Five MSJC Softball Players Earn Conference Recognition
The MSJC softball team had five players honored by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference last week, with two players earning Second Team All Conference status.
Natalia Ledesma, a freshman from San Jacinto High School, and Jordan Sage, a sophomore from Menifee Heritage HS, both earned Second Team All PCAC honors. Ledesma who started the year as the Lady Eagles regular second baseman was forced into pitching duties in the final half of the season due to some injuries and ended her season by earning more than half of the team's pitching victories on the year. At the plate Ledesma hit .308 on the year with four doubles, she drove in 12 runs and had a team high 11 walks. Sage who played mostly in centerfield for MSJC this season, hit .310 with four extra base hits including one homerun while driving in 9 runs. Sage was also the team leader on the year in stolen bases with 16.
Savanah Ruiz ( FR. Paloma Valley), Amanda Escalera (SO. San Jacinto Valley Academy), and Klarissa Garcia (SO. LaQuinta) all earned PCAC Honorable Mention. Ruiz finished the season with the team's top batting average as she hit .330 on the year. She also led the team in doubles with 6, tied for the lead in triples with 3, and drove in a team high 15 runs while scoring a team best 25 runs. Escalera was a solid defender for the Lady Eagles all season while hitting .292. Escalera had six extra base hits including a homerun this season as well as collecting 14 RBIs. Garcia hit .274 while banging a team high 3 homeruns and driving in 13 runs on the year. Garcia and Ruiz tied for the team high in slugging percentage at .466.
The Lady Eagles finished the season with an overall record of 15-18, they went 5-11 in PCAC action, placing 7th in the league standings.
The MSJC softball team pictured above at their 2017 Sophomore Day celebration had five players honored by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference last week, led by 2nd team all league selections Natalia Ledesma and Jordan Sage. (Renzy Reyes/MSJC).