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WHITTIER, Calif. – The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Softball honors were announced Wednesday, following a vote by the league's member head coaches.
Whittier College landed six on the All-SCIAC teams, the most since 2017 when they also had six represented. This year 1st Team All-SCIAC selections included Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.), Brianna MaGee (Torrance, Calif.), and Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.). On the 2nd Team, Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.), Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.), and Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) received accolades.
For the second straight year Attaway finds herself on the 1st Team as a catcher putting up record numbers in just her second season with the Purple & Gold. She batted .371 with 33 hits (6 Doubles, 1 Triple, 9 Homeruns). She scored 38 times and drove in 36, while drawing 39 walks and stealing 17 bags. She finished the regular season with a .569 OBP and a .764 SLG%. She was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Week and was recognized as the NFCA Division III National Player of the Week.
In SCIAC she ranked No. 1 (Walks | OBP), No. 2 (SLG%), No. 4 (Runs), No. 6 (RBI's), No. 3 (Homeruns), No. 11 (Total Bases), No. 25 (Doubles), No. 33 (Hits), No. 4 (Stolen Bases), and No. 9 (Batting Average). Then out of 270 players for Whittier in its 38 varsity seasons, Brittany is 2nd in career batting average and slugging percentage and No. 1 in On Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage.
MaGee had a huge first year for the Purple & Gold as their starting center fielder. She was in the running for SCIAC Newcomer of the Year but fell short to Lauren Richards (CMS). This season she batted .414 with 53 hits (8 Doubles, 7 Triples, 1 Homerun). She scored 33 times and drove in 17 along with posting a .457 OBP and a .609 SLG%. She also grabbed 11 stolen bases. In SCIAC she ranked No. 1 (Triples), No. 4 (Hits), No. 5 (Batting Average), No. 8 (Total Bases), and No. 6 (Runs).
For the second straight year Whitney has found herself on the 1st Team as an outfielder. She has now earned a spot on an All-SCIAC team all four-years here at Whittier College. This season she batted .425 with 51 Hits (11 Doubles, 3 Homeruns). She scored 33 times, drove in 25 and drew 16 walks. She also added a .486 OBP, while slugging .592. In SCIAC she ranked No. 4 (Batting Average), No. 5 (Hits), No. 7 (OBP), No. 6 (Runs), No. 10 (RBI's), No. 12 (Total Bases), and No. 7 (Doubles).
Of the 270 Players for Whittier in its 38 Varsity seasons, Kacey ended up 4th in games played, 2nd in at-bats, 5th in average, 2nd in hits, 1st in doubles, 7th in homeruns, 11th in RBI's, 6th in total bases, 8th in slugging, 4th in on base percentage, and 1st in runs scored.
Sanchez was a mainstay in the hot corner for the Poets all season long as she finds herself on the 2nd Team for the first time in her career. She batted .344 on the season, collecting 31 hits (4 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 Homerun). She scored 23 times and drove in 22, while stealing 19 bags and posting a .422 OBP and a .444 SLG%. In SCIAC she ranked No. 3 (Stolen Bases), and No. 11 (RBI's).
Despite being injured the latter part of the season, Wishner was still able to earn a spot on the 2nd Team for the second straight season as a first baseman. She batted .333 with 30 Hits (6 Doubles, 1 Homerun). She scored 18 times and drove in 20. She also had a .378 OBP and slugged .433.
Ha had a stellar season at shortstop earning 2nd Team accolades but also shined on the mound in just a couple starts. On the season she batted .308 with 28 hits (5 Doubles, 2 Triples, 3 Homeruns). She had a .347 OBP and slugged .505. She scored 20 times and drove in 18. On The mound she was stellar late going 2-0 in just 14.2 innings picking wins against Claremont-M-S and La Verne. This season she has a 0.48 ERA giving up just one earned run.
SCIAC Athlete of the Year – Chloe Amarilla (Claremont-M-S)
SCIAC Pitcher of the Year – Liz Rodarte (Pomona-Pitzer)
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Lauren Richards (Claremont-M-S)
SCIAC Character Award – Kendall Marinesi (Cal Lutheran)
SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year - Gina Oaks Garcia (Claremont-M-S)