Central Valley’s varsity softball program had three players earn recognition during the Central California Conference’s year-end coaches’ meeting.
Junior first baseman Scarlett Lloyd won a major award by being voted CCC Offensive Player of the Year.
“It feels great knowing all my hard work paid off,” she said. “All the countless hours that I have put in on my own truly are showing how beneficial they have been. It’s truly amazing getting offensive player of the year. So honored because the other athletes I went against were great players as well.”
Lloyd batted .556 with one homer, three doubles, 20 hits, five RBIs and five runs.
She had slugging and on-base percentages of .722 and .590, respectively.
She ranked second in conference play in batting average, hits and on-base percentage. “She (Lloyd) was more patient hitting and didn’t always try to put the ball over the fence,” Central Valley head coach Regina Selfridge said. “She began to size up the fielders and placing the ball in locations that would allow runners to move around the bases and get herself on base. And you can see from the stats how successful that was.”
Lloyd also earned first-team all-league honors for the third year in a row.
She was selected to the Western Athletic Conference First Team her sophomore and freshman years.
Lloyd’s success would not have been possible without the support and guidance she’s received from her head coach, personal hitting coach (Debbie Nelson), parents, grandparents and sister.
“They all push me to be the best I possibly can be,” she said.
“From here on out, I can only get better,” Lloyd added.
Lloyd will add to her legacy as one of Central Valley softball program’s top players next spring. “Going in my freshman year, I had set a goal to stand out and give the program my best,” she said. “But to be considered one of the greatest exceeds my goals. It shows that if you put your mind to something, it can be accomplished.”
Senior third baseman Brianna Quiroz was selected to the CCC First Team.
She batted .526 with one homer, three doubles, 20 hits, six RBIs and seven runs in 12 games. She had on-base and slugging percentages of .571 and .684, respectively.
She ranked second in the CCC in hits, and third in both batting average and on-base percentage.
Quiroz was selected to the WAC First Team as a junior.
She was a second-team pick her sophomore year.
Sophomore utility player Samantha Espinoza earned second-team all-conference accolades. She batted .351 with one double, five RBIs and one run.
Central Valley compiled a 2-10 record en route to a sixth-place finish during its first season in the CCC this spring.