EC Preps




By Adam Paul



East County (6-2-19) – In my fifth season of covering softball in the East County, there were some very interesting results and many performances deserving to be recognized. So after it was all said and done these are the picks for this season’s prestigious awards and All-EastCounty.


First up is the award for Pitcher of The Year and this player showed all throughout why she deserved to be named to this award.

The award goes to Staci Chambers who despite splitting time put up numbers that showed why she was one of the dominant pitchers in the county and deserving of also being named to first team All-CIF.

Chambers on the season threw a couple of no-hitters and posted a subpar one ERA en route to also striking out 146 batters in 109 innings of work. She also posted a record of 14-5.

She helped anchor the staff for the Eagles as they maneuvered their way through the Grossmont Hills League undefeated of which was last accomplished by West Hills back in 2014.


Now Chambers could have swept the awards this season but after long consideration, a different direction was taken in choosing the Player of The Year.

This season both of these players were vital to their teams and were both named their respective leagues’ players of the year by the coaches.

So without further ado, Alexa Williams of El Capitan and Jessica “JJ” Venzor of Steele Canyon have been tabbed as Co-Players of The Year.

Williams for the Vaqueros came up big for them in the second game against the Helix Highlanders which was a winner-take-all contest as she went 7 innings giving up 2 runs in the victory. Not only did she pitch but in the circle, she batted .568 with 9 home runs and knocked in 29 runs. She was one of the cogs in the Vaqueros machine which led them to a high seed for Division II.

Venzor for the Cougars really opened eyebrows of many of the media not only with her bat but also glove. At shortstop, she made plays that many believed was not possible and kept the Cougars in many games.

At the plate, Venzor jacked 8 home runs and batted .482 while driving in 23 RBIs and scored 34 runs which were her second highest of her four-year career. She also had 41 hits which also was the second highest of her career. She was a key part of the lineup that teams feared and also a big reason for Audrey Bagge setting a new season record for home runs in a season. Venzor also earned second-team ALL-CIF as the various voting members recognized her attributes on the season.



Both players stood out for their roles in each teams success on the diamond and thus the reason for being tabbed Co-Rookies of The Year.

Brooke Horn (El Capitan) – Being called upon to pitch in a big game is one thing but to be a freshman and given the starting nod is another. Horn was given the nod against league foe Helix in which she picked up the win against her co-rookie of the year. Against the Highlanders, she struck out 5 while only giving up an earned run and was able to get out various jams of multiple runners on with less than 2 outs.

On the season she struck out 52 batters in 50.2 innings of work and showed why she will be one of the players to watch for the next three seasons.

Sophia Ramuno (Helix) – Despite posting a record of 6-7 on the season, Ramuno was asked to pitch against some of the best teams in San Diego including Torrey Pines. It was against these teams that she thrived against.

Her game against the Vaqueros the first go-around against Horn was one that she pitched well enough to pick up the victory as she struck out 7 on the day. Overall she struck out 96 in 87.2 innings of work and like Horn gives the Highlanders a bright future.


The next award is given the majority of the time to one who wins a CIF championship which unfortunately didn’t occur for the first time in my time covering softball. Had that happened it probably would have been shared.

A number of coaches could have been named but this one really stood out as they opened eyes in the media and across the county. For this reason, the selection of veteran coach Joe Cota of El Capitan was selected as ECPREPS Coach of The Year.

The Vaqueros who made the move from Division III to Division II this season really made a splash as they maneuvered their way from the low end to the #4 seed. Besides earning the #4 seed the Vaqueros won the Grossmont Valley League with an undefeated record and also won both their divisions for the Hilltop and Jaguar Tournaments.

El Capitan with their 21 wins on the season matched both the 2011 and 2012 squads.

Jessica “JJ” Venzor, Steele Canyon (12)

Katalina Contreras, Grossmont (11)

Madison Mendez, Santana (12)

Kaiah Altmeyer, Patrick Henry (9)

Haley Johnson, Granite Hills (11)

Samaria Roope, Grossmont (12)

Alexa Williams, El Capitan (11)

Audrey Shebloski, Christian (11)

Audrey Bagge, Steele Canyon  (12)

Staci Chambers, Granite Hills  (11)

Samantha Green, Valhalla (12)

Catie Dobbs, Granite Hills  (12)

Aly Allmann, Grossmont  (12)

Avery Perez, Helix (11)

Lauren Nett, Patrick Henry (11)

Bailey Wallace, Granite Hills (11)

Bianca Morales, Steele Canyon  (11)

Star Gaylord, West Hills  (12)

Lakaila Aquiningoc-David, Santana  (11)

Olivia Gigante, Patrick Henry (9)

Hailey Jenks, Patrick Henry  (11)

Bailey Olaveson, El Capitan  (12)

Allyson Von Yokes, El Capitan  (12)

Jessica Medlin, Grossmont  (12)




Brooke Horn, El Capitan (9)

Brooke Bertussi, Granite Hills  (11)

Sophia Ramuno, Helix (9)

Dezianna Patmon, Patrick Henry  (10)

Nicole Hernandez, Helix (10)

Sabrina Brown, West Hills (10)

Katy Hicks, El Capitan  (10)

Devyn Krystek, Christian (10)

Brandy Taylor, El Capitan  (10)

Danielle Directo, Steele Canyon  (12)

Kimmy Bond, Grossmont  (10)

Amaya Esparza, Granite Hills (11)

Natalie Emery, Grossmont (9)

Kelly Olson, Valhalla  (12)

Kate Manes, Christian  (9)

Jessica Dewitt, Patrick Henry  (10)

Rylee Omahen, Granite Hills (11)

Zoe Kuhlken, Helix  (11)

Madison Rosales, El Capitan (11)

Jade Hill, Valhalla  (12)

Sydney Huse, Granite Hills (12)

Tayler Thomas, Steele Canyon  (10)

Shelby Holmquist, Santana  (12)

Morgan Kelly, Granite Hills   (12)



Coach of the Year

Joe Cota, El Capitan


Pitcher of the Year

Staci Chambers, Granite Hills


Players of the Year

Alexa Williams, El Capitan

Jessica Venzor, Steele Canyon


Rookies of the Year

Sophia Ramuno, Helix

Brooke Horn, El Capitan




Player of the Year: Lexi Sosa, Mater Dei Catholic

Bound for UCLA, Sosa was 24-2 with a 1.07 ERA and 237 strikeouts in 177 innings as a pitcher. Plus, she hit .462 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs. The Crusaders finished the season 31-4, beating Rancho Bernardo in the Open Division title game.

Pitcher of the Year: Haley White, Torrey Pines

Headed for Boston College, White finished the season 19-7 with a 2.77 ERA. She struck out 202 batters in 159 innings. She also hit .368 with four homers and 11 RBIs.


Pos-Name, School, Yr.

P-Lexi Sosa, Mater Cei Catholic, Sr.

P-Allie Boaz, Rancho Bernardo, Sr.

P-Haley White, Torrey Pines, Sr.

P-Staci Chambers, Granite Hills, Jr.

P-Alexis Guevara, Bonita Vista, So.

C-Alyssa Garcia, Mater Dei Catholic, Sr.

C-Sharlize Palacios, Eastlake, Sr.

C-Desiree Dufek, La Costa Canyon, Sr.

Inf-Cydney Sanders, San Marcos, So.

Inf-Sydney Steele, Poway, Sr.

Inf-Rachel Warrens, SD High Tech, Sr.

Inf-Seneca Curo, Ramona, Sr.

Inf-Alexa Williams, El Capitan, Jr.

OF-Alyssa Vilke, Scripps Ranch, Sr.

OF-Paige Dimler, RBV, So.


Pos-Name, School, Yr.

P-Samaria Roope, Grossmont, Sr.

P-Cassidy West, Mission Bay, Jr.

P-Lilly Martinez, Brawley, Jr.

C-Annie Villalobos, San Pasqual, Sr.

Inf-Sophia Real, Poway, Sr.

Inf-Taylor Gray, Scripps Ranch, Sr.

Inf-Catalina Contreras, Grossmont, Jr.

Inf-Alena Ramirez, Mater Dei, Jr.

Inf-Jessica Acosta, Central Union, Jr.

Inf.-Micaela Macario, Bonita Vista, So.

Inf.-Jessica Venzor, Steele Canyon, Sr.

OF-Mia Rushton, Rancho Bernardo, Jr.

OF-Bailey Wallace, Granite Hills, Jr.

OF-Kyra Chan, Torrey Pines, Fr.

OF-Hannah Slike, Eastlake, So.

Coach of the Year: Mike Centrullo, Mater Dei Catholic



2019 Grossmont Conference – Hills League


Pitcher of the Year: Staci Chambers 11th (Granite)

Player of the Year: Jessica Venzor 12th(Steele)


1st All-League:

Staci Chambers 11th (Granite)

Haley Johnson 11th (Granite)

Catie Dobbs 12th (Granite)

Samaria Roope 12th (Grossmont)

Jessica Venzor 12th (Steele)

Audrey Bagge 12th (Steele)

Bianca Morales 11th (Steele)

Samantha Green 12th (Valhalla)

Lakaila Aquininigoc-David 12th (Santana)

Star Gaylord 12th (West Hills)


2nd All-League:

Amaya Esparza 11 (Granite)

Bailey Wallace 11 (Granite)

Brooke Bertussi 11 (Granite)

Madison Mendez 12 (Santana)

Danielle Directo 12 (Steele)

Sabrina Brown 10 (West Hills)

Kelly Olson 12 (Valhalla)

Delaney Stettler 12 (Valhalla)

Aly Allmann 12 (Grossmont)

Katalina Contreras 11th (Grossmont)

Honorable Mention

Granite Hills

Rylee Omahen 11

Sydney Huse 12

Morgan Kelly 12

Steele Canyon

Amanda Whipple12

Tayler Thomas 10

Morgan Kelly 12


Bailey Munch 11

Maryn Jordan 9

Jade Hill 12

West Hills





Shelby Holmquist 12


Jordan Brown 12

Jessica Medlin 12

Natalie Emery 9

Grossmont Conference – Valley



Player of the Year: Alexa Williams 11 (El Capitan)

Pitcher of the Year: Sophia Ramuno  9 (Helix)


1st Team All-League: Alexa Williams 11(El Capitan)

Allyson Von Yokes 12 (El Capitan)

Bailey Olaveson 12 (El Capitan)

Kristina Angeles 12 (El Capitan)

Sophia Ramuno  9 (Helix)

Avery Perez 11 (Helix)

Erin Brown 11 (Helix)

Nicole Hernandez 10 (Helix)

Abigail Johnston 10 (Monte Vista)

Dessire Corona 11 (Monte Vista)

Alexis Schneider 9 (Mount Miguel)


2nd Team All-League:

Meeah Matanane 11 (Monte Vista)

Ionna Upham 12 (Monte Vista)

Narissa Segrist 12 (Monte Vista)

Isabella Bordine 10 (Helix)

Zoe Kuhlken 11 (Helix)

Kasey Castro 11 (Helix)

Hannah Davis 11 (El Capitan)

Madison Roseles 11 (El Capitan)

Olivia Martinez 11 (El Capitan)

Brooke Horn 9 (El Capitan)

Honorable Mention

El Cajon Valley

Damarise Martinez 12

Hillary Rico 11


Cameron Jonilonis 11

Mount Miguel

El Capitan

Katie Collier 11

Katy Hicks 10

Brandy Taylor 10













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