By Ray Hamill — College of the Redwoods had six players named all-conference in softball on Tuesday, including two on the all-GVC first team.
Shortstop/pitcher Juliana Ortega-Miranda and left fielder Karyn Jensen both were honored as first-team selections, with teammates Grace Rosebrook, Jaycee Morais, Samantha Caughie and Sadie Wilkinson all named to the second team.
Ortega-Miranda and Jensen each had outstanding seasons for the 9-15 Corsairs.
Jensen led the team at the plate with a .419 average, and also posted team-highs in RBIs (17) and doubles (nine).
“Karyn was our most consistent player all year,” head coach Maggie White said. “She hit the ball hard and she didn’t overthink it.”
Jensen, a former Eureka Logger, had just one walk and six strikeouts all season.
“She likes to swing the bat and I love that about her,” White added.
Ortega-Miranda, meanwhile, had a .364 average at the plate and also posted team-highs in RBIs (17) and home runs (three).
But her contributions went well beyond her offensive statistics.
“Jules can play any position on the field,” White said of the former Fortuna Husky, who pitched regularly and even caught at practice one day. “This kid is the real deal on the field. One of the best all-around athletes I’ve ever coached (in 25 years).”
Ortega-Miranda is a talented multi-sport athlete who also played soccer and basketball at CR.
“She’ll be a huge asset for any program,” the CR coach added.
Caughie also had a big year, with the Analy High graduate batting .313 with seven doubles, a triple and 14 RBIs.
Morais, who played at McKinleyville before joining the CR team, had a .311 average with four doubles, while Rosebrook, another frormer Mack Panther, averaged .254 with three doubles.
Wilkinson, a Eureka High grad, averaged .319 at the plate with nine RBIs.
“Offensively I thought we did well this year,” White said. “And these players all contributed with their bats. They kept us in games.”