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Pelayo, Quiroz represent Central Valley
Hawk duo competes in all-star contest
Central Valleys Nayeli Pelayo played in the Third Annual Paul Leonardo Memorial Western Athletic Conference vs. Central California Conference All-Star Game for the third year in a row. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity softball program had two representatives compete at the Third Annual Paul Leonardo Memorial Western Athletic Conference vs. Central California Conference All-Star Game.

Nayeli Pelayo, Brianna Quiroz and the WAC suffered a 4-3 loss while battling the CCC on June 6 at Livingston High School.

"It was awesome to see them be recognized for their hard work and capabilities," Hawks' first-year leader/WAC assistant coach Regina Selfridge said. "I'm hoping to get even more players out there next year."

"The most enjoyable part about playing in the game was getting to play with the girls I've played against this season and becoming close to them on the field," Pelayo said.

The WAC and CCC rosters featured players that earned all-conference honors during the 2017 regular season.

"The most enjoyable part of being an assistant for the game was getting to know and work with the talented girls from the other teams," Selfridge said. "We shared quite a few laughs in the dugouts and it was wonderful hearing where all the girls were going off to college to play the sport they love."

Pelayo, a junior catcher, earned second-team all-WAC honors in 2017.

She batted .353 from the plate with one triple, four doubles, eight RBIs and five stolen bases.

Nayeli was hitless in two-bats during the all-star contest. She logged playing time at first base and in right field.

"It was an honor to be selected to play in the game for the third year in a row," Pelayo said. "It feels good to know that I'm one of the top players in the league."

"I am incredibly happy to be able to coach a player like Nayeli," Selfridge said. "She is a natural leader, talented, a hard worker, and really understands the nuances to the game. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to continue watching her grow as a player."

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

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

Brianna logged playing time in center field at the all-star game.

She was also hitless in two at-bats.

Central Valley freshman slugger/pitcher Scarlett Lloyd also earned an invitation to play in the all-star game but couldn't due to conflicting schedule. Lloyd was playing travel softball in Georgia.

Lloyd earned first-team all-conference honors.

She 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 WAC play.

Scarlett compiled a 2-8 record with a 6.41 ERA and 54 strikeouts at pitcher.

Ceres High's Callie Nunes, Rayohna Sagapolu, Vianney Perez, Andrea Duran and Branda Villalpando also suited up for the WAC all-star squad.

"It was really cool to get to play with them rather than against them," Pelayo said. "They're talented players."

Central Valley doubled its league win total from a year ago this spring.

The Hawks (2-8) placed fourth in the Western Athletic Conference standings.