HANFORD — After capturing a second consecutive East Sequoia League title — and an undefeated one nonetheless — Sierra Pacific was represented well in the All-ESL selections.
The Golden Bears led all teams with nine selections, including three on First-Team, three on Second Team and three Honorable Mentions. Arianna Chavarin, Lauren Alarcon and Mikayla Hoggard were named to the First Team.
Chavarin finished ninth in league batting .568 and was tied for sixth with 21 hits. The senior first baseman was sixth in slugging (.784) and was tied for eighth in runs (18). She was eighth in on-base percentage (.704) and was third in the league with 16 stolen bases.
Alarcon was dominant in the circle once again and, as a result, led the league for a second consecutive year in ERA finishing with a 1.30 mark. She allowed 11 earned runs in 59 1/3 innings and was third with 70 strikeouts. The sophomore also tied for a league-high 10 wins and zero losses.
Hoggard made plenty of contact when she went up to bat and ended tied for third in the ESL with a .667 batting average. The center fielder was tied for second with 22 hits, fourth in slugging .879 and seventh with 13 RBIs. Hoggard, also a sophomore, was second with 23 runs and sixth with a .718 OBP.
Sierra Pacific had Kaitlin Thayer, Isabella Culp and Desiree Orosco make the Second Team. Thayer scored a league-high 24 runs and was fifth with an .861 slugging percentage as an outfielder. Orosco drove in 16 runs, tied for second-most in league, and was ninth in slugging (.719), while Culp was top 25 in OBP (.577) and slugging (.632). The duo made the team as catchers.
Isabella Solis, Lauren Simas and Chloe Correia made Honorable Mention. Correia had a league-high 24 hits, Solis tied for second with 16 RBIs and Simas had a league-high 18 stolen bases.
“I think [Alarcon] was the best pitcher in the league and then you got Arianna and Mikayla, their numbers and stats were above everybody,” Sierra Pacific coach Victor Chavarin said. “The other three girls on my Second Team, they could’ve easily been First Team to if I have more picks on First Team.”
This season the league altered how the All-League selections were chosen. Instead of voting on them, first place received three selections on each team, second place chose two players for each team and the rest had one.
Sierra Pacific posted a 20-7 overall record and was 12-0 in league. They earned the five seed in the CIF Central Section Division V playoffs, but were upset in the first round of the playoffs by 12-seed Caruthers, 8-4.
The Golden Bears led the league with a plus-143 run differential and averaged 15.08 runs per game. Defensively, the team allowed a league-low 3.17 runs per game
Their season also included a first-place finish in the Small Division of the Tulare Classic Tournament. Sierra Pacific defeated Woodlake 10-4 in the championship game.
“Overall, we started way better than we did last year,” Victor Chavarin said. “We did good it’s just hard going from our league to playoffs when we got good teams coming at us. That’s one thing we have to focus on more — prepare for playoff teams. I’m hoping to get past the first and second round next year. … I’m just excited for the next season to come up and get going.”
Sierra Pacific is losing five seniors, which means the team should contend for another league title and another high seed in the playoffs next season.