Sacred Heart gets all-league credit

Trio of Tologs garners All- Mission League nods

Local ball players shine.

June 14, 2011|From Staff Reports, News-Press

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.



Though the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball team didn't qualify for the playoffs for the second season in a row, three players recently were named to the All-Mission League.

Alanna Pires was named to the first team, while Lauren Torres and Kelly Trueblood earned spots on the second team, as voted on by the league's six coaches.


Pires, a senior third baseman, batted .410 (25 for 61) with three doubles and 13 runs batted in for the Tologs, who finished 9-15 and 3-7 in league for fifth place. In 22 games, Pires scored 15 runs.

"She was our best player and leader," Sacred Heart Coach Kirk Nishiyama said. "I've run out of adjectives in talking about her.

"She became a different hitter when we moved her into the No. 3 spot in the lineup this year. She always came through with the big hits."

Torres, a junior infielder, batted .283 (15 for 53) and tied for the team lead with two home runs. She also registered a team-best 18 RBI despite missing several games early in the season while helping the school's soccer team capture the CIF Southern Section Division I championship.

Torres added three triples and four doubles and scored 13 runs in 17 games.

"She struggled early after coming back from soccer, but then caught fire during the second half of league," Nishiyama said. "She's a tremendously gifted athlete who is also very versatile."

Trueblood, a junior first baseman, hit .268 (15 for 56) with two doubles and seven RBI. She scored eight runs and collected 146 putouts in 22 games.

"She proved to be excellent defensively," Nishiyama said. "She was also very consistent with the bat."



Bound for Pepperdine in the fall, St. Francis High senior catcher David Hubinger represented the Golden Knights one last time Saturday at Birmingham High.

In the City vs. Southern Section All-Star Baseball Game, Hubinger led the Southern Section to a 15-3 victory, its first in the series since 2008.

Hubinger was named the game's most valuable player after driving in three of his team's runs in a two-for-three performance. Hubinger entered the game in the seventh and hit a two-run double before registering an eighth-inning run-scoring single.



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