Women's Athletes of the Week
AOTW honors go to Griffs’ Everett, Jags’ Hernandez
FEB. 21, 2017 - Grossmont College softball player Rachel Everett and Southwestern basketball player Micayela Hernandez have been honored by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as Women’s Athletes of the Week for Feb. 13-19.
Everett, a sophomore right-handed pitcher out of Bonita Vista High School, threw a five-inning no-hitter as Grossmont went on the road and defeated College of the Desert 9-0. She narrowly missed a perfect game, walking the leadoff batter in the first inning, then retiring every batter the rest of the way.
Hernandez, a 5-foot-3 freshman guard from Granite Hills High School, scored 24 points, hauled in seven rebounds and passed off for three assists as the Jaguars prevented Grossmont from winning the outright PCAC South Division Championship, upsetting the Griffins on the last night of the regular season 66-61.
The G-House wound up tying for the title with San Diego City College.
Honorable mention went to Palomar softball player Moriah “Mo” Lopez, San Bernardino Valley softball player Marci Valenzuela and Mt. San Jacinto softball player Savanah Ruiz.
Lopez, a first baseman / utility player out of San Jacinto Academy who hit .408 for Palomar’s 2016 team, came up with a huge performance in a 13-7 victory over Saddleback that snapped the Gauchos’ five-game win streak. Lopez went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a triple, three runs scored and a walk as the Comets pounded out 22 hits. So far in the 2017 season, Lopez is batting .438 (going 14-for-26) with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 RBIs. She’s walked four times with no strikeouts and has a 1.154 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.
Valenzuela, a sophomore pitcher / third baseman from Colton High School, pitched a complete-game seven-hitter with five strikeouts and zero walks as San Bernardino defeated Glendale 4-1 to complete a 2-0 week for the Wolverines. She also went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Ruiz, a freshman shortstop out of Paloma High School in Menifee, went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in Mt. San Jacinto’s only game of the rain-shortened week, a 10-5 win over East Los Angeles.