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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) softball teams were announced Wednesday morning by the conference office and Whittier College saw five players land on the 1st and 2nd teams.
Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.), Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.), and Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) found themselves on the 1st Team, while Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) and Alli Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.) landed on the 2nd Team.
Attaway who was in the running for SCIAC Athlete of the Year earned recognition on the 1st Team for the first time in her career after putting up record numbers in her first season donning the Purple & Gold. In SCIAC she batted .530 with an OB% of .588 and a SLG% of .771. She added 64 total bases and 44 hits, which included 11 doubles, three triples and a homerun. She also stole seven bases, scored 20 times and drove in 26. Behind the dish, defensively, she also threw out six runners attempting to steal and had a .917 fielding percentage.
In SCIAC she ranked No. 1 in doubles, total bases, batting average, on-base percentage, No. 2 in hits, RBI's, SLG%, Runners Caught Stealing, and No. 3 in triples.
Wishner also gained recognition on the All-SCIAC team for the first time in her career playing as a second baseman. She collected 26 hits with four doubles and three homeruns. She drove in 14 and scored nine times, while batting .382 with an OB% of .447 and a SLG% of .574. Defensively, she had a .975 fielding percentage with 184 putouts and nine assists, while helping turn nine double plays.
In SCIAC she ranked No. 8 in batting average, No. 9 in homeruns, No. 10 in OB%, No. 12 in SLG%
Whitney was the final Poet to land on the 1st Team. For the past two seasons she has landed on the 2nd Team as an outfielder but this year she was stellar warranting her a spot on the 1st Team for the first time in her career. This season she moved around at the top of the lineup batting .380 with 30 hits, which included 10 doubles and 40 total bases. She drove in 11 but scored 18 times with an OB% of .410 and a SLG% of .506. As the Poets right fielder she finished with a .941 fielding percentage with 43 putouts and five assists.
In SCIAC she ranked No. 3 in doubles, No. 11 in hits and was No. 12 in batting average.
Ahern led the Purple & Gold on the 2nd Team as a designated player, making it four straight years she has found herself on an All-SCIAC team. Despite injuries early in the season she was still able to return and put up big numbers within SCIAC batting .368 with 25 hits, which included six doubles, 55 total bases and eight homeruns. She had an OB% of .477 and a SLG% of .809, drove in 23 and scored 12 times.
In SCIAC she ranked No. 1 in homeruns, and SLG%, was No. 2 in OB %, No. 5 in RBI's and No. 6 in Total Bases and Walks.
Fonseca was the last Poet to earn recognition as an outfielder making it back-to-back years she has landed on an All-SCIAC team. She was the captain in center and what a senior season she put together batting .301 with 22 hits, including three doubles, two triples, and four homeruns. She drove in 21 and scored 19 times with an OB% of .369 and a SLG% of .562. Defensively, she was one of the best with a .982 clip with 51 putouts and five assists.
In SCIAC she ranked No. 5 in triples and homeruns, No. 8 in RBI's, No. 9 in Runs scored, and No. 13 in SLG%
Whittier prepares for the SCIAC Post Season Tournament, which begins this Friday, May 4 hosted by the University of La Verne. They take on Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 4:00pm.
SCIAC Athlete of the Year – Liz Rodarte (PP)
SCIAC Pitcher of the Year – Anna Gurr (CMS)
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Jiana Rojo (ULV)
SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year – Julie Smith (ULV)