Daily News All-Area Softball: Ilove’a Brittingham, Addison Moorman receive top honors

DAILY NEWS ALL-AREA SOFTBALL 2024

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ilove’a Brittingham, Oaks Christian, Senior

Oaks Christian softball player Ilove’a Brittingham says she’s always been a strong hitter. She and her dad have spent hours in the garage hitting off a tee and into a net and working on her swing.

It culminated in a senior year that featured a .540 batting average, 47 hits, 42 runs and 38 RBIs. She struck out three times and hit 19 home runs in 25 games while holding a fielding percentage of .972 in the outfield.

Oaks Christian’s Ilove’a Brittingham makes a catch in right field against Newbury Park March 21, 2024. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

“You always have to swing at good pitches,” Brittingham said during the season. “When you have good pitch selection and your technique is right, the ball will go.”

Brittingham’s bat helped Oaks Christian to a third straight Marmonte League title and an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals. The Lions lost to eventual champion Pacifica, but Brittingham was still named to the All-CIF-Southern Section team.

“She’s incredibly strong,” Lions coach Cheyenne Coyle said during the season. “In (batting practice) she’ll probably hit like 40 home runs. She just barrels the ball. Definitely a hitter that you should be afraid of.”

Coyle added that Brittingham, a BYU commit, is the strongest player in the weight room and can nearly hit without a stride. The power hitter turned on her swings to help Oaks Christian get to a 22-5 overall record.

The Lions have returned the favor by helping her grow as a player.

“I’ve definitely grown to be more humble about myself,” Brittingham said. “I’m definitely a more loving person in this environment. These girls have really had a good impact on me in my life.”

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Addison Moorman, Granada Hills, Junior

Addison Moorman was the core of the Granada Hills Charter softball team this season. She went 14-3 in the circle and held a 1.14 ERA as she led the Highlanders to the Los Angeles City Section Open Division championship game and the CIF Southern California Regional Division II semifinals.

Addison Moorman delivers a pitch for Granada Hills as they defeat El Camino Real April 10, 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

The Lehigh University commit was named to the LA City Section Open Division first team after recording 195 strikeouts. She pitched 14 innings in the City Open Division championship game and two complete games in the CIF SoCal Regional tournament.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Janessa Gutierrez, Newbury Park

Janessa Gutierrez gave the Panthers an offensive boost this season with a .397 batting average, 12 hits, 14 runs and 10 home runs. She also had a .444 on-base percentage.

In Newbury Park’s second Marmonte League game against Oaks Christian, she hit a grand slam to give her team the advantage and eventually the win.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Margaret Neill, Paraclete

Margaret Neill guided the Spirits to their third CIF-SS title and first since 2016 as Paraclete won the Division 4 championship. It was Neill’s third championship since taking over as head coach in 1980. Paraclete was the Del Rey League champion and lost only three games overall.

The Paraclete team pose for a photo with their CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship plaque in Irvine on Friday, May 17, 2024. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

ALL-AREA TEAM

PITCHERS

Taylor Cook, Newbury Park, Sr.

All-CIF-SS Division 4, Marmonte League Pitcher of the Year, 16-3, 1.25 ERA, one no-hitter, four shutouts, 192 K

Meaghan Coyle, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Sr.

Angelus League Most Valuable Pitcher, 11-8, 2.51 ERA, 129 K

Sophia Debs, Sierra Canyon, Fr.

Mission League Most Valuable Pitcher, 6-2, .65 ERA, 59 K

Madison Finnerty, Moorpark, Sr.

All-CIF-SS Division 1, Coastal Canyon League co-MVP, 8-4, 1.94 ERA, 107 K

Carly Kearns, Valencia, Sr.

All-CIF-SS Division 2, Foothill League Pitcher of the Year, 20-5, 1.86 ERA, 125 K

Carly Kearns delivers a pitch for Valencia as they travel to Saugus for a Foothill League softball game April 9, 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Emjay Peck, Viewpoint, So.

All-CIF-SS Division 6, 17-3, 1.88 ERA, 303 K

Jamie Sencion, Paraclete, Sr.

All-CIF-SS Division 4

FIELD PLAYERS

Alyssa Anaya, Chavez, Fr., center field

All CIF LA City Section Open Division, .500 BA, 44 hits, 51 runs, 27 RBIs, 18 doubles, .12 stolen bases, .976 fielding %

Amaya Del Olmo, Agoura, So., catcher

Marmonte League Defensive Player of the Year, .452 BA, 33 his, 26 runs, 42 RBIs, eight home runs, .524

Dylan Fischer, Harvard-Westlake, So., infield

All-CIF-SS Division 6, Angelus League MVP, .438 BA, 28 hits, 21 runs, 22 RBIs, three home runs, .nine stolen bases

Mia Gomez, Agoura, Jr., first base

Marmonte League MVP, .597 BA, 40 hits, 35 runs, 37 RBIs, 13 home runs, .697 OBP, 117 put-outs

Charter Oak’s Leila Diebert dives back to first under a tag by Agoura’s Mia Gomez in the CIF-SS Division 3 quarterfinals May 9, 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Lily Kougher, Louisville, Sr., infield

All-CIF-SS Division 3, All Mission League first team, .535 BA, 23 hits, 21 runs, 19 RBIs, three home runs, .672 OBP

Delailah Lopez, Providence, Jr., catcher

All-CIF-SS Division 5, .553 BA, 42 hits, 35 runs, 33 RBIs, 16 doubles, .660 OBP, 27 stolen bases, 110 put-outs

Rebecca Lozano, Birmingham, Sr., pitcher

All-CIF LA City Section Open Division, West Valley League Player of the Year, .544 BA, 31 hits, 21 runs, 31 RBIs

Rylee McCoy, Oaks Christian, Sr., infield

All-CIF-SS Division 1, All Marmonte League first feam, .512 BA, 43 hits, 40 RBIs, nine home runs, 13 doubles, 94 put-outs

Isabella Mertes, Notre Dame, Sr., infield 

All Mission League first team, .487 BA, 38 hits, 43 runs, 27 RBIs, nine home runs, .600 OBP, 13 stolen bases

Hailey Shuler, Sierra Canyon, Sr., shortstop/pitcher 

Mission League MVP, .558 BA, 24 hits, 30 runs, 18 RBIs, 12 home runs

Sierra Canyon’s Hailey Shuler watches the ball clear the fence for a two run home-run against Saugus in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs May 2, 2024.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Phoebe Spangler, Burroughs, Sr., infield

All-CIF-SS Division 3, .689 BA, 51 hits, 32 runs, 36 RBIs, 11 home runs, seven stolen bases, .721 OBP

Kaylie Stauffer, Saugus, Sr., catcher

Foothill League Player of the Year, .494 BA, 42 hits, 20 runs, 53 RBIs, 14 home runs, .533 OBP, 138 put-outs

Addison Vandecar, Paraclete, So., infield

All CIF-SS Division 4,

Krista Viereck, West Ranch, Sr., outfield

All-CIF-SS Division 5, All-Foothill League first team .512 BA, 41 hits, 28 runs, 25 RBIs, five home runs, .981 fielding %

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