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Group earns accolades

Bell-Jeff's Landini leads list of locals for all-league accolades.

July 09, 2010|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Raul Roa / The Leader )

BURBANK — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High softball team was able to be successful this past season because of some new blood.

Along with first-year Coach John Castaneda, the Guards had a large group of first-year players who helped the program become successful.

At the head of that list was freshman third baseman Monique Landini. Landini was a driving force for Bell-Jeff, providing the team with offensive punch while supplying solid defense.

"She just had a great year for us," Castadena. "She was one of those players for us when we needed a big hit, more times than not she would come through. She made a big impact for us and she was only a freshman."

Landini's didn't go unnoticed in league, as she was voted the Santa Cruz League Player of the Year.

Landini was one of a host of players from Bell-Jeff, as well as Burroughs, Burbank and Providence, to earn all-league honors for the 2010 season.

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Proving her prowess at the plate, Landini batted .593 and had 35 hits, 23 runs batted in, five doubles, five home runs, a .966 slugging percentage and a .657 on-base average. She also scored 32 runs. In addition, she stole 17 bases in 17 attempts.

Landini was one of eight Bell-Jeff players to earn all-league accolades.

The most-valuable pitcher of the league was awarded to Guards sophomore hurler Jacklyn Pons, who had a 14-4 record. At the plate, she hit .392 and had 20 hits, 10 RBI, five doubles and 17 runs scored.

Earning places on the first team were junior outfielder Mari Rosa, junior catcher Katlyn Villareal and junior shortstop Sarah Martinez.

While Rosa had a .387 average with 24 hits, 27 runs scored and 14 RBI, Martinez hit .365 and had 23 hits, 23 runs scored, 20 RBI, five doubles, three triples, three home runs and a .683 slugging percentage and Villareal hit .373 with 22 hits, 20 RBI and 18 runs scored.

Making the second team for Bell-Jeff was sophomore outfielder Ashley Ketchum, freshman outfielder Diana Rosa and freshman second baseman Caitlin Teng.

The players helped the Guards (15-5) enjoy a huge turnaround in 2010, which included the Santa Fe League championship, the program's first in 17 years.

In 2009, the Guards placed third in league and had a 5-11 record.

Bell-Jeff also won a playoff game this past season, defeating North County Christian, 18-7, in a first-round CIF Southern Section Division VII game.

Burroughs also enjoyed a fine season that included winning the Pacific League championship. It was the Indians' first crown in 28 years.

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