P2P CCS Softball Honors
Holly Azevedo went 28-1 with a 0.05 ERA in leading Pioneer to the CCS Division II championship game. (Prep2Prep Staff)


Player of the Year


Pioneer's Holly Azevedo didn't spend much time mourning following her team's 1-0 loss to Mitty in the CCS Division II title game. The next day she was playing for her Sorcerers club team in a tournament in Stockton.

"It was tough, but we did a great job all season," said Azevedo, the Prep2Prep Central Coast Section Player of the Year. "One unlucky loss doesn't mean we didn't have a great season. We'll be ready to put up a fight next time."

The loss to the Monarchs in the title game was the second in as many seasons. The nice thing for Azevedo is she was a sophomore and has two more years at Pioneer to secure a title.

Asked if it was difficult to switch gears from a section championship game to a regular-season club tourney, Azevedo said: "It was just another day. I like to do what I like to do."

What Azevedo likes to do is hurl a softball. She won 28 games in the circle this season for the Mustangs, losing only one. Her earned run average was 0.05. She also hit .381 with 10 extra base hits and 18 RBIs.

As to what she enjoys about softball, the Pioneer star said "seeing myself progress as time goes on." Regarding goals she said she "wants to win CCS" and "get better."

The latter seems like a lock for Azevedo, who has been practicing in her backyard with her father Ron for as long as she can remember.

The week of the title game against Mitty, Ron recalled to Prep2Prep what it was like in the Azevedo backyard when his daughter was trying out a new pitch: "Our neighbors have lattice on their fence and every so often we have to get them new lattice. When Holly is learning a new pitch she can be a little wild and then it's like she's shooting a bazooka through that lattice."

Tossing a heater in the 65-66 miles per hour range, Azevedo is like a big league pitcher throwing in the mid-90s. She also throws a curve, screw, change, rise peel, drop and off-speed drop. She struck out 253 batters and walked just 23 while allowing opponents to hit just .112 against her.

"She's grown from the time she was a freshman," Pioneer coach Ernie Garcia said before the title game. "She has total command of what she does on the mound and she works hard. She's a complete player who not only pitches well for us, but hits well too. She's also become a leader in our dugout."

It's all not too shabby for a 16-year-old, who only a decade ago was trying her hand at gymnastics, cheerleading and soccer before her father coaxed her into playing softball. She was a quick study, going 19-3 in the circle with a 0.83 ERA for Pioneer last season, excelling in club ball and committing early for softball to UCLA.

Besides her dad, private coach Lisa Mize -- a former U.S. Olympian -- has helped Azevedo.

"She's taught me everything I know about pitching," Azevedo said. "She talks to me about hitting my spots and talks to me about spin."

The Mustang rising junior with the 3.7 grade point average has two more years of soaking up the information and two more years to secure that elusive section title. If she doesn't do it, it won't be for lack of trying.

Coach of the Year

Scott Smith led San Benito to its ninth CCS title in 10 years.


When San Benito defeated Wilcox 8-5 in the CCS Division I title game, it not only secured the 2015 section championship, but the school's ninth title in 10 years.

San Benito had lost 8-1 to Carlmont in last season's title game.

For coach Scott Smith's work with San Benito in leading it to a 24-5 overall record, an MBL-Gabilan co-title and another section championship, he is the Prep2Prep CCS Coach of the Year.

The Haybalers, under Smith, have also been in the section title game in 12 of his 13 seasons as coach.

"It's humbling to lose (in the title game) and then come back with a similar team and win it," Smith said. "We had some issues midway through the season and we came together and were able to play hard for each other."

Among the "issues" for San Benito was Smith's health. It was a struggle for him to make some mid-season practices, but he credits the Haybaler team captains for helping to hold the team together.

Several key players also had medical issues during the season.

Smith is from the blue-collar city of Salinas and was a three-sport athlete at North Salinas High despite moving out of his parents' house at age 15 1/2. He lived in the North Salinas baseball dugout for four months and showered in the high school locker room while living off handouts for a while. Not surprisingly, as a coach he's stressed effort and grit.

"Our motto is nobody outworks us," Smith said. "We practiced six days a week. At a lot of schools, the parents wouldn't even allow that. Another theme for us is it doesn't matter who's on the other side of that field, we're just out there to do our best and improve. That's been a secret to our success."

Senior of the Year

Hit .426 for a team that won the CCS Division II title. Had more than 10 assists from right field. Co-Player of the Year in the WCAL. Has signed with Cal.

Junior of the Year

Hit .490 with 19 extra base hits, 29 RBIs, 21 runs and was named the BVAL-Mount Hamilton Junior of the Year. Has committed to South Carolina.

Sophomore of the Year

Hit .453 with 10 extra base hits, 14 runs and 20 RBI and went 17-9 in the circle with a 1.95 ERA, 104 strikeouts and 22 walks.

Freshman of the Year

Went 23-4 with a 1.72 ERA and did not allow an earned run throughout the playoffs in leading the Spirits to the CCS Division III title.


Holly Azevedo, Pioneer
Position: Pitcher
Year: Sophomore

Won 28 games and fashioned a 0.05 earned run average in leading the Mustangs to the league title and a 29-1 overall record. Also hit .381 with 10 extra base hits and 18 RBIs.

Suzy Brookshire, San Benito
Position: Catcher
Year: Junior

Hit . 543 with 29 extra base hits, 49 RBIs and 32 runs for the CCS Division I champions. Brookshire will play at Sacramento State next season.

Noa Yakir, Homestead
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Hit .429 with five HRs, 23 RBIs and scored 19 runs. Was named league defensive MVP. Headed for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall.

Lauren Quirke, Hillsdale
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Line-drive hitting machine who batted .493 with 16 RBIs, 17 runs scored and was named the division's player of the year in leading the Knights to the CCS semifinals.

Marcella Kay, Valley Christian
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Hit .500 with 16 extra base hits, 28 RBIs and 28 runs. Named WCAL Co-Player of the Year, Kay will play at Seattle University next season.

Haley Wymbs, Archbishop Mitty
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Hit .407 with five home runs, 22 RBIs and 30 runs while batting leadoff for the CCS Division II champs. Wymbs will play at Seattle University next year.

Alexis Lindsey, Leigh
Position: Infielder/Outfielder
Year: Junior

Hit .490 with 19 extra base hits, 29 RBIs, 21 runs and was named the BVAL-Mount Hamilton Junior of the Year. Has committed to South Carolina.

Morgan Ratliff, Wilcox
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Hit .568 with 15 extra base hits, eight RBIs and 34 runs for a team that won the division title.

Danielle Bowers, Archbishop Mitty
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Hit .426 for a team that won the CCS Division II title. Had more than 10 assists from right field. Named WCAL Co-Player of the Year. Has signed with Cal.

Desiree Severance, Archbishop Mitty
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Hit .346 with nine extra base hits and 28 RBIs. Won 15 games in the circle while sharing starts with teammates Stephanie Kristo and had a 1.16 ERA. Pitched three shutout innings in CCS Division II title game won by Mitty 1-0. Headed to Drexel University in the fall.

Marisa Given, Notre Dame-Salinas
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Senior

Hit .577 with 19 extra base hits, 35 RBIs and 28 runs for a team that won the CCS Division III title.


Stephanie Kristo, Archbishop Mitty
Position: Pitcher
Year: Senior

Won 12 games while sharing starts with teammate Desiree Severance. Had a 0.90 ERA and threw four shutout innings in Division II title game against Pioneer. Kristo will play at Manhattan next year.

Alex Luna, Pioneer
Position: Catcher
Year: Senior

Hit .375 for the BVAL-Mount Hamilton Division champs with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs. Luna will play at San Jose State next year.

Maddie Kim, Archbishop Mitty
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Hit .424 with 14 extra base hits, 22 RBIs and 17 runs for the CCS Division II champs. Will play at Army.

Kelsie Barnard, St. Ignatius
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Hit .547 with 15 extra base hits, 33 RBIs and 27 runs. Barnard will play at Santa Clara University next season.

Jamie Sugimoto, Soquel
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Hit .409 with 11 home runs, 21 extra base hits overall, 33 RBIs and 42 runs.

Callee Heen, San Benito
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Hit .513 with 13 extra base hits, 13 RBIs and 31 runs for the CCS Division I champions.

Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, Los Altos
Position: Infielder/Outfielder
Year: Senior

Hit .524 with nine extra base hits, 28 RBIs and 30 runs scored and was named All-SCVAL-De Anza. Also a slick fielder, Schiffhauer will play at Harvard next year.

Sara Reyes, Scotts Valley
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

Hit .528 for the SCCAL champs with two home runs and 30 RBIs.

Sara Cadona, Carlmont
Position: Outfielder/Pitcher
Year: Senior

Hit .382 for the Scots with 18 RBIs. Also won 11 games in the circle with a 1.28 ERA.

Brittany Prock, Homestead
Position: Utility
Year: Sophomore

Went 17-9 in the circle with a 1.95 ERA, 104 strikeouts and 22 walks. Also hit .453 with 10 extra base hits, 20 RBIs and 14 runs and was named first-team all-league.

Gabriella Zucchiatti, Mills
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Junior

Hit .554 with 11 home runs, 22 extra base hits overall, 37 RBIs and 23 runs for the division champs.


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