All-Area Softball Player of the Year Watchlist

”]The hard part isn’t singling out good candidates for who could be The Record’s next All-Area Softball Player of the Year.

The hard part is limiting them to a reasonable number (in this case, a “Magnificent Seven”). Of course, as with any postseason awards we do, the winning teams have a much better chance at landing an honor like this.

Here’s a look at eight of the area’s top candidates — and by no means all of them, please email any good suspects I might’ve missed to — for our yearly honor.

SAIGE PYE (Bear Creek, senior)

Pye has enjoyed a superb four-year varsity career, after spending one year at St. Mary’s and the past three at Bear Creek. The future Georgia Tech slugger is batting .585 with nine home runs, 10 doubles and 35 RBI. Pye has 32 career homers, which is the best all-time from any player from a Stockton high school, according to Cal-Hi Sports. The area’s record holder (who I believe is also tied for the state record) is Elliot Christian’s Kaila Shull at 45.

CARLEY MORFEY (St. Mary’s, junior)

Morfey is the ultimate dual-threat pitcher and slugger for the Rams. The two-time, first-team All-Area selection is batting .471 with 12 doubles, a homer and 21 RBI. In the circle, Morfey is 18-3 with a 1.41 ERA, 154 strikeouts and 32 walks.

MIKAYLA COELHO (Tracy, senior)

Speaking of dual-threat, the Cal Golden Bear to be is batting .514 with 14 doubles, two triples, two homers and 24 RBI. As a pitcher, Coelho is 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA, including two complete game wins over St. Mary’s where she gave up one run each time. This is a pitcher who’s gone toe-to-toe with Sheldon in the section finals (and maybe will have to again).

CARLY LUCCHETTI (Linden, junior)

Lucchetti has been scalding at the plate for the Lions, going 8 for 11 in four games last week. She’s batting .589 with a homer, 13 doubles, 18 RBI and 26 stolen bases. Linden reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finals last May but Calaveras is well ahead in the Mother Lode League.

ALANDA CARDON (Calaveras, sophomore)

Speaking of Calaveras, which is a formidable team full of excellent contact hitters, Alanda Cardon is that and more. The sophomore is batting .537, but has the most pop of the bunch, with five homers and five doubles.

RACHEL CID (Tracy, junior)

Cid, an Oregon verbal commit, launched a two-run homer against St. Mary’s on Tuesday, is batting a whopping .600 with seven homers, nine doubles and 45 RBI.

CHARDAE HOSKINS (Escalon, junior)

Escalon is at the very southern end of San Joaquin County, and we don’t get a chance to cover them much, but the Trans-Valley League leaders have been superb. And Hoskins is an excellent threat as a hitter and pitcher. Hoskins is batting .465 with eight doubles, six triples and three homers, and is 9-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 101 strikeouts in the circle.


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