The condensed spring 2021 high school sports season in California was a whirlwind, and we’re still celebrating and honoring the top athletes from the spring 2021 season.
SBLive’s All-Orange County softball teams were determined by numerous criteria, primarily individual statistics with a major emphasis on strength of schedule. Other factors such as team success, individual accolades, and work in the field (when applicable) were also taken into account. Performance at the plate was a bonus criteria for pitchers who also excel at hitting, but was not a detracting factor for pitchers who mostly stick to the circle.
All divisions mentioned below refer to the CIF Southern Section.
2021 OC PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
P Sydney Somerndike – Villa Park – JR.
Somerndike was named the Gatorade California Player of the Year for her work as arguably the state’s top pitcher, in addition to a major impact at the plate. She went 24-3 with a 0.80 ERA and a mind-boggling 336 strikeouts in the circle, and threw two perfect games in addition to a third no-hitter. Somerndike also hit .317 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.
2021 OC PLAYER OF THE YEAR RUNNER-UP:
P/OF Devyn Greer – Huntington Beach – SR.
The OC Register Player of the Year was both the top pitcher and position player for Huntington, which went 21-5 despite a very hard schedule. She hit .472 with 10 long balls and 37 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.522. Greer also pitched a team-high 80 innings and went 9-2 with a 0.70 ERA and 123 strikeouts.
2021 FIRST TEAM ALL-ORANGE COUNTY:
P Emily Gomez – Esperanza – SR.
Gomez went 18-2 with a 1.63 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 116 innings, including a perfect game, to lead the Aztecs to a Division 1 title and 22-2 season.
P Brooklyn Carreon – Whittier Christian – JR.
Carreon had one of the top two-way seasons in the state, and was named the Division 3 Player of the Year. She led the Heralds with a .518 batting average, four home runs, 38 RBIs, and .882 slugging percentage, good for an OPS of 1.446. She was also 8-1 in the circle with a 0.69 ERA and a ridiculous 269 strikeouts in 141.2 innings.
P Brynne Nally – Pacifica – FR.
Quite arguably the top freshman pitcher in the state last season, Nally went 16-3 with a 1.03 ERA in 122 innings. She was also very solid at the plate, batting .326 with an OPS of .815.
P Natalie Romero – Rosary Academy – SO.
Romero helped lead the Royals to a Division 4 title, going 18-9 with a 0.87 ERA and nine complete game shutouts.
P Sarah Mikami – Beckman – JR.
Mikami gets the nod for her combined efforts in the circle and at bat. She hit over .500 with five homers and 25 RBIs, and a huge OPS of 1.483. Mikami also went 10-3 with a 1.62 ERA and 83 K’s in 78 innings.
P Jayci Kruse – Santa Margarita – SR.
Kruse led SM to one of the top finishes in the county, and was named Trinity League co-Pitcher of the Year.
P Morgan McConnell – Mater Dei – SR.
McConnell was named the Trinity Leagues other co-Pitcher of the Year.
P Rebecca Cabezas – Segerstrom – JR.
Another pitcher who was also dominant at the plate, Cabezas hit .556 with two homers and 39 RBIs and went 10/10 stealing bases. In the circle, she went 18-2 with a 1.21 ERA through 116 innings to help lead Segerstrom to a 22-3 record.
P/OF Jenna Gordon – Edison – SR.
Gordon went 6-1 with a 2.18 ERA and hit .357 despite the Chargers’ brutal schedule. She was named All-CIF Division 2.
C Abygail Viera – Mission Viejo – SR.
Viera hit .492 with six home runs, 14 RBIs, and an OPS near 1.4.
C Sophia Nugent – Los Alamitos – SR.
Despite playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, Nugent hit .385 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. She drew an astounding 25 walks in 22 games to finish with a lofty OBP of .588, and a team-high OPS of 1.415.
C Sabrina Javorsky – San Juan Hills – SR.
Javorsky, an All-Division 1 selection, batted .591 with three homers and 20 RBIs, finishing with an eye-popping OPS of 1.576. She also stole six bases.
1B Kiki Estrada – Orange Lutheran – JR.
Estrada was the Lancers’ top threat at the plate, batting .382 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. She drew 12 walks to finish with an OBP over .500 and an OPS of 1.325, and was also one of the top defensive first basemen in the county down the stretch.
2B Drey Flores – Villa Park – SR.
Flores hit .435 with five home runs, 22 RBIs, and & 21 runs scored for a top-three team in the county.
SS/OF Emma Sellers – Los Alamitos – SR.
Sellers hit .313 with two home runs, 18 RBIs, and a team-high 19 runs scored.
INF Angie Yellen – Santa Margarita – SR.
Yellen was Santa Margarita’s top threat at the plate.
INF Jacquelyn Bickar – Pacifica – SR.
Bickar hit .545 with two home runs and 20 RBIs to finish with an OPS above 1.5. She also stole 17 bags. Bickar was named All-CIFSS Division 1, and the Empire League’s Female Athlete of the Year for all sports.
INF/OF Savannah Pola – Godinez Fundamental – SR.
Pola had arguably the most impressive batting line in the county: a .707 BA, five homers, 30 RBIs, 15 walks ( good for a .793 OBP) in just 13 games. With a 1.463 slugging percentage, she finished with a surreal OPS of 2.256, and was named All-Division 2.
CF Hannah Hernandez – Rosary Academy – JR.
The Division 4 Player of the Year hit .435 with 29 runs, 28 RBIs, and 18 steals for the division champs. She was also one of the best defensive outfielders in the county.
OF Hannah Coor – Esperanza – SR.
Coor hit .460 with pop and was a star in the field for the Division 1 champion.
OF Tatianna Roman – Cypress – SR.
The Empire League MVP hit .528 with 26 runs scored and eight stolen bags on eight attempts.
2021 SECOND TEAM ALL ORANGE-COUNTY:
P Marissa Rodriguez – La Habra – JR.
P Desyree Arizmendi – Ocean View – SR.
P Lexi Lacy – Orange Lutheran – SR.
P Brianne Weiss – Orange Lutheran – FR.
C Natalie Marshall – Mater Dei – SR.
2B Isabella Espinoza – Edison – SR.
SS Kaniya Bragg – Pacifica – FR.
3B Kelly Breen – Beckman – SR.
INF Tereisa Tosi – Garden Grove – SR.
INF Hollie Farmer – JSerra – JR.
INF Isabella Martinez – Segerstrom – SR.
INF/OF Eliana Gottlieb – Newport Harbor – SR.
INF/OF Mikayla Carman – Huntington Beach – SR.
OF/INF Gizzelle Altamirano – Segerstrom – JR.
OF Anika Ewert – Mater Dei – JR.
OF Corissa Sweet – El Dorado – SR.
OF Jules Ronquillo – Los Alamitos – SR.
OF Olivia Fullerton – El Toro – SO.
2021 HONORABLE MENTION:
P Makayla Mathis – Marina – SO.
P Breana Townsend – Cypress – FR.
P Abbie Landrum – Sunny Hills – SR.
P Taylor Wayne – Sonora – SR.
P LeeAnne Miranda – Westminster – SR.
P Alexis Felix – Orangewood Academy – FR.
P/INF Madison Askins – Canyon – SR.
P/INF Alexia Ramirez – Sonora – SR.
INF Abbey Charpentier – Santa Margarita – SR.
INF Maya Bland – Crean Lutheran – SO.
INF Alexa Meraz – Cypress – JR.
INF Reese Ruvalcaba – La Habra – JR.
INF Claire Timm – Kennedy – JR.
INF Sharyn Duncan – Esperanza – SO.
INF Chloe Lesko – Aliso Niguel – SO.
INF Annika Sogsti – Pacifica – FR.
INF Bella Fuentes – Rosary Academy – JR.
INF Lindsey Udell – Whittier Christian – SR.
INF Delaina Maae – Pacifica – FR.
INF Nivea Armenta – Ocean View – SR.
INF Emma Mendoza – Edison – SR.
INF Jasmyn Morales – Sunny Hills – JR.
INF Lizbeth Gomez – Katella – SR.
INF/OF Britney Moreno – La Habra – JR.
OF Tiana Poole – Orange Lutheran – JR.
OF Hayden Thomas – Capistrano Valley – SR.
OF Danica Silvestri – Rosary Academy – SO.
OF Paris Schwalbe – JSerra – SR.
OF Jenna Nelson – Tesoro – JR.
OF Taylor Schumaker – Esperanza – FR.
OF Mia Calderon – Dana Hills – JR.