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Coaches reward CHS, CV
Ceres High's Ryan Norton, Kaycee Creek and Taiylor Sakurada, and Central Valley's Alyssa Meshach were named to the Western Athletic Conference First Team in a vote by the league's head coaches last month.

With Norton, Creek and Sakurada leading the way, the Bulldogs finished third in the WAC standings (4-6).

Norton earned all-conference honors for the fourth year in a row. The senior leadoff hitter/centerfielder batted .333 (10-for-30) with one triple, four doubles, one RBI, eight runs and three stolen bases.

"She's gotten better every year," Ceres High head coach Donnie Donaldson said. "It's going to be tough to replace her. She was the leader of the team."

Creek, the Bulldogs' ace pitcher and No. 3 hitter, received first-team accolades for the third consecutive season. The junior batted .286 (6-for-21) with two homers, six doubles, one triple, six RBIs, five runs, one stolen base and a .619 slugging percentage.

Kaycee compiled a 3-4 record with a 1.27 ERA, three shutouts, seven complete games and 33 strikeouts while pitching. Just eight of the 18 runs she allowed were earned. Creek missed Ceres High's final three games with back spasms.

"You lose a lot when she's out of the lineup," Donaldson said. "She threw well. She was feared at the plate."

Sakurada, a senior utility infielder and the team's No. 5 hitter, batted .391 (9-for-23) with one triple, one double, five RBIs and five runs.

"It's her first time being recognized," Donaldson said. "She had a really good season. She made some incredible plays on defense."

Meshach logged playing time at multiple positions for the winless Hawks (0-10), including centerfielder, shortstop and third base. The senior batted .349 with one homer and played amazing defense.

"It was awesome to have someone like that on the team," Central Valley coach Margo Arzola said. "You could always count on her."

Patterson's Jessyca Rico won the league's Most Valuable Player award.

Los Banos' Kelsie Monroe was voted Most Valuable Pitcher.

Patterson and Los Banos shared the WAC title with identical 9-1 records.

Other all-league honorees were Central Catholic's Jose Flores, Emily Raspo, Jackie Zalinski and Monica Reno, Patterson's Melissa Robles, Stephanie Barraza, Stephanie Cantu and Brianna Gill, Los Banos' Taylor Snowden, Taylor Clancy and Lalli Bobadilla, and Livingston's Jessica Arias and Dominique Godoy.