California High School Softball Banquet held Thursday

Varsity softball players who received awards at the CHS Softball Banquet Thursday at the high school are, front, Amanda Karbinas, Most Improved Player; middle row, Elle Miller, Leader Award and MVP; and Rachel Oerly, Quality Hitter Award; back row, Brooke Holliday, Best On Base Percentage; Taylor Ratcliff, Leader Award and Best Defense Award; and Dakota Phillips, Most Improved Player.

Varsity softball players who received awards at the CHS Softball Banquet Thursday at the high school are, front, Amanda Karbinas, Most Improved Player; middle row, Elle Miller, Leader Award and MVP; and Rachel Oerly, Quality Hitter Award; back row, Brooke Holliday, Best On Base Percentage; Taylor Ratcliff, Leader Award and Best Defense Award; and Dakota Phillips, Most Improved Player. Photo by April Arnett.

The California High School varsity and JV softball teams concluded the 2011 season with the annual softball banquet Thursday at the high school commons, where the softball players and coaches gathered for a meal with family, friends and Lady Pinto softball fans to reflect on the season.

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JV players who received awards at the CHS Softball Banquet, from left, are freshman Madelyn Jobe, Hustle Award; and sophomores Gabby Fischer and Tayler Bonecutter, Most Improved Player.

Assistant Coach Dwight Fitzwater opened the awards ceremony by recognizing each of the JV players, then spoke of the overall season. "We may not have won a lot of games, but our JV team was very competitive. I saw a great deal of improvement throughout the season. It was frustrating when we only got to play three innings. I'm a firm believer if you practice all week, you should be able to play a full game, but that wasn't our call. The girls played hard the entire season and that's all we can ask."

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From left, CHS Assistant Softball Coach Dwight Fitzwater and Head Coach Jack Lake present awards at the softball banquet Thursday at the high school commons.

For more of this story check out the Nov. 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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