FAN VOTE: 2016 SoCal Prep Legends Softball Player of the Year


We are giving the power of the VOTE to the fans.
Look at the list of the SoCal Prep Legends’ best softball players and select who you think should be honored as the SCPL Softball Player of the Year for 2016.
Each player description is linked to a more elaborate description of the player’s 2016 season.

Mo Sobel
Oaks Christian

Sobel was at the forefront of Oaks Christian’s sparkling 30-2-1 campaign. The Seton Hall-bound Sobel earned the Marmonte League’s Pitcher of the Year award, garnered All-CIF Division 2 honors and was named 2016 Daily News Player of the Year. She produced a 20-2 record with a 1.62 ERA. She had 110 strikeouts and 38 walks in 134 innings this season.

Natalie Lugo
South Hills

She didn’t just lead South Hills to the Palomares League title, she did it with an astonishing statistic. In going a perfect 10-0 in league, Lugo didn’t allow an earned run. Lugo finished 18-6 with a whopping 0.62 ERA with 279 strikeouts in 159 innings. For the second consecutive year, Lugo, who verbally committed to the University of Florida when she was a freshman, has been selected the Tribune softball player of the year.

Melanie Olmos
Grand Terrace

Olmos, who has signed with 2016 Women’s College World Series champ Oklahoma, capped her prep career in grand style. She posted a 17-1 record and 0.22 ERA and helped Grand Terrace win the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship. Olmos also was a contributor on the offensive side of the ball for the Titans, hitting .380 with 21 RBI from the cleanup spot.

Vanessa Taukeiaho

The senior outfielder hit .640 (64 for 100) with 22 multiple hit games, an on-base percentage of .692 and a slugging percentage of 1.430. Those numbers helped earn her USA Today first-team All-American honors. She is headed to Oklahoma, which recently won the College World Series with a fairly young team.

Janelle Rodriguez
La Habra

Before re-suffering a back injury, she was one of the top pitchers in the area, winning 11-of-12 games with a 1.44 ERA. She also had 71 strikeouts in 63 innings. But after the injury pushed her out of the circle, she still found a way to contribute, hitting .321 with 14 RBIs. Rodriguez also had some big hits to keep the Highlanders ranked in the state top 5 for much of the season. Rodriguez is committed to Cal State Fullerton.

Haley Mitchell
Temple City

Quite simply, Temple City High School slugger Haley Mitchell was the most-feared hitter in the area this season. After hitting .446 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs, and helping Temple City win 12 games and stay in the Rio Hondo League title race until the final game of the season, Mitchell is the Star-News Player of the Year.

Montana Dixon

Dixon hit .493 with a .654 on-base percentage this season while leading Lakewood to its fifth consecutive Moore League title and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals, where she hit two home runs in a loss. The Stanford-bound catcher has also been named a scholar-athlete, All-Moore League first team, All-CIF-SS, All-CIF State and Press-Telegram Dream Team in all four years of her Lancer career.

Camryn Ybarra
Mission Viejo

The junior outfielder led the Diablos in batting average (.514), home runs (12), hits (54), on-base percentage (.617) and runs scored (33), which earned Ybarra the Register’s Orange County softball player of the year award. Ybarra went a combined 25-for-42 against the elite pitchers in the top three tournaments on the west coast – the Best of the West, the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions, and the Michelle Carew Classic.

Marissa Moreno

Moreno, a San Diego State-comitt, was flat out dominant. Moreno finished with a team-record 23 wins with a 1.01 ERA and 0.72 WHIP. Her 252 strikeouts fell just 12 short of the school record. Moreno helped her own cause at the plate throughout the season, hitting five homers and driving in 20 runs as well. She also picked up key wins against Redondo, with 13 strikeouts in a shutout, and hurled a combined 47 strikeouts in four wins over league foes West and South Torrance.

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