In addition, three area players from Village Christian also earned all-league recognition.
There was one person noticeably missing from this year’s All-Pacific League list, as she was injured the entire season.
For three years, Burbank fireballing pitcher Kristin Peraza was a staple on the all-league list, making the first team in 2008 and 2007 and making the second team in 2006.
However, Peraza had surgery on her leg prior to her senior season and was sidelined.
The Bulldogs were hoping to get Peraza back during the season, but she never made it to the active roster.
In three seasons, Peraza became one of the most successful pitchers in program history. In her career, Peraza was 49-18 with 690 strikeouts and a 0.75 earned-run average.
In Peraza’s absence, Burbank did have two players make the first team this past season: senior catcher Lexi Hernandez and junior infielder Kassy Uchida.
Uchida, who has made a verbal commitment to the University of Utah, has become a talent for the Bulldogs. She was second on the team with a .469 average (30 for 64), drove in 30 runs, scored 24 runs and had five doubles, five triples and four home runs. In addition, she drew 11 walks and struck out just three times. In the field, she had a .971 fielding percentage and made just two errors in 104 chances.
“Kassy’s progression from her sophomore to her junior year was just amazing,” Burbank Coach Nicole Drabecki said. “She is just such a hard worker and she is always trying to get better. It is because of her hard work that she has been able to be successful.”
Hernandez batted .417 (25 for 60) with 24 runs scored, 13 RBI, 21 walks and just six strikeouts.
“Lexi was our captain, and she was someone we relied a lot on,” Drabecki said. “She was like another coach on the field and she was very valuable for us,”