HANFORD — Hanford West concluded its first year in the Central Sequoia League on the final day of April and the results were consistent with how they performed in the West Yosemite League.
The Huskies (19-10, 9-3 CSL) competed for a league title for much of the season, ended in a tie for second place with Kingsburg, played each opponent tough and had some high selections in the All-Central Sequoia League teams.
Hanford West shortstop Josie Simas, catcher Allison Heffley and third baseman Gracyn Coleman were all named to the First Team after their outstanding league play.
Simas led the team in 12 league games with a .592 batting average, including four doubles and eight stolen bases. The senior added 14 RBIs and 14 runs with a .640 on-base percentage and .715 slugging percentage.
“Josie really stepped up in a big way this year and really elevated her game and hit for such a high average as well,” Russ Heffley said. “I was really happy with her taking her game to the next level.”
Allison Heffley, the 2018 WYL MVP, had another solid season and batted .550 with 17 RBIs and 17 runs. She also hit six doubles and three home runs, which helped her reach an .805 slugging percentage in her senior campaign.
“I expect it from Ally,” Russ Heffley said with a laugh. “I would’ve like to see her do a little bit better, but coming off a broken hand in the fall and not being able to swing a bat for four months, she did well.”
Russ Heffley, who coached his daughter, Allison, for the last four seasons, said he’ll miss it, but is also looking forward to going back to the dad-daughter relationship when she plays at Harvard University.
Gracyn Coleman showed plenty of promise at third base as a freshman this season. Coleman put up solid numbers batting .425 with 11 RBIs and six doubles. She had four stolen bases and had a .500 OBP to round out the First Team selections.
Maddie Shimmin was named to the Second Team after splitting time in the circle and at first base this season. The junior was 6-2 as a pitcher and had a 3.70 ERA. At the plate, she collected six RBIs and four doubles with a .395 batting average. She also sported a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Bianca Castellanos, Jayden Matheney and Alexis Ortiz were named to the Honorable Mention team. The honorable mention selections were picked by the coaches of their respective teams. The rest of the selections were voted on by the coaches with coaches unable to vote for their own players.
After their first season in the CSL, Russ Heffley said it was a competitive league and believes it was a good move for the Huskies in softball.
The team will lose some valuable seniors, especially in Simas and Allison Heffley, but they’ll also be returning plenty of great talent. Coleman will return and could move to catcher, Matheney could see a shift to shortstop and the majority of the outfield will return. Their two starting pitchers will also be making a return.
“Pitching’s probably going to keep them competitive,” Russ Heffley said. “Offense is going to have to work hard to get better because you’re losing a lot of production from those seniors.”
Kingsburg led with a league-high six selections, in addition to Bryan Patterson being named Coach of the Year, followed by Dinuba with five, Hanford West and Selma both with four, Central Valley Christian and Exeter both with two and Immanuel with one.
A total of 24 players made the All-CSL teams. The full list is below.
Most Valuable Pitcher
Rylie Atherton, Central Valley Christian
Co-Most Valuable Player of the Year
Kirsten Martinez, Dinuba
Marissa Gonzalez, Kingsburg
Coach of the Year
Bryan Patterson, Dinuba
Josie Simas, Hanford West
Allison Heffley, Hanford West
Gracyn Coleman, Hanford West
Taryn Irigoyen, Kingsburg
Marissa Montelongo, Kingsburg
Genna Martinez, Selma
Dominique Trevino, Selma
Clarissa Moreno, Selma
Alexa Garcia, Dinuba
Jordynn Acevedo, Dinuba
Brianna Duncan, Immanuel
Corinne Acosta, Exeter
Maddie Shimmin, Hanford West
Madison Alves, Kingsburg
Brianna Vela, Kingsburg
Carla Duarte, Kingsburg
Christiana Wallace, Selma
Kayla Villarreal, Dinuba
Juliana Flores, Dinuba
Katelyn Kirkman, Exeter
Kahlia Jensen, Central Valley Christian
Bianca Castellanos, Hanford West
Jayden Matheney, Hanford West
Alexis Ortiz, Hanford West