The 2014 San Pedro Prep Softball season was another great year, and although there were no championships won in the CIF-Los Angeles City or Southern Sections, let alone a finals berth, San Pedro, Port Of Los Angeles and Mary Star High all posted great seasons once again.
POLA would post a 30-8 season in their first season as a full-fledged CIF-LACS Division I school and reached the semifinals after winning three straight Division III championships. The Polar Bears also won their fourth straight Crosstown League championship, the Redondo Tournament championship at the start of the year, and defeated fellow neighbor San Pedro twice.
Speaking of the Pirates (21-9), even though they didn't reach the semifinals like last season, they achieved things they weren't able to accomplish in 2013, like a 20-win season, the Whittier Tournament championship, and a second place finish in the Marine League by virtue of two victories over Banning of Wilmington (one in the El Segundo tournament).
Mary Star (15-7-1) wasn't able to successfully win a fourth straight Camino Real League title, but they still prevented rival Cantwell Sacred-Heart of Montebello, a CIF-Southern Section Division VI finalist and eventual league champion, from going undefeated with a solid 3-0 victory on May 1.
The Stars lost to eventual Division VI champion St. Bonaventure, 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
Some of the notable top players in town this year included POLA junior pitcher Nicolle Miranda as she was named the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I Pitcher Of The Year. Mary Star shortstop Amanda Vitalich ended up as the most heralded freshman in all of San Pedro as she batted over .400 with four booming home runs. Vitalich also committed only one error in 36 chances.
San Pedro junior Taylor Richter was electric at third base, and even started in right field most of the year before exclusively starting at third base in the second half of the season. Richter, who hit .346 with two home runs, 17 RBIs, 24 runs scored and 8 doubles, also had two walk-off hits against both Banning and Long Beach Wilson.
Here is the full All-News Pilot softball team with Player & Coach Of The Year articles on the way.
First Team: Nicolle Miranda (POLA, P, junior); Kelsea Short (POLA, SS, senior); Amanda Vitalich (Mary Star, SS, freshman); Taylor Richter (San Pedro, 3B, junior); Alexa Ponce (San Pedro, C, junior); Shelby Younkin (POLA, OF, freshman); Johnie Cortez (San Pedro, 2B, junior); Emily Buczko (Mary Star, OF, senior); Savana Ramirez (POLA, C, junior); Allison Bayer (POLA, 1B, senior).
Second Team: Doreen Corella (San Pedro, OF, senior); Rose Garcia (POLA, 2B, junior); Lexie Geich (Mary Star, 2B, junior); Jocelyn Kondash (San Pedro, P, senior); Jaclyn Rivera (San Pedro, P, senior); Briana Valencia (POLA, OF, junior); Gianna Fletcher (Mary Star, C, freshman); Christina Padilla (Mary Star, 3B, senior); Analise De La Roca (POLA, P, freshman); Chase Wong (San Pedro, OF, junior).
Player Of The Year: Marina Vitalich, Mary Star, P, junior.
Most Outstanding Player: Nicolle Miranda.
Freshman Of The Year: Amanda Vitalich.
Utility Player Of The Year: Taylor Richter.
Coaches Of The Year: Melissa Bugarin-Espinoza & Moe Espinoza, POLA.