2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Cal JC All-Americans2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Cal JC All-Americans 

West Valley and Antelope Valley led their respective divisions as the 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Cal JC All-Americans were announced Friday by the association. 

Top-ranked West Valley had five players named to the North team, led by the battery of pitcher Katie Cotta and catcher Kendra Powers. Cotta posted a perfect 10-0 mark on the season with a 0.12 ERA. She allowed just three runs, one earned, and nine hits with 140 strikeouts in 60 innings of work. Powers provided the power for West Valley this season, hitting a team-best 12 home runs while compiling a .375 average with 51 RBIs and 30 runs scored. 

West Valley’s leading hitter, Justine Kunkel, was named to the North squad’s infield after hitting .549 with eight doubles, nine home runs, 85 RBIs and 61 runs scored. The top-ranked squad in the state claimed two of the three outfield positions as .536 hitter Alicia Jones anchored one spot while leading base stealer Liz Perez occupied another. 

Antelope Valley, tied for third in the state rankings, put four players on the South team led by 17-game winning pitcher Gracie Perez. Perez compiled a 0.77 ERA this season in 137 innings of work while striking out 190 and walking 27. She allowed 59 hits, giving up 20 runs, 15 earned. 

The team claimed three of the four infield positions. Tayler Wilson led the way after leading the team in doubles and hitting .551. Her 41 RBIs ranked second on the squad behind fellow infielder Katie Cornelison’s 46. Cornelison also led the team with nine home runs while hitting .476. Erika Ricker also earned South infield honors after pacing the team with 57 runs scored behind a .444 average. Her 14 stolen bases also led the team. 

Sacramento City, who sits in a tie for third with Antelope Valley in the state rankings, put infielders Jaclyn Ecker and Jordan Dahl on the North squad. Michelle Beach of Feather River, Kim Connelly from Siskiyous and Sierra’s Stephanie Tavares rounded out the North team. 

Desert joined Antelope Valley as the only other team to have multiple players named to the South team. Lorraine Sanchez secured an infield position, while Marina Espejo earned utility honors. Amanda Fernandez of Cypress landed the catcher position, while Mt. San Antonio’s Michelle Palazuelous, Sipau Lee Noa of Palomar and Megan Luna of Pasadena were named to the outfield. 

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