Prep Softball Previews

February 26, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

The 2014 prep softball season gets underway Saturday and next week, for several local teams.

Edison and Huntington Beach both make their season debuts Saturday. Marina and Ocean View launch their respective seasons next week.

Below is a capsule look at the local teams.


League: Sunset

Head Coach: Kim Ensey (second year)


Coaching staff: Deepak Naik; Tony Qualin.

2013 overall record: 21-11

2013 league record: 8-2 (second)

2013 CIF-SS playoffs: Reached second round, Division 1.

Returning varsity players: Lizabelle Talataina (3B, Sr.); Reis Birkett (C, Jr.); Ali Wester (SS/UTL, Jr.); Courtney Leyba (OF, Jr.); Kiana Pancino (RHP, Soph.); Allie Greenburg (1B, Soph.); Emma Silvestri (OF, Sr.); .

Players returning with honors: Liizabelle Talataina (first-team all-league); Reis Birkett (first-team all-league); Ali Wester (second-team all-league).

Varsity newcomers: Mckenna Doose (2B, Jr.); Hailey Desroisers (MIF, Jr.); Kayla Neff (C/3B, Soph.): Riley Wester (OF, Fr.); Danielle Votendahl (RHP/OF, Fr.); Amanda Caswell (RHP/1B, Sr.); Laura Carl (OF, Sr.).

Coach's outlook: The Chargers welcome back three all-league players from a 2013 team that won the consolation title of the TNT tournament, finished runner-up to the Woodbridge Tournament title, and led the Sunset League in team stolen bases.

"We're young but we're strong," Ensey said. "The girls have set high goals for themselves and I intend on pushing them until they get there."

Season opener: Saturday, 10 a.m. doubleheader at Torrance (Wilson Park).

Huntington Beach

League: Sunset

Head Coach: Jeff Forsberg (ninth year)

Coaching staff: Johnny Martinez; Tony Rico; Nikole Afusia.

2013 overall record: 16-14

2013 league record: 5-5 (tied third)

2013 CIF-SS playoffs: Wild-card game, Division 1.

Returning varsity players: Sammie Vandiver (OF, Sr.); Miceala Vierra (P, Sr.); Jacqui Pascual (1B, Sr.); Jazarine Alvarez (C, Sr.); Maria Steadmon (OF, Jr.); Sabrina Willaims (UTL, Jr.); Callie Saccacio (C, Soph.); Kristina Inouye (SS, Soph.); Anna Kufta (3B/1B, Soph.); Alyssa Horeczko (P/OF, Soph.).

Players returning with honors: Sammie Vandiver (first-team all-league); Miceala Vierra (first-team all-league); Maria Steadmon (second-team all-league); Kristina Inouye (2013 league rookie of year); Anna Kufta (second-team all-league).

Varsity newcomers: Ivy Davis (2B/SS, Fr.); Chance Burden (OF, Fr.); Jasmine Melgoza (UTL, Soph.); Taylor Livingston (OF, Fr.).

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