One win away from the CIF Championship game, Dos Pueblos’ softball team went a long ways this season. At the head of the charge were senior shortstop Chloe Madill and sophomore pitcher Veronika Gulvin.
Madill put shortstop on lockdown and batted .417 in the middle of the Chargers’ lineup. The team leader, both on the field and in the classroom, was named the Channel League’s Most Valuable Player this year and will be playing for Dartmouth next year on scholarship.
“She’s a leader through and through, both offensively and defensively,” said Chargers head coach Jon Uyesaka.
Madill collected 32 RBI with a slugging percentage of .677 and committed just one throwing error during the season.
While the team was stopped in the CIF Division-4 semifinals, Madill’s 4.6 GPA carried Dos Pueblos’ softball team to a CIF Academic Championship.
“She is a leader by example; she’s always the one to out-hustle everyone else. In a true sense, she was closest to the player-coach as could be,” Uyesaka said.
“She’s really intelligent and knows the game realy well.”
Gulvin’s presence in the pitcher’s circle is impossible to ignore.
“We’re real fortunate to have someone with her natural ability, she’s so gifted,” Uyesaka said. “It’s exciting to see what she can do out there in the circle.”
The strikeout totals are off the charts. The righty finished with 249 strikeouts in 137 innings for a K-rate of almost two per inning.
Against La Quinta in a Division-4 quarterfinal, Gulvin allowed just two baserunners in a complete-game victory.
“I would say that game was nearly perfect,” Uyesaka said.
Another memorable performance was in the championship game of the Simi Valley Tournament, when Gulvin threw a no-hitter against eventual Division-3 CIF Champion Righetti while striking out a season-high 18 batters in eight innings.
In addition, Gulvin is anything but a liability on offense, finishing the season with a .317 average and 26 RBI.
The Chargers turned in a city-best final record of 24-4-1.
Based upon on-court performance and team leadership, the All-City selections will each receive a special award certificate and be recognized online at PresidioSports.com and in print in the Santa Barbara Sentinel.
The All-City teams will also be presented publicly on the field at UCSB’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium prior to the Santa Barbara Foresters home game on Thursday, June 13.
2013 ALL-CITY SOFTBALL TEAM
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
Pitcher of the Year – Veronika Gulvin, Dos Pueblos
Field Player of the Year – Chloe Madill, SS, Dos Pueblos
Catalina Maldonado, Pitcher, Carpinteria – Possibly the best all-around player on the All-City Team, Maldonado was a dominating pitcher and power threat at the plate. The First Team All-Tri-Valley League selection batted .494 and struck out 103 batters while pitching. “Cat has a competitive spirit like no other player I’ve ever seen. She has a quiet confidence that never ceases in the heat of battle. She is definitely one of the main reasons that our program has risen to a higher level,” says her head coach Henry Gonzalez. Maldonado will be playing at Southeastern Florida University next year.
Haley Peterson, Senior, Catcher, Dos Pueblos – The senior and co-captain of the Chargers team was the starting varsity catcher all four years. Peterson called the pitches and ran the defense this season. In 29 games the Chargers only allowed more than two runs in a game on one occasion. Her “stellar work behind the plate really makes great pitchers better,” said coach Jon Uyesaka.
Lani Evans, Sophomore, First Base/Pitcher, Dos Pueblos – Evans was named DP’s Comeback Player of the Year at the team banquet with good reason. After not playing last season because of injury, Evans came back and was a perfect 10-0 in the pitcher’s circle, which included a CIF playoff win. Her microscopic 0.40 ERA was helped by a five-inning no-hitter on April 18. Her timely hitting was another asset for the Chargers this season. “She had so many clutch hits for us this year,” Uyesaka said.
Maddy Buie, Sophomore, Outfielder, Dos Pueblos – Dos Pueblos’ leadoff batter Maddy Buie was second on the Chargers with a .403 average. Her ability to get on base, represented by a .456 on-base percentage, led to 23 runs scored atop DP’s lineup. Buie was named to the Channel League’s Second Team.
Talia Quevedo, Senior, Shortstop, Santa Barbara – Quevedo was the Dons’ lone First-team All Channel League selection for leading Santa Barbara to its winningest season since 2008-09. Quevedo provided senior leadership for a team that started mostly underclassmen. Quevedo led the team in hits, runs scored and batting average.
Stephanie Swann, Junior, Shortstop/Pitcher, San Marcos – Swann led the Royals with 29 total hits this season for an average of .367. She was also the team’s No. 1 pitcher. “Stephanie was at every practice and game and as one of our team captains she always had a positive attitude and positive comments for her teammates,” said coach Jeff Swann. Producing a walk-off hit against Pioneer Valley was a highlight for Swann, who also spoiled two no-hitters this season in the later innings.
Hannah Ball, Senior, Third Base, San Marcos – Ball led the Royals offensively with four home runs and a sky-high slugging percentage of .765. Her defensive flexibility and team-first mentality helped the Royals get better as the season went on. “Hannah moved to 3rd base this year from her normal shortstop position to fill a need and never complained about the move. She learned the position well and made some outstanding diving catches to take away hits,” Swann said.
Ashlynd Williams, Senior, Shortstop, Bishop Diego – Williams finished the season with a stratospheric .537 batting average. The senior covered shortstop for the Cardinals as well. “She made the move from 1st base to shortstop and was the glue of our infield,” said Cardinals coach Tom Beamer.
Madison Ballard-Rozok, Pitcher/Infielder, Bishop Diego – The senior captain won 10 games on the mound and batted .363 with a team-high 29 RBI. The four-year varsity player was named to the Frontier League’s First Team and “gave 100% game after game, always as competitive as a bulldog,” according to Beamer.