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Lloyd a difference-maker
Three Central Valley players earn all-league accolades
Freshman Scarlett Lloyd was selected to the WAC First Team. Lloyd was the Central Valley varsity softball teams top pitcher and hitter. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Just a freshman, Scarlett Lloyd performed like a veteran during her first season with Central Valley's varsity softball program.

Lloyd was one of the top hitters in the Western Athletic Conference.

She also started at pitcher.

Lloyd and Hawk teammates Nayeli Pelayo and Brianna Quiroz were all recognized in a vote by the WAC's head coaches earlier this month.

Scarlett was named to the WAC First Team.

Lloyd ranked second in home runs (3), fifth in batting average (.516), sixth in runs (13) and doubles (2), seventh in stolen bases (4), and eighth in RBIs (10) in conference play.

She compiled a 2-8 record with a 6.41 ERA and 54 strikeouts in the circle.

"Scarlett is extremely dedicated to the sport she loves," Central Valley head coach Regina Selfridge said. "She works hard both during practice and outside of practice to improve upon her already ample skills. We have big expectations for her next year. I would like to see all of her hard work pay off with her in the running for MVP Pitcher for the league next year. People look at her and see this 5-foot-11 crusher, but fail to remember she is only 14. Yes, she knows a lot, but she has a lot more to learn still. We can't wait to be on this incredible ride with her and watch her grow into a beast on the mound and continue crushing it in the box."

Pelayo, a junior catcher, earned all-conference honors for the third year in a row.

The second-team honoree batted .353 with one triple, four doubles, eight RBIs, eight runs and five stolen bases.

"We are extremely fortunate to have a leader like Nayeli," Selfridge said. "Nayeli is incredibly smart. She knows or remembers where most of the girls hit and uses that knowledge to our advantage. She is a remarkable young lady that leads by example. She is kind, works hard, and has positive comments for everyone on the team. She notices details most players her age do not and helps out her teammates with adjustments to improve their game. No disrespect to any of the catchers in our league, there are some great catchers, but I do believe Nayeli is the best catcher in WAC."

Quiroz, a sophomore utility player, was selected to the WAC Second Team.

She batted .457 with one double, eight RBIs, five runs and three stolen bases.

"Bri played a very important role on our team," Selfridge said. "When we were struggling in a position, we threw Bri in that position to help the team out. This year was her first time playing third base and she made some fantastic plays."

The Hawks (2-8) placed fourth in the WAC standings.

Central Valley doubled its conference win total from a year ago.

The 2017 Hawks totaled 55 runs against WAC competition. Central Valley scored just 27 times last season.

"We have an incredible group of young ladies that work hard together," Selfridge said. "None of this happens without all the members of the team. It has been awesome coaching this talented group of young ladies and I can't wait for us to make playoffs next year."