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Softball: So Cal Sidelines Players of the Week (4/16/18)

Maya Martinez of La Mirada. Photo/La Mirada Softball.

Things were looking pretty grim for La Mirada after a 5-8 start to the season, but the Matadores have found their groove with an eight-game winning streak in the past three weeks thanks in large part to the efforts of Maya Martinez.

The junior infielder went 6 for 11 with two home runs, 10 runs scored and eight RBI to lead La Mirada to wins over Glenn of Norwalk, 17-0, in a Suburban League game on Thursday and wins over Santa Fe of Santa Fe Springs, 9-5, and La Serna of Whittier, 8-2, to win the La Mirada Classic title on Saturday.

Martinez hit a three-run homer against Santa Fe in the semifinals and she had a two-run blast against La Serna in the championship game.

Martinez’s performance earns her So Cal Player of the Week by So Cal Sidelines.


SO CAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK Q&A


Maya Martinez of La Mirada. Photo/La Mirada Softball.

Name: Maya Martinez

High School: La Mirada High

Club Team: Monarchs 16U Gold

Graduation Year: 2019

Height, weight: 5-8, 140

Position: SS/2B

Twitter: @mayagracee

Stats: She’s batting .435 with five homers and 25 RBI for the season.

Honors: All-Suburban League in 2017 and La Mirada Classic Tournament MVP in 2018.

Most memorable moment of your athletic career? I hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Cerritos.

Opposing player you respect the most? Mariah Melendez (of) Mayfair (of Lakewood).

What was the funniest/strangest thing you ever witnessed on the field? The wind was so strong that our fence fell and all the coaches from both teams had to run out to left field and put stuff in front of it to hold it up.

Who is the most underrated player on your team? (La Mirada sophomore UT) Lily Orozco.

Do you have a secret talent/skill? I can cook and bake.

Favorite coach: Jason Clay.

Favorite teacher: Melissa Naudin.

Favorite pro athlete: Mike Trout.

Favorite movie: “School of Rock.”

Favorite song: “What It Do” by Quality Control feat. Migos.

Favorite TV show: “That 70’s Show.”

Any final pearls of wisdom/favorite quote? “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” — Muhammad Ali


Oklahoma-commit Kinzie Hansen of Norco. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

INLAND EMPIRE PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Kinzie Hansen went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI in an 11-3 win over King of Riverside and she went 2 for 3 with a double, a homer, two runs and five RBI in a 7-5 win over Santiago to help Norco pick up two more BIG VIII League victories. The Oklahoma-committed catcher is the IE Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.


Boise State-commit Angelina Devoe of Banning of Wilmington. Photo/Jon Lofdahl.

LOS ANGELES PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Boise State-commit Angelina Devoe went 4 for 5 witha double, three homers, including a grand slam, six runs and 10 RBI and she went 2-0 with 23 strikeouts in 10 innings to help Banning of Wilmington pick up Marine League wins over Gardena, 21-0, and Narbonne of Harbor City, 14-0. The sophomore is 12-3 with a 2.85 ERA and she’s batting .469 with five home runs and 23 RBI for the season.


Washington-commit Jadelyn Allchin. Photo/Huntington Beach Softball.

ORANGE COUNTY PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Washington-commit Jadelyn Allchin of Huntington Beachput on a show last week, going 7 for 8 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, six runs scored, two RBI in Sunset League victories over Marina of Huntington Beach, 7-1, and Fountain Valley, 8-1. She hit for the cycle in the win over Fountain Valley.


USD-commit Catie Dobbs of Granite Hills of El Cajon. Photo/San Diego Renegades.

SAN DIEGO PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Granite Hills of El Cajon went 3-0 with wins over High Tech of San Diego, Rancho Buena Vista of Vista, 6-0, and Steele Canyon of Spring Valley, 7-0, and a big reason why was junior pitcher Catie Dobbs. University of San Diego-committed right-hander tossed a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts in five innings against High Tech SD, she had a two-run homer against RBV and she pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts to get the shutout against Steele Canyon.

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