The 2018 softball season saw Poly and Mayfield share the Prep League championship and one year after missing the playoffs, Maranatha earned a share of the Olympic League title.
Despite not having a single Pasadena area school go beyond the second round of the CIF playoffs, Maranatha, Mayfield, Flintridge Prep and Poly all had very successful seasons.
It was a rebuilding year for FSHA and La Salle, but they too had their moments this year.
Most of the area powers saw a number of underclassmen step up, so the prognosis for 2019 looks really good for the area.
Maranatha earned a 2-1, first-round victory over Heritage in the CIF-SS Division 5 playoffs in 10 innings, but the Minutemen dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in the next round at La Canada.
Flintridge Prep earned postseason victories over Coastal Christian and Santa Clarita Valley International by a combined score of 45-6.
San Gabriel Mission, though, ended the Rebels season, 13-4, back on May 22.
Poly earned a 10-1 playoff victory over Ramona Convent and then fell, 6-3, to Faith Baptist in the second round.
Mayfield earned a 10-0 first-round win over St. Genevieve, but Moreno Valley ended the Cubs roller coaster season.
Here are the area’s top players for 2018.
Collette Allen, La Salle sophomore: The Lancers pitcher has a monster sophomore season with team highs in average (.559), hits (33), RBIs (36) and nine home runs. She also won seven games in the circle and struck out 112 batters in 107 innings.
Brennah Bronk, Poly junior: The Panthers pitcher won seven games in the circle with a 2.74 ERA, and struck out 83 batters in 74 innings pitched. She also had 21 hits, batted .362, scored 25 runs and had a team-best 31 RBIs. Bronk had eight doubles, a triple and she belted six of Poly’s nine home runs this season.
Natalie Dale, Flintridge Prep senior: The Rebels infielder hit. 463 with 25 hits, she scored 32 runs, which were second for Prep and drove in 10 RBIs. Dale doubled four times, had two triples, one home run, 11 stolen bases and was considered one of the area’s best shortstops.
Jaylin Domingo, Mayfield junior: The Cubs pitcher did everything for her team, including winning 14 games in the circle and striking out 100. Domingo also hit .500 with 30 hits, 17 runs scored, 25 RBIs and eight doubles and helped the Cubs earn a share of the Prep League title.
Maylana Domingo, Mayfield senior: The Cubs shortstop helped Mayfield earn a share of the Prep League title by batting .328, with 20 hits, she tied for second with 25 runs scored, drove in four runs and collected five doubles.
Grace Fosselman, La Salle freshman: The Lancers shortstop hit .418 with 28 hits, scored 24 runs and finished with 12 RBIs. She also had two doubles, a triple, a .477 on-base percentage and seven stoles bases.
Aly Granados, Maranatha junior: The MHS infielder-outfielder helped lead the Minutemen to an Olympic League championship and a trip to the second round of the CIF Division 5 playoffs. She had 21 hits, 17 runs scored, 18 RBIs, six doubles, a triple and three home runs.
Melissa Grande, Flintridge Prep junior: The Rebels infielder hit .517 with 31 hits, 28 runs scored and she drove in 25. She also had 11 doubles, two triples, stole 10 bases and had a .707 slugging percentage.
IO Jette-Kouri, Westridge senior: The Tigers infielder led her program in average (.458), hits (22), runs scored (16), stolen bases (10) and doubles (7). She also added nine RBIs, two triples and one home run. Her .509 on-base percentage was second best for the Tigers.
Megan Kelleher, Poly sophomore: The Panthers infielder hit .400 for the Prep League’s co-champions. She collected 18 hits, scored 10 runs and was third on her team with 10 RBIs. Kelleher doubled four times and had an on-base percentage of .550.
Alli Lombardo, FSHA senior: The Tologs pitcher led FSHA with her .432 average, 35 hits and 23 RBIs. She also had seven doubles, a triple, and was 5-2 in the circle with a 3.45 ERA. Lombardo struck out 20
Miranda Lopez, Maranatha Junior: The MHS infielder had another solid year for the Minutemen, hitting .415, with 27 hits, she scored 21 runs, had 17 RBIs and she doubled four times and homered twice for the Olympic League champs.
Priscilla McAllister, Maranatha Junior: The MHS catcher hit .361 with 22 hits, 16 runs scored and 11 RBIs. She doubled and tripled twice and homered once, and went 5-for-5 in the first round of the CIF playoffs in a 1-0 victory over Heritage. She led off the 10th inning with a base hit and scored the game winner.
Kristen McCann, Marshall senior: The Eagles pitcher-infielder hit a team-best .553 with 21 hits, 10 runs scored and she drove in 10 runs. She had nine doubles, two triples and a home run. In the circle, McCann struck out 31 batters in 34 innings pitched.
Libby Penn, Flintridge Prep junior: The Rebels star batted .429 with 24 hits, 25 runs scored and 18 RBIs. She also doubled nine times, tripled twice and had a home run. Penn also had a .522 on-base percentage.
Courtney Rasic, FSHA senior: The Tologs pitcher-outfielder was second on her team with 34 hits and just one back of Alli Lombardo. She batted .430, scored 13 runs and drove in 18. Rasic also had six doubles and two triples. Rasic won five games in the circle and struck out 40 batters.
Alyssa Romo, Mayfield junior: The Cubs infielder won two games in the circle and contributed offensively by batting .385 with 25 hits, scored 25 runs and drove in 23 for the Prep League’s co-champions. Romo also had seven doubles, two triples and a home run.
Gracie Rose, Maranatha senior: The MHS infielder led the Olympic League co-champions in average (.460), hits (29), runs (27), walks (14) and doubles (13). Rose drove in eight runs, stole 11 bases and had an on-base percentage of .564 from the leadoff spot.
Sophia Sansone, La Salle junior: The Lancers infielder hit .441 with 30 hits, 20 runs scored and 25 RBIs. She a team-best nine doubles, one triple and was second with seven home runs. She was second in on-base (.479) and slugging (.911) percentages.
Emma Stellar, Flintridge Prep freshman: The Rebels catcher was nothing short of amazing and had team highs in average (.548), hits (34), runs (33), RBIs (39), doubles (11), triples (3) and home runs (8), and she also added eight stolen bases.
Julia Watson, Mayfield junior: The Cubs infielder was incredible with team highs in average (.584), hits (45), runs (32), RBIs (29), doubles (10), triples (3), home runs (4) and stolen bases (4) for the Prep League’s co-champs.
Vivian Wheeler, Poly junior: The Panthers’ outfielder had a season to rival anyone. She hit .561 with 37 hits, 40 runs scored and 20 RBIs. Wheeler had seven doubles, two triples and a home run, and she went 3-0 in the circle for the Prep League’s co-champs.
Rory Xanders, Poly Junior: The Panthers center fielder didn’t tear the cover off the ball, but she was a game-changer with her glove and arm, and helped Poly earn a share of the Prep League title. She also had 12 hits, 12 runs scored, 5 RBIs and a pair of doubles.
Cate Ziegler, FSHA sophomore: The Tologs infielder hit .390 with 23 hits, she scored a team-high 25 runs and drove in 13. Ziegler’s 14 doubles also led her team, and she had one triple and a home run. She also had a .538 on-base percentage.