By Kyle Foster, photo courtesy of Kristin Maher
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
The Napa High softball team had an amazing season. On Thursday night they were honored by the Napa Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education, and administration for what they have done- win the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section division II title.
“Thank you for inviting us here, acknowledging the girls accomplishments, our girls were insane, they played amazing ball,” Napa coach Tammie Mansuy said at Thursday’s NVUSD school board meeting. “We went through the playoffs undefeated, and we beat a very good Del Campo team twice, our girls are thrilled, and it’s such an honor to be here.”
The Indians (21-8-1 overall, 10-5 Monticello Empire League) finished the season winning eight straight games including regular season, and postseason. They had to beat rival Vintage to secure their spot in the CIF Sac-Joaquin section playoffs. They also won the final game of the season against Armijo-Fairfield, and Vacaville lost to Wood-Vacaville to give the Indians the second place spot in the MEL.
In the playoffs the Indians faced some fierce competition. They beat Bella Vista-Fair Oaks 6-0 in the first round, top-seeded Elk Grove 4-1 in the quarterfinals, MEL foe Vacaville 8-0 to advance to the semifinals, defeated Del Campo-Fair Oaks twice by scores of 5-4, and 9-8 to secure the championship.
“When you’re in the moment, you’re just playing ball the way you know how,” Mansuy explained. “The coaches coached, the players played, and we all did the thing we love.”
The title is the seventh title in Napa High School history. It’s the first time in school history the softball program has won a title. The most recent title before the softball title came in 2007 when the football program won the CIF SJS division I title.
Napa’s top hitter on the season was junior Left Fielder Brianna Bowers who batted .512 (44 for 86), had an on base percentage of .562, and a slugging percentage of .662 with 20 runs batted in, the next closest was freshman Center Fielder Grace Guzman who had a final average of .436 (44 for 101), .496 on base, and .504 slugging, with 20 RBIs. As a team the Indians batted .334 with .386 on base, and .460 slugging.
The Indians leading pitcher on the year was sophomore Jenna Baker. She went 17-6, with a 2.58 earned run average in 149 innings pitched. As a team Napa had a 3.06 ERA.
Napa will return 11 of its 12 players on last seasons roster. Shelby Lehman the only senior graduated on June 8th.