Coach Doug Nicol and the Burroughs High softball team were not happy with having to share the Pacific League championship with Crescenta Valley in 2011.
The goal this past season was to win the title outright and not leave any question as to who was the better squad in league.
To accomplish that feat, Nicol put his faith into senior pitcher Haley Schulman, who had to share duties in the circle in 2011. As the team's ace, Schulman received the lion's share of starts for the Indians.
The senior didn't disappoint, defeating Burbank twice and Crescenta Valley once, as Burroughs claimed the league crown for its own. In addition to her pitching exploits, Schulman also had solid numbers at the plate.
For her accomplishments, Schulman was voted the Pacific League Player of the Year.
"To me, it was clear cut that Haley was the MVP of the league," said Nicol, who earned league coach-of-the-year honors. "[Crescenta Valley's] Hannah Cookson is a good hitter, don't get me wrong. But Haley is the only person in the league, beside Caitlyn Brooks from Burbank, who can say she does it on offense and defense. She hit, she pitched, she really did it all for us. She is a big reason why we won the league by two games."