Rivals during the regular season, Vianney Perez, Rebecca DeLeon and Andrea Duran teamed up with Scarlett Lloyd, Brianna Quiroz and Nayeli Pelayo earlier this month at Fourth Annual Paul Leonardo Memorial All-Star Softball Game.
Perez, DeLeon, Duran, Lloyd, Quiroz, Pelayo and the Western Athletic Conference lost 9-0 to the Central California Conference on June 12 at Livingston High School.
Vianney, Rebecaa, Andrea and Ceres High topped Scarlett, Brianna, Nayeli and Central Valley twice (2-1, 6-1) in WAC play.
"There was no tension because of the rivalry. We all wanted the same thing. We wanted to win and have fun.”Andrea Duran
“There was no tension because of the rivalry,” Andrea said. “We all wanted the same thing. We wanted to win and have fun.”
“Even though we’re rivals, I consider us pretty close,” Nayeli said. “The most enjoyable part was getting to unite and play together. I really enjoyed getting to hang out with them. They are really nice girls.”
“Glad to have got the experience to play with CHS rivals,” Scarlett said. “It was great getting to have them behind me and knowing that they would make the plays to get out of the inning.”
“It’s cool getting to know players from different teams,” Vianney said. “It’s completely different when you’re playing against each other.”
Perez logged playing time at shortstop and second base on defense.
She singled once on offense.
DeLeon logged playing time at pitcher, third base and right field.
Duran logged playing time at second base, center field and left field.
Lloyd recorded three strikeouts in three innings at pitcher.
She batted 1-for-3 from the plate.
Quiroz logged playing time at first and third base, and in the outfield.
She batted 1-for-4.
Pelayo logged playing time at catcher and in right field.
She batted 1-for-3.
A total of eight players were awarded $500 scholarships, including Vianney and Scarlett.
Perez was named the game’s top defensive player.
“I feel really honored to receive that,” said Perez, who will enter the 11th grade at CHS this fall. “I was surprised because I thought they only gave them (scholarships) to seniors.”
Scoreless through four innings, the CCC broke the game open by tallying six runs in the sixth inning.
“There was a lot of energy,” Duran said. “Everyone was excited. We got hit but didn’t string them together. We left runners on base quite a bit.”
“It was competitive in the beginning,” Perez added.