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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team saw six players land on the All-SCIAC teams announced this week by the conference office.
The six players being recognized are one of the highest in a single season in program history. The most being nine, which occurred in 1986-87 & 1988-89. In 1987-88, seven were recognized.
Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) led the Poets on the 1st Team as a shortstop, while Samantha Blum (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.), Ally Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.), Kalei Guillermo (Aiea, HI), and Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) wound up on the 2nd Team.
Ahern, who was a Pre-Season All-American by FPN finds her way on the 1st Team for the first time in her career. This season she again led the Poets on offense batting .305 with 36 hits, which included 14 doubles and seven homeruns. She drove in 35 and scored 13 times, had an on base percentage of .436 and slugged .602.
In SCIAC she led in games played (28) and doubles (12), was 4th in runs batted in, 6th in total bases, 5th in home runs, and 5th in slugging percentage.
Blum led the Purple & Gold on the bump registering 11 wins on the season as she earns All-SCIAC recognition for the third consecutive year. This season she had a 2.88 ERA throwing 150.2 innings and 14 complete games. She averaged 3.35 strikeouts per seven innings with a total of 72 strikeouts in 29 appearances.
Within SCIAC she again was one of the premier pitchers within the conference who was 1st in games started (15), 2nd in wins (9), 2nd in complete games (12), 2nd in shutouts (2), 2nd in innings pitched (107), 1st in earned runs (40), 4th in strikeouts (48), and 6th in strikeouts per game (3.14).
Whitney has put on a display as of late lifting the Poets into the SCIAC Post Season Tournament as a No. 3 seed. She earns All-SCIAC recognition for the second straight year as an outfielder who has been tearing it up from the left side. She has a team high .314 average with 42 hits, including 11 doubles and six homeruns. She has 29 RBI's and has scored 29 runs scored and has an OB% of .444 and a slugging% of .577.
Fonseca has led the outfield unit all season as a center fielder and was the last one to earn a spot on the All-SCIAC team. She batted .283 with 26 hits, 12 runs scored and 15 runs batted in, while starting 38 games but made her presence felt on the defensive side as she earned a .982 fielding percentage with 54 put outs and two assists.
Guillermo found herself in the starting left fielder role in the latter stages of the season but bounced around as a designated player as she earns 2nd Team All-SCIAC recognition as a utility player. She batted .360 with just 50 at-bats, with 18 hits, 13 runs scored and five runs batted in. She had an OB% of .418 and fielded at a .966 clip.
Garza was the last Poet to earn All-SCIAC recognition picking up 2nd Team accolades as a designated player. She had an impressive .340 batting average with 34 hits with 15 RBI's and 13 runs scored, while registering a .433 on-base percentage.