-for-5, RBI), Justin Banks (1-for-3, RBI, double), Clayton Espino (1-for-5), Louis Hall (1-for-4), and Trent Davis (1-for-4, RBI).
Napa Valley players on Solano softball team
The Solano Community College softball team, which has five Napa Valley players, is off to a 2-0 start following nonconference wins over De Anza-Cupertino, 13-1 and 2-1.
Molly Schnurr (Napa, outfield), Alexa Vavricka (Vintage, catcher/infield), Baylee Robben (Vintage, infield), Jamie Batto (Vintage, catcher/outfield), and Adriana Montuya (American Canyon, pitcher/infield) are on the Falcons’ roster.
Robben (2-for-3, RBI) and Schnurr (2-for-3, two RBIs) contributed to the offense in the first game. Montuya allowed one run (earned) on five hits, walked three and struck out five in five innings.
Vavricka (1-for-1) and Batto (1-for-2, RBI) stood out in the second game.
Canepa off to solid start for Santa Rosa
Vintage High graduate Joe Canepa, who plays first base, is batting .429 (6-for-14, three doubles, home run, six RBIs, five walks) for the Santa Rosa Junior College baseball team.
The Bear Cubs (3-1 overall) also have Juan Lopez-Rios, an infielder/pitcher from Vintage.
Damon Neidlinger, Santa Rosa’s head coach, is a Napa High graduate.