2014 Prep Softball Preview: Mary Star Aims To Build Off 2013 Run

Business has picked up for Mary Star High softball... again.

The 2011 season saw the Stars stun everyone to win the Camino Real League championship. In 2012, Mary Star would better that by not only winning the league for the second year in a row, it would post victories over both in-city neighbors Port Of Los Angeles and San Pedro, plus advancing to the CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinals. Last year, the Stars would up the ante once more.

Not expected to win a third straight Camino Real League championship, coach Gregg Aguilar and company would turn back the challenge of highly regarded Cantwell Sacred-Heart of Montebello to win the league yet again, and despite the 1-0 loss to Shadow Hills of Indio in the second round of the CIF-SS Division VI playoffs, it seemed like the Stars were ready to focus on 2014.

Yet, an illegal batting practice reversed the decision, disqualifying Shadow Hills in the process, and Mary Star would turn it around by knocking out top-seeded Pomona Catholic and fourth-seeded Rosamond to reach their first-ever CIF-Southern Section championship game, where Bell-Jeff of Burbank finally ended the Stars' dreams of a title.

So what will the future hold for the 2014 Stars?

Mary Star, who went 20-9 last season, will be paced by George Mason-bound, All-CIF pitcher Marina Vitalich, who has been quite the leader the Stars haven't had in quite some time. Keep in mind, Vitalich is still a junior, and that is not good news for all who oppose the Stars this season and next.

Vitalich, the reigning two-time Camino Real League Player and Pitcher Of The Year will also have her sister Amanda, a freshman stud with a cannon of an arm, to finally team up with her at shortstop, and be the Stars' backup pitcher whenever Marina, who also was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools selection, gets a break. Having those two play alongside each other for the first time is going to provide plenty of excitement for Mary Star.

However, Mary Star returns a lot of other key factors from last year's run to the CIF-SS Division 6 final, such as junior infielder Lexie Geich, along with senior outfielders Christina Padilla, Jenna Clarke and Emily Buczko, who provide tons of leadership and experience to the table.

Marina Vitalich has to break in a new catcher for the third straight season, and in comes budding freshman Ghianna Fletcher to see how well she can do, as she has big shoes to fill from last year's All-CIF selection, Amber Nunez.

Aguilar also returns the likes of senior outfielder Victoria Vitalich (no relation to Marina and Amanda), sophomore utility player Sarah Rodriguez, senior infielder Miranda Luarca and senior infielder Mindy Marasigan, while other newcomers round out this team in the likes of Palos Verdes transfer Isabella Samperio, sophomore Kristyn Vara.

Freshman infielder Lexi Andrie and senior utility players Brina Garcia and Sarah Pearson all make their varsity debuts coming over from Mary Star's girls volleyball team.

With St. Bernard of Playa Del Rey disbanding their team, the Camino Real League now only has the Stars, plus Cantwell, Serra of Gardena and St. Monica of Santa Monica, meaning there are only two guaranteed playoff spots out of that league for the CIF-SS Division VI playoffs, so the youthful Mary Star team must finish in the top two if they don't get enough victories during the year to petition for an at-large bid.

Mary Star opens their season on Tuesday at the San Pedro Softball Complex against Chadwick of Rolling Hills.

Views: 162

Tags: 2014, High, Mary, Of, School, Sea, Softball, Star, The

Comment

You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

Call (323) 200-9052 to learn more or click here to send an email.

San Pedro Weather

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the SanPedroNewsPilot.com?

The SanPedroNewsPilot.com is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


 

Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity


Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted photos
13 hours ago
Profile IconCentral San Pedro Neighborhood Council
Residential No-Burn Alert for Thursday, February 26th. Details. See More
yesterday
Profile IconCentral San Pedro Neighborhood Council
2015 Summer Internship Program.  Details. See More
Monday
Larry Momo aka Thomas W Irons posted a blog post

Curmudgeon Corner - Teens Will Lose Out

My Thoughts for February 22, 2015You’re going to love this one.  Yesterday this ole curmudgeon actually made a date with the wife to go to lunch together.  I was excited (she said yes), she was excited and off we went both babbling like it was our first date.  Wow!  When we got to the restaurant we decided to eat in the bar section; less noise and no crying kids.  I know that sounds a bit cold but after driving school bus and a hundred kids twice a day it feels relaxing to sit in a kid free…See More
Sunday
Profile IconCentral San Pedro Neighborhood Council
FIRST EVER NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL LIVE RADIO SHOW.  Details. See More
Sunday
San Pedro Bay Historical Society's event was featured

Boutique and Yard Sale at Muller House Museum

March 7, 2015 from 8am to 1pm
The San Pedro Bay Historical Society will be holding their semi-annual Boutique and Yard Sale on Saturday, March 7 from 8 am – 1 pm. Many beautiful antiques, jewelry, furniture and other treasures can be found! Early Bird admission at 7:30 am is $5. The Muller House is located on 1542 S. Beacon Street, San Pedro. For more info go to sanpedrobayhistoricalsociety.org or email sanpedrohistory@gmail.com.See More
Saturday
Lisa's event was featured
Thumbnail

Taking Sides at Little Fish Theatre

March 6, 2015 at 8pm to April 4, 2015 at 10pm
Mar 6 – Apr 4 Fri & Sat @ 8pm;  Sun Mar 29* @ 2pmRiveting life and death drama in the social minefield of post-Nazi Germany.In Berlin, Germany, 1946, a US Officer investigating individuals and their ties with the Nazi party becomes obsessed with proving the guilt of a world famous conductor, Wilhelm Furtwängler. As the terrors of Nazism spread, many of Furtwängler's colleagues fled the country, whether out of protest or persecution, but Furtwängler mysteriously chose to stay. Did he stay to…See More
Saturday
Dawn Clark-Johnson's event was featured
Thumbnail

"The Past is Always Present" by Storyteller Barbara H. Clark at Institute of Musical Arts

February 28, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm
Fresh out of college, Barbara H. Clark arrived in Los Angeles in the 50's lookingforward to a bright future. Delighting in the newly discovered paradise of sunshine andswimming pools, she was immediately at home. She loved the sights, the sounds, thepeople. She had left her past behind on the east coast and started anew with a cleanslate. Oh yes, her past was left behind, but, it wouldn’t stay there. In a series ofrevealing stories, she relates how over the years, her past crept back, invading…See More
Saturday

© 2015   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service