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Monday, September 22, 2014

Mary Star’s Vitalich, POLA’s Miranda & Short Achieve High Honor From Cal-Hi Sports

Mary Star High School softball standout, Marina Vitalich (photo: Mike Vitalich)

Three of San Pedro’s finest in prep softball were chosen to the 2014 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball team for all small schools.

Mary Star High softball junior pitcher Marina Vitalich, and the Port Of Los Angeles duo of junior pitcher Nicolle Miranda and senior shortstop Kelsea Short were all selected to that prestigious list.

For Vitalich and Miranda, it was the second year in a row they made All-State, and it’s Short’s first honor.

The George Mason-bound Vitalich, a three-time All-CIF Southern Section Division VI selection, had a dominating junior season as she went 15-7 with a 0.64 ERA, striking out 321 batters (third in California) in 151 innings, issuing only 21 walks. Vitalich also had a .407 batting average with four home runs, 15 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Vitalich threw seven no-hitters this past season, two of which were perfect games.

“We lost several seniors and I knew I had to step into the leadership role because we had a young team,” Vitalich says. “I felt the team did great considering how young we were.”

Vitalich’s astronomical strikeout total surpassed the San Pedro Prep Softball record of former San Pedro High legend Taylor Petty, who struck out 291 in her sophomore year for the 2006 CIF-Los Angeles City Section champion Pirates. Vitalich also has a career record of 55-21 in three years with total of 785 strikeouts in three years, second all time in San Pedro Prep Softball history behind Petty’s 1,025.

“Marina had an outstanding year and has definitely become one of the great San Pedro pitchers of all time,” Mary Star softball coach Gregg Aguilar said. “She has positioned herself to be included with names like (San Pedro legend) Ashley Esparza and Petty, two of the greatest pitchers in this town’s history.”

Port of Los Angeles softball duo Nicolle Miranda (left) and Kelsea Short (photo: Jamaal K. Street)

Port of Los Angeles softball duo Nicolle Miranda (left) and Kelsea Short (photo: Jamaal K. Street)

Another pitcher that will no doubt be mentioned in the same breath, is Miranda, a three-time CIF-Los Angeles City Section Pitcher Of The Year, which includes her first honor as such in Division I after dominating Division III in her first two years with the Polar Bears.

Miranda paced POLA by going 19-6 in the circle with a 1.63 ERA and 202 strikeouts opposed to 18 walks in 146 2/3 innings pitched, while also hitting .402 with four home runs, 25 RBIs, 35 hits and 19 runs scored.

Even though Miranda was never able to get a complete game no-hitter or a perfect game like her Mary Star counterpart, she had made tremendous strides in her three years against bigger schools, powering POLA to the CIF-LACS Division I semifinals where they battled eventual champion Carson to the limit before finally losing, 2-0 to a team with four NCAA Division I verbal commits. Miranda however, limited the Colts to just four hits (only one left the infield that brought in both Carson runs) while striking out eight batters, including the eventual CIF-LACS Division I Player Of The Year, Carson’s Brianna Tautalafua (a UCLA verbal commit).

“Nicolle is a gamer and rises to the occasion to carry her team on her back,” POLA co-coach Melissa Bugarin-Espinoza says. “I know she will work even harder. She commands leadership and maturity on the mound, she doesn’t weaken or breakdown when a batter is on her, but works harder and more determined to win the battle.”

Miranda has already established herself as POLA’s all-time greatest pitcher with a three-year record of 58-19 and a strikeout total of 625, which is fourth all-time in San Pedro Prep Softball history behind only Petty, Vitalich and Esparza (669 in four years at San Pedro).

Short leaves POLA is one of their all-time greatest softball performers along with another former Cal-Hi Sports All-State selection from a season ago, senior first baseman Allison Bayer, who graduated this year alongside her fellow infield partner.

The Eastern Arizona-bound Short, an All-City Division I team selection, graduated from POLA as a three-time City Division III champion, and a four-time All-City selection. Short hit .385 with 4 home runs and 29 RBIs while also being solid defensively with 44 assists and 53 putouts, only committing 9 errors in 107 chances.

One of Short’s biggest moments in her four years at POLA was hitting game-winning a walk-off single to defeat crosstown neighbor San Pedro two years ago in the El Segundo Tournament during her sophomore season.

“Kelsea has been an instrumental part of our program since she donned a POLA uniform,” Bugarin-Espinoza says. “As a four-year starting shortstop and captain, she has done an outstanding job of leading her team through her play. She has come up huge in clutch situations and made very tough plays with the glove.”

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One Response to “Mary Star’s Vitalich, POLA’s Miranda & Short Achieve High Honor From Cal-Hi Sports”
  1. Jamaal K. Street says:

    Since I wrote this article, Nicolle Miranda verbally committed to play Division I softball at Eastern Michigan University last week.

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