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Softball: So Cal Sidelines Players of the Week (3/19/18)

BYU-commit Taryn Lennon of Orange Lutheran. Photo/Orange Lutheran Softball.

Orange Lutheran had a huge hole to fill when star pitcher Maddy Dwyer graduated and moved on to Stanford where she is 11-5 with a 0.79 ERA so far this season.

BYU-committed sophomore Taryn Lennon and Dartmouth-commit Mia Bagatorian have stepped up in the circle to help the Lancers, ranked No. 2 in the OC and No. 2 in So Cal by So Cal Sidelines, get off to a 14-1 start.

Lennon had a huge week, going 3-0 with two shutouts and striking out 20 in 14.2 innings to lead OLu to the TNT Tournament title in Torrance last week. She also did damage at the plate, hitting .357 with six RBI and she had a three-run home run against Agoura in teh finals.

Lennon’s efforts earned her So Cal Player of the Week honors from So Cal Sidelines.

“I have to give credit to my team for working together and having my back on both sides of the ball,” Lennon said. “Also, to my teammate and other pitcher, Mia Bagatorian, she always has my back when I get in trouble and we have had and will continue to have many great wins together. Although I am young, I cannot wait to learn and compete with older athletes. Playing at the highest level of high school softball there is, we face the best teams with many talented athletes and this helps me grow to become a better player.”


SO CAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK Q&A


BYU-commit Taryn Lennon of So Cal Athletics-Richardson. Photo/Lennon Family.

Name: Taryn Lennon

High School: Orange Lutheran

Club Team: So Cal Athletics-Richardson

Graduation Year: 2020

Height, weight: 5-6, 135

Positions: P/OF

Nickname: “T”

Twitter: @tarynlennon_

Stats: She is 6-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 37.2 innings and she’s batting .395 with one double, four homers, nine runs and 13 RBI.

Honors: Named MVP at the TNT Tournament this past weekend

Most memorable moment of your athletic career? The most memorable moment of my athletic career was committing to my dream school, BYU, because all the years of hard work were beginning to pay off.

Opposing player you respect the most? The opposing player I respect the most is (UCLA-bound) Kelli Godin (of Mater Dei of Santa Ana). She can do just about anything with the ball and it will be very exciting to face her in league. I am lucky to  play with her on my travel ball team because let me tell you she is unstoppable. When she puts the ball in play, not only is her speed incredible, but her attitude is even better. She is always positive and will do anything to help her team win. She is the type of player you want on your team.

What was the funniest/strangest thing you ever witnessed on the field? The funniest thing I have witnessed on the field was this season when my second baseman, Victoria Fragoso, lost the ball in the lights and it hit her right in the mouth! Good thing she was okay, but that was something I had never seen before.

Do you have a secret talent/skill? My secret talent is bowling. I am so excited because my university actually has a bowling alley on campus!

Favorite coach: Doug Meyers.

Favorite teacher: David Morrill.

Favorite pro athlete: Jennie Finch.

Favorite movie: “The Notebook.”

Favorite song: “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child.

Favorite TV show: “The Office.”

Any final pearls of wisdom/favorite quote? My dad always told me “it does not matter how big you are or how hard you throw, speed doesn’t kill, but movement will.” He is my biggest supporter and I would not be the player or person I am today without him. The countless hours he has spent catching and every bruised shin have made the spin ball pitcher I am today.


Washington-commit Sarah Willis of Norco/Patrick Takkinen.

INLAND EMPIRE PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Washington-commit Sarah Willis of Norco outdueled Ohio University-commit Mackensie Kohl, shutting out Mater Dei of Santa Ana, ranked No.3 in the OC and No. 5 in So Cal, on four hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts in a 1-0 nonleague victory over the Monarchs. She also went 2 for 3 at the plate.


Dee Dee Hernandez of Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta. Photo/@CV_Falcon_SB.

LOS ANGELES PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Freshman Dee Dee Hernandez went 4-0, allowing five hits and three runs in 23 innings with 33 strikeouts and two shutouts to lead Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta to the High Desert Classic title. She also went 7 for 15 with four doubles and five RBI. She pitched a two-hitter with seven strikeouts to help the Falcons to an 8-0 upset over Saugus, ranked No. 11 in LA, in the semifinals and she tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Sultana of Hesperia in the finals.


North Dakota State-bound Paige Vargas of Santa Margarita. Photo/Santa Margarita Softball.

ORANGE COUNTY PLAYER OF THE WEEK


North Dakota State-bound Paige Vargas went 3-0 with a save and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings and she had a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to beat Mission Viejo in the semifinals, helping Santa Margarita win the Timberwolf Classic in Irvine.


UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/Carlos Arias.

SAN DIEGO PLAYER OF THE WEEK


UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego threw an eight-inning perfect game with 23 strikeouts to beat Bonita Vista of Chula Vista, 5-0, and she threw a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in five innings to beat Steele Canyon of Spring Valley, 11-0, to win the Cougar Classic in Escondido on Tuesday.

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