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Locals to showcase talent
• Pair of all-star games to be held in Livingston
CV Brianna and Scarlett
Central Valley High School’s softball program will have three representatives in the Central California Conference-Central California Athletic League Memorial All-Star Game next Tuesday in Livingston. Brianna Quiroz and Scarlett Lloyd and Samantha Espinoza (not pictured) will suit up for the CCC team. - photo by Dale Butler

The top high-school softball players from the Western Athletic Conference, Trans Valley League, Central California Conference and Central California Athletic League will travel to Livingston on June 11 to compete in the Fifth Annual Paul Leonardo Memorial All-Star Games. 

Central Valley High School leader Regina Selfridge will help coach the CCC, which will battle the CCAL at 3 p.m.

“I always help out in some capacity,” she said. “It’s fun. There’s no pressure. Of course, you want to win.”

Selfridge will reunite with Hawk players Scarlett Lloyd, Brianna Quiroz and Samantha Espinoza.

Lloyd, Quiroz and Espinoza will team up with players from Patterson, Atwater, Buhach Colony, Merced Golden Valley and El Capitan.

The CCAL roster will feature talent from Enochs, Gregori, Turlock and Pitman.

The contest will start at 3 p.m.

Lloyd and Quiroz have been teammates for the past three seasons.

Brianna will graduate from Central Valley this week.

“It’s an end of an era for the two of them,” Selfridge said. 

Lloyd was voted CCC Offensive Player of the Year this spring.

She batted .556 from the plate with one homer, three doubles, 20 hits, five RBIs and five runs.

Quiroz earned first-team accolades.

She batted .526 with one homer, three doubles, 20 hits, six RBIs and seven runs in 12 games. 

“Each one has their gifts,” Selfridge said while praising Lloyd and Quiroz. “But they’re so polar opposites. Bri is a quiet leader. Scarlett is an outspoken leader. She likes the limelight. Bri is going to leave a huge hole. She was a true utility player. I’m going to have to have somebody slide into that role but it’s not going to be fully filled.”

Espinoza was a second-team pick.

She batted .351 with one double, five RBIs and one run.

“That girl works hard,” Selfridge said. “She always tries to improve. I can see her becoming a leader on the team.”

Central Valley compiled a 2-10 record en route to a sixth-place finish during its first season in the CCC.

A total of six all-league players from Ceres High will suit up for the WAC  team, which will be coached by Bulldogs leader Mike Corsaut.

They are Brooklyn Heffernan, Shania Evans, Rebecca DeLeon, Vianney Perez, Cheralyn Durossette and Megan Yorba.

“I haven’t decided on my starting lineup yet,” Corsaut said. “I’d like to have all six Ceres girls on the field at one time. That will be fun.”

Heffernan, Evans, DeLeon, Perez, Durossette and Yorba will team up with players from Los Banos, Pacheco, Beyer, Grace Davis and Mountain House.

The TVL team features talent from Ripon, Escalon, Hilmar, Hughson and Livingston. “There are a lot of good players in the TVL,” Corsaut said. “The girls in the WAC are so talented. It’s going to be a high-scoring game.”

Heffernan was named co-Most Valuable Player of the WAC this spring.

She batted .481 from the plate with one homer, two triples, six doubles, 16 RBIs and 15 runs.

She posted a 6-0 record at pitcher with a 1.17 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 42 innings.

Evans, DeLeon and Perez received first-team honors.

Evans batted .431 with one homer, three triples, 11 doubles, 13 RBIs and 17 runs. 

DeLeon batted .429 with three homers, seven doubles, 19 RBIs and 11 runs.

Perez batted .317 with three homers, one triple, three doubles, eight RBIs and 19 runs.

Durossette and Yorba garnered second-team recognition.

Durossette batted .298 with one homer, eight RBIs and nine runs.

Yorba compiled a 6-1 record at pitcher with a 2.21 ERA, 51 strikeouts and one save in 45 innings.

First-place Ceres High had a near-perfect 13-1 mark versus WAC competition.

The WAC will compete against the TVL at 3 p.m.

“I think it’s cool to be able to showcase the talent from the Valley,” Corsaut said.

“We’re starting to get more all-star (events) for more sports, which is really nice,” added Selfridge, who helped coach at the First Annual Stanislaus County Girls Volleyball All-Star Game this past November in Turlock. “The girls get awards and scholarships.”