California Softball POY: Rachel Garcia

California Softball POY: Rachel Garcia

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California Softball POY: Rachel Garcia

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THE WINNER: Rachel Garcia

THE BASICS

School: Highland (Palmdale, Calif.)
Grade: Sophomore
Position: RHP
Height: 5-foot-7

Athletic achievement: She posted a 22-2 record in the circle with a 0.50 ERA this past season, leading the Bulldogs (22-2) to the Southern Section, Division III tournament. She struck out 302 batters in 139 innings pitched, allowing 42 hits and 24 walks with 14 shutouts and four no-hitters. At the plate, Garcia batted .709 with 13 home runs, 12 doubles, 42 RBI and a 1.380 slugging percentage. She produced more extra-base hits (26) than outs (23) on the year.

Academic excellence: Garcia has maintained a weighted 3.83 GPA.

Exemplary character: An avid guitar player, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach.

THE PRAISE

“Rachel Garcia is dominant because she pitches 68-70 mph with command of all her pitches,” said Marty Tyson, Garcia’s summer coach with the Corona Angels. “As a hitter, she has great bat speed. She is a dominant player in high school because it’s hard to pitch and be the best hitter on the team.”

THE FUTURE: Garcia has verbally committed to UCLA.

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