While Hannah Cookson's team didn't stick around the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs for long, the memory of the Crescenta Valley High softball player's exploits this season was a lasting one for coaches around the division.
A slick fielder, a dangerous hitter and a gamer in every sense of the word, Cookson got her due with the release of the All-CIF team, which included the Falcons sophomore center fielder and No. 3 hitter alongside the division's best players.
"I was really happy," said Cookson of her first All-CIF honor. "I wasn't expecting it, it was a big surprise.
"I just prepared myself [for the season] starting off the year in practice really hard. I went to the batting cage every night and hit with my dad. I guess it paid off."
A potential game-changer every time she picked up a bat, Cookson batted an eye-popping .731 while driving in 53 runs and scoring 41 times. She hit 16 home runs to go with five doubles and five triples.