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Burbank softball's Caitlyn Brooks earns top Pacific League award

Softball: Twelve players from Burbank, Burroughs honored on All-Pacific League lists.

May 29, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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It's been a pretty successful year in the Brooks household as far as sports are concerned.

In the fall season, senior Tyler Brooks was named the Pacific League Player of the Year in girls' volleyball at Burbank High. Not to be outdone, her little sister, Caitlyn, earned her own accolades during the softball season.

A force as a pitcher as well as a terror at the plate, Caitlyn Books, a sophomore, was recognized as this season's Pacific League Player of the Year.

"When my sister found out that I won it she was so excited for me," Caitlyn Brooks said. "She's my older sister so I've always looked up to her. And she's always been so supportive of me in everything that I do.

"But it's kind of cool having both awards in our family."

Brooks led a group of 12 local players — seven from Burbank and five from Burroughs — to earn all-league softball accolades.

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Making the first team for the Bulldogs was sophomore third baseman Lily Winn, senior second baseman Katie Hooper and freshman designated hitter Julia Duarte. First-team selections for the Indians were sophomore catcher Michelle Santiago and sophomore outfielder Delaney Nicol.

Earning spots on the second team were freshman shortstop Kaitlin Okimoto and senior pitcher Brice Edrington of Burroughs and sophomore outfielder Jazmin Orozco and sophomore catcher Bridgette Pisa of Burbank. The Bulldogs had an honorable mention pick in junior outfielder Kaitlin Brooks and the Indians got junior outfielder Sidney Ortega on the list as well.

Brooks was nothing but dominant in the circle in the Pacific League, finishing with a sparkling 14-0 record. On the season, she was 25-3 with a 0.78 earned-run average and opponents batted just .174 against her. In addition, Brooks had 309 strikeouts and just 25 walks. She also tallied double-digit strikeouts in 24 games.

"I really tried to keep the ball down more this season and I tried to get more groundouts," Brooks said. "I also tried to concentrate on what I was doing out there and not worry about each batter and what they were doing."

In addition to her success in the circle, Brooks was Burbank's leading hitter. Along with a .526 batting average, she also had 40 hits, 35 runs batted in, seven doubles, 12 home runs and 42 runs scored. Along with a 1.118 slugging percentage, Brooks also had a .617 on-base average.

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